Master of Science (MSc) in Cognitive Neuroscience - Specialization in Perception, Action and Decision-making (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.

The Master's specialisation in Perception, Action and Decision-making studies the basic sensorimotor aspects of perception-action coupling as well as the cognitive contextual and social components.

What will you learn?

In the Perception, Action and Control specialisation you’ll gain ample experience in current research and analysis techniques in perception, three-dimensional motor research, psychophysiological studies, neuroimaging and electromyographical studies. You’ll also be able to apply formal theories on and models of perceptive functions, sensorimotor functions, and complex actions in your research.

As a student of the specialisation in Perception, Action and Control, you must choose five courses from the following list of seven courses:

  • Motor Control
  • Cognitive Control and Decision Making
  • Social Neurocognition
  • Perception
  • Attention and Performance
  • Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Cognition and Complexity

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
€17,000.00 (14,91,097) per year
Start date

Expected February, September 2024


Radboud University

Houtlaan 4,



6525 XZ, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A completed Bachelor's degree in Philosophy or in a related discipline (in the latter case, students must have acquired at least 60 EC in Philosophical disciplines). The applicant must have a degree with merit or distinction or equivalent. Meaning: a student’s weighted grade-point average in Philosophy in the 2nd and 3rd year of their Bachelor's programme must be the equivalent of 7.5 or more (on the Dutch scale of 10). A TOEFL iBT or 100 overall, with subscores of 22; An IELTS score of 7.0, with subscores of 6.5; A Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 proficiency, with marks 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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