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M.Sc. Neurosciences

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The Neurosciences are among the most fascinating disciplines of the life sciences. They combine concepts and methods from biology, chemistry, physics, 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.

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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 neurobiological- and cognitive sciences, you will be qualified for a career in a great variety of science-related occupations. Thus a high flexibility on the labour market is guaranteed. We will educate you to become a critically thinking scientist. Not only you will receive extensive research experience qualifying you for PhD studies and an academic career, but the acquired scientific, technical and communication skills will also open a broad spectrum of additional opportunities. There are chances to get a job in the industry, e.g. pharmaceutical branch, medical technology, robotics, industrial engineering, biotechnology and neuro-imaging.

The Master of Neurosciences Programme offers:

  • Qualification as Master of Science (M.Sc.)
  • Teaching in English
  • Performing excellent research by first-class teaching
  • Specialisation according to personal interests with a broad choice of specialist courses
  • Lab-rotation in various university departments, associated research institutions or abroad
  • A combination of theoretical knowledge and practical skills (programming and laboratory animal sciences)
  • Consolidation and application of advanced theoretical and practical knowledge
  • Training of abilities in the field of experimental design and scientific communication

Fore more see:

Program flyer [PDF] (1.9 MB)

Lecturers [PDF] (35 KB)

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Competence and infrastructure

The Master of Neurosciences Programme is provided by the members of the Center for Cognitive Sciences (Zentrum für Kognitionswissenschaften – ZKW) at the University of Bremen in collaboration with three different faculties, viz.: Physics (faculty 1), Biology/Chemistry (faculty 2), and Human/Public Health Sciences (faculty 11) and in cooperation with the Bremen hospitals and the Center for Advanced Imaging (CAI).

The programme was designed to enable you to perform excellent research based on first-class teaching. A close collaboration with other institutes of the University of Bremen, like the Institute of Ecology or the Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and 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 departments of Neuropsychology and Behavioral Neurobiology (Prof. Herrmann), Neuropharmacology (Prof. Koch), Psychophysics (Prof. Fahle), Theoretical Neurobiology (Prof. Kreiter), Theoretical Neurosciences (Prof. Pawelzik) and the Center for Advanced Imaging are accommodated there. In addition, there are two lecture rooms and laboratory spaces.

Performance and success

Since the start of the programme in 2008 about 120 students from various countries have graduated in Neurosciences. An important proportion of the graduates (about 80 %) have continued with Ph.D. studies either in Bremen or elsewhere.

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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