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 defence (colloquium).
All modules, the master’s thesis and colloquium add up to 120 ECTS credit points.
Compulsory courses have to take place in the first and second semester. Elective modules are offered once a year (either in the winter or the summer term). All parts for a single module will take place within the same semester. This concept allows for more flexibility in scheduling an individual internship and elective modules.