This Minor is a collaboration between Psychology (Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences) and Biomedical Sciences (Faculty of Medicine). It will appeal to students with broad interest in systems and cognitive Neurosciences. These students might have a background in Psychology, Biomedical sciences, Biology, or related fields.

Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience is nowadays established as a discipline that studies the relation between brain and behaviour in health and disease. To be able to understand our behaviour knowledge of brain processes are paramount, whilst these brain processes tell us little if studied in isolation, i.e. without knowledge about the behavioural result of these processes.

The same holds for when our behaviour goes astray or is impaired in some way through disease, trauma or disorder. Although not for all diseases or disorders neurobiological correlates have been identified in detail, amelioration of neurological problems may ameliorate the behavioural problems. Yet, instigated behavioural changes may also change the correlated brain functioning.

In this Minor the students will learn to appreciate the multidisciplinary nature of the field, by studying the central nervous system on different levels (from molecular to system level), through different approaches (from neurobiological to psychological) and in health and disease. It will cover the biological processes of our central nervous system, how on a network level these are responsible for our behaviour, and how these are related to disease and disorder.

At the end of this Minor the students will have gained knowledge and insight into neuroscientific experimentation, the biological basis of our perceptual processes, neurological diseases and disorders, and their treatment.

This Minor consists of four courses, all in semester 2 (period 3 and 4). One course provided by Psychology and one by Biomedical Sciences each block. The Minor starts with Advanced Neuroscience (BMS) and Sensation and Perception (Psychology) in block 3, mainly focusing on brain and behaviour in a healthy population. In block 4 this is followed by Central Nervous System Disorders (BMS) and Psychopharmacology (Psychology) dealing with clinical neuroscience.

Study programme

  • Advanced Neuroscience (BMW30605) – Biomedical Sciences, semester 2, first half (period 3)
  • Sensation and Perception (200300072) Psychology, semester 2, first half (period 3)
  • Central Nervous System Disorders (BMW31012) – Biomedical Sciences, semester 2, second half (period 4)
  • Psychopharmacology (201700081) – Psychology, semester 2, second half (period 4)

Entrance requirements

Because all courses are level 3 courses, basic knowledge of central nervous system functioning and biological psychology is a necessity for this Minor. This knowledge might be acquired by:

  • a Cognitive Neuroscience course (200300074), scheduled before commencement of the Minor (semester 1, second half; period 2)
  • a Neurowetenschappen course (BMW, semester 2, first half; period 3).

The Minor programme, as a whole, is subject to a maximum number of 10 students per year.

Students at Utrecht University

For this Minor, please register by sending an email to the Education support office of Psychology (, stating your name, student number, telephone number and programme / faculty / university. The Education support office will then let you know if it’s possible to enrol for the Minor programme.

Minor declaration

If you are a student of Utrecht University, the minor will be included in your International Diploma Supplement (provided that you have met all the requirements, of course).

If you are not a student of the University, it may be useful to request a minor declaration. This will allow you to demonstrate that you have successfully completed the minor. When you have passed all courses of this minor, you can apply for a minor declaration in Osiris Case. To do so, you must be enrolled in the minor.