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Course Structure


Our integrated approach will offer an insight into the research done at Freiburg University's internationally renowned research facilities while offering a chance to gain first-hand experience in neuroscientific research in our state-of-the-art facilities. 


First Semester


You will begin your program obtaining a comprehensive education in the foundations of neuroscience and the experimental and theoretical methods used in neuroscientific research. In the lecture "From Membrane to Brain" and the accompanying seminar you will acquire in depth knowledge about the structure and functional principles underlying brain function and neuroanatomical structures, organizational schemes, and processes in nerve cells and functional systems of the brain (e.g. visual, auditory, motor, somatosensory and cognitive systems). In two practical courses "Physiology and anatomy of neuronal systems" and "Neurophysiology: Measurement and Analysis of Neuronal Activity" practical experience in basic neurobiology will be gained in (i) measuring and analyzing physiological properties of neurons and neuronal networks and (ii) in comparative and functional neuroanatomy in rodents and humans on the basis of fixed tissue specimens and models. Important theoretical concepts and mathematical tools essential for model building and data analysis in neuroscience will be taught in a separate "Quantitative Methods in Neuroscience" course consisting of lectures and practical exercises. 

Module handbook - Module 1: Foundations of Neuroscience

Module handbook - Module 2: Methods in Neuroscience



Second Semester


As soon as in the second term you will have the chance to focus on a specific neuroscientific topic. While you will meet with all students of your semester in the "Advanced topics in Neuroscience I" module, consisting of a lecture series and regular "Journal Clubs" to discuss recent neuroscience publications, you can individually choose from various elective subjects such as computational neuroscience, neuro- and optophysiology, neurotechnology, and genes/circuits/behaviour. Each elective offers multiple courses to choose from, including a subset of courses from other electives, enabling you to compose an individual and multidisciplinary curriculum.

Module handbook - Module 3: Advanced Topics in Neuroscience I

Module handbook - Module 4: Electives



Third Semester


In the third semester you will continue with lab work related to your specialization, diving deeper into practical work. You will enter two research laboratories for two research internships during each of which you carry out a research project which matches your specific neuroscientific interests. Furthermore this will allow you explore research fields for future MSc thesis opportunities. In a parallel advanced seminar series with local and international speakers, you will continue to meet your fellow students and scientists from all over the world to attend top level research presentations, and extend your network.

Module handbook - Module 5: Advanced Topics in Neuroscience II

Module handbook - Modules 6&7: Research Projects



Fourth Semester


The fourth semester will be dedicated to your masters thesis project and the preparation of your written thesis and the final oral exam.



The examination regulations of the program can be found here.