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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.
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-AM4 a-c Neurobiology in Drosophila
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 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 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-AM15 a-c Quantitative Microscopy
M-Neuro-AM15 a-c Basic Research Techniques applied in Metabolic Neuroscience
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

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 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 here: https://am.uni-koeln.de/e25983/am_mitteilungen/@32/AM_2019-12_AeO_ZO-MA-Neur owissenschaften_ger.pdf

Further details are regulated by the examination board (Prüfungsausschuss, PA-MSc-NW).

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 the examination board through the mail address PA-MSc-NW@uni-koeln.de. Applications are approved by the examination board (PA-MSc-NW). 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

Department Academic Title Name
Anatomy Prof. Dr.  Martin Scaal
Anatomiy Prof. Dr.  Johannes Vogt
Anatomy Prof. Dr.  Doychin Angelov
Opthalmology Prof. Dr.  Antje Neugebauer
Biochemiistry Prof. Dr.  Marius Lemberg
Physiology Prof. Dr.  Tatiana Korotkova
Endokrinology Prof. Dr.  Jens Brüning
Human Genetics Prof. Dr.  Brunhilde Wirth
Psychiatry of Childhood and Adolescence Prof. Dr.  Stephan Bender
MPI Metabolism Research Dr. Marc Tittgemeyer
Medical Psychology Prof. Dr.  Elke Kalbe
Neurosurgery Prof. Dr.  Roland Goldbrunner
Neurosurgery Prof. Dr.  Veerle Visser-Vandewalle
Neuropathology Prof. Dr.  Martina Deckert
Neuropathologiy Prof. Dr.  Manuel Montesinos-Rongen
Neurophysiology Prof. Dr.  Jürgen Hescheler
Neurology Prof. Dr. Gereon Fink
Neurology Prof. Dr. Michael Schroeter
Neurology Prof. Dr. Özgür Onur
Neurology Prof. Dr. Christian Grefkes
Neurology Prof. Dr. Michael Barbe
Neurology PD Dr.  Haidar Dafsari
Neurology Prof. Dr. Thilo van Eimeren
Neurology Prof. Dr. Norbet Galldiks
Neurology Prof. Dr. Helmar Lehman
Neurology PD Dr.  Michael Malter
Neurology Prof. Dr. Dr.  Adele Rüger
Neurology PD Dr.  Clemens Warnke
Neurology PD Dr.  Gilbert Wunderlich
Nuclear Medicine Prof. Dr.  Alexander Drzezga
Palliative Care Prof. Dr.  Raymond Voltz
Physiology Prof. Dr.  Rudolf Wiesner
Radiology Prof. Dr.  Marc Schlamann
Psychiatry Prof. Dr.  Frank Jessen
Psychiatry Prof. Dr.  Joseph Kambeitz
Psychiatry Prof. Dr. Dr.  Kai Vogeley
Psychiatry Prof. Dr.  Alfredo Ramirez
Neurology PD. Dr.  Carolin Weiss Lucas
Neurology Dr. Lukas Volz
Neurology Dr.  Graziana Gatto
Psychiatry Dr. Thomas Schüller
Neurology/FZJ Prof. Dr.  Peter Weiß-Blankenhorn
Psychology Prof. Dr.  Simone Vossel
Psychology Prof. Dr.  Jutta Stahl
Psychology Prof. Dr.  Jan Peters
CECAD Prof. Dr.  Natalia Kononenko
CECAD Prof. Dr.  Matteo Bergami
Neurology Dr.  Carlos Baldermann
Neurology Dr.  Markus Aswendt
Molecular Neuroscience Prof. Dr.  Dirk Isbrandt