Medical Neurosciences, M.Sc.

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  • 24 months
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  • English (take IELTS)
We offer an interdisplinary, international graduate program, which leads to the degrees of Master of Science, Ph.D. or Medical Doctor/Ph.D. in Medical Neurosciences. The program addresses both students of medicine or of life sciences (biology, biophysics, chemistry, psychology etc.).


Medical Neurosciences focuses on translational research. The main objective is to bridge the gap between successes at the bench and currently - less than satisfactory treatment at the bedside. To do so, we integrate basic laboratory research and the clinic in terms of faculty, students, course content and infrastructure.

Our educational approach is based on in depth classroom teaching in small groups and carefully guided practical training. The program covers the breadth of neuroscience from basic neurobiology to cognition and neurovascular diseases. Within this spectrum, we encourage students to develop their own research focus and career goals.

MSc graduates have the theoretical background, practical skills and faculty contact necessary for continued research in PhD projects. In the PhD program, these qualifications are further enhanced and combined with rigorous research work ranging from molecule to man.


The program has been accredited in 2008 by the Hannover based accreditation agency ZEvA.

Programme Structure

  • Module 1 Basic Neurobiology: a set of lectures introduces the basic elements of neurobiology to students of different academic backgrounds.
  • Module 2 Working with Data: trains students in good scientific practice, basic statistics and presentation of their research.
  • Module 3 Individual Focus: encourages students to develop their individual research focus.
  • Module 4 Neuropathophysiology: The Changing Brain: the general aim is to provide a conceptual interface between the topics of cellular neurosciences (module 1) and clinical neurosciences (module 5).
  • Module 5 Advanced Problems and Topics in Neuroscience: based on specific examples from recently published or classical work, students deepen their understanding and knowledge gained in the core modules Basic Neurobiology, Neuropathophysiology and Clinical Neuroscience.
  • Module 6 Clinical Neuroscience: based on the material covered previously (Basic Neurobiology/ Neuropathophysiology), this module is heavily devoted to the clinical manifestations of pathophysiological changes in the nervous system.
  • Module 7 Academic Writing and Publishing: prepares students for the successful completion of their thesis and future publications.
  • Module 8 Experimental Design: prepares for the experimental side of the Master thesis.
  • Module 9 Thesis: the entire 4th semester is dedicated to the thesis, prompting students to integrate gained knowledge and skills necessary for a future in science.


For our MSc program we are looking for students interested in cell and molecular biology research with a strong clinical connection in the field of Neuroscience. Your basic knowledge in biology, chemistry and physics is solid and your grades are above average (i.e. a degree in medicine, Psychology or natural sciences (BSc, MBBS, Medical Doctor, Diplom or international equivalent).

Ideally, you can already demonstrate laboratory experience. You see your future in neuroscience research wanting to turn your findings from the bench into treatment at the bedside. For a successful application we recommend to gain as much practical experience as possible before the master program starts in October. This includes experimental Bachelor theses or internships in a lab.

In addition to a strong command of the English language, all our students need to exhibit a good amount of inquisitiveness, initiative and independent thinking.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score: 580

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 92

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

In order to be eligible for admission, students have to meet the following formal criteria:

Proficiency in English (IELTS min. Band 6.5, TOEFL paper min. 580, TOEFL computer min. 237, TOEFL internet min. 92)

MSc Program

  • A first degree in medicine, Psychology or natural sciences (BSc, MBBS, Medical Doctor, Diplom or international equivalent)
  • One year of practical experience (e.g. work in a lab, studying abroad, internship, 1st job after graduation, experimental Bachelor thesis, etc.)

Work Experience

At least 1 year(s) of work experience are required.

*Work expereince can include: work in a lab, studying abroad, internship, 1st job after graduation, experimental Bachelor thesis, etc.

Tuition Fee Per Semester

  • EUR 2500 International
  • EUR 2500 EU/EEA

*Tuition fees for admission 2017 amount to €2500 per semester, plus matriculation fees of about € 300 incl. public transtpotration. The same fees apply to German and international students.


Students are expected to finance their studies and stay in Berlin by their own means. However, there are a number of scholarship opportunities available. Granted by the Cluster of Excellence NeuroCure, the program awards a stipend of the amount of 550 to students providing a proof that they applied to another, independent scholarship. Furthermore, previous students have been funded through DAAD scholarships, educational grants in their home country, or scholarships awarded by industry.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.