What students say:

Former student Jay Wang

"The Heidelberg University Neuroscience program has been the most unique and exciting Masters that I have found across the globe. I especially love how flexible and dynamic the degree can be, with innumerable possibilities and endless opportunities. Not only does the program offer lab rotations that only few other Master degrees provide, we can complete the lab rotation in any labs around the world, learning the state-of-art techniques and meeting international scientists. Hence, we can modify the degree based on our research interests while exploring a multitude of neuroscience research fields.This is truly never heard of in any other world renowned universities. Moreover, the university is situated in a magnificently beautiful historic German town that inspired many Nobel Prize Laureates and scholars alike. If I can compare the program to restaurants, there might be many Michelin Starred restaurants elsewhere with very specialized and delicious food, but Heidelberg has the best buffet with delicacies from around the world, and you can experience more than one of these Michelin Starred restaurants."

Neuroscience Major (MSc)


Structure of the Program

In total, the program takes two years to complete; four semesters in total (although with careful planning it can be done in three semesters). In the first semester there are some general courses covering the basics of molecular biosciences and some specialisation modules. In the second semester there are two courses focusing much more in depth on Neuroscience. During both these semesters, you should also do different labrotations in the different labs within the IZN.


a schematic overview of the program

There are several optional short courses you can take covering an introduction to neuronal networks and neuroanatomy, but also an introduction to either programming in Python or R. The third semester is the most suited to do a Labrotation abroad. Then, in the fourth semester, you will write your master’s thesis with one of the Neuroscience research groups associated to the program.

For more information about the different courses, please consult the ‘Info for current students’ pages in the menu on the left.

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