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
 

 

Assembly  of Neural Circuits

Cellular and Behavioural Genetics

Cellular Neurobiology

Cognitive Neurosciences

Decision Neurosciences

Developmental Neurobiology

Environment and Behaviour: Cognition and Behaviour

Environment and Behaviour: Neuroethology

Neuroanatomy

Neurobiology of Sensory Motor Systems

Neurogenetics

Neuropharmacology

Principles of Neural Information Processing

Protein Misfolding and Aggregation in Neurodegenerative

Synaptic transmission in sensory systems

The Synapse: from molecules to information processing

 
 
 
Compulsory practical trainings
 
 

Aging and neurodegeneration: studying the interplay between epigenetics, mitochondrial and metabolic dysfunction in aging and neurodegenerative disorders

Animal Sensory Physiology

Cellular Neurobiology of Epilepsy

Clinical Neuropsychology

Comparative Neuroanatomy

Computational neuroscience and machine learning

Epigenetics

Extracellular Human Electrophysiology

Functional Analyses of Excitable Membranes

Functional MRI for the Investigation of Cognitive Functions

Imaging Synapses at Nanoscale Resolution

Impact of mitochondrial DNA mutations on neurodegenerative diseases

In Silico Brain Sciences

Mechanisms of astrocyte-neuron interaction

Molecular Biology of Neurodegeneration

Molecular Mechanisms of Neurodegenerative Diseases

Molecular Mechanisms of Synaptic Function

Molecular Neurobiology

Neural Stem Cells

Neuroethics

Neuromodulators in Animal Behaviour

Neuromorphology: Cell Culture Techniques in Developmental Neurobiology

Neuronal Circuit Function

Neurophysics

Neuroscience of Emotion

Optogenetics

Signal transduction studied with dyes, light-driven proteins, and genetically encoded biosensors

Structure-Function Relationships of Ion Channels

Training in Cellular Neurobiology of Disease