The scientific environment at the GSN operates in one of the neuroscience hot-spots worldwide, offering excellent cutting-edge research opportunities. The structure of a GSN degree program combines seminars and coursework based on individual backgrounds and research goals.
A GSN stipend program supports interdisciplinary PhD research projects, facilitating interchange of ideas across the fields of neuroscience. Additionally the GSN offers special stipends for PhD projects in neurophilosophy, a field which is still being developed both in Germany and internationally.
As such, GSN students are always encouaged to make suggestions of special method training workshops or leading scientists they would like to invite for GSN seminars and discussions.
1. Comprehensive education: The educational program is based on several main scientific topics, that of systems neurobiology, molecular and cellular neurobiology, computational neuroscience and neurophilosophy. Students can choose between a Systemic-Cellular-Molecular Neuroscience track or a Computational Neuroscience track, offering enhanced flexibility and focus on their academic goals. Our curriculum takes the students on a "round trip" providing a profound understanding of the biological principles in brain structure and neuron-neuron communication before broadening the scope towards cognition and higher brain functions, computational methods and philosophical aspects in neurosciences. The main portion of the comprehensive education takes place in the first two semesters of study, during which time GSN Fast-track and GSN PhD students are also enrolled in the same courses.
2. Individual research training: Each semester the student has to complete an individual research project. This will guarantee hands-on research training from the very beginning and gives students the opportunity to become acquainted with participating laboratories and researchers. In addition to the mandatory general courses, students can choose from a broad spectrum of methods and interdisciplinary courses. Students complement their education in neuroscience with a master's thesis.
3. Complementary skills: Our education concept would not be complete without training of complementary skills, which supplement our core curriculum and help to optimally prepare students for their future career goals. In their second year, our students obtain first hand teaching experience (and credits) by tutoring their younger fellows. In addition to a scientific education, the master's program includes modular workshops on academic transferable skills such as communication training, presentation skills, scientific writing, and time management.
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