Translational Neuroscience


Please be aware that applications for the master program will only be accepted once a year.

The timeline of the whole application process is drafted in the following:

  • January 25: start of online application
  • March 15: closing of application platform
  • April: upon successful selection after the examination of the documents, the candidate will be invited to a written exam
  • June: after successful completion of the exam, the candidate is invited to an interview in Würzburg or using video call
  • July: admission
  • October: enrollment and start of program

The study program Translational Neuroscience starts only in winter terms.

Note: the participants will have to show the original documents for final admission and enrollment.

Degree and credit requirements

At the time of admission (not application) the applicant must have finished a Bachelor’s study program of at least 3 years with an equivalent of 180 credit points according to ECTS (European Credit Transfer System). Concerning the GPA requirements, an average of 2.4 or better on the German grading scale is necessary to be eligible for the program. Foreign grades can be converted to German grades using the "Bavarian formula".

Important! New application procedure starting with the application period for 2024:

Applicants with an international degree (EU and non-EU degrees) will need a preliminary review documentation (VPD) from uniassist to apply at the University of Würzburg.
The University Application Service for International Students (uniassist) processes international student applications as an external partner for the University of Würzburg.

Please check whether you need a preliminary review documentation (VPD). In general, all degrees achieved outside Germany must apply for it at uni-assist BEFORE you apply to the University of Würzburg.
Further information of the University of Würzburg on the preliminary review documentation (VPD) from uniassist.


Subject requirements

The Bachelor’s program of the applicant must have a strong focus on life sciences, chemistry, mathematics, physics, medicine and/or psychology. Competences in the following subjects are mandatory: cell biology, molecular biology, and biochemistry. Competences and experience in laboratory and research practice as well as in physiology are strongly desired. Please find some further details here.


Language requirements

Proficiency in English language is essential since all courses will be held in English. Exams, reports, and the Master thesis are required to be written in English.The applicant must bring forward one of the tests listed below at the time of application.

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of >590 paper-based, or 240 computer-based or 95 internet-based
  • International English Language Test System (IELTS) with a score of at least 6.5
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)


Other significant proofs of English proficiency, such as a certificate from the former university, are also recognized in exceptional cases.

Not recognized equivalent: English-Abitur, English written bachelor thesis.

Further recommendations

The acquisition of awards and fellowships during the applicant’s Bachelor studies and authorships in peer-reviewed papers have a positive impact. Particular attention is paid to a meaningful motivation letter.