MSc/PhD Program


The Master's/PhD Neuroscience Program starts with an initial segment of one year in which all students participate. This first segment of intensive theoretical and practical studies starts in October and ends in August with written and oral examinations. The semester structure is not followed during the first year. Instead, the courses are structured in a modular fashion covering a period of 36 weeks with short breaks at Christmas and Easter. Thereafter, two separate segments are offered which last 3 years for the doctoral program and 6 months for the Master's program.

For details regarding the second segment click here.

The first segment of the Master's/PhD Neuroscience Program is mandatory for all students. It consists of practical training in the participating research laboratories combined with comprehensive lectures, tutorials, and seminars to provide students with a sound theoretical background. To successfully complete this segment of the program, a minimum of 90 credits must be accumulated.

Lectures / Tutorials (20 credits):

Current topics in the neurosciences are taught by internationally renowned scientists in a comprehensive lecture series. A catalogue of study questions and recommended reading is issued, serving as a guideline for discussion in tutorials which accompany each lecture.

For details regarding the lecture series click here.

Methods Courses (20 credits):

During the first 9 weeks (Oct - Dec), students participate in a series of methods courses. These courses provide an introduction to theory and principles underlying the fundamental methods of the neurosciences. Methods courses are conducted in small groups in the departments within the program. Thus students become acquainted with a variety of methods and laboratory facilities during the initial phase of the program.

Research Projects (Lab Rotations; 45 credits):

Starting in January, every student conducts three research projects (lab rotations) in the participating departments, chosen from different fields. Each project is individually supervised. It involves seven weeks of experimental work followed by one week of data analysis and a written lab report in the format of a scientific research publication. Results of the first two projects are presented in a seminar.

For a list of research projects carried out in previous years click here.

Seminar (5 credits):

Starting in March, all students meet weekly for a two-hour seminar, in which participants present and discuss the results of their research projects.

Special Courses and Presentations (optional)


The Master's Program has been accredited by the Zentrale Evaluations- und Akkreditierungsagentur Hannover (ZEvA) in 2003 (re-accredited in 2008).