MSc Neurosciences

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Fascinating discipline

The Neurosciences are among the most fascinating disciplines of the life sciences. They combine concepts and methods from biology, physics, chemistry, informatics, medicine and psychology. Neuroscience research has a tremendous impact on our society, since it deals with the functioning and malfunctioning of the brain – the organ that governs our thinking, feeling and our behaviour.

At the University of Bremen, Neuroscience research is conducted by an interdisciplinary team of researchers from biology, physics, and psychology, providing in-depth education in all fundamental aspects of modern neuroscience – spanning the range from mathematical and neuro-computational concepts to hands-on experience in single- and multi-electrode recordings: cognitive neurophysiology, optogenetics, neuropharmacology, theoretical neurophysics and functional imaging.

Please feel free to have a look on our research projects in the neurosciences!

Measuring behaviour in animals
Measuring behaviour in animals

Profile of the international degree programme

This interdisciplinary Master Programme will provide you with a broad background in the neurosciences as well as with the possibility to specialise in a favourite subject. Equipped with the basics of the life sciences, in combination with fundamental theoretical, methodological and practical knowledge in the various fields of the systems and cognitive neurosciences, you will be qualified for a career in a great variety of science-related occupations. This will provide you with a high flexibility on the labour market. We will educate you to become a critically thinking scientist. You will receive extensive training and gather research experience to qualify you for PhD studies and an academic career. The scientific, technical and communication skills will open a broad spectrum of job opportunities in the industry, e.g. pharmacology, medical technology, robotics, industrial engineering, biotechnology, information technology, and data analysis.

Recording an actionpotential from the brain
Recording an actionpotential from the brain

Competence and infrastructure

The Master of Neurosciences Programme was designed to enable our students to perform excellent research based on first-class teaching. Teaching and education is provided by a team of internationally renowned scientists from the fields of biology, physics, and psychology. Close collaboration with other research groups of the University of Bremen, like the Institute of Microsensors, -actuators, and –systems (IMSAS), the Research Groups Cognitive Neuroinformatics, or the Research Group Neurobiochemistry, as well as our extensive exchange with partner universities all over the world contribute to the rich possibilities of specialising in cutting-edge neuroscience research.

Most lectures are held in the "Cognium" building (Hochschulring 18, D-28359 Bremen), opened in May 2008. The Cognium hosts several research groups, a state-of-the-art research MRI scanner operated in collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Medicine (MEVIS), and offers well-equipped lecture rooms and laboratory spaces.

Programme Coordinator

Prof. Dr. Michael Koch
Brain Research Institute
Dept. of Neuropharmacology (Faculty 2)
University of Bremen
Cognium, Hochschulring 18
Room 2130
D-28359 Bremen

phone +49-421-218-62970
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Assistant of Programme Coordinator

Agnes Janßen
Zentrum f. Kognitionswissenschaften (ZKW)
University of Bremen
Cognium, Hochschulring 18
Room 2470
D-28359 Bremen

phone +49-421-218-62000
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  • Qualification as Master of Science (M.Sc.)
  • Teaching in English
  • Qualifying for performing excellent research by first-class teaching
  • Specialisation according to personal interests with a broad choice of specialist courses
  • Lab-rotations in various university departments, associated research institutions, or abroad
  • Combination of theoretical knowledge and practical skills
  • Consolidation and application of advanced theoretical and practical knowledge
  • Training of abilities in the field of experimental design and scientific communication

Since the start of the programme in 2008, more than 130 students from many different countries have graduated in the Master of Neurosciences Programme. About 80% of the graduates have continued their academic career with PhD studies in research institutions in Bremen and all over the world.


Programme flyer [PDF] (1.9 MB)

Lecturers [PDF] (35 KB)