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Become a better neuroscientist

Translate neuroscientific insights into practical applications

How can you translate insights from neuroscience into clinical psychiatric practice and, in turn, into something that a patient can understand? What are the implications of neurotechnologies such as Deep Brain Stimulation and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for our understanding of self and personal identity? What sort of explanation do neuroscientists provide? When is neuroscientific evidence admissible in the court of law?

The Philosophy of Neuroscience specialisation of the two-year Master’s in Philosophy is unique in several ways. It’s one of the few programmes to combine neuroscience and philosophy. It’s genuinely translational: you’ll study not only the theories but also what they mean in terms of practical skills and training. And it has a special focus on psychiatry and mental illness. You’ll reflect on the philosophical foundations of neuroscience, engage with the broader implications of neuroscientific research, and become a better scientist as a result.

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Discover your Philosophy of Neuroscience programme

The Philosophy of Neuroscience programme was developed by a neuroscientist and a psychiatrist who both wanted to understand what happens in translation and create more synergy between their disciplines. And that ambition is still in evidence today. All the teaching you’ll receive is embedded in the department’s research groups, projects and activities – meaning that your work will directly contribute to the research output of VU Amsterdam.

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