Courses include lectures on functional neuroanatomy, sensory and motor systems, statistics and maths, theoretical and computational neuroscience, Matlab programming, neurophysiology, methods in neuroscience, behaviour and cognition, sensorimotor integration, neuropsychology and functional imaging. Detailed course descriptions can be found on the Graduate School's website. The two laboratory rotations and the Master's thesis can be done in labs of the student's choice.
The Master's course lasts four semesters and consists of five units. The first and second units are devoted to theoretical training (lectures, seminars, tutorials, journal clubs) with an examination period at the end. Laboratory rotations take place in the third and fourth units (10 weeks each). The fifth unit is set aside for the six-month Master's thesis.
Study abroad unit(s)
Two internships of ten weeks have to be completed in the third and fourth semesters.
Forms of assessment
Courses are generally concluded with written exams at the end of the semester. For some courses, problem sheets, oral exams or seminar presentations are required. Laboratory rotations are concluded with a written report and an oral presentation. A total of 65 credits will be earned with theoretical courses (lectures, seminars) while laboratory rotations and the Master's thesis earn 55 credits.
The research-oriented Master's course provides state-of-the-art theoretical and practical training in basic and clinical neuroscience. Students who complete the Master's course successfully are ideally prepared to pursue a demanding doctoral project in one of the research laboratories in Tübingen.
Applicants must provide proof of their English language skills.
BSc in Biology, Biomedical Science, Cognitive Science, Computer Science, Engineering, Psychology, or a related field
Enrolment fee: 142.10 EUR per semester (students' services organisation)
Costs of living
Accommodation: 200-350 EUR per month
Health insurance student's rate: approx. 90 EUR per month
Matriculation fee: 142.10 EUR per semester
Semester ticket for the local transport system: 72.90 EUR per semester
Students may find jobs as junior research assistants in the laboratories associated with the school.
Funding opportunities within the university
International students may receive a scholarship from the "Exzellenz-Stiftung zur Förderung der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft" amounting to 600-720 EUR per month, depending on the student's performance.
Students arriving at Stuttgart airport will be picked up and escorted to their accommodation.
Services and support for international students
During their first days in Tübingen, students will be escorted to public authorities, including the foreigners' office, banks, health insurance, the registrar's office at the university, etc. Furthermore, the school will provide basic German language courses and an orientation course, introducing students to the university and the city of Tübingen, in addition to guidance by academic tutors.
Accommodation is available in student halls of residence for 200-350 EUR per month. Off-campus accommodation is generally more expensive. Reservations for a room in the student halls of residence will be made by the Graduate School on request.