M.Sc. Translational Neuroscience
Julius Maximilians Universität Würzburg
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The program ENB (Elite Network Bavaria) MSc Translational Neuroscience involves the leading neuroscience expertise of the Medical Faculty at the University of Würzburg and includes other natural sciences such as psychology. The curriculum is a two-year, research-oriented, international study program that is intended to be continued with a Ph.D. project at institutes of the Medical Faculty or the Graduate School of Life Sciences Würzburg or at other universities.
Prospective students have finished their BSc (or are close to completion).
- Excellent theoretical background
- Eagerness to discuss research questions
- Research experience
- Self-organized students
- Engagement with a high workload
- Professional knowledge of the English language
Our program comprises more than 40 research groups contributing to excellent neuroscience research at the University of Würzburg.
We offer a research-oriented program that combines clinical questions at the molecular level with applied research for novel human therapy concepts.
- Lab courses,
- Lecture series,
- Compulsory elective modules,
- Master's thesis project
Focus of the MSc Program
The MSc study program "Translational Neuroscience" is a research-oriented, interdisciplinary training program in English addressing national and international students with a Bachelor’s degree in biology, biochemistry or in other life science studies or in psychology.
The students are trained for patient-centered neuroscientific research at the interface of previously separate fields of neurobiology, neurology, biopsychology, and psychiatry.
In the first and the second semesters of the study program, the curriculum focuses on the four obligatory main subjects Neurobiology, Neurology/Neurosurgery, Biopsychology, and Psychiatry. The practical course (Advanced Lab Rotation 1) is mandatory in the first semester to get familiar with various methodical techniques used in different fields of neurosciences.
In the second and third semesters, the students additionally choose at least four modules from a range of elective neuroscientific modules. Elective modules, e.g. Pain, Developmental Neuropsychiatry, Experimental Psychiatry, Functional Neuroimaging, etc. comprise lectures, seminars, and hands-on practical courses. In addition, the institutes and clinics participating in the program offer topics for voluntary three-week internships to deepen practical skills and theoretical knowledge.
The third semester concentrates on two practical courses (Advanced Lab Rotations 2 and 3).
The Master thesis will be prepared during the fourth semester and completed with an oral defense (colloquium).
All modules, the master’s thesis, and colloquium add up to 120 ECTS credit points.
- Clinical Neurobiology
- Psychiatric Neurosciences
- Methods in Neuroscience
General Elective Modules
- Cellular Neurobiology
- Electrophysiology in humans and animals
- Experimental Psychiatry
- Ion channels - structure, physiology, and disease
- Regeneration of the Nervous System
- Functional Neuroimaging
- Developmental Neuroimaging
- Developmental Neuropsychiatry
- Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
- RNA Metabolism
- Projekt Design
- Project Development
- Ask the Expert
- Advanced Subject Lectures
- Meeting Participation (oster)
- Meeting Participation
- Advanced Training Program GSLS
- Advanced Lab Rotation 2
- Advanced Lab Rotation 3
- External Lab Rotation
- Advanced Practical Course Neurosciences Lab
Elective Modules: Section by Graduate School of Life Sciences GSLS
- Research group seminar Neurosciences 1
- Research group seminar Neurosciences 2
- Graduate program seminar Neurosciences 1
- Graduate program seminar Neurosciences 2
- Workshop Neurosciences 1
- Workshop Neurosciences 2
- Retreat Neurosciences 1
- Retreat Neurosciences 2
- In order to be admitted, by the time of admission (not application!) you must have finished a BSc study program of at least three years with an equivalent of 180 credit points according to ECTS (European Credit Transfer System). If you apply from outside Europe, your BSc study program will be considered equal but will be evaluated for equivalence in case of doubt.
- If you have not yet finished your BSc at the time of application, you need to provide documents which prove that you have completed 5/6 of your regular study program (e.g. 150 of 180 ECTS credit points in European study programs).
- Your BSc program must be in biology, life science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, psychology or an equivalent degree (Staatsexamen or a completed study program in human medicine). This study program must have a special emphasis/specialization/major in some aspects of biochemistry, cell biology, and biochemistry and must have comprised practical research experience in a natural science laboratory.
International students can apply to numerous organizations for a scholarship, for example to the DAAD, to party-related foundations or business-affiliated institutions. You can find information on the various types of scholarships in the DAAD scholarship database, along with suitable offers.
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