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What will I learn?

Are you fascinated by the relationship between the brain and behaviour? Would you love to learn more about neuropsychiatric disorders like attention deficits, schizophrenia and dementia? Are you curious about how certain drugs can influence the processing of information in our brain? Then you should consider specialising in Neuropsychology. You’ll study both the cognitive and the emotional-affective aspects of human behaviour, and you’ll learn more about how behaviour can be influenced through food and medication. The programme also contains several courses that focus on improving your academic skills, such as writing papers and research proposals, providing you with an excellent basis for an academic career. But you will also have the opportunity to combine clinical and research internships, which means that positions in healthcare will also be open to you.

The brain is a challenging topic to explore if you want to understand behaviour. Yet, the complexity of its myriad of neurons, dozens of biochemical messengers and infinite neuronal interconnections attract many researchers to this highly challenging field.

The Neuropsychology specialisation offers an integrated curriculum that includes most aspects of basic and applied neuroscience. Under the guidance of a multidisciplinary team of mainly psychologists, psychiatrists and psychopharmacologists as well as biologists, you will learn to use state-of-the art clinical and neuroimaging techniques (like EEG and fMRI) and behavioural laboratory facilities. If you specialise in Neuropsychology, you may also choose to conduct an optional clinical internship in an approved setting, for at least 13 weeks. This can be done in conjunction with the required research internship or separately. Based on client/patient-based investigations you perform during the clinical internship, you will submit an additional, brief research report: the minor thesis. The length of the research internship and associated credits will be adjusted accordingly, so that you can complete both internships within the 2-year timeframe of the curriculum.

Your future

The research master in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience is primarily designed to prepare students for a scientific career. After you have completed the research master’s programme Neuropsychology, you will therefore be perfectly qualified to pursue a PhD or a related research position, which can be combined with a post-graduate clinical training. On average, more than 90% of our graduates find their desired job or training position within 3-6 months after graduation. The majority embark on PhD projects at top universities. Others pursue clinical training or are employed in industry.

The programme also provides you with a solid background for careers in a variety of other settings, which may include the following:

  • scientific research and policy functions in research institutes
  • somatic and mental health treatment institutions
  • forensic institutes
  • centres for educational research and counselling
  • insurance providers
  • government agencies
  • pharmaceutical, food, and medical technology industries

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience

Study options

Full Time (2 Years)

Tuition fees
€16,800.00 (13,57,027) per year
Statutory fee for this programme is € 2,083
Start date

Expected September 2022


Maastricht University

Minderbroedersberg 4-6,



6211, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have eligible for admission if you have a bachelor's degree from a relevant academic field, for example, philosophy or sociology. English language requirements: IELTS (6.5); TOEFL Paper-based test (575); TOEFL Internet test (90); TOEIC listening and reading (720) and speaking and writing (310); Cambridge [Advanced (CAE) Grade C (scale 180-184), First Certificate in English (FCE) Grade A (scale 180-184), First Certificate in English (FCE) Grade B (scale 176-179)].

For international students

Excellent graduates from a university bachelor’s programme are admissible to the Research master’s programme Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience.

IELTS test: minimum score 6.5, with no component less than 6

TOEFL test: internet-based minimum score 90 (test code 7102)

Cambridge: CPE with grade A, B or C, or CAE with grade A, B or C+


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