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Explore the intricacies of brain and cognition

Are you fascinated by brain and cognition? Do you want to inquire into the links between mind, brain and behavior?

Then partake in our extraordinary Cognitive Neuropsychology research master’s! Below you can find all relevant information on the admission requirements, the application procedure and where to direct any questions you may have.

Check whether you meet the admission requirements and apply

  • Coronavirus: additional information admission

    Extra information on going from a Bachelor’s to the Master’s
    For the academic year 21-22, due to the corona crisis, it is possible to enter the Research Master’s programme if you did not complete your Bachelor’s programme and if you are a student from an EER country. The following applies:

    • You may lack a maximum of 10% of the number of credits from your Bachelor's programme in order to be admitted to the Research Master's programme.
    • The entry requirements of the Research Master’s programme still apply.
    • If you have not yet completed the final product of your programme (thesis, research project) and if this covers more than 10% of the Bachelor's programme, you can contact the Admissions Committee. This Committee will examine whether admission to the Research Master's programme is still possible.
    • The missing credits must be completed during the 2021-2022 academic year, in other words no later than 31 August 2022.

    We strongly advise you to do everything possible to complete your Bachelor’s programme before the end of this academic year. The study load makes it very difficult to complete missing courses while on an intensive Research Master’s programme. If you need any advice, please get in touch with your faculty’s academic advisor.

    Do you meet these conditions or do you expect to meet these conditions by 31 August at the latest? If so, you can request exceptional admission no later than 1 August. You can do this by completing and submitting the form for exceptional admission to a Master’s programme.

  • I have a Dutch university level (WO) bachelor’s degree (VU bachelor's degree, or bachelor's degree at another university)
    • An academic Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Artificial Intelligence, Biology, Medicine or a closely related subject area. You may apply in the final year of your Bachelor’s programme if your degree will be conferred before September 1, when the Master's programme starts. You will also need to provide a provisional record of courses and grades, signed by the university's student administrator. 
    • A grade of 7.8 or higher for your Bachelor’s degree. When assessing your application, the admissions board will focus on the grades you obtained for courses in statistics, research methods and (cognitive) neuroscience, (e.g. cognitive psychology, neuropsychology, cognitive neuroscience, biological psychology). The board also pays close attention to evidence of good scientific writing skills, such as a high grade for a final thesis or research report.
    • Proficiency in English. Dutch students with a Dutch Bachelor’s degree are exempt from having to do an English-language proficiency assessment but please take a close look at the language proficiency requirements. This is an intense programme. Reading scientific articles and writing papers will both play a key part and the tempo is high, so your English-language skills, both oral and written, are very important. Also, you will be in close communication with your fellow students, and working with, and for, international companies.
    • An active interest in research. This will be indicated by your choice of undergraduate courses, which will show a strong presence of science-oriented courses and skill-oriented practical classes.
  • Application with a Dutch degree

    Students with a Dutch educational background

    • Apply online through Studielink
    • Follow the Admission procedure international Master's Programme
    • Check the Application deadlines
    • Send required documents (the initial application procedure is fully online so scans of the documents will be needed):
      • Curriculum Vitae
      • Motivation letter
      • Two recommendation letters from academic staff
      • Transcript of records, including grades and credits (ECTS)
      • Thesis (if available)
      • A description of the relevant courses you have taken during your previous higher education
      • Copy of your valid passport or ID (ID only for EU residents)

    If your application is successful, you will receive an official letter of acceptance and your status in Studielink will be updated accordingly. If the outcome is negative you will receive an email explaining the decision.

    The deadlines for application:

    • Deadline for submitting application in Studielink and in VUnet: 31 May.
    • Deadline for completing your enrolment (including payment of tuition fees): 31 August.
  • I have an international degree

    Admission requirements

    • An academic Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Artificial Intelligence, Biology, Medicine or a closely related subject area. You may apply in the final year of your Bachelor’s programme if your degree will be conferred before September 1, when the Master's programme starts. You will also need to provide a provisional record of courses and grades, signed by the university's student administrator. 
    • A grade of A- or a GPA of 3.7 for your Bachelor’s degree. When assessing your application, the admissions board will focus on the grades you obtained for courses in statistics, research methods and (cognitive) neuroscience, (e.g. cognitive psychology, neuropsychology, cognitive neuroscience, biological psychology). In addition, the board pays close attention to evidence of good scientific writing skills, such as a high grade for a final thesis or research report.
    • Proficiency in English. Please take a close look at the language proficiency requirements. This is an intense programme. Reading scientific articles and writing papers will both play a key part and the tempo is high, so your English-language skills, both oral and written, are very important. Also, you will be in close communication with your fellow students, and working with, and for, international companies. If you have completed your education outside Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia, an English-language test is compulsory; you will need to submit your score as part of your application. However, if you do not yet have the test result, you may still apply. We advise you to plan a date for the test as soon as possible.  These are the minimum test scores for admission to the programme: IELTS (academic): 6.5. TOEFL paper-based test 580. TOEFL internet-based test 92-93. Cambridge English: Cambridge Proficiency Exam A, B, C. Cambridge Advanced Exam A, B, C. VU Amsterdam (the ‘Taalloket’) offers the TOEFL ITP English-language proficiency test. You can find more information and register for this test at www.taalloket.nl.  
    • An active interest in research. This will be indicated by your choice of undergraduate courses, which will show a strong presence of science-oriented courses and skill-oriented practical classes.

    English language proficiency
    The admission board wants to stress the intensity of the programme: reading scientific articles and writing papers will be a key part, all in a very high pace. Your English language skills, both oral and written, are extremely important in this programme. As you will have to communicate frequently with your fellow students and you will be working with and for international companies.

    VU Amsterdam requires all applicants who have not completed their education in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia to take an English language test and to submit their score as part of their application. You can apply online for the Master's programme without having the English test results yet. We do advise you to plan a test date as soon as possible. Below you will find the minimum English test scores for the programme:  

    IELTS (academic): 6,5

    TOEFL

    • Paper based test 580 
    • Internet based test 92-93  

    Cambridge English

    • Cambridge Proficiency Exam A, B, C 
    • Cambridge Advanced Exam A, B, C

    The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers the TOEFL ITP English-language proficiency test. The test is offered by the VU Taalloket. You can find more information and register for this test at www.taalloket.nl.  

    Grants and scholarships
    If you are an international student planning to study at the VU Amsterdam, you can apply for a variety of grants and bursaries. Detailed information about scholarships and deadlines can be found on www.vu.nl/scholarships or www.grantfinder.nl.

    Note that deadlines for the scholarships are earlier than those for application to the programme.

    International Student and Alumni Ambassadors
    Our International Student and Alumni Ambassadors are happy to tell you all about their experiences with studying at VU Amsterdam and living in Amsterdam.

    • Our Student Ambassadors are current students at VU Amsterdam that represent a wide variety of programmes and countries.
    • Our International Alumni Ambassadors are VU Amsterdam graduates who are currently either working in the Netherlands or abroad, or doing a PhD or (second) Master's.

    You will find the full overview of our Ambassadors here: vu.nl/ambassadors. There you can chat with them directly.

  • Application with an international degree

    Applications for international students

    1. Prepare documents and apply online
    You will need to prepare the following documents and arrange payment of the application fee, which is € 100 (non-refundable). You can find an explanation of each document on the application page. All documents should be in English, in pdf-format, and, since the application procedure is online, will need to be scanned.

    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Motivation letter
    • Two recommendation letters from academic staff
    • Transcript of records, including grades and credits (ECTS)
    • Thesis
    • A description of the relevant courses you have taken during your previous higher education. Please use this form.  
    • Copy of your valid passport or ID (ID only for EU residents)

    After having prepared the required documents, please follow the online application procedure for the Master’s Cognitive Neuropsychology, which you can find in Studielink. You can submit your documents and pay the application fee via VUnet. After you have submitted your the application, our international student advisors will contact you via e-mail.

    2. Admission review
    The admission review procedure normally takes about four weeks, but may take longer in busy periods so be sure to apply as soon as possible. If you gain admission, you will receive an email informing you of your conditional admission. You can start planning your move to Amsterdam!

    3. Finalise your registration
    You will need to finalise your registration, which you can do here: What to do after admission. When everything is final you can make your move to Amsterdam and prepare for your study at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam!

    The deadlines for application are as follows:

    • 1 April: Students who need a study visa and/or a residence permit.
    • 1 June : Non-EU/EEA students with an international degree who do not need a study visa/residence permit.
    • 1 June : EU/EEA or Dutch students with an international degree.

Want to know more?

Don't hesitate to contact us!

Are you applying with a Dutch diploma? You can contact the Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences for questions and practical information: toelatingscommissie.fgb@vu.nl

For general questions, please send an e-mail to contact@vu.nl.

Call us on +31 20 5985000 (on working days from 10.00 till 16.00)

International diploma applicants

International diploma applicants are welcome to send an e-mail to masters.fbms@vu.nl or book a phone appointment to get in touch with the International Student Advisor of this programme.

If you have questions about the tuition fee, Studielink or your personal dashboard on vu.nl, please contact the Student Desk: studentdesk@vu.nl.

Contact

  • Jet van der Wouden
  • International Student Advisor
  • Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences
  • masters.fbms@vu.nl