The brain is an immensely powerful and intricate processing device. The research master Brain and Cognitive Sciences is for those who wish to study the brain from an interdisciplinary point of view.
In recent years we have seen rapid developments in the neurosciences as well as the behavioural and computer sciences that are all aimed at gaining a better understanding of the processes involved in the acquisition and use of knowledge in humans and animals, as well as in artificial systems. The Research Master's programme in Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) offers a broad selection of tracks that investigate all aspects of the field, from the molecule to the mind. Students can choose between three tracks: Behavioural Neuroscience Cognitive Neuroscience Cognitive Science In the Research Master Brain and Cognitive Sciences we strongly believe that a top-level training in each of these fields requires a basic understanding of the developments in other areas of Cognitive Science. In a nutshell: the present Master programme aims to train students to become experts in their specific subfield of the Brain and Cognitive Sciences but with a clear understanding and appreciation of the contribution made by the other subfields.
The master's programme aims to train students to become experts in their specific subfield of the Brain and Cognitive Sciences but with a clear understanding and appreciation of the contribution made by the other subfields. All students complete a core curriculum next to their chosen track within the Research Master's programme in Brain and Cognitive Sciences. The core curriculum of this programme integrates various perspectives from within the discipline and includes a weekly journal club and an annual summer school, both of which focus on cutting-edge topics in an intensively interdisciplinary setting.
The goal is to provide a programme that is equal in disciplinary quality to monodisciplinary programmes but in addition trains you to be aware of and understand the separate contributions and research methods of the large number of disciplines that contribute to the field of cognition and thus not suffer the inadequacies of monodisciplines. This enables you to reflect on, interpret and answer complex questions arising in science nowadays and that arise in our modern society. Interdisciplinary thinking can not be learned from a book, but is a skill which develops from the learning process of combining insights of more than one discipline that can lead to new insights.
Some special features of this programme are:
A Master of Science in Brain and Cognitive Sciences is awarded upon successful completion of all the courses in the curriculum, a literature thesis and two written reports based on independent research projects. This translates into a total of 120 ECTS credits.
Depending on their background, students can choose between three tracks offered within the Research Master's programme in Brain and Cognitive Sciences:
These tracks allow students to specialise in a given area while at the same keeping up with developments in the overarching field of brain and cognitive sciences, and while enjoying common goals and interests with students from a wide variety of backgrounds.
All students of the Master's programme in Brain and Cognitive Sciences have to conduct two research projects. These are a mandatory part of the Master's programme. The student will conduct the research project independently, but will be supervised by a professor, post-doc or PhD.
The objective of the research projects is to provide students with an opportunity to acquire practical experience by scientific research methods, to learn the different phases of research, to conduct a research project independently (they will be able to set it up, carry it out and round it off with a scientific report) and to learn to work in a research lab. Students get an opportunity to participate in all stages of scientific research, including the development of a research question, designing the experiment and the selection of the research methods to address the question, data collection and analysis, the interpretation of the data, and discussion.
Below you find a list of some of the research labs and universities where our past students have conducted their research project:
The Dutch government has allocated a vast amount for excellent students coming to the Netherlands under the HSP Huygens Programme. The Nuffic is administrating the Huygens scholarship. Please find all all necessary information about application and selection on their website.
! The Faculty deadline for receiving Huygens scholarship requests is: 31 December 2010. On the online application form please mention the Huygens scholarship request by thicking the relevant box.
The International Office will make a first selection of most excellent students. For this students we will write a nomination letter. Applicants that are part of this selection will receive the nomination letter by e-mail before 1 February 2011 which is the Nuffic deadline for application.
The Faculty of Economics and Business provides a limited number of scholarships for excellent students in the Master's programmes. There is no fixed number of available scholarships. The actual number will be determined by the amount that will be allocated to the Faculty.
1) Applicants should write an AMS motivation letter (tell us in not more than 300 words your motivation to get the scholarship).
2) Applicants should upload the AMS digital motivation letter to their online application for the MSc programme before March 1st 2011.
3) Before the end of May 2011 we will inform all applicants about the results by e-mail.
Ahold, an international food retailing group based in the Netherlands offers scholarships for non-EU students in the MSc in Accountancy and Control programme. Applicants should have an outstanding academic record and have special interest in retail and the intention to work and live in the USA or Europe after graduation. All non-EU applicants accepted to the MSc in Accountancy and Control programme will receive supplementary information on this Scholarship.
Students from Columbia can apply for this scholarship through their website.
Scholarships are provided for students from a selection of countries worldwide. For more information see the Nuffic website.
This programme provides funding for women and members of priority groups or marginalized regions. For more information see the Nuffic website.
Further information on scholarships can be obtained from Nuffic, please refer to their website. Click on the link 'Grantfinder' to search for Dutch scholarships for foreign students.
In certain cases it is possible for EU students to receive a monthly studentgrant from the Dutch government (i.e. IB Group). Please check their website for further information.
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