Interdisciplinary Neuroscience, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #101 (ARWU) ,
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 basic neuroscience, clinical neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience and computational neuroscience as well as applied aspects of 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 (usually middle of October) and consists of four terms (winter, summer, winter, summer) of 12 to 14 weeks each. Almost all courses are held in English.

We do not require previous intensive training in neuroscience. However, 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.)

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Auditory Neuroscience
  • Functional Anatomy of the Retina
  • Clock Mechanisms in Mammalian Neurons and Neuroendocrine Cells
  • Cellular and Molecular Biology of the Circadian System
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Cellular Physiology of Dopaminergic Neurons
  • Neurophysiology and Behaviour
  • Developmental Neurobiology

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • 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:


    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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    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

  • Applicants (national and international students) must hold a Bachelor's degree or equivalent in a biomedical, bioscience, other natural sciences, mathematical 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 detailed certificate of the present status of your studies and the anticipated date of completion of the bachelor program.
  • In addition you must have achieved 130 credit points in the bachelor program.
  • If not a native speaker the applicant must provide prove of sufficient knowledge of the English language on B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, e.g.:
  1. TOEFL (ibT) minimum 87
  2. IELTS minimum 5.5
  3. A certificate confirming satisfactory knowledge of English based on a Bachelor thesis written in English issued from the faculties of “Biological Science”, “Psychology and Sports”, “Medicine” or “Biochemistry, Chemistry and Pharmacy” of the Goethe-University.
  4. An at least one-year-long study or occupational stay in an English-speaking country within the last three years

Tuition Fee

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The current semester contribution is 330 € per semester and includes public transportation in Frankfurt and surroundings.

Living costs for Frankfurt am Main

  • 941 - 1520 EUR/month
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