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Program & Prospect

Program Overview

This Master programme provides in-depth training in the Neurosciences that is research-oriented and international. It aims to recruit students with a variety of different Bachelor degrees.
The programme is uniquely focussed on sensory neuroscience, which builds on our local strengths as reflected in a number of cooperative research and graduate education programmes. These established structures integrate basic biological research with clinical and applied research on sensory processes. Our Master students are guided towards independent scientific work by direct interaction within internationally recognised research labs. The broad scope of sensory research also offers a wide range of methods to learn, from molecular genetics to systems physiology and behaviour, from mathematical modelling to modern imaging techniques. Finally, our teaching faculty directly reflects the multidisciplinary nature of Neuroscience and also teaches courses in a broad range of related basic disciplines, from Biology to Physics to Psychology and Medicine, providing a unique choice for developing individual strengths and interests.

Studying Neuroscience in Oldenburg

  • Focus: Sensory systems
  • Levels: From molecule to behavior
  • Science-oriented: Individual student projects in research groups
  • Skills-oriented: Specific skills courses complement scientific education
  • Hands-on: Almost all courses include lab time or exercises
  • Intensive: Focus on one topic at a time due to block course structure
  • International: All courses in English, semester abroad is possible
  • Interdisciplinary: Teachers & students with mixed backgrounds, joint courses with Biology & Psychology
  • Flexible: Individual study plans, wide choice of courses
  • Personal: Small groups, close contact to teachers and scientists
  • Future perspectives in Oldenburg: Graduate school, cluster of excellence, collaborative science projects


Our Master of Neuroscience is uniquely focussed on sensory neuroscience. The experimental work uses mainly vertebrate models.

Students study the application of different levels of analysis:

  • Molecular
  • Cellular and network
  • Systems / Behaviour

and different methodological approaches in the neurosciences:

  • Molecular, cellular and developmental biology
  • Electrophysiology, neuroanatomy and imaging techniques
  • Behavioural training / psychophysics
  • Statistical data analysis / modelling / simulations

Career Prospects

A successful Master's degree in Neuroscience provides evidence that you have diversified theoretical and practical skills and are able to deal with sophisticated and extensive assignments in the field of neuroscience. As the degree program is taught in English, graduates are qualified to work in an international labour market. The large number of possible module combinations and individual curricula offers students to specialise for a variety of career paths in academia, as well as the public and private sector. For instance, a scientific-leading position in the pharmaceutical industry, managing occupations in research, or education orientated administration are within reach. Students that are enthusiastic about research should consider doing a PhD and lay their focus on research modules.

Sensory Neuroscience orientated curricula certify your qualification for Neuroprosthetics/ Neurotechnology, while a focus on Molecular Neuroscience enables a position in the pharmaceutical/ medical industry. Students that are interested in data science or data management can elect modules related to data analysis and computational neuroscience. An occupation in the field of Science Communication or Science Journalism is also a possibility for students that discover their fascination for the respective skills modules or the offered science communication workshop. Within these diverse fields, you can acquire different positions, e.g. as researcher, developer, project manager, consultant or educator.

The annual “Career Day Neuroscience” gives graduates the opportunity to get an overview of possible occupational areas and connects them to neuroscientists working in the industry and in research. The elective “External Research Module” further allows students to perform an internship at an external company or research institution.

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