Interdisciplinary NeuroscienceJohann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität
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- Frankfurt am main
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* In addition you must have achieved 150 credit points in the bachelor program with an average grade of 2.5 and the bachelor thesis should be completed or close to completion. * The applicant must provide prove of sufficient knowledge of the English language (not older than two years). If English is not the native language one of the following has to be provided: * “Test of English as a Foreign Language” paper-based TOEFL (minimum 540), computer-based TOEFL, CBT (minimum 213), internet-based TOEFL, iBT (minimum 76)
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. 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.)
The major objective of the program is to provide a broad and intensive training in basic neuroscience, clinical neuroscience, and cognitive and computational neuroscience to talented national and international students holding a Bachelors degree or equivalent from various fields of Natural Science and Medicine.
The curriculum offered reflects the broad research activities of the ICNF.
Neuroscience is one of the pillars of research in Frankfurt. Both at the Faculty of Medicine with its preclinical and clinical institutions and at the Faculty of Biosciences, neuroscience represents a focus of current research. Strong neuroscience research groups are also placed at the faculties of Psychology and Sport Science, Chemical and Pharmaceutical Science, Mathematics and Physics. In addition, Frankfurt houses the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research and the Max Planck Institute for Biophysics as well as the newly founded Ernst Strüngmann-Institute that will concentrate on cognitive neuroscience.
The Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS) is associated with the university and focuses on the theoretical analysis of brain function. All these institutions not only provide input into the master program. They also offer excellent opportunities for subsequent PhD work in a highly stimulating research environment.