DegreeMaster of Science (MSc)
PhD (Division of Mathematics and Natural Sciences) or, alternatively, Dr rer nat
MD-PhD (for medical students)Combined Master/PhD ProgrammeYesIn cooperation withMax Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry (MPI-bpc)
Max Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine (MPI-em)
Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organisation (MPI-ds)
European Neuroscience Institute Göttingen (ENI-G)
German Primate Center (DPZ)Course language(s)English is the language of instruction and all examinations. In addition, German language courses are offered at different levels for interested students.Admission semesterWinter semester onlyBeginningWinter semester: mid-October
Optional introductory course: mid-SeptemberProgramme durationIntegrated MSc/PhD programme: one year of intensive MSc courses (no semester breaks) plus six months for MSc thesis. Students with excellent grades qualify for direct admission (MSc thesis waived) to the doctoral phase (three years).Application deadline15 January of the year of enrolmentCourse contentThe intensive, research-oriented programme includes the following topics: molecular neurophysiology and cellular neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, neurobiophysics, neuroendocrinology, neuropharmacology, developmental neurobiology, behavioural neurobiology, clinical and theoretical neurosciences, and bioinformatics.
Educational organisationThroughout the first year (MSc programme), current topics in neuroscience are taught by internationally renowned scientists in a comprehensive lecture series. All lecture topics are discussed in tutorials. Students learn fundamental techniques applied in current research in methods courses and by interacting with members of participating research groups. Subsequently, students carry out three independent research projects (lab rotations) of eight weeks each in participating laboratories, including research labs of local business partners. The results of these projects are presented and discussed in seminars. Special emphasis during the first year is put on individual advising and intensive training in small groups. Continuous feedback regarding academic performance is given to the students through short tests, evaluations of the lab rotation projects, and in tutorials and seminars.
Students who have passed the examinations at the end of the first year with good or excellent results qualify for direct admission to a three-year doctoral project in one of the participating research groups without being required to complete a Master's thesis first.
The doctoral programme emphasises independent research carried out by the students. Doctoral students select three faculty members as their thesis committee, who closely monitor progress and advise the students with regard to their research project. Doctoral research is complemented by research lectures and colloquia, PhD seminars, advanced methods courses, training in professional skills such as scientific writing, presentation skills, intercultural communication, project management, team-leadership skills, conflict resolution, ethics and career development. Doctoral students are involved, to a moderate extent, in teaching (e.g. tutorials, supervision of methods courses or lab rotations).
Extracurricular activities (excursions, cultural events, sports, theatre) are offered throughout the programme. Special emphasis is placed on an all-round advisory service in both academic and extracurricular activities.
In October 2006, the Neurosciences Master's programme was awarded the title "Top 10 International Master's Degree Courses Made in Germany". The award was granted by the "Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft" together with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in a national contest, in which 121 Master's programmes of 77 universities participated. Criteria for the award were an innovative concept, a high degree of internationalisation, scientific excellence in teaching, measures of quality assurance, services and counselling and the alumni record. Together with the Göttingen Molecular Biology Programme, the Neurosciences Programme was the only Master's programme in the natural sciences and medicine to receive this award in 2006. Since 2007, the programme has been part of the Göttingen Graduate School for Neurosciences, Biophysics, and Molecular Biosciences (GGNB) funded by the German Excellence Initiative.
The programme is conducted jointly by the University of Göttingen, the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, the Max Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine, the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organisation, the German Primate Center and the European Neuroscience Institute Göttingen (ENI-G). It is also recognised and funded as an International Max Planck Research School.Study abroad unit(s)Master's phase: no study abroad units during the first year. Master's thesis projects may be conducted abroad within the framework of existing international partnerships.
Doctoral phase: participation in international scientific meetings, time-limited research projects and methodology courses abroad are encouraged. Travel grants are available.InternshipsDuring the Master's year, all students carry out three lab rotations of eight weeks in the research labs of the programme or in research labs of participating local industry. During the doctoral phase, there is the option of research collaboration with other research institutions.Forms of assessmentMaster's phase: Master's examinations (one written, two oral exams) at the end of the first year; evaluation of Master's thesis by two referees. MSc thesis can be waived ("fast track") and direct entry into PhD programme can be granted after one year for candidates with excellent MSc exam grades.
Doctoral phase: evaluation of doctoral thesis by two referees; public defence of doctoral thesisTeaching obligationsPhD students are offered the opportunity to teach and are regularly engaged in supervising undergraduate/graduate students in the life sciences.ECTS credits30Diploma supplementYesGeneral promotion / fundingDAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)
EU (e.g. ERASMUS+)
German Research Foundation
International Max Planck Research SchoolCourse-related German language coursesYesCourse-related English language coursesYesCourse objectivesThe aim of the programme is to provide an intensive, research-oriented education in an excellent research environment, in which students deepen and expand their knowledge, skills and abilities gained in their previous studies in the biological/life/natural sciences, medicine or related fields. The programme is intended to qualify students for a professional career in academia, industry or science management.
Tuition feesTuition for the combined Master's/PhD programme is fully subsidised for international and domestic students.Enrolment feesEnrolment fees are approx. 320 EUR per semester. Fees include a prepaid semester ticket that 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.
See: http://www.uni-goettingen.de/feeCosts of livingThe 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. 1,000 EUR per month. Please note that fees for health insurance may vary according to age. Living expenses might be slightly higher.Job opportunitiesThe University of Göttingen and the Neurosciences programme support students in pursuing a professional career in academia, industry or science management. During the study programme, employment as a teaching or research assistant at the university or its non-university partners is possible. For the MSc part of the programme, fellowships are available at approx. 800 EUR per month. For the doctoral part of the programme, doctoral fellowships / work contracts are available at approx. 1,200 to 1,500 EUR per month.
Language requirementsApplicants whose native language is not English are asked to submit proof of proficiency in English. If no English test is available, proficiency in English can be evaluated during a personal interview. Proven higher education in English or a reasonably long stay in an English-speaking country may also be accepted.Academic requirementsBachelor's degree or equivalent in biosciences, chemistry, physics, medicine, psychology, or related fields. Applications are welcome even if the required degree has not been awarded by the time of application, as long as this will be conferred before courses start in October.Where to applyFor online registration, see: http://www.gpneuro.uni-goettingen.de.
European Neuroscience Institute ENI-G
Coordination Office Neurosciences
Arrival supportThe Göttingen Graduate School for Neurosciences, Biophysics, and Molecular Biosciences (GGNB) Office serves as a central service centre for all student-related matters within the graduate school, including visa and travel arrangements and support upon arrival.
The International Office (International Student Services) provides a complimentary pick-up service ("Buddy Exchange Service") from the 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.
A two-week orientation prior to the programme provides assistance and advice for managing daily life (including arrangements for a bank account, health insurance, residence permit, visa extension, and accommodation). Intensive language courses in German are offered at different levels to facilitate students' start in Göttingen. Additional language courses and social activities accompany the programme.Services and support for international studentsComprehensive services and support in both academic and extracurricular activities from application to graduation are provided by the coordination office. For this service concept, the German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs awarded the programme with the 2004 prize for excellent support services for foreign students at German universities. During the first year (MSc phase), tutorials and methods courses are held in small groups of five students. Lab rotations are supervised individually. During the doctoral phase, individual counselling is provided by thesis committees. Fellowships are available for each phase of the programme.
The International Office (International Student Services) 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.AccommodationThe Göttingen Graduate School for Neurosciences, Biophysics, and Molecular Biosciences (GGNB) 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.
Course websiteAbout the universityUniversity of Göttingen - Committed to Excellence
Founded in 1737, the University of Göttingen is a research-led university of high international standing. The university is renowned for its diverse range of academic disciplines, its research-oriented teaching, and its outstanding scientific environment, in which more than 40 Nobel laureates have either studied, taught, or pursued their research.
Currently, 31,600 students are enrolled at the University of Göttingen, 13% of whom are international students.
Variety of study programmes
The University of Göttingen offers a vast variety of academic programmes for undergraduate and graduate studies. Internationally renowned, expert researchers teach in more than 40 academic disciplines. About 30 full-time undergraduate and graduate programmes are taught entirely in English. Two international fast-track MSc/PhD programmes prepare students for unique careers in scientific research. Additionally, a growing number of double degree programmes with important international universities are available.
Guidance, supervision, and study conditions
Students are given comprehensive advisory and supervisory support in all phases of their studies. Since advice and guidance are crucially important for the successful outcome of a university career, the university is constantly optimising and extending its performance in this area. You will also greatly benefit from the so-called "Studienqualitätsmittel", financial support from the federal state of Lower Saxony, which is paid to finance the most excellent study conditions you can imagine.
Göttingen State and University Library (SUB) maintains a top position among German academic libraries, offering holdings of eight million media units and a broad range of services for study and research purposes. The library plays a leading role in a large number of national and international projects involving the optimisation of literature and information provision as well as the establishment and development of digital research and information infrastructures. Its scope of activities include the cooperative development of a Germany-wide service infrastructure for the acquisition, licensing, and provision of electronic resources; the coordination of large-scale joint research projects for developing research infrastructures in the humanities and cultural sciences in Germany; and the consortial establishment of Open Access Infrastructure for Research, which is linked across Europe and the world.
As a member of the Alumni Network, you will continue to be part of the international "Göttingen University Family" even after you have finished your studies. The network currently unites more than 17,000 alumni from all over the world. Members have the opportunity to maintain friendships and cultivate contacts with people around the world who have been involved with the university.
See: http://www.uni-goettingen.de/international-studentsTotal number of students31,600Total percentage of international students13 %About the cityGöttingen - a good place to live and study
Göttingen, with a population of approx. 116,000, is a city where tradition and innovation complement one another perfectly. The historic quarter with its excellently preserved timber-framed houses and the University of Göttingen with its 31,600 students create a lively atmosphere that would be hard to find elsewhere.
The university departments and buildings are mainly located on two campuses and are within easy walking or cycling distance from each other. Accommodation for 5,000 students and excellent canteens run by the student services organisation ("Studentenwerk") allow for a high quality of life at a low cost.
The local economy includes many innovative technological enterprises in the sectors of measurement and control engineering, biotechnology, optics, medical technology, and information technology. Some of these companies are spin-offs from university research projects. Many of them offer internships and student jobs.
The university cooperates closely with non-university research institutes in Göttingen. Together, they form the Göttingen Campus - a network of top-level research institutes. This network includes five Max Planck Institutes and the Göttingen Academy of Sciences as well as the German Primate Center and the German Aerospace Center. The Göttingen Campus has created an open environment in which students, doctoral candidates, and experienced researchers can develop fresh and innovative ideas. Numerous scientists and scholars from the non-university research institutes lecture at the university and joint professorial appointments create bridges between the university and campus partners. This structure supports the reputation of the Georg August University of Göttingen as one of the most research-oriented universities in Germany.
Situated in the geographical centre of Germany and Europe, Göttingen has excellent travel connections: Berlin, Hamburg, and Frankfurt are only a two-hour train ride away. But you don't have to go that far to take a break because Göttingen itself offers many alternatives for recreational activities. Göttingen boasts three theatres and a symphony orchestra. Many cinemas, cafés, and pubs provide numerous opportunities to meet like-minded people and to enjoy yourself. Or you can play an active role in the student union, which sponsors many cultural and recreational events. Last but not least, the city and the university offer a variety of activities for sports enthusiasts.