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Translational Neuroscience
Master of Science

Short description

Short description

Neuroscience is a rapidly growing field of science of great relevance to society. Basic research has provided valuable insights into the development, aging, function, and dysfunction of the brain and has shown multiple ways to modulate brain processes. Translational neuroscience uses this knowledge and technological advances to help developing new diagnostic procedures and therapies for patients with neurological or psychiatric disorders.

This anglophone international Master study programme in Translational Neuroscience is consecutive to a Bachelor programme and is addressed to students interested in basic and clinical research in neuroscience. All relevant information can also be found on the official website of Translational Neuroscience.

Study Programme Director Translational Neuroscience                

Prof. Dr. Katrin Amunts

Director of Cécile & Oskar Vogt Institute for Brain Research

Phone: +49 (0) 211 81 06101 (Secretary's Office)

Participating Institutions:

- Medical Faculty of the Heinrich-Heine-University (HHU) Düsseldorf

- Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of the HHU Düsseldorf

- Research Centre Jülich (Forschungszentrum Jülich)

- Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine (IUF) Düsseldorf


Renowned professors like Dr. Hermann Aberle, Dr. Orhan Aktas, Dr. Katrin Amunts, Dr. Andreas Bauer, Dr. Simon Eickhoff, Dr. Christoph Fahlke, Dr. Norbert Goebels, Dr. Heiner Fangerau, Dr. Esther Florin, Dr. Thomas Heinzel, Dr. Thomas Klein, Dr. Karl Köhrer, Dr. Carsten Korth, Dr. Anna von Mikecz, Dr. Hans Werner Müller, Dr. Guido Reifenberger, Dr. Christine Rose, Dr. Martin Rosenbruch, Dr. Ulrich Rüther, Dr. Holger Schwender, Dr. Olga Sergeeva, Dr. Kai Stühler, Dr. Sascha Weggen, such as PDs like Dr. Mihai Cerchez, Dr. Martin Sager and many more...

National & international networking:

Translational Neuroscience is in cooperation with the EU Educational Programme of the Human Brain Project (HBP) and the Graduate School of the Max Planck Society - the Max Planck School of Cognition.

Entry/Admission requirements

The Master's programme is restricted by a local numerus clausus (NC) selection procedure (i.e. "Orts-NC-Verfahren"). If the number of applicants exceeds the number of study places available, there will be a ranking list. A study place can only be offered to the TOP 20 applicants.

The entry and admission are conditional on the completion of a university study programme in a relevant subject with a regular study duration of at least six semesters (which is equivalent to 180 ECTS) and with a final grade of 2.0 or better (according to the German grading system). Foreign grades can be converted to the German grading system by using the Modified Bavarian Formula (i.e. "Modifizierte Bayrische Formel").

Regarded as relevant is a university study programme in Neuroscience or Natural Science (e.g. Biology, Chemistry, etc.) or a similar qualification like Human Medicine at a German or foreign higher education institution in which you have acquired the following credit points: 

- 4 CP in Cell or Molecular biology or

- 4 CP in Biochemistry or

- 4 CP in (Bio)Psychology or

- 4 CP in Physiology and/or (Neuro)Anatomy and

- at least 2 CP from practical experience (internships/exercises)

Teaching and examination are in English. Thus an appropriate language proficiency is required. The level of English proficiency should be at least level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Further information about the proof of proficiency can be found here.

Programme content

Translational Neuroscience consists of 6 Master Modules and 2 research-oriented, 3-month internships. Besides hands-on skills in special techniques, basics for independent scientific work will be conveyed. Graduates of this Master programme are ideally qualified for their later working life and/or qualified to embark on a doctorate. One broad career field is research and diagnostics of neurodegenerative diseases in the clinical setting, at universities and pharmaceutical industries. Further areas of employment are work at scientific publishers and in scientific coordination. A doctorate improves the prospects for responsible work and is a prerequisite for an academic career. Teaching and examinations are 100% in English. The workload is equivalent to 120 credit points (CP = ECTS).

Programme structure

more information about the Modules  more information about the Study Programme

Programme objectives/Career prospects

There are strong reasons to study Translational Neuroscience at the Heinrich-Heine University (HHU) Düsseldorf. The programme is administered exclusively by internationally recognized scientists with expertise in neuroanatomy and physiology, neuropathology, preclinical studies, including those involving animal models, neuropharmacology and immunology, modeling, brain development and aging, such as clinical neuroscience. They provide a fascinating insight into the large and constantly growing field of Translational Neuroscience. In addition to the excellent research facilities on the HHU campus, the study programme provides access to the Research Centre Jülich (Forschungszentrum Jülich) with laboratory and neuroimaging equipment that is among the best in the world.

Programme start:
Winter semester
Programme duration:
4 semesters
Language of instruction:
Application procedure:
Local admission restrictions - HHU
Closing date for applications:
15th May - 15th July
Closing date for enrolment:
As stated in letter of acceptance
Closing date for re-registration:
01/07/2024 - 15/08/2024
Study programme contact:

Academic Counseling

Anna Stössel
Phone: +49 211 81-06101 

Dr. Evelyn Oermann
Phone: +49 211 81-06104 

Dr. Manuel Marx
Phone: +49 211 81-06103 

Cécile & Oskar-Vogt Institute for Brain Research, Life Science Center, Merowinger Platz 1a, 40225 Düsseldorf

Appointments after prior agreemen

Study programme/Department
SSC contact:

Student Services Center (SSC)
Building: 21.02 / SSC
Phone +49 211 81‐12345


For questions regarding the course of studies and for examination issues:

Student and Examination Administration
Contact Examination Administration

Student Services Center (SSC)

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