Neuroscience is a rapidly developing area of ??great relevance to society. Basic research has provided valuable insights into the development, aging, function and dysfunction of the brain and has shown ways to modulate brain processes. In translational neurosciences, these findings and technological advances are used to help develop new diagnostic methods and therapies for patients with neurological or psychiatric diseases.

This English-language, international master's degree in Translational Neuroscience is a consecutive of a bachelor's degree and is aimed at students who are interested in research in the field of basic and clinical neuroscience.

The master’s program consists of 6 master’s modules and 2 research-oriented, 3-month internship phases. In addition to practical skills in special techniques, the basics for independent scientific work are taught here. With a master’s degree, you can do a doctorate or start your career. Possible occupational fields are research on neurodegenerative diseases at universities, in the clinical area, at non-university research institutions or in the pharmaceutical industry. A doctorate improves the prospects for a responsible position in industry and is a prerequisite for a university career. Teaching and exams are 100% in English. The workload corresponds to 120 credit points (LP = ECTS).


The course is restricted by a local numerus clausus procedure (local NC procedure). If the number of applicants exceeds the number of places available for the degree program, a ranking list will be made based on the grade of the first professional degree. Only the best 20 applicants can be offered a place on the course.

For this master’s degree you need a bachelor’s degree of at least 6 semesters in neurosciences or natural sciences (e.g. biology, biochemistry, etc.) or a degree in human medicine that you completed with a grade of 2.0 or better and in which you earned credit points ( LP) in the following areas:

- at least 4 CP in cell and molecular biology or

- at least 4 CP in biochemistry or

- at least 4 CP in (bio) psychology or 

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

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


There are good reasons to study translational neurosciences at the HHU Düsseldorf. Internationally recognized scientists with expertise in neuroanatomy and physiology, neuropathology, in preclinical studies including those with animal models, neuropharmacology and immunology, modeling, brain development and aging as well as clinical neurosciences carry the study program and will provide a fascinating insight into the in the growing area of ??translational neuroscience. 

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