Philosophy: Philosophy of neuroscience

2 Jahre
1. September. (Studiengänge mit Studienbeginn Februar)
  1. Hold an academic Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Biomedical Sciences, or Psychology with a Biological Psychology or Neuropsychology profile. If you hold a BSc degree in a closely related discipline (e.g. Movement Sciences, Artificial Intelligence or Medicine) you are also eligible to apply
  2. Have good grades: A minimum undergraduate grade-point average of 7.5 (or international equivalent, e.g. a B+, or a GPA of 3.4); and a minimum grade of 8 (or international equivalent, e.g. an A, or a GPA of 4.0), for both the Bachelor’s thesis and neuroscience-related courses.
  3. Possess well-developed academic skills including writing and presenting abilities, the ability to evaluate and apply knowledge, and the ability to engage in critical thinking.
  4. Have an active interest in neuroscience research and have clear ideas about a future career in neuroscience.
Informationen zu Studiengebühren

Application deadline: 1 June 2017 (1 April 2017, if you require housing)
Worum geht's im Studium

Are you interested in the conceptual basis and the social, legal and ethical implications of neuroscience research? In this programme you will study the conceptual foundations and the broader implications of neuroscientific research from different philosophical perspectives.

The main focus of this programme is:
  1. to train you to become conceptually sensitive in the translation of neuroscientific research findings to different fields of application (clinical, educational, public health);
  2. to give you an idea of what it is to be ‘a good scientist’.

The programme in a nutshell

The two-year programme consists of:
  • general philosophy (introductory courses and reading), 30 EC
  • philosophy of neuroscience, 7 courses, 42 EC
  • neuroscience, courses and internships, 36 EC
  • thesis, 12 EC

Career prospects

The directors of this programme (Gerrit Glas, philosopher, and Jeroen Geurts, neuroscientist) are convinced that this master programme will make you a better neuroscientist and scholar. For those who don’t aim at a scientific career this master program gives the necessary background, both philosophical and empirical, to address implications of neuroscientific research in the widest possible sense, as advisor, policy maker, writer or scientist in other domains of science.

Fahrräder VU Amsterdam

Studying at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880.
The university is located in the vibrant city of Amsterdam, one of the most multicultural cities in the world, with the largest concentration of students in the Netherlands and where English is the second language spoken. The campus is surrounded by one of the most dynamic and fast-growing business districts in the Netherlands hosting over 700 companies.

With more than 23,000 students, of which 3000 are international, the university conducts cutting-edge research into problems of major societal and scientific importance. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam distinguishes itself in research and education through four interdisciplinary themes reflecting a strong level of involvement in current societal issues: Human Health and Life Sciences, Science for Sustainability, Connected World and Governance for Society. As a student this will help you to look beyond the boundaries of scientific disciplines, to engage with society and to seek for tangible solutions for a better world. In addition Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam regards diversity, whether in culture, conviction, nationality or prior education, as source of innovation and progress, and hence as special strength.


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