Research course

Development and Lifelong Plasticity (specialisation)

Radboud University · Faculty of Social Science
MSc by research

Entry requirements

1. A completed Bachelor's degree in Linguistics, Physics, Biology, Medicine, Mathematics, Behavioural Sciences, Artificial Intelligence or a related discipline

The graduation date of the last attained Bachelor’s degree relevant for this programme must be within five years of applying to the programme.

2. A proficiency in English

In order to take part in this programme, you need to have fluency in both written and spoken English. This requirement has been satisfied when the student meets the conditions, listed on our website.

Specialisation specific requirements

For the specialisation in Plasticity and Memory, students with a background in psychology, biology, (bio-)medical sciences, or natural sciences can apply. Specifically, we require demonstrable knowledge in the following domains:

  1. Biophysics (e.g., Hobbie, R.K. & Roth, B.J., 2015 ‘Intermediate Physics for Medicine and Biology’).
  2. Neuroscience (e.g., Kandel, E. & Schwartz, J., 2013 ‘Principles of neural science’ or Purves, D., 2012 ‘Neuroscience’).
  3. Cognitive Neuroscience (e.g., Gazzaniga, M. & Ivry, R.B., 2013 ‘Cognitive neuroscience: The biology of the mind’).
  4. Experimental design and statistics (e.g., Moore, D.S., McCabe, G.P., & Craig, B.A., 2014, ‘Introduction to the practice of statistics’; or McClave, J.T., & Sincich, T., 2013, ‘Statistics’).

To give you an indication of the content and level of knowledge you need in each of these areas, we have suggested handbooks that meet the level we expect from our candidates. Please note: Students should have at least the level of knowledge indicated above with respect to areas 1 and 2 OR 3 and 4 when they start the programme.

Months of entry

February, September

Course content

The specialisation in Development and Lifelong Plasticity looks at the development and decay of the healthy and the maladaptive brain. The goal is to understand various types of neuroplastic changes in the brain, specifically in patients with for example Alzheimer's disease, stress-related disorders, chronic pain, autism, intellectual disabilities, and ADHD.
In this specialisation you’ll study diverse brain functions by measuring and manipulating cognitive, emotional, hormonal and neural mechanisms, as well as by (epi)genetic fingerprinting and developing cell and animal disease models. You’ll learn to do research towards patient care that individualises the diagnostic approach and therapeutic and care interventions.
What will you learn?
  • Gain a theoretical and conceptual background in cognitive neuroscience
  • Learn about the anatomical and neurophysiological aspects of the human brain and theoretical cognition/neurocognition models
  • Explore neurofunctional architecture of cognitive key functions, such as perception, attention, memory, language, planning and targeted action aimed at individualising patient care in diagnostic approaches and therapeutic and care interventions
  • Get valuable experience designing, conducting and presenting your own research
Career prospects
A majority of graduates from this programme choose to pursue a PhD position. Other graduates may find jobs in the commercial sector, government agencies, or at research institutions.

Learn more via the Radboud University contact form.

Fees and funding

UK students
€ 17,000
International students
EU €2,314 p/a Non EU € 17,000 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 our 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 (€2,209). 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 (€2,209). 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 by research
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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