Master of Science (MSc) in Cognitive Neuroscience - Specialization in Language and Communication (Research)



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.

How is it possible that, in such an amazingly short period of time, you can select the correct words, put them in the correct order and grammatical form, and pronounce them intelligibly? The acquisition and comprehension of language are based on extremely complex cognitive processes which are not yet entirely understood. It’s these processes, and their biological underpinnings, that form psycholinguistics’ field of study and are the basis of this specialisation.

What will you learn?

All specialisations in the Master's programme have a common basis. In the first year you'll become acquainted with the most important theaories, models, techniques and analysis methods given in Cognitive Neuroscience. As a student of the specialisation in Language and Communication you are obligated to take five of the following seven courses:

  • Word Recognition and Production
  • Sentence Production and Comprehension
  • Using and Acquiring Multiple Languages
  • First Language Acquisition
  • Language in a Multimodal Context
  • Neurobiology of Language
  • Structural Aspects of Language

Language & Communication

In the Language and Communication specialisation you’ll gain knowledge on how language is acquired, understood and produced. You’ll also know a great deal about language development, the neural basis of language skills, language and speech disorders, and linguistics. Furthermore, you’ll have hands-on experience in the use of contemporary research techniques and methodology in the field of language behaviour, such as speech analysis, eye-movement analysis, brain imaging and computational modelling. Graduates of this specialisation may find a position with one of the psycholinguistic research institutes in the Netherlands or abroad, a government institution - for example, in the care sector (rehabilitation centres) or in education (language disorders) - or in a specialised company

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
€17,000.00 (15,02,165) per year
Start date

Expected September 2023


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


  • Start in September: non-EU residents: 1 April
  • Start in February: non-EU residents: 1 November of each year.

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