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Program and courses Cognitive Neuropsychology

In the Master's track Cognitive Neuropsychology you will investigate the neurological and neuropsychological characteristics of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders and brain conditions in the pediatric population. You will also study the normal and pathological age-related changes in cognition, behavior and brain.

Program structure

This one-year master's track consists of 60 credits (ECTS):

  • 4 core courses (24 ECTS)
  • Internship (18 ECTS)
  • Master’s thesis (18 ECTS)

The program starts at the end of August and is divided into two themes: clinical and fundamental. In the clinical part of the program, you will study disorders connected to brain and behavior, such as: developmental disorders, degenerative disorders, and cerebrovascular accidents. In the fundamental part of the program, you will study cognition by doing behavioral research, psychophysiological research, EEG/ERP scanning, etc. 

Program content

Block 1: August - October
  • Developmental Neuropsychology
    Study pediatric neuropsychology from pregnancy to adolescence. You will focus on neurodevelopmental disorders in relation to normal brain development and their impact on cognitive, emotional, behavioral, academic, social and family functioning.
    You will learn about topics such as language disorders, intellectual disabilities and giftedness, ADHD and autism, and epilepsy
  • Assessment for Cognitive Neuropsychology
    Learn to perform a complete neuropsychological assessment from a scientist-practitioner perspective. You will learn how to develop an anamnesis and gain insights into the use of different instruments to assess attention, memory, language, processing speed, visuoperceptual skills and executive functions. Finally, you will learn how to interpret and integrate your assessment results, formulate a conclusion, and give advice for treatment. 
    • Optional: diagnostic certificate NIP (BAPD) 
  • Internship
Block 2: October - December
  • Neuropsychology of Aging 
    Study normal and pathological age-related changes in cognition, behavior and the brain and thereby learn to differentiate between normal age-related changes, and neurodegenerative disorders. You will study topics such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease and Cerebrovascular diseases. 
  • Interventions for Cognitive Neuropsychology
    Learn how to design an intervention plan from a scientist-practitioner perspective. You will look at different evidence-based rehabilitation strategies to improve or compensate for problems with awareness, memory, attention, processing speed, problem-solving, and behaviors such as aggression.
  • Internship
  • Master's thesis
Block 3 and 4: January - July
  • Internship
  • Master's thesis
Internship
  • The internship is mandatory and takes around three days a week. There is room for flexibility; some students start the internship in September and others in February; and some students do their internship three days per week while others do it four days per week.  
  • You will get a basic understanding of the practical work of a cognitive neuropsychologist.
  • You will learn to apply ethical and normative standards in your work and interaction with colleagues and clients.

Internship possibilities

You can do an external internship in a health care organization or an internal internship at Tilburg University.

External Internship

Your internship takes place in health care organizations. For example, in rehabilitation services dealing with patients with acquired brain damage, or care organizations helping people with autism, or elderly homes that help people with dementia. In sum, you will work for an institution that cares for patients with neuropsychological disorders and complaints.

Finding a place for your internship is your responsibility, and it is important to start looking for an internship early, i.e. before the Master's program begins. To support you during your search, we will organize several informative sessions about the content of the internship and tips for finding a place. These informative sessions will be organized from February to March.

  • You can register for one of these information meetings by emailing the internship coordinators (internship.CNP@tilburguniversity.edu). You'll receive all the necessary information in an email. 
  • If you're unable to attend one of the information sessions, please send us an email, and we'll set up a meeting to discuss all the information about the internship you need (internship.CNP@tilburguniversity.edu). 
  • If you want to do an external internship, you must submit the information about the internship place to the internship coordinator for approval (internship.CNP@tilburguniversity.edu). 
  • In consultation with the internship coordinators, it may be possible to do an external internship abroad. If you would like to do an internship abroad, please send an email to: internship.CNP@tilburguniversity.edu.

Internal Internship

During the internal internship, you will work in the neuropsychological laboratory at Tilburg University. You will acquire knowledge and skills about electrophysiological measurements, and how they can be used in neuropsychological assessments for clinical purposes; you will gain experience with assessments and the design of neuropsychological interventions. We offer tailor-made arrangements so you can focus on your personal interests.

This internship is suitable for Dutch and international students, but note that the internal internship does not meet the requirements to obtain the LOGO and BAPD certificates.

BAPD and LOGO requirements

  • In order to work as a basic psychologist in the GGZ or Forensic Care after your Master's degree in Psychology and Mental Health (track Cognitive Neuropsychology), it is mandatory (as of 1 July 2022) to have a LOGO certificate in addition to your Master's degree. You will also need this LOGO statement if you want to study to become a GZ psychologist or psychotherapist in the Netherlands.
  • For the LOGO statement, evidence of prior education (Verklaring Vooropleidingseisen) and diagnostics (BAPD aantekening) is required. It is possible to obtain these statements at the end of the Master's program, but only if you meet the requirements, which are not only based on the courses in this Master, but also in the courses you took during your Bachelor's program.  
Master’s thesis

In your second, third and final block, you will write your Master's thesis, guided by a supervisor. In the first phase of writing your thesis (second block), you will write your research proposal. In the second phase (third and fourth blocks), you will collect the data and write your thesis. 

Examples of thesis subjects

  • Sensory integration in children with autism.
  • Resting state EEG connectivity in children with ADHD.
  • Impact of maternal behavior and anxiety on mother-infant neural synchrony
  • Stress and working and episodic memory in stroke patients
  • Emotion recognition and executive functioning in multiple sclerosis
  •  fMRI on text-based auditory recalibration in people with dyslexia
  • Cognitive performance and coping in patients with somatic symptoms and related disorders

You will find a detailed description of the courses and required literature in our course catalog.

Go to the course descriptions


Please note: programs are subject to change. We advise you to look up the current program in OSIRIS Student at the start of the year.


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Short overview of Cognitive Neuropsychology

  • Become an expert on the relationship between the brain and behavior in humans.
  • Acquire in-depth knowledge and skills on both the assessment of disorders, and on interventions aimed at treating them.
  • Disorders that are addressed include for example epilepsy, autism, ADHD, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, cerebrovascular diseases, and Multiple Sclerosis. Emphasis throughout the program is on the biological origins and the brain mechanisms underlying these disorders.
  • Opportunities to put what you learned into practice by doing an external or internal internship.
  • Depending on the Bachelor's program you have followed, students who do an external internship in the Netherlands may be able to obtain the so called Verklaring Vooropleiding and the basic registration of psychodiagnostics (BAPD) during the Master's program. This will provide you with a good connection to the post-Master's GZ program.
  • Learn to conduct independent research in the field of cognitive neuropsychology using state-of-the-art neuroscientific methods.

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