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The English-language M.Sc. programme Developmental, Neural, and Behavioral Science deals with the four areas Developmental and Cell Biology, Neurobiology, Behavioral Biology, and Systemic Neurosciences.
The programme caters to students who have a special interest in development-biological processes, in the structure and functioning of nervous systems, in behavioural research, or in the systemic neurosciences.
The lecturers are scientists working with the University, the German Primate Center, and several Max Planck Institutes; a great variety of subject matters is taught, ranging from cellular functions to cognitive performance. Prior knowledge in the desired area is required.
The M.Sc. programme Developmental, Neural and Behavioral Science consists of four semesters; it typically follows a B.A. degree in Biology / Biosciences and is decidedly research-oriented. In the course of this unitised M.Sc. programme an overall of 120 ECTS credits are to be earned. Students acquire fundamental specialist and methodological knowledge by taking core, profile, and advanced modules. Besides, competence modules can be taken to acquire further key competences related to professional life.
During the fourth semester, students write their six-month Master's thesis to learn how to conduct scientific research independently. They will deal autonomously with a current scientific topic usually embedded in a third-party funded project. Education takes place in an active, internationally renowned research environment.
The M.Sc. degree is a qualification to practice a profession or conduct research; in particular, it is the prerequisite to write a doctoral thesis and to work in the field of biosciences.