Mathematics, Engineering & Production

Neurosciences

Neurosciences

Master

Portrait

The neurosciences are among the most fascinating disciplines of the life sciences. They combine concepts and methods from biology, physics, chemistry, informatics, medicine and psychology in order to understand the function of the nervous system. Neuroscience research has a tremendous impact on our society, since it deals with the functioning and malfunctioning of the brain – the organ that governs our thinking, feeling and our behaviour.

At the University of Bremen, Neuroscience research is conducted by an interdisciplinary team of researc... more » more »


Basic data

Title on graduation

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

ECTS-Credits

sole subject
120CP

Language of delivery (mainly)

English

Admission requirements

For inclusion in a master's degree is the completion of studies at the Bachelor's level requirement.
The subject-specific entry requirements are set out in the current Aufnahme-/Zulassungsordnung (admission regulations).
It also includes the different deadlines for the provision of evidence.

More information at Application and enrolment

Enrolment for new students

for winter semester

A limited number of university places. Further information regarding the specific enrolment procedure in the German "Zulassungs-/Aufnahmeordnung".

Deadlines for applications/enrolment

30.04.

Enrolment for advanced students

for winter and for summer semester

admittance limited

Deadlines for applications/enrolment

30.04. resp. 15.01.

DESCRIPTION OF SUBJECT

The neurosciences are among the most fascinating disciplines of the life sciences. They combine concepts and methods from biology, physics, chemistry, informatics, medicine and psychology in order to understand the function of the nervous system. Neuroscience research has a tremendous impact on our society, since it deals with the functioning and malfunctioning of the brain – the organ that governs our thinking, feeling and our behaviour.

At the University of Bremen, Neuroscience research is conducted by an interdisciplinary team of researchers from biology, physics, and psychology, providing in-depth education in all fundamental aspects of modern neuroscience – spanning the range from mathematical and neuro-computational concepts to hand-on experience in single- and multi-electrode recordings, optogenetics, neuropharmacology, and functional imaging

OCCUPATIONAL FIELDS AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Subsequent non-teaching occupational fields

The interdisciplinary basic studies with the specialisation courses offered in the modules “Advanced Studies I and II” as well as the Master’s thesis prepares students for a diversified occupational spectrum. Natural scientific basics combined with theoretical, methodical, and practical principles (basic elements) in different parts of the neuro-und cognitive sciences enable the graduate to realise multifarious career opportunities. Courses in computing and programming improve the professional chances of the Bremen graduates. The programme allows access to neuroscientific basic and clinical research as well as to many industrial sectors (pharmaceutical industry, medical engineering, robotics, production engineering, biotechnology, medical imaging). Thus, universities, research institutes, clinics, and various branches of industry may be considered as potential employers.

Teacher training (Lehramt)

No courses available for students training to be teachers at state-run schools

Possibilities for additional qualifications

Graduates qualify for admission to doctoral studies.

OBJECTIVES AND CONTENTS OF PROGRAM

Detailed list of available courses in online course prospectus

Stages of study / curricula / description of modules

The Master’s programme Neurosciences is divided into a curriculum of modular courses following a basic pattern of three weeks for each module and leading to the Master’s thesis. The compulsory modules in the first of the four semesters of the programme impart basic theoretical and practical skills. Students learn in lectures and seminars about the cellphysiological and neuroanatomical principles of the structure and the function of neurons and the central nervous system. They get introduced into the basics of neuropsychology and clinical neurosciences (neurological and psychiatric disorders) as well as into fundamental concepts of computational neurosciences and programming. In the semester break elementary practical knowledge (laboratory animal science) will be taught. Those basics are essential for the modules in the second semester (“Advanced Studies I”). In these compulsory optional modules students deepen special aspects of the spectrum of neurosciences. The students choose three modules out of an offer of currently seven “Advanced Studies I” and hence decide for individual foci for the first time. These “Advanced Studies I” will emphasize the development of scientific meta skills more than in former courses. The independent acquisition of information (professional literature), critical handling of data, analytical strategies of problem solving, cooperativeness and teamwork skills, and scientific communication capacity in speech and writing will be advanced and practiced. In the third semester two six weeks’ lab-rotations (or hospital internships) will follow which can also be performed abroad (or in various institutions at home, e.g. in different universities or in companies) as well as a “project proposal” (“Advanced Studies II”). These courses aim particularly at the consolidation and application of the advanced theoretical and practical knowledge and the training of abilities in the area of experimental design and scientific communication. In the fourth semester six months are provided for finishing the Master’s thesis (30 CP) in one of the departments of their choice (or partly in different institutes or enterprises at home and abroad).

Course schedule

Major fields

• Cellular and Molecular Neurosciences
• Systemic Neurosciences
• Theoretical Neurosciences
• Clinical Neurosciences
• Programming
• Laboratory Animal Science
• Neuro- and Electrophysiology
• Neuropharmacology
• Optogenetics and Neuroscience Methods
• Experimental Neuropsychology
• Cognitive Psychology and Electroencephalography
• Functional Neuroimaging
• Neurophysics

Study abroad

Lab-rotations and Master's thesis may be done abroad

APPLICATION AND ENROLMENT

Admission requirements

For inclusion in a master's degree is the completion of studies at the Bachelor's level requirement.
The subject-specific entry requirements are set out in the current Aufnahme-/Zulassungsordnung (admission regulations).
It also includes the different deadlines for the provision of evidence.

Admission regulations

Admission

for new students

A limited number of university places. Further information regarding the specific enrolment procedure in the German "Zulassungs-/Aufnahmeordnung".


for advanced students

admittance limited


Deadline for application (beginner)

  • 30.04. for winter semester

Deadline for application (advanced)

  • 30.04. for winter semester
  • 15.01. for summer semester

Beginning of course for new students

WiSe

Beginning of course for advanced students

WiSe and SoSe

FORMALITIES

Type of studies

postgraduate studies

Time involved

full time study

Studies as

sole subject

Degree/qualification

Master

Title on graduation

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

ECTS-Credits

sole subject
120CP

Accreditation


by: AAQ
from: 16.09.2016

Costs

Semester fee 382,67 €

Bremen has a study account model (Studienkontengesetz).

Language of delivery (mainly)

English

Regulations

Examination regulations
Admission regulations

RESEARCH AND TEACHING

Expertise

• Cellular and Molecular Neurosciences
• Systemic Neurosciences
• Theoretical Neurosciences
• Clinical Neurosciences
• Programming
• Laboratory Animal Science
• Neuro- and Electrophysiology
• Neuropharmacology
• Optogenetics and Neuroscience Methods
• Experimental Neuropsychology
• Cognitive Psychology and Electroencephalography
• Functional Neuroimaging
• Neurophysics

Teachers

5 professors (biology, psychology, physics)

6 postdocs 

Students

14 female students

6 male students 

Collaborations

Numerous national and international cooperation projects with research Institutes and partners from industry

CONTACT AND COUNSELLING

Departmental counseling

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Michael Koch
Building: Cognium
E-Mail: michael.koch(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 218-62970

Sekretariat

Agnes Janßen
Building: Cognium
E-Mail: ajanssen(at)neuro.uni-bremen.de
Fon: 218-62000

Studies centre

Dr. Ute Meyer
Building: NW2, Office: A1030
E-Mail: studienbuero.fb2(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 218-62810
Corinna Müller-Wiegmann
Building: NW2, Office: A1030
E-Mail: studienbuero.fb2(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 218-62810

Faculty secretariat

Sylvia Köhler
Building: NW2, Office: PAV03
E-Mail: skoehler(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 218-62803

Department secretariat

Andrea Janthor
Building: NW2
E-Mail: janthor(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 0421-218-62801

Examination’s Board secretariat

Sylvia Köhler
Building: NW2, Office: PAV03
E-Mail: skoehler(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 218-62803

Status

08.11.2019
Description of subject

DESCRIPTION OF SUBJECT

The neurosciences are among the most fascinating disciplines of the life sciences. They combine concepts and methods from biology, physics, chemistry, informatics, medicine and psychology in order to understand the function of the nervous system. Neuroscience research has a tremendous impact on our society, since it deals with the functioning and malfunctioning of the brain – the organ that governs our thinking, feeling and our behaviour.

At the University of Bremen, Neuroscience research is conducted by an interdisciplinary team of researchers from biology, physics, and psychology, providing in-depth education in all fundamental aspects of modern neuroscience – spanning the range from mathematical and neuro-computational concepts to hand-on experience in single- and multi-electrode recordings, optogenetics, neuropharmacology, and functional imaging

Occupational fields and career opportunities

OCCUPATIONAL FIELDS AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Subsequent non-teaching occupational fields

The interdisciplinary basic studies with the specialisation courses offered in the modules “Advanced Studies I and II” as well as the Master’s thesis prepares students for a diversified occupational spectrum. Natural scientific basics combined with theoretical, methodical, and practical principles (basic elements) in different parts of the neuro-und cognitive sciences enable the graduate to realise multifarious career opportunities. Courses in computing and programming improve the professional chances of the Bremen graduates. The programme allows access to neuroscientific basic and clinical research as well as to many industrial sectors (pharmaceutical industry, medical engineering, robotics, production engineering, biotechnology, medical imaging). Thus, universities, research institutes, clinics, and various branches of industry may be considered as potential employers.

Teacher training (Lehramt)

No courses available for students training to be teachers at state-run schools

Possibilities for additional qualifications

Graduates qualify for admission to doctoral studies.

Objectives and contents of program

OBJECTIVES AND CONTENTS OF PROGRAM

Detailed list of available courses in online course prospectus

Stages of study / curricula / description of modules

The Master’s programme Neurosciences is divided into a curriculum of modular courses following a basic pattern of three weeks for each module and leading to the Master’s thesis. The compulsory modules in the first of the four semesters of the programme impart basic theoretical and practical skills. Students learn in lectures and seminars about the cellphysiological and neuroanatomical principles of the structure and the function of neurons and the central nervous system. They get introduced into the basics of neuropsychology and clinical neurosciences (neurological and psychiatric disorders) as well as into fundamental concepts of computational neurosciences and programming. In the semester break elementary practical knowledge (laboratory animal science) will be taught. Those basics are essential for the modules in the second semester (“Advanced Studies I”). In these compulsory optional modules students deepen special aspects of the spectrum of neurosciences. The students choose three modules out of an offer of currently seven “Advanced Studies I” and hence decide for individual foci for the first time. These “Advanced Studies I” will emphasize the development of scientific meta skills more than in former courses. The independent acquisition of information (professional literature), critical handling of data, analytical strategies of problem solving, cooperativeness and teamwork skills, and scientific communication capacity in speech and writing will be advanced and practiced. In the third semester two six weeks’ lab-rotations (or hospital internships) will follow which can also be performed abroad (or in various institutions at home, e.g. in different universities or in companies) as well as a “project proposal” (“Advanced Studies II”). These courses aim particularly at the consolidation and application of the advanced theoretical and practical knowledge and the training of abilities in the area of experimental design and scientific communication. In the fourth semester six months are provided for finishing the Master’s thesis (30 CP) in one of the departments of their choice (or partly in different institutes or enterprises at home and abroad).

Course schedule

Major fields

• Cellular and Molecular Neurosciences
• Systemic Neurosciences
• Theoretical Neurosciences
• Clinical Neurosciences
• Programming
• Laboratory Animal Science
• Neuro- and Electrophysiology
• Neuropharmacology
• Optogenetics and Neuroscience Methods
• Experimental Neuropsychology
• Cognitive Psychology and Electroencephalography
• Functional Neuroimaging
• Neurophysics

Study abroad

Lab-rotations and Master's thesis may be done abroad

Application and enrolment

APPLICATION AND ENROLMENT

Admission requirements

For inclusion in a master's degree is the completion of studies at the Bachelor's level requirement.
The subject-specific entry requirements are set out in the current Aufnahme-/Zulassungsordnung (admission regulations).
It also includes the different deadlines for the provision of evidence.

Admission regulations

Admission

for new students

A limited number of university places. Further information regarding the specific enrolment procedure in the German "Zulassungs-/Aufnahmeordnung".


for advanced students

admittance limited


Deadline for application (beginner)

  • 30.04. for winter semester

Deadline for application (advanced)

  • 30.04. for winter semester
  • 15.01. for summer semester

Beginning of course for new students

WiSe

Beginning of course for advanced students

WiSe and SoSe
Formalities

FORMALITIES

Type of studies

postgraduate studies

Time involved

full time study

Studies as

sole subject

Degree/qualification

Master

Title on graduation

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

ECTS-Credits

sole subject
120CP

Accreditation


by: AAQ
from: 16.09.2016

Costs

Semester fee 382,67 €

Bremen has a study account model (Studienkontengesetz).

Language of delivery (mainly)

English

Regulations

Examination regulations
Admission regulations
Research and teaching

RESEARCH AND TEACHING

Expertise

• Cellular and Molecular Neurosciences
• Systemic Neurosciences
• Theoretical Neurosciences
• Clinical Neurosciences
• Programming
• Laboratory Animal Science
• Neuro- and Electrophysiology
• Neuropharmacology
• Optogenetics and Neuroscience Methods
• Experimental Neuropsychology
• Cognitive Psychology and Electroencephalography
• Functional Neuroimaging
• Neurophysics

Teachers

5 professors (biology, psychology, physics)

6 postdocs 

Students

14 female students

6 male students 

Collaborations

Numerous national and international cooperation projects with research Institutes and partners from industry

Contact and counselling

CONTACT AND COUNSELLING

Departmental counseling

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Michael Koch
Building: Cognium
E-Mail: michael.koch(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 218-62970

Sekretariat

Agnes Janßen
Building: Cognium
E-Mail: ajanssen(at)neuro.uni-bremen.de
Fon: 218-62000

Studies centre

Dr. Ute Meyer
Building: NW2, Office: A1030
E-Mail: studienbuero.fb2(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 218-62810
Corinna Müller-Wiegmann
Building: NW2, Office: A1030
E-Mail: studienbuero.fb2(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 218-62810

Faculty secretariat

Sylvia Köhler
Building: NW2, Office: PAV03
E-Mail: skoehler(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 218-62803

Department secretariat

Andrea Janthor
Building: NW2
E-Mail: janthor(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 0421-218-62801

Examination’s Board secretariat

Sylvia Köhler
Building: NW2, Office: PAV03
E-Mail: skoehler(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 218-62803

Status

08.11.2019