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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: n/a
  • Foreign: Free
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • Deadline:
  • 15 May
  • StudyQA ranking:
  • 362pts.
  • Duration:
  • 2 years

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    The English-language MSc programme "Developmental, Neural and Behavioural Science" deals with the four areas Developmental and Cell Biology, Neurobiology, Behavioural 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.

    Educational organisation

    The MSc programme "Developmental, Neural, and Behavioural Science" consists of four semesters; it typically follows a BSc degree in Biology/Biosciences and is decidedly research-oriented. In the course of this modularised MSc 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 MSc 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. There is a fast-track option to the consecutive PhD programmes of the faculty.
    Excellent knowledge of English (certified); basic knowledge of the German language is also required.

    Course objectives

    The aim of the programme is to provide an intensive, research-oriented environment, in which students deepen and expand their knowledge, skills and abilities gained in their previous studies.
    The programme is intended to qualify students for a professional career in academia, industry or science management.

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    Language requirements

    Applicants must provide proof of their German and English skills. In order to ensure a good integration of our foreign students, we request that they have a basic general knowledge of the German language.

    Applicants who are not native German speakers or who do not hold a German degree should provide proof of proficiency in German of B1-level according to CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference).

    Applicants who are not native English speakers or who do not hold an English degree should provide proof of proficiency in English, which may be
    a) Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, at least grade "B"
    b) Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: at least grade "C"
    c) "International English Language Testing System" (IELTS), at least Band 6
    d) paper-based "Test of English as a Foreign Language" (TOEFL), at least 550 points
    e) Internet-based "Test of English as a Foreign Language" (TOEFL iBT), at least 79 points
    f) UNIcert Level III
    g) certificate of C1-level according to CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference)

    Academic requirements

    Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in biology/biosciences

    Enrolment fees

    Enrolment fees are approx. 300 EUR per semester. Fees include a pre-paid semester ticket which entitles students to use regional trains free of charge within the federal states of Lower Saxony and Bremen, as well as city buses. Students of the University of Göttingen receive discounts for cultural events. Meals and drinks are also available at reduced prices at all university canteens.

    Costs of living

    The average cost of living in Göttingen is modest compared to other major university cities in Germany. Currently, expenses for accommodation, food, health insurance and books reach approx. 700-750 EUR per month. Please note that fees for health insurance may vary according to age. Living expenses might be slightly higher.

    Job opportunities

    The university supports students in finding part-time jobs in local industries and businesses. A number of student jobs are also available at the university. Please note that restrictions may apply with your scholarship or work contract.

    Arrival support

    The International Office provides a complimentary pick-up service ("Buddy Exchange Service") from Göttingen railway station to the accommodation. German students help newly arrived students to adapt to the university and the city during their first weeks. There is also an orientation week for new international students, which provides valuable information about Göttingen and the university.

    Services and support for international students

    The International Office assists international students with all administrative questions regarding their stay in Germany, e.g. enrolment, visa, foreigners' registration office, health insurance and financing of their studies. Furthermore, it features a broad cultural programme, e.g. international cultural evenings, language workshops, theatre courses, films, dance classes, theatre and opera visits. Trips to various tourist destinations in Germany are offered throughout the year.


    The International Office, in collaboration with the student services organisation ("Studentenwerk"), helps students find adequate accommodation. Many international students live in student residences. These have single apartments or shared apartments with individual rooms. There are also apartments available for couples and families with children.
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