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In animals, including humans, all behaviors result from information processing in the nervous system. Important goals of neuroscience are to understand how single components of the nervous system function and interact with each other, how the nervous system is organized and forms networks, how cells and the networks process information, how the neurons and the networks change their activities responding to changing physiological conditions and how neurological disorders affect neuronal organizations and functions.

To address such questions, research is required at various levels of analysis, ranging from molecular mechanisms and electrophysiology on the single-cell level to anatomical, computational, and network analyses on the system level.

This research-oriented “Master of Science in Neuroscience” is an interdisciplinary program taught by neuroscientists from the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences as well as the Faculty of Medicine. The program provides students with the essential theoretical foundations and practical skills to understand current issues in neurobiology. Students will learn to answer current questions that reach from the molecular and subcellular level to the systems level. We offer a broad cutting-edge methodological spectrum applied by the participating research groups. The spectrum ranges from in vivo and ex vivo electrophysiology and imaging of single-/multiple-cells, molecular biology and genetics, systematic neuroanatomy and connectome analysis, genetic manipulations of neuronal function, to methods of computational neuroscience and the analysis of behavior. Students will learn to ask pertinent questions, extract information from publications, develop appropriate experimental strategies, and document and present their results with good scientific practice.

The master's program combines theoretical and research-oriented practical training parts and extends over two years. In total, 16 students will be admitted.

Structure of the programme