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Announcement for Enrolled Master Students

The selection period for the summer term 2024 will be taking place from 03/11-03/21. Further details will follow.

Master of Science (M.Sc.) Experimental and Clinical Neurosciences

The Master's program is an interfaculty/interdisciplinary discovery-orientated degree program of the Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, which enables the students to specialize in the field of Experimental and Clinical Neurosciences on a modularized basis.
 

Duration 4 semesters
Start Winter semester, summer semester
Admission requirements

a Bachelor of Science in a biomedical field, psychology, mathematics or computer sciences.
Compare the master's admission regulations (Zulassungsordnung) on our download page.

Number of students per semester five
Language of instruction Please note that modules will be held in English.
Applications Deadline for an application for the summer semester: 15.01.
Deadline for the winter semester: 15.07.
compare applications

 

Curriculum plan of the Master's Program

During the Master's Program, similar to the Bachelor's Program, the students get a practical as well as a theoretical training consisting of lectures, courses, demonstrations and obligatory lab projects. The organization into modules allows a flexible curriculum, matching each participant's scientific background.

During the first three semesters the students can choose their courses out of a list of offered modules. Currently we offer the following courses (for detailed description of the modules please visit 'modules'):
 

M-Neuro-AM1 a-c Computational Neuroscience
M-Neuro AM2 a-c Experimental and Translational Neuroimaging
M-Neuro-AM2 a-c Neural Function I: Analyzing the Neural Underpinning of Behavior - From structure to function to behavior
M-Neuro-AM4 a-c Neural Function II: Analyzing the Neural Underpinning of Behavior - From structure to function to behavior
M-Neuro-AM4 a-c Cellular and Molecular Neurophysiology
M-Neuro-AM6 a-b Neuroimaging
M-Neuro-AM6 a-b Cellular Signal Transmission and Repair Mechanisms
M-Neuro-AM7 a-d Medical Imaging in Stereotactic Neurosurgery
M-Neuro-AM7 a-d Retinal Immunology
M-Neuro-AM7 a-d Synaptic Physiology in Health and Disease
M-Neuro-AM8 a-e Data Analysis in Life Sciences
M-Neuro-AM8 a-e Sensory Systems
M-Neuro-AM8 a-e Neuroethics
M-Neuro-AM10 a-b Animal Models in Neuroscientific Research
M-Neuro-AM11 a-d Molecular Neuroimmunology
M-Neuro-AM11 a-d Clinical Neuroscience I
M-Neuro AM11 a-d Sleep and Clinical Neuroscience
M-Neuro-AM11 a-d Clinical Neuroscience II
M-Neuro-AM13 Neurological and Psychiatric Diseases
M-Neuro-AM13 Neurobiology in Drosophila
M-Neuro-AM15 a-c Quantitative Microscopy
M-Neuro-AM15 a-c Seminar Neurobiology: Genes, Circuits and Behavior
M-Neuro-AM16a-b Lecture Neurobiology: Genes, Circuits and Behavior
M-Neuro-AM16a-b Neurosurgical aspects in neuroscientific systems
M-Neuro-EM1&2

Project work (elective modules)

Performing two projects (elective modules) during the lecture-free period is obligatory.

Master thesis

Master thesis and colloquium

The Master's Program is completed by a five-month Master thesis

Please note that some modules are only offered either in the winter or the summer semester. More information about the different modules can be found on the page Modules. More information about the curriculum can be found in the examination regulations (§5 and §6), which you will find via Downloads.

 

Career Objectives and Perspective

Aim of the study program is to train scientists whose degree gives them qualifications that do the international competition justice. They should attain substantial understanding of neuroscientific questions based on fundamental knowledge in relevant fields, important for their later career.

Students of the M.Sc. Program are qualified to deal with neuroscientific relevant inquisitions with a repertoire of scientific methods that exceed the traditional neuroscientific disciplines. Therefore the degree provides the students with a sufficient qualification enabling professional work in fields including basic teaching, the pharmaceutical industry, scientific publishing, and coordinative positions in neuroscientific organizations.

Due to good collaboration between the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences in fields such as the M.D./Ph.D. Programs (Dr. nat. med. / Dr. rer. nat.) and due to the European Graduate School in Neurosciences (EURON) with Marie Curie training site of the EU (MCTS) the location Cologne can give best conditions for a Ph.D. Program.

 

How to apply for your supplementary modules

Applications for registration of a supplementary module (project) have to use the Supplementary Module Registration Form in its most recent version (to be found at https://neuroscience.uni-koeln.de/downloads) and they need to be sent to pruefungsamt-med@uk-koeln. Applications are required to be handed in 4 weeks prior to the intended starting date to allow for sufficient time of formal checks and approval. The candidate has to obtain signed approval of a 1st examiner and a 2nd examiner for her/his supplementary module prior to her/his application.

Supplementary modules (internal/Cologne)
1st and 2nd examiners are selected by default from the list of examiners approved by the examination board (see below). 1st and 2nd examiners must belong to different research groups from two different institutions. As a rule, the 1st examiner is also the supervisor of the project. 

Supplementary modules (outside Cologne / International)
The 1st examiner is selected by default from the list of examiners approved by the Examination Committee (see below). In this case, the 2nd examiner is then the external supervisor of the project and required to hold a masters degree or higher. The 1st examiner is responsible for the content and correct implementation of the external project module.

How to apply for your Master thesis

Issued by the examination board of the Master of Science Program Experimental and Clinical Neuroscience, University of Cologne, Oct 28, 2021.

Disclaimer: The legally binding regulations are outlined in the exam regulations (Masterprüfungsordnung) as published on 27.02.2019 and available on our download page.

Further details are regulated by the examination board (Prüfungsausschuss).

Applications for registration of a master thesis have to use the Master Thesis Registration Form in its most recent version (to be found at https://neuroscience.uni-koeln.de/downloads) and they need to be sent to pruefungsamt-med@uk-koeln.de. Applications are required to be handed in 4 weeks prior to the intended starting date to allow for sufficient time of formal checks and approval. The candidate has to obtain signed approval of a 1st examiner and a 2nd examiner for her/his master thesis and colloquium prior to her/his application.

By default, 1st and 2nd examiners are chosen from the list of examiners (see below) that has been approved by the examination board. 1st and 2nd examiner must belong to different research groups from two different institutions.

By regulation (Masterprüfungsordnung, see link above), both examiners are expected to either hold a professorship or have passed the degree of habilitation (or equivalent). Exceptions may be granted on application by the examination board (in such cases please allow for additional time to evaluate your registration form). Generally, the 1st examiner is also the supervisor of the thesis. However, there is the possibility to suggest in addition a direct supervisor for the thesis (she/he will not be examiner and thus not grade the thesis and/or colloquium) in addition to the two examiners. This constellation may e.g. be relevant in cases where the candidate applies for an external master thesis (in such cases please allow for additional time to evaluate your registration form).

List of examiners and master thesis supervisors (German!)

Faculty Department Academic Title Name
MedFac Anästhesiologie Prof. Dr. Tim Hucho
MedFac Anatomie Prof. Dr. Martin Scaal
MedFac Anatomie Prof. Dr. Johannes Vogt
MedFac Anatomie Prof. Dr. Doychin Angelov
MedFac Biochemie Prof. Dr. Marius Lemberg
MedFac Physiologie Prof. Dr. Tatiana Korotkova
MedFac Endokrinologie Prof. Dr. Jens Brüning
MedFac Humangenetik Prof. Dr. Brunhilde Wirth
MedFac Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrie Prof. Dr. Stephan Bender
MedFac MPI Stoffwechselforschung Dr. Marc Tittgemeyer
MedFac Medizinische Psychologie Prof. Dr. Elke Kalbe
MedFac Neurochirurgie Prof. Dr. Roland Goldbrunner
MedFac Neurochirurgie Prof. Dr. Veerle Visser-Vandewalle
MedFac Neurochirurgie PD Weiß Lucas
MedFac Neuropathologie Prof. Dr. Martina Deckert
MedFac Neuropathologie Prof. Dr. Manuel Montesinos-Rongen
MedFac Neurophysiologie Prof. Dr. Jürgen Hescheler
MedFac Neurologie Prof. Dr. Gereon Fink
MedFac Neurologie Prof. Dr. Michael Schroeter
MedFac Neurologie Prof. Dr. Özgür Onur
MedFac Neurologie Prof. Dr. Michael Barbe
MedFac Neurologie PD Dr. Haidar Dafsari
MedFac Neurologie Prof. Dr. Thilo van Eimeren
MedFac Neurologie Prof. Dr. Norbet Galldiks
MedFac Neurologie Prof. Dr. Helmar Lehman
MedFac Neurologie PD Dr. Michael Malter
MedFac Neurologie Prof. Dr. Dr. Adele Rüger
MedFac Neurologie PD Dr. Clemens Warnke
MedFac Neurologie PD Dr. Gilbert Wunderlich
MedFac Nuklearmedizin Prof. Dr. Alexander Drzezga
MedFac Nuklearmedizin/FZJ Prof. Dr. David Elmenhorst
MedFac Palliativmedizin Prof. Dr. Raymond Voltz
MedFac Physiologie Prof. Dr. Rudolf Wiesner
MedFac Radiologie Prof. Dr. Marc Schlamann
MedFac Psychiatrie Prof. Dr. Frank Jessen
MedFac Psychiatrie Prof. Dr. Joseph Kambeitz
MedFac Psychiatrie Prof. Dr. Dr. Kai Vogeley
MedFac Psychiatrie Prof. Dr. Alfredo Ramirez
MedFac Neurologie PD. Dr. Carolin Weiss Lucas
MedFac Neurologie Dr. Lukas Volz
MedFac Neurologie Dr. Graziana Gatto
MedFac Psychiatrie Dr. Thomas Schüller
MedFac Neurologie/FZJ Prof. Dr. Peter Weiß-Blankenhorn
MedFac Physiologie Prof. Dr. Natalia Kononenko
MedFac Neurologie Dr. Carlos Baldermann
MedFac Mol Neurosci. Prof. Dr. Dirk Isbrandt
MedFac Neurologie Dr. Markus Aswendt
MatNat Zoology, FZ Jülich Prof. Dr. Sacha van Albada
MatNat Genetics Prof. Dr. Matteo Bargami
MatNat Zoology Prof. Dr. Ansgar Büschges
MatNat Zoology, FZ Jülich Prof. Dr. Silvia Daun
MatNat Zoology Prof. Dr. Heike Endepols
MatNat Zoology Prof. Dr. Matthias Hammerschmidt
MatNat Zoology Prof. Dr. Kei Ito
MatNat Zoology Prof. Dr. Peter Kloppenburg
MatNat Genetics Prof. Dr. Sigrun Korsching
MatNat Zoology Prof. Dr. Martin Nawrot
MatNat Zoology Prof. Dr. Reinhard Predel
MatNat Genetics Prof. Dr. Rugarli
MatNat Biochemistry Prof. Dr. Günther Schwarz
MatNat Zoology PD Dr. Benjami Altenhein
MatNat Zoology Dr. Erica Erhardt
MatNat Zoology Dr. Thomas Riemensperger
HumF Psychologie Prof. Dr. Jan Peters
HumF Psychologie Prof. Dr. Jutta Stahl
HumF Psychologie Prof. Dr. Simone Vossel