Study and Structure

© Michael Koch

The main focus of the programme is on cognitive neurosciences. In the first semester, students acquire basic theoretical knowledge in Cellular, Molecular, Systemic, Theoretical and Clinical Neurosciences and practical experience by attending courses of Programming and Laboratory Animal Science. The second term allows students to focus on their individual interests by choosing three advanced practical modules. Consolidation and application of the advanced theoretical and practical knowledge and training of abilities in the area of experimental design and scientific communication is the aim of two lab rotations in the third term. Both can be made in another institute or clinic in Germany or abroad, followed by a Master’s project in the last term.

First semester modules

The first semester modules 401-404 comprise basic lectures in cellular, molecular, systemic, theoretical and clinical neurosciences as well as seminars and complementary methods (programming and laboratory animal science course, modules 414 and 415). Details are described in the attached PDF respectively the Module Handbook.

Second semester modules

The second semester begins with an obligatory introductory week (3 ECTS). The basics acquired in the first semester are taken to an advanced level and applied in practical training. You may choose three modules out of eight, 406-413 (9 ECTS each). However, every module is just offered once. Since there are some constraints with regard to capacities in the individual labs and time restrictions, students’ priority choices cannot always be fulfilled entirely.

You decide for the first time on your individual preferences. "Advanced Studies I" will emphasize the development of scientific meta skills more than former courses. The independent acquisition of information (professional literature), critical handling of data, analytical strategies of problem solving, cooperativeness and teamwork skills and scientific communication capacity in speech and writing will be advanced and practiced.

In addition to choosing three compulsory optional subjects, you have to attend the lecture Computational Neuroscience II, Module 403c (Pawelzik/Ernst), taught throughout the whole semester.

Third semester

The next higher stage of subject-related qualification and the further development of meta skills will follow in the third semester, where you achieve more independence during two six-weekly lab-rotations or by a hospitation in a clinic ("Advanced Studies II" with 15 CP each).

Besides the institutes mentioned before, lab-rotations can also be performed at selected institutes in Germany or abroad. These courses particularly aim at the consolidation and application of advanced theoretical and practical knowledge and training abilities in the field of experimental design and scientific communication.

Fourth Semester - Master's Thesis

At this stage you are prepared to accomplish your Master's thesis in the fourth semester (within six months) either in one of the departments of lecturers or at various institutes or enterprises in Germany or abroad.

For further information please check the guidelines for the Master’s Thesis. The form to apply for admission to the Master’s Thesis and a Declaration are attached.