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|Application deadline:||January 31st and March 15 for the following winter semester|
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|Start date:||October 2013|
|Duration full-time:||18 months|
|Delivery mode:||On Campus|
Our Master's programme is a highly specialised, internationally competitive, graduate programme for honours students in the area of Experimental and Clinical Neurosciences (ECN). The ECN-Programme is based on an interdisciplinary scientific network with emphasis on decoding the molecular, cellular and neuroendocrine mechanisms underlying neuropsychiatric disorders. The following key research areas are of central importance: molecular neurobiology (neuroplasticity, neurogenetics, neuronal signaling), behavioural and molecular neuroendocrinology (emotionality, social behaviour, cognition, early and adult life stress and correlation with molecular, cellular and neuroendocrine parameters, surgical approaches), Neuro-imaging/ functional magnetic resonance tomography.
Graduate studies take place in a complementary and competitive environment. Didactic concepts include the participation at interactive lectures, seminars, journal clubs and tutorials, training of preparation of slide presentations, drafted manuscripts and research proposals. The graduate students acquire experimental skills according to the research profile of the selected participating research teams, qualifications with respect to experimental design and experimental procedures, statistical data analysis, and "laboratory management" as well as data presentations.
The curriculum of the ECN programme is organized in three semesters. During the first two semesters students take courses in systemic, molecular and cellular, and clinical neuroscience. During the last semester students will work for six months on a scientific thesis project.
Courses are organized in three teaching blocks, three methodological practica, and three project practica:
* Teaching blocks include neuroscience lectures, seminars, and tutorials.
* During the methodological practica (3 weeks) students rotate through different labs in order to acquire skills on research techniques in all neuroscience fields offered by the ECN (systemic, molecular and cellular, or clinical).
* During the project practica (6-8 weeks) students work on a research project. Students can choose among several projects and labs and enjoy one-to-one supervision. Some project practica can be completed in international labs.
* Additionally, the curriculum includes weekend seminars, international guest speakers, and visits of international conferences.
Applicants must have a Bachelor degree or equivalent in biology, biochemistry, medicine, psychology, or related field. Non-native speakers of English must demonstrate proficiency in English (e.g., TOEFL).
Besides the application material, the selection will be based on the results of an entrance examination and an interview that will be arranged after the application.
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