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    Cognitive neuroscience studies the cognitive and neural basis of mental processes such as perception, action, language, attention and memory. This relatively young discipline seeks to unravel the workings of the human brain.

    What happens in our brains when we do what we do? How do those billions of nerve cells collaborate in an organ no bigger than half a football? Thanks to brain imaging - a technology for measuring and depicting brain activity - scientists are able to observe the human brain in action. As a result of this revolutionary development this discipline has gained tremendous momentum over the past twenty years.

    As many already know, cognitive neuroscience is the discipline of the future. Research in the field of cognitive neuroscience is one of the spearheads in the research policy of Radboud University Nijmegen. Scientists from various faculties and top institutes have joined forces within the context of the Donders Graduate School for Cognitive Neuroscience (DGCN) to study the human brain. They closely work together, exchanging expertise and sharing state-of-the-art research equipment.

    Are you also interested in the human brain? Would you like to conduct research into the workings of the brain and join an enthusiastic, international group of top researchers? Then the DGCN is the place to be with its multi-faculty research Master's programme in Cognitive Neuroscience (MSc CNS). The MSc CNS programme of the DGCN takes two years and is, of course, of a scientific orientation.

    The Donders Institute for Brain, Cogntion and Behaviour has four research themes and these themes are also expressed by the Masters programme in the form of four specializations:

    • Theme 1: Language and Communication; studies the acquisition, understanding and production of language
    • Theme 2: Perception, Action and Control; studies basic sensorimotor aspects as well as the cognitive, contextual and social components of perception-action coupling
    • Theme 3: Learning, Memory & Plasticity; studies the mechanistic underpinnings and behavioral consequences of long-term changes in neural structure and function
    • Theme 4: Brain Networks & Neuronal Communication; studies the interaction between and within groups of neurons, and with the outside world

    All courses are given by top researchers, who also supervise the traineeships and the writing of the Masters theses for all three specializations. English is the lingua franca for all four specializations.

    Four common core courses

    The four specializations in the Masters programme have a common basis. In the first year you will become acquainted with the most important theories, models, techniques and analysis methods in Cognitive Neuroscience. For this purpose you will follow the following four core courses together with students from the other specializations:

    • Trends in cognitive neuroscience
    • Neuroimaging I
    • Neurophilosophy
    • Lab rotation

    Skill training

    You have to choose two out of the following four courses:

    • neuroanatomy
    • advanced math
    • advanced data analysis
    • academic writing

    Program requirements

    The CNS Master's programme is an English programme: all courses and examinations are taught in English. International students please note that the CNS programme requires fluency in English, both written and spoken. Non-native speakers of English without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following:TOEFL score of at least 250 (computer-based)Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher English Language Requirements IELTS band: 7 CAE score: (read more) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever. 60 (Grade C) TOEFL paper-based test score : 600 TOEFL iBT® test: 100

    There are various scholarships available for studying at Radboud University Nijmegen. Please check which scholarship is applicable in your case.

    Radboud Scholarship Programme

    Open to talented prospective non-EEA students - the scholarship consists of a partial tuition waiver.

    Orange Tulip Scholarship

    Open to students from Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia and China - offers a tuition fee waiver of 6,750 euros and exemption from visa and health insurance costs.

    Fulbright-Radboud Scholarships

    Open to excellent American students - the grant will be paid in 12 monthly instalments of 1,050 euros, international travel and the cost of the residence permit will be covered.

    Erasmus Mundus ERANET

    Open for Russian candidates - applicants may be undergraduate exchange students, Master's students, doctorate and post-doctorate candidates, as well as academic and administrative staff.

    Sino-Dutch Bilateral Exchange Scholarship

    Open to students from China - the Dutch contribution to the scholarship consist of monthly allowance 1,000 euros, international travel costs 1,400 euros, tuition/research fee 1,906 euros, it also covers the cost of visa, insurance and other.

    DIKTI-Neso Scholarships

    Aimed at lecturers at higher education instituations in Indonesia who wish to pursue a PhD or Master's at a university in the Netherlands. A DIKTI scholarship includes allowances for living expenses, insurance, travel costs, tuition fees and more.

    Dutch Student Finance

    EU/EEA students and Swiss students under 30 years of age are eligible if they are working at least 56 hours per month in the Netherlands, or have been living in the Netherlands for five years or more. Dutch student finance consists of four components: a basic grant, a supplementary grant (depending on the parental income), a student travel product, and a loan.

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