MSc International Graduate Programme Medical Neurosciences


Program Description


The Master's programme covers the breadth of neuroscience from molecular and cellular neurobiology to systems neuroscience and cognition. Since the programme focuses on translational research, bringing findings from the bench to the bedside, special emphasis is given to pathological aspects of neurophysiology and clinical neuroscience.

Stressing the importance of practical experimental skills, hands-on lab training including the Master's thesis accounts for 50% of the programme. For the theory modules, one-third of the time is dedicated to classroom teaching and two-thirds of the time is allocated to self-study.


  • Degree: MSc (with the option to continue in the PhD programme)
  • Course location: Berlin
  • In cooperation with:
    • Freie Universität Berlin
    • Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
    • Einstein Center for Neurosciences
    • Erasmus Mundus Programme Neurasmus
    • Cluster of Excellence NeuroCure
    • Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine
    • Leibniz Institute for Molecular Pharmacology
    • Berlin Institute of Health
  • Teaching language: English
  • Languages: All courses are taught in English.
  • Programme duration: 4 semesters
  • Beginning: Winter semester
  • More information on the beginning of studies: The programme starts with an orientation week, usually during the first week in October.
  • Application deadline: 15 January each year for the following winter semester.
  • Tuition fees per semester in Euro: 2,500
  • Combined Master's degree / PhD programme: Yes
  • Joint degree / double degree programme: No

Course organisation

Semester 1

  • Nervous System: Structure, Function and Development (5 CP ECTS)
  • Neurophysiology (5 CP ECTS)
  • Data and Statistics (5 CP ECTS)
  • Critical Thinking in Translational Research (5 CP ECTS)
  • Lab Rotation 1 + Methods (10 CP ECTS)

Semester 2

  • Neuropathophysiology (5 CP ECTS)
  • Neurotransmitter Systems: Pharmacology and Signal Transduction (5 CP ECTS)
  • Neuronal Systems (5 CP ECTS)
  • Clinical Neuroscience (5 CP ECTS)
  • Lab Rotation 2 + Methods (10 CP ECTS)

Semester 3

  • Advanced Problems and Topics in Neuroscience (5 CP ECTS)
  • Individual Focus (5 CP ECTS)
  • Scientific Communication (5 CP ECTS)
  • Experimental Design (5 CP ECTS)
  • Lab Rotation 3 + Methods (10 CP ECTS)

Semester 4

  • Master's thesis (30 CP ECTS)


  • Types of assessment: Written and oral examinations, home assignments, essays, lab reports
  • A Diploma Supplement will be issued: Yes
  • International elements
    • International guest lecturers
    • Study trips
    • Projects with partners in Germany and abroad
  • Integrated internships: Lab rotations can be completed at a lab outside the programme, either in Germany or abroad.
  • Special promotion/funding of the programme:
    • ERASMUS+
    • Other (e.g. state level)
  • Course-specific, integrated German language courses: No
  • Course-specific, integrated English language courses: No
  • The course of study can be taken entirely online: No
  • Digital learning and teaching modules:
    • MOOCs
    • Video learning
    • Blogs
    • Blended learning
  • Description of e-learning elements:
    • Quizzes
    • Essays
    • Multiple-choice tests
    • Examinations
    • Lecture contents (e.g., literature, videos)
  • Participation in the e-learning course elements is compulsory: Yes
  • Can ECTS points be acquired by taking the online programmes?: Yes
  • Can the e-learning elements be taken without signing up for the course of study?: No

Costs / Fundings

  • Tuition fees per semester in Euro: 2,500
  • Semester contribution: Roughly 315 Euro per semester for administrative fees, including public transport
  • Costs of living: Approximately 750 Euro for accommodation, food, and insurance. The actual costs of living will depend on your lifestyle.
  • Funding opportunities within the university: Yes
  • Description of the above-mentioned funding opportunities within the university: Scholarships are available.



Academic Admission Requirements

Bachelor's degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline such as medicine, natural sciences, life sciences or psychology

Language requirements

Applicants have to provide proof of proficiency in English, through TOEFL, IELTS or equivalent. English native speakers do not need to provide a language test. There is also no test necessary if the main language of the applicant's current study programme is English.

Application deadline

15 January each year for the following winter semester.


Possibility of finding part-time employment

The Master of Science programme is demanding and time-consuming. It generally does not allow for part-time work. Some lab/research work may be funded.


The average rent is about 12 Euro per square metre, depending on the location of your apartment. Student dormitories are usually cheaper.

Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates

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