The programme is oriented towards scientific research in applied settings within the domain of MR imaging. The programme will enable students to advance their skills in critical analyses of multiple aspects of MR imaging and analysis. Drawing from different disciplines, students will be offered a variety of analytical tools to approach problems pertinent to this field.

Tools acquired will be used in the design of a research proposal; consequently students will conduct the study as designed in the protocol. This study can be conducted either in their own working environment or within the boundaries of a university or (international) research institute, and results in a Master’s thesis.


Throughout the modules of the programme, students are expected to critically analyse the extant research literature on any given topic. This important academic skill is practised extensively during all tutorial group meetings, in written paper assignments and in oral presentations. In addition, students are challenged to apply their knowledge on complex problems as they work together on assignments involving real-life problems by institutions and organisations that work with MRI applications.

The number of hours of face-to-face contact for the full Master programme varies between 600 and 650 hours, the majority of which takes place during the residential weeks. Face-to-face contact is also part of the period of the internship and writing the Master’s thesis. Apart from face-to-face contact, students have contact with teaching staff on a regular base by using the virtual classroom facilities and the electronic learning environment.

The Brains Unlimited education programme consists of 17 specialised weeklong modules. Those can be taken as stand-alone courses or as part of an accredited Master degree leading towards a Master of Science on successful completion of the required units.

Students will be lectured and supervised by academic staff from Maastricht University and a number of leading international universities and institutions, including Forschungszentrum Juelich and Siemens. These staff members are all active researchers and experts of the state-of-the-art in their respective fields.