In order to train the next generation of cognitive science researchers that are optimally prepared to work in interdisciplinary settings, the ABC came up with the initiative in 2003 to start the Brain and Cognitive Sciences Research Master and the ABC Summer School.
The Research Master's in Brain and Cognitive Sciences is an ambitious, two-year programme and unique in its interdisciplinary perspective on cognition. The programme examines cognition from the level of molecules up to the behavioural level. This Master's programme has close links with the Amsterdam Brain and Cognition centre (ABC), a partnership of several UvA research institutes. The cognition research teams include psychologists, neurobiologists, psychiatrists, philosophers, behavioural economists, logicians and linguists.
The Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies (IIS) is responsible for the organisation and coordination of the Research Master’s programme in Brain and Cognitive Sciences.
Every year the Research Master Brain and Cognitive Sciences organises a Summer School around a topic in the research field of Brain and Cognition. The Summer School is open for students of this master, as well as national and international students of similar master programmes.