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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  master's admission regulations (Zulassungsordnung)

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.
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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:

  • M-Neuro-AM1 a-c      Computational Neuroscience
  • M-Neuro-AM2 a-c      Neural Function I: From Experiments to Analysis
  • M-Neuro-AM2 a-c      Essentials in Neuroscience
  • M-Neuro-AM3 a-c      Sensory Perception, Synaptic Transmission, Receptor Repertoires and Evolution
  • M-Neuro-AM4 a-c      Neural Function II: Neurons, Networks and Behavior
  • M-Neuro-AM5            Examination Techniques for Neurons and Nerve tissue
  • M-Neuro-AM6 a-b      Neuroimaging
  • M-Neuro-AM6 a-b      Cellular Signalling
  • M-Neuro-AM7 a-d      Imaging in Stereotactic Neurosurgery
  • M-Neuro-AM7 a-d      Retinal Immunology and Gene Regulation
  • M-Neuro-AM8 a-e      Data Analysis in Life sciences
  • M-Neuro-AM8 a-e      Sensory Systems
  • M-Neuro-AM8 a-e      Ethics in Neuroscience
  • 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    Clinical Neuroscience II 
  • M-Neuro-AM13           Neurological and Psychiatric Diseases
  • M-Neuro-AM15 a-b    Quantitative Microscopy
  • M-Neuro-AM15 a-b    Basic Research Techninques applied in Metabolic Neuroscience

Performing two projects (elective modules) during the lecture-free period is obligatory. The Master's Program is completed by a five-month Master thesis.

  • M-Neuro-EM1 &2       Projects (elective modules)
  • Master-thesis and -colloquium

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 Prüfungsordnung (§5 and §6)


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.