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MSc Integrative Neuroscience    Back

University of Magdeburg Course Type: Master taught Start Date: October
Location: Magdeburg, Germany Duration: Full time - 2 Years Fees/total cost: EUR 0.00


The master programme provides a broad background the basic areas of neuroscience including molecular and cellular neuroscience, systems and behavioural neuroscience, as well as theoretical and computational neuroscience. Students take core courses in all of these areas and choose from a range of advanced courses. They perform practical or laboratory exercises in all core areas and spend several weeks each in three research laboratories. The wide range of areas and requirements makes for an intensive and rewarding study experience.

The integrative study of the nervous system involves newer developments such as functional brain imaging, and the application of molecular biology, genetics and immunology, as well as more traditional areas like psychophysics, neurophysiology and neuroanatomy. In addition, neural modelling, and quantitative analyses are growing rapidly in importance. Accordingly the graduate programme introduces students to a wide variety of techniques from different disciplines. The first two semesters provide a broad foundation in molecular, cellular, systems, and theoretical neuroscience. In addition to basic courses which are compulsory students may choose to take part in tutorials designed to fill any gaps in their biology, physics or mathematics background. In the third semester more advanced courses provide further training in areas the student is considering for specialization.

Laboratory rotations are an important part of the programme. All students carry out three laboratory rotations of four weeks duration over the first three semesters. This exposes students to different approaches to neuroscience research and helps students in choosing an appropriate laboratory for their thesis work. In the fourth semester students who do not wish to pursue doctoral studies will select a topic and advisor for their master thesis.

Full time

Start date:
2 Years
Teaching method:
Magdeburg, Germany
EUR 0.00
EUR 0.00
Tuition fees

Course Provider Details

Course contact information

Nicole Albrecht
Programme Coordinator
University accredited:
120 ECTS
Last update: 05/04/2016


Module name Credits (ECTS or CATS) Duration Core / elective / recommended Available as Short course (CPD)
Basic molecular and cell biology 4 ECTS core  
Behavioral Pharmacology core  
Biological statistics 3 ECTS core  
Cellular neurophysiology 5 ECTS core  
Clinical neuroscience core  
Cognitive neurobiology 4 ECTS core  
Cognitive Neuroimaging 4 ECTS core  
Development and Plasticity 3 ECTS core  
Genetic Models 4 ECTS core  
Integrative and comparative neuroanatomy 4 ECTS core  
Introduction to Matlab 2 ECTS core  
Laboratory rotation 6 ECTS core  
Laboratory rotation 2 3 ECTS core  
Laboratory rotation III core  
Learning and memory 3 ECTS core  
Macroimaging core  
Mathematical foundations 3 ECTS core  
Microimaging 4 ECTS core  
Molecular and Cellular Biology 5 ECTS core  
Neural signalling 4 ECTS core  
Neuroendocrinology & inflammation 4 ECTS core  
Neuroethology 3 ECTS core  
Research Thesis 28 ECTS core  
Scientific Ethics 2 ECTS core  
Spiking networks 4 ECTS core  
Systems Neurophysiology 5 ECTS core  
Theoretical Neuroscience I 3 ECTS core  
Theoretical neuroscience II 3 ECTS core  
Basic molecular and cell biology tutorial 1 ECTS elective  
Biological statistics tutorial 2 ECTS elective  
Cellular neurophysiology tutorial 1 ECTS elective  
Development & plasticity tutorial 2 ECTS elective  
Integrative and comparative neuroanatomy tutorial 2 ECTS elective  
Mathematical foundations tutorial 2 ECTS elective  
Molecular & cellular neurobiology tutorial 2 ECTS elective  
Neurocolloquium 1 ECTS elective  
Scientific writing 4 ECTS elective  
Student led Journal Club 2 ECTS elective  
Student led Journal Club 2 2 ECTS elective  
Theoretical neuroscience II tutorial 3 ECTS elective  
Theoretical Neuroscience I tutorial 2 ECTS elective