The program

Neuroscience spans many disciplines. Its repertoire stretches from molecular biology and proteome research to systems neurobiology, cognitive neuroscience and clinical research. Successful research in neuroscience rests on a combination of differential concepts and methodical approaches.

The major objective of the program is to offer to talented students a highly research-oriented training that will provide them with a broad overview over the most relevant fields of neuroscience, including basic neuroscience, clinical neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience and computational neuroscience as well as applied aspects of neuroscience. This also includes relevant practical skills. The program will confront students with various levels of complexity of neural functions from molecular biology to systems neuroscience. A major characteristic comprises the optional training in clinical neuroscience that will familiarize students with neuropathology and aspects of neurology and will provide them with hands on information on current technical approaches applied in clinical research.

The master program is highly research-oriented and open for national and international students. It lasts for two years. It always starts at the beginning of winter term (usually middle of October) and consists of four terms (winter, summer, winter, summer) of 12 to 14 weeks each. Almost all courses are held in English. The deadline for application can be found on this page.

We do not require previous intensive training in neuroscience. However, solid background knowledge in the field of neuroscience is essential for following the courses. As the program is an interdisciplinary one, we invite applications from students from various fields. These include biology and medicine but also biochemistry, chemistry, physics, informatics and psychology. The program aims at fostering interactions between students and between students and lecturers from the various disciplines.

The curriculum starts with a short introduction on the program followed by a six weeks introductory module "Basic Methods in Neuroscience". Basic knowledge in cell- and molecular biology, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, matlab and statistics will be acquired. Laboratory visits to familiarize students with the activities of the participating research groups complete the first semester. Within the first year, the curriculum further includes lectures, journal clubs and laboratory work as well as a weekend seminar to foster the interaction between students and between students and faculty. The second year focuses on the future laboratory research with introductions into the analysis of scientific literature and methodology that can later be applied for the master thesis. The thesis needs to be completed within 6 months. Exams are required for individual modules and include written exams and the successful completion of protocols or the presentation of papers. Altogether students can earn 120 credit points. The successful candidates will be awarded the degree of a “Master of Science” (M.Sc.)