Research course

Brain Networks and Neuronal Communication (specialisation)

Radboud University · Faculty of Social Science
MSc by research

Entry requirements

Please find all the relevant information about admission requirements on our website.

Months of entry

September, February

Course content

The time has come to study the brain not as a passive response device but as a network in which we consider ongoing activity before, during, and after a stimulus. The specialisation in Brain Networks and Neuronal Communication deals with brain networks ranging from the smallest scale, the communication between individual neurons, up to the largest scale:communication between different brain areas. Using advanced mathematical tools, this specialisation prepares students for cutting-edge neuroscience research.

Students interested in this specialisation are expected to already have a high level of mathematical skills and/or training in physics, engineering or computer science in their Bachelor’s studies.

A large majority of our graduates gain a PhD position, while other graduates find jobs in the commercial sector or at research institutes. Graduates of this specialisation may more readily find a position with one a government institution or specialised companies (e.g. in the pharmaceutical industry).

Talented students that are selected for this specialization may be interested in aiming for a double degree. That is, in the domain of Brain Networks and Neuronal Communication there are two affiliated Master's programmes: Neurophysics (offered by the Faculty of Science) and Artificial Intelligence (offered by the Faculty of Social Sciences). Each of these programmes lasts for two years, but for those students interested in getting a double degree, there is the possibility of completing two of the three programmes in two years. For more information on this, you can contact the programme coordinator Dr. Arno Koning (

*This is an specialisation of the Cognitive Neuroscience (Research) Master Programme

Quality label

This programme was recently rated number one in the Netherlands in the Keuzegids Masters 2015 (Guide to Master's programmes).

Fees and funding

UK students
£1.515,00 (€ 1,984)
International students
£ 7.328,00 (€ 10,137)

Qualification and course duration

MSc by research

full time
24 months

Course contact details

Admission Office