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Specialist Focus on Neuroscience
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This Master programme provides a unique interdisciplinary and integrated training approach that covers all major topics of brain research, from normal brain functions to brain disorders.

At the interface between psychology and biology, this programme will provides you with both theorical background and practical experience in research.

This specialisation covers the field of Neuroscience from brain cells to cognition, using  knowledge from different neuroscience disciplines, such as molecular biology and behavioral testing, to study how the brain functions. The programme help to understand the mechanisms that underlie psychological processes, as well as psychiatric and neurological disorders, and will provide you with the laboratory skills and the competencies needed to conduct fundamental and preclinical research into these disorders and mechanisms.

Access conditions

1-Full admission rights granted to holders of a degree obtained in the French-speaking Community of Belgium

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​By way of derogation, students who still need to earn a maximum of 15 credits in order to be awarded the degree entitling them to be admitted to the Master’s programme, and who are enrolled simultaneously for these studies in a Higher Education institution in the French-speaking Community, will also be admitted. Nevertheless, these students can not taken more than 90 credits into their master’s programmme before they have obtained the required Bachelor degree.

2-Admission granted to the holder of a degree obtained abroad which is recognised as equivalent to degrees mentioned previously in application of the Decree of 7 November 2013 (décret définissant le paysage de l’enseignement supérieur et l’organisation académique des études), of a European directive, of an international agreement or other legislation, under the same conditions.


3-Admission granted following submission of a dossier and decision by the jury

Admission granted to the holder of a degree similar to the degrees awarded in the French-speaking Community (see point A), and awarded by a Higher Education Institution outside the latter (Flemish Community, German-speaking Community, Royal Military Academy, foreign institution), under the additional conditions determined by the jury. These extra courses form part of the student’s Master’s programme. A qualification or degree leading to the same career prospects or to a continuation of studies in the original system is considered similar to a degree awarded in the French-speaking community.

​Admission granted, under the general conditions laid down by the academic authorities, to the holder of a qualification, diploma, degree or certificate awarded outside the French-Speaking Community or awarded abroad if the qualification, diploma, degree or certificate attests to the successful completion of studies and the jury considers them to be worth at least 180 credits. The jury may impose a programme worth a maximum of 60 credits in addition to the Master’s programme, bearing in mind all the credits for which the student obtains recognition at the time of admission. These extra courses form part of the student’s Master’s programme.

4-Accreditation of prior experience

In line with the procedure defined by the UMONS, juries can recognise knowledge and skills acquired through professional and/or personal experience, and may grant access to the MA to any person who does not fall under the categories listed above. The jury determines the additional courses and any possible exemptions which constitute supplementary entry requirements for the student. The personal or professional experience must be equivalent to at least five years of activity. A maximum of two years of higher education can be taken into account, providing 60 credits were obtained per year.


Program and structure

Master 1 :

  • Q1 : Theorical and practical courses
  • Q2 : experimental formation and scientific communication

Master 2 :

  • Q1 : Theorical courses and master thesis
  • Q2 : Internship (in Belgium or abroad, in industry or academia)

Credits repartition

  • Courses and Practice Biomedical Neurosciences
  • Courses and Practice in Human Neuroscience
  • Transversal Competences
  • Experimental work and internship

Teaching profile

The Master in Biomedicine specialized in Neurosciences allows to reach new specific competencies such as:


  • The ability to understand cutting edge cellular and molecular technologies applicable in neurosciences
  • Understanding of the complex interactions taking place between the brain and the body
  • A basis for making decisions in policy and practice that are informed by brain research evidence (e.g. fMRI, EEG).
  • Understanding of the complexities of human choices by combining ideas and methods from economics, neuroscience and psychology to understand the cognitive and social aspects of human decision making
  • The ability to generate new evidence and test your own ideas through research involving qualitative, quantitative psychophysiological and neurophysiological methods.
  • Knowledge and understanding of learning from the scientific perspectives of mind and brain
  • Knowledge of the brain mechanisms by which individuals grow to maturity and can maximize their potential and the implications of brain disorders on learning.
  • Understanding of the impact of education and learning on the brain processes underlying cognition, language, social and emotional development.
  • Awareness of how neuroscience can contribute to reducing discrimination and disadvantage.


  • Scientific careers in academic or industrial environment
  • Pharmaceutical, food, and medical technology industries
  • Pharmaceutical drug discovery & development (Ageing population (AD, PD, Diabetes, Stroke, Brain tumors); Obesity (nutrition); Migraine; Addiction…)
  • Scientific research and policy functions in research institutes
  • Somatic and mental health treatment institutions
  • Forensic institutes
  • Centres for educational research and counselling
  • Insurance providers
  • Regional and national government
  • Behavioural economics or decision neuroscience
  • Consulting, public policy
  • Sport medicine and re-education

Military domain

About this training

Biomedicine and Pharmacy

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Ris Laurence