Double Degree in Cognitive Sciences and Psychology with University of Milan, Italy

At the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience, you have the opportunity to take part in a two-year Double Degree Master's programme in collaboration with the Università degli studi di Milano, Italy. You will follow the one-year master’s WOP or HSP programme at FPN prior to the one-year master’s programme Cognitive Sciences and Psychology in Milan. After successful completion of the two master’s programmes you will receive two official master’s degrees, one from FPN and one from Milan.


Programme outline: year 1 at FPN

  • Compulsory modules of the FPN Master track WOP or HSP (20/30 ECTS)
  • Co-supervised Master's Thesis Project. The student will write his/her Master's Thesis in English. The thesis will be co-supervised by FPN and Milan. (40/30 ECTS)

Programme outline: year 2 in Milan

​The master's programme in Milan is in English

  • Applied cognitive Psychology (6 ECTS)
  • Functional cognitive and restorative neurosciences in normal and dysfunctional brain:
    • Module: Pharmacology (6 ECTS)
    • Module: Cellular and molecular basis of cognition in health and diseases (12 ECTS)
  • Neuroscience and mental health (6 ECTS)
  • Neuromodulation (6 ECTS)
  • Philosophy of mind (6 ECTS)
  • Two elective modules (12 ECTS)
  • Either elective laboratory activity, or stage, or internship (or all) (12 ECTS)
  • The thesis defense will take place at Milan in July (!)

Admission requirements and eligibility

First-year FPN master's students from WOP or HSP are eligible to apply for the double degree programme with the Università degli studi di Milano. Before starting the double degree master’s programme, admitted students must successfully complete the Master in Psychology at Maastricht University (60 ECTS).

Selection procedure

The selection procedure for the double degree programme is organised by the International Relations Office of Maastricht University's Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience and takes place in the first year of the master’s programme. Five spots are available for this programme each year with a maximum of three from the same track. Students will be selected based on:

  • Academic merit
  • Prerequisite requirements
  • Past work
  • Extracurricular experience
  • Strong motivation


You'll remain registered and pay tuition fees at Maastricht University throughout the entire double degree programme. If you meet the requirements, you can apply for Erasmus+ funding for your stay in Milan.

More information?

Check the IRO page (log in required)

You can also contact the IRO through Ask Psychology.