Cognitive Neuroscience (research)


Each specialisation consists of:

  1. General courses
  2. Specialisation-specific courses
  3. Electives
  4. Research Internship/Thesis

General courses

The general coursework (40 ECTS) consists of advanced training in academic and research skills. The design and timing of these courses is such that students can immediately apply their newly acquired skills to their own research project. Besides lectures, the programme offers seminars, work in small groups, and practicals.

Specialisation-specific courses

The obligatory specialisation-specific coursework (20 ECTS) consists of four advanced content-specific courses, in which students acquire in-depth knowledge of a range of theories, issues and research domains in cognitive neuroscience.

For the most up to date course overview, see the e-Prospectus.


Students can choose electives (20 ECTS) from the range of modules offered in the different (research) master’s programmes at the Institute of Psychology, either to concentrate further on the specialisation of their choice (by choosing additional specialisation-specific electives) or to broaden their view. Students who wish to expand their expertise in the domain of Brain and Cognition can choose from a wide range of elective courses offered within and outside the Institute of Psychology.

Research internship and master’s thesis

Students spend most of the second year on a supervised research internship (20 ECTS] and a master’s thesis (20 ECTS). During the first semester, the research master’s thesis focuses on the preparation of a literature review and the development of a research question, resulting in a written research proposal. During the second semester, students implement the research, collect and analyse the data, and write their thesis.

Master details

  • This is a specialisation of: Psychology (research)
  • Degree Master of Science in Psychology (research)
  • Mode of study Full-time
  • Duration 2 years
  • Start date September and February
  • Language of instruction English
  • Location Leiden
  • Croho/isat code 60395

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After completing my Bachelors’ degree in Psychology at Leiden and travelling in Portugal, Thailand and Australia, I returned to begin my Master’s degree in Economic and Consumer Psychology. While I am very happy with the choice I made, leading up to the decision I experienced the inevitable stress about which particular Master’s degree I wanted to pursue.

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