Neuroscience curriculum

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Neurasmus students have access to courses taught in English.

The Neurasmus Consortium offers a diversity of expertise that covers all fields of modern neuroscience: from neurogenetics and neurogenomics, cellular and molecular neurobiology, neurophysiology, neurophotonics, physiology and pathophysiology of neural plasticity, to medical neurosciences. All partners are sites of excellence in neuroscience and have a proven track record of close collaboration.

Program structure and Mobility

At the application stage, students choose the main Track they want to go through, which defines 1st year mobility. The Board of Education agrees on the 1st, 2nd or 3rd wish according to the selection ranking and intake capacity of partner institutions. 

At the end of the first semester, students choose a subspecialty which defines the partner university(ies) for the 2nd year. It is part of the student's Personal Training Plan (PTP). Students have up to the end of 1st year / start of 3rd semester to choose the subject of their Master Thesis.

Semester 1 and 2, core curriculum

Students are introduced to the different domains of Neuroscience and provided with the basic knowledge they need through a commonly agreed core curriculum (core courses). 

In addition, every student conducts research projects (lab rotations) in different participating departments. Research projects involve experimental work, data analysis and a written lab report. 

Track 3 is an "intensive track" which credits 90 ECTS. Students involved in Track 3 should be prepared to face a non-stop year of studying. 

Other tracks are "classic tracks" which credit 60 ECTS.

Semester 3, advanced courses

The choice of the advanced courses (30 ECTS) in association to the initial track will define the subspeciality training gained by the student. 

The combination is still organized to allow mandatory mobility.

Semester 4, Master Thesis

Students complete a 6-month research project or industrial placement leading to a Master Thesis (30 ECTS). It takes place in a place defined according to the Personal Training Plan and chosen among the 6 partners. 

Only 1 or 2 Category B students are allowed to take optional courses in Laval, which implies that they also have to undertake their research project in Laval University, provided they went through Amsterdam during semester 1 and Bordeaux during semester 2

Students who spent the first year in Göttingen have to validate their research project in Göttingen during Semester 4 (the research project can be conducted in Göttingen or elsewhere) to validate Göttingen's degree.

Literature Survey

In addition to core and advanced courses, students have to take a course entitled 'Literature survey', in which they study, discuss and report on a list of foundational research papers in Neuroscience, write a research proposal related to their future thesis or another research project, and learn to write a scientific paper. When required, the literature survey can be supervised by the thesis director. 

If the Literature survey is taken in one place during semester 1 or 2 (part of year 1 core curriculum), it will not take place in Semester 3 (no redundancy). Courses for the equivalent amount of ECTS will then be offered to students.

Finding a lab

Regarding research projects (lab rotations/ Master thesis), students are invited to identify lab supervisors and research fields of interest through internship placement offers available among the different partner universities or through personal initiative if placement offers do not match their interest.