Translational Neuroscience

Elite Graduate Program

The Elite Graduate Program Translational Neuroscience

The Elite Graduate Program Translational Neuroscience is a research-oriented, interdisciplinary training program at the Faculty of Medicine that qualifies its students to effectively address the challenges in neurosciences.

The Elite Graduate Program is based on grown synergies between basic research and clinical practice including neurobiologists, neuroanatomists, neurophysiologists, neurologists, psychologists and psychiatrists from the Faculties of Medicine and the Faculty of Human Sciences at the University of Würzburg.

Our students are trained (in English language) to develop creative ideas and methodological approaches essential for novel breakthroughs in diagnostic and therapeutic developments. Thus, molecular principles and modular concept development in experimental and clinical research are focused on in the Elite Graduate Program. Moreover, self-dependence and individual responsibility in scientific practice are conveyed to enable the students to fulfil the requirements in scientific society and careers in the international context.

Application NOW open

!We are seeking highly motivated students for our next class of the master program starting in October 2024!

The application portal is open 25.01.-15.03.2024 and you can upload, edit and submit your documents.

Please, check our web page to get all information about the application process beforehand!


Qualification Goals

Master program Translational Neuroscience Elite network Bavaria (M. Sc.; 120 ECTS)

(German version "Qualifikationsziele")


The Translational Neuroscience program at the Medical Faculty of Würzburg covers the following main areas:

  • biological-scientific and clinical-theoretical basics
  • constructive work in interprofessional and interdisciplinary teams
  • basic, translational and clinical research
  • diagnostic tools and therapeutic options


Overarching target competencies/qualification goals

Scientific qualifications

Graduates possess a professionally oriented, science-based education and apply scientific thinking and action in a targeted manner to gain new knowledge in medicine.

  • They have a basic understanding of scientific work and use professionally legitimate methods of knowledge and testing procedures.
  • They adequately assess the possibilities and limits of scientific knowledge in medicine.
  • They critically evaluate scientific approaches and results and take their social responsibility and the well-being of patients into account.
  • They are able to conduct systematic literature searches, independently derive new questions, formulate hypotheses and identify suitable research methods and apply these to their own scientific work.
  • They comply with the principles of good scientific practice.


Qualification for scientific employment

  • Graduates are prepared for a wide range of fields of action in professional institutions and in the private sector, for example in the areas of research, health, education and training, the world of work and culture.


Enabling social engagement

  • They identify the ethical dimensions of scientific activity and deal with ethical challenges appropriately.
  • They know and take into account the ethical, legal, societal and socio-economic framework conditions of scientific action.
  • They communicate their knowledge and skills to others and apply the principle of lifelong learning.


Personality development

  • They are capable of self-criticism, recognize their personal limits and can reflect on their responsibility and how they deal with their own mistakes.
  • They are aware of the different roles in teams.
  • They are able to recognize problems in working together and to offer constructive criticism, and they are prepared to take on leadership tasks and responsibility depending on the situation.