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Explore the intricacies of brain and cognition

When you graduate, you will have the knowledge and skills you need to work independently in the vibrant field of cognitive neuropsychology at a professional level or even well beyond its borders.

After two years, you will know about the latest state of affairs in the world of cognitive neuropsychology and about ideas, methods and theories utilized in the lab and the clinic, including their limits and possible caveats. By combining this knowledge with the skills you acquired in your practical training, you will be able to professionally assess the neuropsychological functioning of patients and neurologically healthy people.

Also, you will be able to design, program and run experiments and analyze the resulting behavioral and neural data to examine human cognition. In addition, you will have acquired experience with diagnostics and participated in at least one major research-focused project. Depending on your preferences, you will have joined a second research project or worked with patients with a neurological disorder or brain damage in a clinical setting.

At the end of the program, you will know what constitutes proper scientific inquiry, what is entailed by the misapplication or misuse of scientific findings and what ethical issues arise when conducting research involving human participants. Furthermore, you will have become competent in critically assessing both your own research projects and those of other investigators, empowering you to appraise their strengths as well as their limitations and potential flaws.

Additionally, you will know how to write APA-style reports on your research, which could be the basis for later publications. On top of this, you will have acquired skill in presenting your findings to fellow scientists, defending your research in front of them and communicating major discoveries to non-specialist audiences. Lastly, you will have mastered how to select relevant literature, develop valuable research questions from it and initiate scientific inquiry.

Marie-Christine van de Glind, student Cognitive Neuropsychology

Marie-Christine van de Glind, student Cognitive Neuropsychology

Marie-Christine is fascinated by the brain and its functioning. “It is amazing that you can identify brain areas based on someone’s behaviour and appearance, for example after brain damage, and that you can see how areas of the brain work together. The research master’s programme combines my predilection for doing research with in-depth courses exploring both neuropsychological and cognitive functioning, during health and disorders.”

What can you do after your Master's degree?

Start your career

Upon completion of the Cognitive Neuropsychology research master’s program, you will be able to pursue a wide range of careers. Most of our former students choose to stay in academia and become PhD candidates, who continue to make their mark at universities, academic hospitals and research institutes all over the world.

Alternatively, you can work as a clinical neuropsychologist, provided that you meet the requirements to do so (see more). Many people who complete our program dedicate themselves to working with patients with a neurological disorder or brain damage in hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, psychiatric institutes and many more clinical surroundings.

Not to mention, some alumni end up in R&D environments or data analytics, while others hold down a job in marketing, IT or HR. As another option, you may take up a policy or management position in industry, government, healthcare, science or the non-profit sector or you could become a human factors consultant.

Where has the Master's degree taken us?