Curriculum

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 

Neuromorphology

covers morphological principles underpinning specific neural functions.

Neurophysiology 

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.

Statistics 

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
 
 
Neurophysiology of Sensory Systems
 
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
 
Environment and Behaviour: Behavioural Ecology
 
Principles of Neural Information Processing
 
Neurogenetics
 
Neuropharmacology
 
Environment and Behaviour: Cognition and Behaviour
 
Behavioural Ecology Theory
 
Protein missfolding and aggregation in neurodegenerative diseases
 
Neuroanatomy
 
Decision Neuroscience
 
 
 
Compulsory practical trainings
 
 
Functional analyses of sensory systems
 
Neural Stem Cells
 
Molecular Neurobiology
 
Clinical Neuropsychology
 
Neurophysics
 
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
 
Training in Behavioural Ecology
 
Impact of mitochondrial DNA mutations on neurodegenerative diseases
 
Cognitive neuroscience of memory - EEG and fMRI
 
Neuroscience of Emotion
 
Epigenetics
 
Extracellular Human Electrophyiology
 
Cellular Neurobiology of Epilepsy