Graduate School of Psychology and Neuroscience
The Graduate School of Psychology and Neuroscience (GSPN) is an umbrella organisation for all PhD students of the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience (FPN), comprising about 90 internal and over 50 external PhD students, and still growing. The Graduate School optimizes education and training of PhD students, organizes an annual research day and workshops, facilitates and monitors the quality and progress of research projects.
- 90 internal and over 50 external PhD candidates
- aims to optimise education and training of the PhD candidates
- has a strong research community
Research & education
PhD students at GSPN have all facilities of the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience to their disposal.
- make use of our extensive research laboratories
- apply for any course offered by the faculty and its research school partners
- make use of the Test Subject Database maintained by the Research Support Department
All PhD vacancies are posted on
Regulations for Promotion
- Regulation governing the attainment of doctoral degrees
(Dutch version: in case of conflict this version will be referred to)
Almost all education within the GSPN is focused on training PhD researchers within the context of their chosen topic and needs. PhD students at GSPN have access to courses from:
- FPN Research Masters
- FPN affiliated Research Schools
- UM Library courses
- the UM Language Centre
- Human Resources
Internal PhD candidates have an allowance of up to €4000 for courses, work visit, and conferences. External students may request an allowance on an individual basis.
All requests should be sent to Rense Hoekstra with requested activity, costs, and a supervisor’s approval letter.
M-BIC (Maastricht Brain Imaging Centre) also offer some courses during the academic year. Visit this page for more information. Note: For these courses you do not need to send a request to Rense Hoekstra.
Affiliated research schools
Besides the membership in the Graduate School of Psychology and Neuroscience, PhD students can be affiliated to various FPN institutions and associated research schools. Many institute and school courses are also open to PHD students who are not members. Research Schools include:
FPN has extensive research laboratories with cutting-edge equipment and apparatus. PhD students employed by or posted at our faculty can use all facilities, and externals PhD students can send a request for use of the research laboratories to the lab coordinator in coordination
Rules and regulations
Different labs have different rules and regulations. To reserve a lab, first check the MS Outlook Public folders > FdP > Onderzoek > for availability, then contact the coordinator to make a reservation.