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Discover the Fascinating World of the Brain

Are you fascinated by the brain, but do you have limited or no background in neuroscience? Then this minor is just the thing for you. Check here whether you meet the admission requirements and find out how to apply.

The minor traditionally hosts students from many different study backgrounds, and students from different universities, both from the Netherlands and abroad.

Admission and Registration

  • Admission

    This minor is open to third year BSc students with a background in alpha and gamma sciences (e.g., Sociology, Psychology, Economics, Law, Artificial Intelligence) and students from Lifesciences (e.g., Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Movement Science) with a broad interest. Students from Biomedical Sciences and Health and Life Sciences, as well as students who plan to pursue a career in Neuroscience, cannot follow this minor but are referred to the more specialized university minor Biomolecular and Neurosciences.

    Are you an exchange student or Semester in Amsterdam student? The International Office is responsible for course approval and registration. Please contact either the Incoming Exchange Team or Semester in Amsterdam Team for details:

  • International students - Exams

    Rules and ways of examination and receiving course credits (ECs) appear to differ between countries. To avoid surprises, we wish to explicitly inform you on the customs at the VU University and thus this minor. To receive credits for the different courses in this minor, you must pass the course-specific exams and assignments. The forms and rules of examination differ between the 5 courses. The rules are described in detail in the course-specific Course Guides, so please read these carefully to avoid surprises. Important to realize is that you do not receive any credits if you do not pass the exams. Generally: being present, and handing in assignments on time, is not sufficient to pass the course and receive the credits.

  • International students - Resits

    If you did not pass the exam, we offer 1 resit opportunity. Experience has taught us that the resits are often scheduled on dates that are inconvenient for international students. (For example, resits are planned the week after Christmas break, but some international students only stay until Christmas. Or resits are planned on the 2 day of the month, while the lease of your apartment expires on the last of the month). All the dates for exams and resits are known at the start of the minor, so please check the schedule carefully, so that you are aware of the exams or resits that may be problematic for you. If a resit is scheduled for a date that is inconvenient for you, please take that into account while studying for the exam! If you do fail the exam, and you are no longer in the Netherlands on the date that the resit takes place, then it is in principle impossible to take the resit. Please be aware of this possible problem and address it early by contacting the course coordinators!

Do you want to know more, or do you need advice?

Don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Sophie van der Sluis