M.Sc. Interdisciplinary Neuroscience

Goethe University Frankfurt am Main

Application deadline: March 15
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
Start date: October  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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Neuroscience spans many disciplines. Its repertoire stretches from molecular biology and proteome research to systems neurobiology, cognitive neuroscience and clinical research. Successful research in neuroscience rests on a combination of differential concepts and methodical approaches.

The major objective of the program is to offer to talented students a highly research-oriented training that will provide them with a broad overview over the most relevant fields of neuroscience, including basicneuroscience, clinical neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience and computational neuroscience. This also includes relevant practical skills. The program will confront students with various levels of complexity of neural functions from molecular biology to systems neuroscience. A major characteristic comprises the optional training in clinical neuroscience that will familiarize students with neuropathology and aspects of neurology and will provide them with hands on information on current technical approaches applied in clinical research.

The master program is highly research-oriented and open for national and international students. It lasts for two years. It always starts at the beginning of winter term (mid of October) and consists of four terms of 12 to 14 weeks each. Almost all courses are held in English.

Solid background knowledge in the field of neuroscience is essential for following the courses. As the program is an interdisciplinary one, we invite applications from students from various fields. These include biology and medicine but also biochemistry, chemistry, physics, informatics and psychology. The program aims at fostering interactions between students and between students and lecturers from the various disciplines.


The curriculum starts with a one week general introductory course with laboratory visits to familiarize students with the activities of the participating research groups. Within the first year, the curriculum further includes lectures, journal clubs and laboratory work as well as a weekend seminar to foster the interaction between students and between students and faculty. The second year focuses on the future laboratory research with introductions into the analysis of scientific literature and methodology that can later be applied for the master thesis. The thesis needs to be completed within 6 months. Exams are required for individual modules and include written exams and the successful completion of protocols or the presentation of papers. Altogether students can earn 120 credit points. The successful candidates will be awarded the degree of a "Master of Science" (M.Sc.)


* Applicants (national and international students) must hold a Bachelor's degree or equivalent in a biomedical, bioscience or psychological field.
* In case the required degree has not been awarded by the time of application, you can still apply if you provide:
* Proof of matriculation
* A transcript of records and the anticipated date of completion of the bachelor program.
* In addition 130 credit points in the bachelor program must have been achieved.

* If English is not the native language, prove of sufficient knowledge of the English language on B2 level must be provided.

Although almost every German speaks some English, a working knowledge of German is essential for daily private activities. Thus taking German courses is highly recommended.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

193 (Grade B)
TOEFL iBT® test: 87



The program is accredited since July 2010.

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