MSc in Neuroscience at Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg

Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg 4 Semesters
Germany Full Time
Master's Onsite

The ENB (Elite Network Bavaria) MSc Translational Neuroscience program involves the leading neuroscience expertise of the Medical Faculty at the University of Würzburg and includes other natural sciences such as psychology. The curriculum is a two-year, research-oriented, international study program that is intended to be continued with a Ph.D. project at institutes of the Medical Faculty or the Graduate School of Life Sciences Würzburg or at other universities.

Prospective students have finished their BSc (or are close to completion).
We expect
(i) excellent theoretical background
(ii) eagerness to discuss research questions
(iii) research experience
(iv) self-organized students
(v) engagement with a high workload
(vi) professional knowledge of the English language

Our program comprises more than 40 research groups contributing to excellent neuroscience research at the University of Würzburg.
We offer a research-oriented program that combines clinical questions at the molecular level with applied research for novel human therapy concepts.

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Course Details:

The Medical Faculty has set up a highly competitive, international recruitment process that offers selected students an outstanding curriculum incorporating current research in the rapidly expanding field of neurosciences into lectures, seminars and laboratory work.
The curriculum is taught by principal investigators from participating institutes and research groups of the program.

First semester:

  1. Lecture series
  2. Lab courses (Methods in Neurosciences, Advanced Lab Rotation 1)

Second semester:

  1. Lecture series
  2. Compulsory elective modules

Third semester:

  1. Compulsory elective modules
  2. Lab courses (Advanced Lab Rotation 2 + 3)

Outstanding students in the first semester may immediately proceed with their MSc thesis in the second semester. The Master’s thesis project (25 ECTS) will take place in one of the participating institutes of the program. If the thesis is evaluated with 1.3 or better, candidates may proceed directly with a doctoral project. The defense of the Master’s thesis and the remaining 60 ECTS credit points may be obtained parallel to the doctoral thesis.
This option is facilitated by additional elective program elements that are provided anyway during the doctoral study program, such as advanced subject lectures, workshops, or courses at the Graduate School of Life Science.

Students who have successfully passed the first medical state exam (Germany) can also take part in a course-related study program. The course-related study program in Translational Neuroscience enables students of human medicine who are in the clinical section of their studies to acquire research competences in the field of neurosciences. This provides young doctors with optimal training for subsequent work as clinical researchers. After completing a degree in human medicine, the qualifications obtained can be upgraded to a Master of Science degree in Translational Neuroscience.


Enrollment Requirements:

Degree/credit requirements
In order to be admitted, by the time of admission (not application!) you must have finished a BSc study program of at least three years with an equivalent of 180 credit points according to ECTS (European Credit Transfer System). If you apply from outside Europe, your BSc study program will be considered equal, but will be evaluated for equivalence in case of doubt (an essential authority in this process is our federal “Zentralstelle für ausländisches Bildungswesen”,
If you have not yet finished your BSc at the time of application, you need to provide documents that prove that you have completed 5/6 of your regular study program (e.g. 150 of 180 ECTS credit points in European study programs).
Subject requirements
Your BSc program must be in biology, life science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, psychology or an equivalent degree (Staatsexamen or a completed study program in human medicine). This study program must have a special emphasis/specialization/major in some aspects of biochemistry, cell biology, and biochemistry and must have comprised practical research experience in a natural science laboratory.

Teaching Language:


Costs/Tuition Fees:

Free of Cost

Level/Field(s) of Study:

Master of Science (Translational Neuroscience)

Language Requirements:

Native speaker or any of the following:

  1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of at least 590 paper-based or 240 computer-based or 95 Internet-based
  2. International English Language Test System (IELTS) with a score of at least 6.5
  3. Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
  4. other significant (!) evidence of English proficiency

Remark: independently of any certificates obtained, every applicant will have to prove English proficiency throughout the application process (entrance examination, interview).


About the University/Institution:

The University of Würzburg, founded in 1402, is one of the oldest German universities with a long tradition in research and teaching excellence. So far, 14 Nobel laureates have worked here during different stages of their careers, including Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, who discovered X-rays in Würzburg, and Harald Zur Hausen. The latter received the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2008 for discovering that viruses trigger cervical cancer.
More than 29,000 students, including 2,700 young people from abroad, are enrolled at ten faculties. There are 10,000 people who work at the university and its hospital, among them 2,400 academic staff members and 400 professors.

Application Deadline:

5 March each year for the following winter semester

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