The MSc Neurosciences program aims towards an integrated understanding of modern neurosciences over the full spectrum of current research ranging from molecules and physiology to morphology. Strong emphasis is given to practical research experience in the laboratories of the participating departments and research groups. Mandatory courses on neuromorphology, neurophysiology and molecular neurobiology as well as statistics, scientific writing and research ethics will lay the foundation in the first and second semester. At the same time students will have the opportunity to focus their interests on any of these fields or select from among a wide spectrum of courses addressing topics such as neuroethology, neurogenetics, clinical neurosciences, cognitive neurosciences, reconstructive neurobiology etc.


Compulsory Modules 


covers morphological principles underpinning specific neural functions.


covers basic CNS function on the levels of ion channels, cells and cellular networks.

Molecular Neurobiology 

mediates advanced knowledge about the structure of neurons and the molecular processes involved in neuronal communication.


covers basic statistical theory and models.

Scientific writing 

aims to improve the students competence in scientific writing.

Research Ethics

gives an overview of central positions, questions and methods of ethics in life sciences and research.

Elective Modules


Neuroethology: Neural Basis of Behaviour and Sensory Perception
Cellular and Behavioural Genetics
Environment and Behaviour: Neuroethology
Cognitive Neuroscience
Developmental Neurobiology, Stem Cells and Neuroregeneration
Cellular Neurobiology
Principles of Neural Information Processing
Environment and Behaviour: Cognition and Behaviour
Protein missfolding and aggregation in neurodegenerative diseases
Decision Neuroscience

Assembly of Neural Circuits
Neuroethology: multiphoton imaging of activity and EM synaptic connectivity reconstruction
Synaptic transmission in sensory systems
Compulsory practical trainings
Functional analyses of sensory systems
Neural Stem Cells
Molecular Neurobiology
Clinical Neuropsychology
Training in Cellular Neurobiology of Disease
Neuromorphology: Cell Culture Techniques in Developmental Neurobiology
Functional Analyses of Excitable Membranes
Molecular Mechanisms of Neurodegenerative Diseases
Functional fMRI for the Investigation of Cognitive Functions
Neuromodulators in Animal Behaviour
Animal Sensory Physiology
Signal transduction studies with dyes, light-driven proteins and genetically encoded biosensors
Molecular Mechanisms of Synaptic Functions
Impact of mitochondrial DNA mutations on neurodegenerative diseases
Neuroscience of Emotion
Extracellular Human Electrophyiology
Cellular Neurobiology of Epilepsy
Structure-Function Relationships of Ion Channels
Neuronal Circuit Function
Computational neuroscience and machine learning
Mechanisms of astrocyte-neuron interaction
Structural MRI in Clinical Research
Comparative Neuroanatomy
In Silico Brain Sciences
Imaging Synapses at Nanoscale Resolution