Master in Neuroscience (Neurasmus)


Program Description

This international Erasmus Mundus Master program offers a unique interdisciplinary and integrated training approach to normal brain functions and diseases.

Program factsheet

  • Academic cooperation: Université Laval (Canada), University of Bordeaux (France), UMG Universitätsmedizin Göttingen Charité (Germany), Universitätsmedizin Berlin (Germany), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Netherlands).
  • Associated members: Janssen Pharmaceuticals; Sartorius Stedim Biotech SA; Roche Pharma; Flying Health; Innoki; Caterna; Otto Bock; Biotronik; Osmunda; Sanofi; Scriptorium Consulting; Canadian Neuroimaging Platform (supported by Brain Canada, a national funding agency); Berlin Institute of Health; SPARK Berlin.
  • Admission requirements:
    • Hold a Bachelor’s degree (180 ECTS) or a qualification in natural sciences.
    • Solid basic knowledge in general cell biology, as well as the basics of chemistry and biochemistry, physics and math are required.
    • Excellent proficiency in English.
  • Program duration: 2 years (120 ECTS).
  • Language requirements:
    • Candidates who completed their education in Canada, the USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa or Australia do not need to provide an English certificate.
    • All other applicants (incl. candidates who hold a Bachelor or Master degree taught in English) need to provide evidence of their English language skills with any one of the following test scores. IELTS: 6.5 (no score below 6), Paper-based TOEFL: 580, Computer-based TOEFL: 237, Internet-based TOEFL: 92, Certificate of Advanced English: B/C, Certificate of Proficiency in English: B/C.
  • Level: Double/multiple MSc in Neuroscience. A Neurasmus joint diploma supplement is additionally awarded by the consortium.
  • Tuition fees:
    • Available scholarships: Erasmus Mundus student scholarships.
    • Self-funded program country students*: 2,250€ per semester (9,000€ for the 2 year-program).
    • Self-funded partner country students*: 4,500€ per semester (18,000€ for the 2 year-program).

Program outline

A European Master in Neuroscience: advanced courses and research training.

The Neurasmus program is a full-time Neuroscience study program offering a unique interdisciplinary and integrated approach of normal brain functions and diseases. It strongly emphasizes training in cutting-edge techniques in all major topics of brain research, from molecules to cognition. The Neurasmus curricula are completely embedded in international-oriented local Master programs of the partner universities. Each program features among the best and most reputed national programs in Neuroscience. The Neurasmus program is an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree developed under the Key Action 1 of the Erasmus+ program.

Program structure

At the application stage, students choose the main track they wish to follow. This defines their first-year mobility. Depending on the track chosen, students spend their first and second semesters in Amsterdam/Göttingen /Berlin/Bordeaux. The Board of Education agrees on the first, second or third wish according to the selection ranking and intake capacity of partner institutions.

At the end of the first semester, students choose a subspecialty that defines the partner university(ies) for the 2nd year. It is part of the student’s Personal Training Plan (PTP).

Main Tracks
  • Track 1: Neurogenomics (120 ECTS)
  • Track 2: Neuropharmacology (120 ECTS)
  • Track 3: Imaging and Neurophysiology (120 ECTS)
  • Track 4: Clinical Neuroimaging and Translational Neuroscience (120 ECTS)
  • Track 5: High-Resolution Imaging (120 ECTS)

Students have up to the end of the first year/start of the third semester to choose the subject of their Master Thesis. Students then spend their third and fourth semesters in one or two locations: Amsterdam/Göttingen/Berlin/Bordeaux/Laval.

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Semester 1 to 4: Content

Semester 1 and 2: Core curriculum

Students are introduced to the different domains of Neuroscience and provided with the basic knowledge they need through a commonly agreed core curriculum (core courses). In addition, every student conducts research projects (laboratory rotations) in different participating departments. Research projects involve experimental work, data analysis, and a written laboratory report.

Semester 3: Advanced courses

The choice of the advanced courses (30 ECTS), in association with the initial track, will define the subspecialty training obtained by the student.

Semester 4: Master thesis

Students complete a six-month research project or industrial placement leading to a Master Thesis (30 ECTS). It takes place in a location defined according to the Personal Training Plan. This location must be chosen in collaboration with the affiliated partner university.

Strengths of this Master's program?

  • Scientific education and training with innovative and interdisciplinary brain research methodology.
  • Research projects (laboratory rotations) involving experimental work and data analysis.
  • Common workshops bringing together students and university representatives.
  • Small classes and close contact with faculty staff.
  • An international learning environment with high-level mobility opportunities.
  • Attractive scholarships.

After this Master's program?

  • On completion of the Master's program, students are qualified candidates for different exchange and training Ph.D. programs currently available among the consortium members.
  • Graduates will have also the possibility to pursue their studies at the Ph.D. level at any of the consortium graduate schools or at any other research institution worldwide.
  • Graduates interested in starting a career within the business sector, benefit from the industrial network of the consortium.

Last updated Mar 2020

About the School

The University of Bordeaux was newly established in 2014 following the merger of three universities. Ranked among the top universities in France for the quality of its academic courses and research, i ... Read More

The University of Bordeaux was newly established in 2014 following the merger of three universities. Ranked among the top universities in France for the quality of its academic courses and research, it was awarded the “Initiative of Excellence” by the French government in 2011. Read less
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