Translational Neuroscience

Structure and Schedule

Please, find the timetable of the lectures, seminars and exercises on the bottom of the page.


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. The module Biostatistics is recommended for the 1st semester as it will indroduce the students to various statistic approaches and data analysis.

In the second and third semesters, the students additionally choose at least three 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). Each lab rotations can be replaced by two theoretical modules. In this case, students should consider that lab rotations are graded and should only be replaced by graded (not pass/fail) modules.

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.

Schedule for each semester

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.


The schedules are updated before the upcoming winter or summer term, respectively, and changes in times, days and periods (block modules) might occur.


There will be no differentiation made between the 1st and 3rd, nor the 2nd and 4th semester. The modules taken depend on individual organisation of the study program. Modules can be taken independent on the semester students are in.