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MSc in Physics and Astronomy - Specialization in Neurophysics




What will I learn?

Our brain contains many ingenious networks of billions of interconnected neurons. Together, they have an information processing capacity and flexibility that far exceeds modern supercomputers, or any artificial intelligent system. In this specialisation, we aim at unraveling the neuro-computational mechanisms of this fascinating, complex system using experimental approaches, advanced theory and computational models.

What will you learn?

The major topics in the Neurophysics specialisation are:

Sensory-motor integration: We study sensorimotor control mechanisms (eye-head-hand coordination), sensory processing (vision, audition, touch, and balance), and memory and learning. We also identify their underlying neuro-computational processes, their relevance for robotics and neuro-technology, like the development of neuro-prostheses, and the clinical implications in case of malfunction.

Machine learning, Neuroinformatics, and Artificial Intelligence: The computational and theoretical analysis of complex neural networks, ranging from simulating large-scale interactions between individual neurons, to communication between different brain areas, and the closed-loop interactions between brain, body and environment. The theoretical work focuses on the development of machine-learning and artificial intelligence models, and on the applications of optimal control.

Career prospects

Master’s specialisation in Neurophysics

The Master’s specialisation in Neurophysics gives you the chance to work at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, and build up your own network of international renowned scientists who are working on the human brain: an excellent preparation for a future career in science. Neurophysics will also provide you with general skills that are required for any other job you aspire:

the ability to structure complex problems
excellent social skills for working in a multidisciplinary team
extensive experience in presentations
academic writing skills

PhD positions

If you would like to have a career in science, it is possible to apply for a PhD position at Radboud University. Of course, you can also apply at any other university worldwide. Many of our students have already attained a PhD position.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science

Study options

Full Time (2 Years)

Tuition fees
€17,000.00 (15,17,857) 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 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

A completed Bachelor's degree

You’ll need a completed Bachelor’s degree in one of the following fields of science:

Applied physics
Physics & Astronomy
or a related programme

Your degree has to be equivalent to a Dutch university diploma. The Admission Office will determine if an international student has the required knowledge to be admitted. Your Bachelor’s programme should also contain 12 EC of Neurophysics courses.

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:

TOEFL iBT: ≥ 90 + subscores ≥ 22;
IELTS Academic: ≥ 6,5 overall + subscores ≥ 6,0 + writing subscore ≥ 6,5;
Cambridge certificate C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency: C or higher.

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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