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Cognitive Neuropsychology

1 year English Starts end of August

Become an expert on the relationship between brain and behavior. Cognitive Neuropsychology operates on the crossroads of various psychological disciplines, such as clinical (neuro)psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and applied neuroscience. You will examine the neurological and neuropsychological characteristics of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders and brain conditions. This program is a track of the MSc Psychology and Mental Health (Psychologie en Geestelijke Gezondheid).

Education and COVID-19

All education takes place on campus again, now that the coronavirus measures have been scaled back. Of course, we will always maintain a safe environment for our students and staff. Therefore, a few basic measures still apply. For the latest updates on the COVID-19 situation, see our FAQs for prospective students.

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of alumni is (very) satisfied with the program

National Alumni Survey, 2021

months between graduation and first job

National Alumni Survey, 2021

Program and courses

Study the neurological and neuropsychological aspects of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders and brain conditions, as well as the normal and pathological age-related changes in cognition, behavior and brain. You will study these disorders and changes from the perspective of various psychological disciplines, such as clinical (neuro)psychology, cognitive neuroscience and applied neuroscience.

  • Address disorders such as epilepsy, autism, ADHD, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and cerebrovascular diseases. Emphasis throughout the program lies on the biological origins and the brain mechanisms underlying these disorders.
  • Acquire in-depth knowledge and skills on both neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation. Learn to conduct independent research in the field of cognitive neuropsychology using state-of-the-art neuroscientific methods with the scientist-practitioner model.
  • You will do an internship, which can be external or internal.
    • During the external internship you will work for an institution that cares for patients with neuropsychological complaints. These institutions include rehabilitation centers and institutions for general healthcare, elderly care, and youth care.
    • During an internal internship, you will work in a neuropsychological laboratory at Tilburg University.
  • If you do an external internship in the Netherlands, you can acquire the basic registration of psychodiagnostics (BAPD) and fulfill the criteria for the registration of the association LOGO (Vereniging Landelijk Overleg Geestelijke Gezondheidszorg Opleidingsinstellingen). This also gives you a good connection to the postgraduate GZ training. 

Typical courses are:

  • Developmental Neuropsychology
  • Neuropsychology of Aging
  • Assessment for Cognitive Neuropsychology
  • Neuropsychological Rehabilitation

More  on the program and courses

  • John Neuber

    John Neuber

    Master's student

    "This program combines clinical practice with a scientific background, which helps me apply certain strategies that support my clients in the best possible way. "

  • Marjolein Neleman

    Marjolein Neleman

    Master's student

    "A big plus of this program is that the teaching material is applied to the clinical perspective of neuropsychology. With your master's thesis you have the possibility to chose either a clinical or scientific research focus."

  • Andra Jakab

    Andra Jakab

    Master's student

    "During my internship I learned to work with patients from start to end, which was really interesting to me. I experienced that it brings responsibility, but also that it brings a lot of joy to help people."

Career prospects

Alumni can easily find a job after graduation, due to the shortage of cognitive neuropsychologists in the Netherlands and Europe. As a Master psychologist, trained in cognitive neuropsychology, you cover a broad field of expertise, which means you can be employed in the broad domain of mental health services, politics and schools.

  • In mental health care institutions you will attend to patients in the acute (hospital) stage, and in the chronic phases, as a result of disorders and diseases like stroke, brain tumors or traumatic brain injury.
  • In the generalistic basic healthcare, your expertise as a cognitive neuropsychologist will bridge the gap between clinical psychologists and psychiatrists.

Example positions of graduates

  • Clinical Neuropsychologist at Helios Kliniken 
  • Psychologist at Surplus 
  • Neuropsychologist at University of Gent, Belgium 

Alumni facts

  •  On average 2 months until first paid job
  • 100% would choose the same Master’s program again, at the same university
  • Average gross monthly salary one year after graduation: €2,929.-
  • 96% is (very) satisfied with this program

Source: National Alumni Survey, 2021 | n = 27 

More on the career prospects

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Application and admission

This Master's program starts:

End of August

Best preparatory programs:

Psychology with a specialization in, e.g., cognitive neuropsychology, forensic psychology, clinical psychology, medical psychology, lifespan and developmental psychology.

Tuition fees and scholarships

International students, please find all information about the tuition fees and the scholarships available.

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More information on this Master's program

Download the brochure with information on program content, admission requirements, career prospects, housing and immigration matters, and student life in Tilburg. Throughout the year you can take part in various types of events: on-campus, abroad or online.

Interested in the MSc track Cognitive Neuropsychology?

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