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What will I learn?

In this course, you will study current trends in cognitive neuroscience by reading the latest research papers. You will take a researcher’s perspective and critically evaluate cutting-edge research. How solid are claims made by researchers and companies? And how can we take the latest trends even further?

In addition, you will learn to apply theories and methods from cognitive neuroscience to real-world scenarios: economic decision making, education, marketing, clinical practice, policymaking, etc. During the master, you will combine your scientific knowledge and your creativity to develop your own project that brings cognitive neuroscience from the lab into the world.

Why study this programme in Groningen?

You will

join a vibrant and international community of students
get lectures from top researchers
join a small-scale master that provides attention to individual students

Job prospects

After you have finished the master Cognitive Psychology and Psychophysiology, you will be able to work with human data in the broadest sense, and this is a unique set of skills that is relevant in many areas of today's job market.

For example, you will be able to

measure and improve the effectiveness of marketing campaigns;
work with large sets of human data as a data analyst
help companies and governmental organisations to design, implement, and test human-friendly systems and environments;
evaluate and improve traffic situations.

And finally, but just as importantly, you will have a deeper understanding of the human mind.

Job examples


CPP graduates are well prepared for a career as researcher, for example as PhD student at a university, but also in the private (Philips, Unilever) or government sector (ministries, TNO), or with NGOs(SWOV)


You can use your skills and knowledge as CPP-graduate to advise companies, NGOs of the government about the latest developments in cognitive psychology and psychophysiology, for example in the context of human-computer interaction, or on recent developments such as neuromarketing.

Finally, you will acquire the skills for designing, programming, and conducting cognitive-neuroscience experiments; and you will learn how to analyze complex data sets. Through hands-on experience, you will gain practical skills that are crucial in today's job market, both in academia and business.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (12 Months)

Tuition fees
€15,000.00 (12,11,632) per year
Application deadline

Expected November 2022

More details

Start date

Expected September 2022


University of Groningen

Broerstraat 5,


9712 CP, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have Bachelor's degree. Additional requirements English: A VWO diploma or a subject certificate for VWO English (mark 6 or higher), minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1 (B2 for no more than two components). Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 180.

For international students

To be eligible for admission to this master, you need to hold a Bachelor's degree in Psychology (or with a strong focus on Psychology) from a Research University, based on wide psychological knowledge and skills, as well advanced statistical and methodological knowledge and skills. For some tracks, it is possible to do a premaster in case you do not completely satisfy the criteria.

IELTS overall band

6.5 – overall (6.0 – speaking, 5.5 – writing)

TOEFL paper based

575 – overall (55 – speaking, 4.5 – writing)

TOEFL internet based

90 – overall (19 – speaking, 20 – writing)

Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)

C, B or A

Cambridge Proficiency (CPE)

C, B or A

University of Groningen Language Center Test

C1 - speaking

C1 – writing

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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