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What will I learn?

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. The research Master’s programme offers four specialisations that coincide with the research themes of the Donders Institute.

The Master's specialisation in Development and Lifelong Plasticity studies the mechanistic underpinnings and behavioural consequences of long-term changes in neural structure and function.

What will you learn?

Memory is at the very heart of our personality: the countless snapshots of our daily experiences have a pervasive and enduring influence on the self. But how are these memories organised in the brain and how are they given value and meaning? The specialisation in Plasticity and Memory looks at the development and decay of the healthy and the maladaptive brain. The goal is to understand various types of neuroplastic changes in the brain, specifically in patients with for example Alzheimer's disease, stress-related disorders, chronic pain, autism, intellectual disabilities, and ADHD.

You’ll study diverse brain functions by measuring and manipulating cognitive, emotional, hormonal and neural mechanisms, as well as by (epi)genetic fingerprinting and developing cell and animal disease models. You’ll learn to do research towards patient care that individualises the diagnostic approach and therapeutic and care interventions. Aim is to obtain an optimal fit with patient characteristics and individual preference.

As a student of the specialisation in Plasticity and Memory, you must choose five courses from the following list of seven courses:

  • Human Learning and Memory
  • The Neural Basis of Animal Cognition
  • Early Onset Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Neurobiology of (Mal)adaptation
  • Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology
  • Neurogenetics
  • Animal Models for brain function and disorders

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
€17,000.00 (13,88,889) per year
Start date

Expected September 2022


Radboud University

Houtlaan 4,



6525 XZ, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A completed Bachelor's degree in related area, which is equivalent to a Dutch WO Bachelor. A proficiency in English: In order to take part in this programme, you need to have fluency in both written and spoken English. Non-native speakers of English without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following: A TOEFL score of 577 (paper based) or 90 (internet based); An IELTS score of 6.5; Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher.

For international students

You are admissible if you have completed a Bachelor's degree in:

Behavioural Sciences (e.g., Psychology)
Artificial Intelligence
or a related discipline

The graduation date of the last attained for the programme relevant BA/BSc degree must be within five years of applying to the programme.

Proficiency in English

An adequate command of English is required for participation in the programme. This requirement is satisfied when the student:

is in the possession of a Dutch VWO diploma with English as a subject; or
is in the possession of a diploma of secondary education, obtained at an English-language institution for secondary education in- or outside the Netherlands; or
has successfully completed one of the following tests:

TOEFL iBT: ≥ 100, subscores ≥ 22;
IELTS Academic: ≥ 7.0 overall, subscores ≥ 6.5
a Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English or a Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English stating a minimum overall score of C.

is in the possession of a Bachelor’s degree from a university wherein the language of instruction was English.

. Application Deadline: Non-EU/EEA students - 1 April; EU/EEA students - 1 May (recommended deadline for assistance with finding housing) and 1 July (final application deadline).


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