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Translating findings at the bench into treatment at the bedside!

International Graduate Program Medical Neurosciences

"I have found the course to be very intense, but with an amazing student-to-lecturer ratio and a very motivated team. You also have the opportunity to meet scientists at the forefront of groundbreaking research and be part of it." — Esther Walton (MSc graduate)

The MSc program provides a structured education in basic neuroscience to medical students and trains students of the life sciences in medical topics and approaches concerning the central and peripheral nervous system. Besides in depth theoretical training, the MSc program emphasizes state-of-the art practical lab experience, preparing graduates for continued research as PhD students.
The program is fully accredited and subject to regular quality assurance measures.

The PhD program and MD/PhD program places a high emphasis on scientific excellence, provides a multidisciplinary research and learning environment and offers extensive supervision and tutoring allowing students to complete their projects. The supervised research project stands in the center of the PhD program, complemented by colloquia, workshops and training in professional skills.


Michael Hörner (†)

Michael Hörner

Sadly our dear friend and colleague Michael Hörner passed away on 30th October 2018 at the age of 61 after a prolonged battle with illness.

Michael had been the coordinator of the IMPRS Neurosciences since 2005, and program speaker of the GGNB PhD Program Molecular Physiology of the Brain since 2009. Additionally, he established the electrophysiology training lab at the European Neuroscience Institute in Göttingen and was an active organizer of international courses, summer schools, and symposia in the field of neurosciences. Moreover, you all know him as a strong “NEURASMUS supporter”.

We cherish the memories of his kind and generous personality. His passing leaves a huge gap in our midst and we will miss him very dearly.

Call for Applications: Medical Neurosciences — International Master's Program

Master's Program

Applications are not yet open. Deadline for applications: 15 January 2019. See details on requirements and the program's core content.

Closing date for applications is 15 January 2019 (CET).

Call for Applications: Neurosciences in Berlin — International PhD Fellowships

The Einstein Center for Neurosciences Berlin (ECN) invites applications for its PhD program / 'Fast Track PhD' program starting in fall 2019. Students currently enrolled in a Bachelor's or Master's program and expecting to graduate before October 2019 are encouraged to apply.

The ECN was initiated by joint research networks to harmonize existing training programs in the neurosciences in Berlin, with the goal of strengthening an already strong research landscape and consolidating a PhD education equal to the highest international standards.

Member institutions are the Berlin School of Mind and Brain, the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Berlin, the Center for Stroke Research Berlin and the Cluster of Excellence NeuroCure.

Fellowships will start fall 2019.

Closing date for applications is January 07, 2019!


Structured Education Provided Together

Cluster of Excellence NeuroCure:

NeuroCure was pivotal in establishing the MSc and PhD programs, and has provided staff positions for the development and administration of the program, scholarships for MSc and PhD students, and established the Continuing Education and Career Modules.

NeuroCure faculty is actively involved in teaching and is thereby shaping the translational content of the program. NeuroCure was also the major driving force in the successful application for the PhD program Einstein Center for Neurosciences Berlin.

Einstein Center for Neurosciences Berlin:

The ECN provides PhD fellowships on interdisciplinary research projects and is involved in the establishment of innovation management training for early career researchers.

Berlin Institute of Health:

The BIH has supported translational and inter-institutional research projects by PhD fellowships. It is also a partner in the development of training formats for translational research and transformation of research results into innovative value for the Society.

Neurasmus – European MSc Program:

Neurasmus provides MSc scholarships for students with international mobility within the consortium of five Universities in four countries.

Student Testimonials

Picture of the 2017 cohort.

Zara Khan, MSc Medical Neurosciences

With a BSc in Biochemistry I dived into the program that provides a holistic view by combining Neurobiology and Clinical Neuroscience. I have been fortunate to interact with brilliant professors and highly motivated and diverse classmates. Early on we presented and discussed recent publications, using the knowledge and critical thinking skills of previous modules. A plethora of research Groups offers interesting lab rotations. I love the vibrant and interdisciplinary vibe of the Neuroscience community and am actively involved in the Charite Neuroscience Newsletter (run completely students of the program) and several science communication initiatives. This program is what you make of it. So, if you're curious and proactive, you'll find the program to be rewarding. To top that, the entrepreneurial and tech-savvy environment will beckon you to develop your scientific ideas into something tangible.

Check out Zara's contribution to the Long Night of Science Slam

Mariana Cerdeira, PhD student and Neurasmus Alumna

"The MedNeuro PhD program allows one to study the fascinating topics within Neuroscience while being part of the Charité, probably the most prestigious medical university in Germany. The graduate program has some unique features, such as its new Career Development Program, being established to offer students career guidance in and outside of academia, and its CNS Newsletter, a science journalism magazine written and run by students. Besides, Berlin is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city that is fantastic to live in and is blooming with healthcare startups and job opportunities."

Check out Mariana's contribution to the Long Night of Science Slam

Ashraf Abdo, MSc Medical Neurosciences, PhD Student

"Upon finishing my graduate studies, I wanted to go deeper in the neuroscience field. I found medical neurosciences master's program would provide me with the solid basic background that I could build on. As a pharmacist, I always wanted to relate what I am doing to the medical application. As a part of Charité hospital, medical neurosciences master's program has provided me with the atmosphere of translating the research done on the bench to the bedside. Being in a direct contact with the medical environment, you can always see the medical perspective and the aim of what is taught in the classroom or in the laboratory. Currently, I am continuing my studies as a Ph.D. fellow of Einstein Center for Neurosciences at the Charité in the great city of Berlin."

Check out Ashraf's contribution to the Long Night of Science Slam

Ahmed Khalil, PhD Student and Neurasmus Alumnus

"The MedNeuro MSc program is a truly unique experience. It gives students, regardless of their academic backgrounds, a solid education in cellular and molecular neuroscience with a focus on disease pathophysiology and its clinical consequences. This is supplemented by methodological and practical training in the melting pot of outstanding scientific research and discovery that is Berlin. For me, the most attractive aspect of the program was the freedom to choose what I wanted to learn about and do research on. This allowed me to explore fields I never thought I would be interested in and to take active control in shaping my scientific Career."

Check out Ahmed's blog

Priscilla Koduah, MSc Medical Neurosciences, PhD Student

"Having studied Biochemistry in Ghana, researching the brain suddenly became of much interest to me, which was not offered in my home country. My expectations of studying neuroscience at was to broaden my understanding of the various research areas and the state of the art techniques in the field to prepare me for a career in research. I am in my second semester in the program and I already have heard so much about different research areas and several techniques being used. I have had the opportunity of hearing so many scientific talks and doing a lab rotation in the field of neuroscience. The quality and diversity of the faculty, the carefully designed depth of courses, the areas of ongoing research and the cultural diversity of the school, provides the right atmosphere to nurture my academic and research interests and work towards my Goal."

Pilar Ziad, Neurasmus Alumna

"The MedNeuro program in 2014 was the starter of my Neuroscience degree. What intrigues me the most is how much the program continues to evolve. MedNeuro is constantly working to develop and improve the content, the laboratory internships, the mentoring and career help, and everything in between. I had a great educational and life experience between learning from world-renowned faculty and scientists about highly stimulating neuroscience theory and practical research methodology, and forming strong friendships with people of different backgrounds and cultures. An experience I'll always cherish and seek to extend by continuing to be a part of the MedNeuro community. "