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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. The programme focuses on normal and deviant behaviour in relation to brain structure and function. You'll study congenital, acquired or degenerative brain dysfunctions; related neuropsychiatric disorders; and the neuropharmacological mechanisms that underlie behaviour. After you’ve finished your master’s, you'll be a versatile and skilled researcher capable of pursuing a successful career at a university, research institute, hospital, rehabilitation centre or pharmaceutical company.

If you choose to specialise in Neuropsychology, you'll study normal and deviant behaviour in relation to brain structure and function. You'll particularly focus on congenital, acquired and degenerative brain dysfunctions, and their related neuropsychiatric disorders. The neuro-pharmacological mechanisms that underlie behaviour in health and disease will also be highlighted in the programme. By combining in-depth courses that provide theoretical knowledge with courses on advanced methodological and diagnostic skills, you'll obtain all the training you need to pursue a clinical or scientific career in this highly challenging domain.

Programme outline

The programme has four compulsory courses that cover the basic neurobiological and cognitive affective mechanisms underlying the behaviour of healthy subjects and patients with neurological or psychiatric diseases:

Brain damage: focuses on patients with brain damage whose condition can provide us with insights into how the brain works in relation to behaviour.

Behavioural disorders: focuses on cognitive dysfunction in neuropsychiatric conditions and explores neuropsychological mechanisms and treatment strategies.

Arousal and attention: introduces key theories about arousal and attention and integrates these with knowledge from psychopharmacology to understand related diseases, such as insomnia and ADHD.

Aging: focuses on basic theories and neurobiological processes of age-related cognitive decline that is often found in dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

In addition to the core courses, you'll also get practical training focused on neuropsychological diagnostic skills and you'll be familiarised with psychological research methods. You'll receive training in designing and applying diagnostic and experimental instruments as well as in assessment procedures for analysing, interpreting and reporting on the data (obtained, for example, from simulation patients or experiments). During the second semester, you'll complete a research or clinical internship and write your master’s thesis.

Your Future

The specialisation in Neuropsychology provides you with an excellent basis to become a versatile and skilled researcher. You can pursue a career at universities and research institutes, in clinical settings such as hospitals and rehabilitation centres, or at schools and other educational institutions. You might also consider working in the pharmacological industry.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
€13,800.00 (11,14,701) per year
Statutory fee for this programme is € 2,083
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Maastricht University

Minderbroedersberg 4-6,

MAASTRICHT,

Limburg,

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

Applicants must have a university’s bachelor degree.

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

TOEFL test: internet-based minimum score 90

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

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