Research course

Neurobiology (specialisation)

Radboud University · Faculty of Science

Entry requirements

1. A completed Bachelor's degree in Science or a related area

Your degree has to be equivalent to a Dutch research university diploma, with an adequate multidisciplinary foundation in at least two of the following three disciplines, of 30 EC each: Chemistry, Biology or Physics. The Examination Board will determine if an international student has the required knowledge to be admitted.

2. A proficiency in English

In order to take part in the 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 score of ≥575 (paper based) or ≥90 (internet based)
  • IELTS score of ≥6.5
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), with a mark of C or higher

* Applicants are considered to be a native speaker of English if they are from Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, UK, USA or South Africa.

Months of entry


Course content

The Master's specialisation in Neurobiology crosses the boundaries of multiple sub-fields of biology, life sciences, medicine and behavioural sciences. We develop novel biological and chemical methodologies to control molecules, cells, networks and behaviour, thereby establish a causal link between the different biological scales of brain organization and function. The major topics in this specialisation are:

  • Neural circuit organisation, development and plasticity
  • Neural network function and behaviour
  • Translational models of human brain diseases

Our approach to this field

At Radboud University, all branches of Neurobiology are accounted for, and strongly intertwined through the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour (DI). This unique combination of expertises is a real advantage for Neurobiology students: it gives you absolute freedom to develop your knowledge in your field of interest and a high profile network for your future career.

  • Radboud University is the only university in the Netherlands that covers the complete research field of Neuroscience, from cognition to behaviour, and from subcellular processes, to single-cell analysis, big data, computational modelling, behavioural sciences and advanced machine learning.
  • You will perform your internships in one of Europe’s largest Neuroscience Institutes, the world-renowned Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour (DI), and one of the leading research-oriented teaching hospitals in the Netherlands, the Radboud University Medical Centre.
  • The program is tailored to your needs and is flexible. You can choose to perform your internships in other prestigious institutions elsewhere in the world or perform double major with various high-profile Master’s programs at Radboud.

*This is a specilisation of: Master's in Medical Biology and Master's in Science

Fees and funding

UK students
€ 2,083 p/a
International students
EU € 2,083 p/a Non EU € 12,645 p/a

There are various scholarships available for studying at Radboud University. Some of the opportunities are described below. A full list, including detailed information, can be found on our scholarships and grants page at the website.

Radboud Scholarship Programme

Open to a select number of excellent international students. Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,083 in 2019/2020). Visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are also covered.

Orange Tulip Scholarship

Open to students from Brazil, Mexico, Russia, Indonesia, South-Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, and China. Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,083 in 2019/2020). Visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are also covered.

Fulbright-Radboud Scholarships

Open to excellent American students. The grant will be paid in 12 monthly instalments of 1,050 euros. International travel and the cost of the residence permit will be covered, and an extra allowance of €1150 will be paid on arrival.

Sino-Dutch Bilateral Exchange Scholarship

Open to excellent students from China. Consists of a contribution of € 16,113 towards the total costs of one year of study or research in the Netherlands.

DIKTI-Neso Scholarships

Aimed at lecturers at higher education institutions in Indonesia who wish to pursue a PhD or Master's at a university in the Netherlands. A DIKTI scholarship includes allowances for living expenses, insurance, travel costs, tuition fees and more.

Indonesian Education Scholarship (LPDP)

Open to excellent Indonesian students under the age of 35. Involves a full scholarship.

Holland Scholarship Programme

Open to excellent students from Canada, America, India and Turkey. Scholarship consists of 5,000 euros payed at the start of study.

Dutch Student Finance

EU/EEA students and Swiss students under 30 years of age are eligible if they are working at least 56 hours per month in the Netherlands, or have been living in the Netherlands for five years or more. Dutch student finance consists of four components: a basic grant, a supplementary grant (depending on the parental income), a student travel product, and a loan.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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