The two-year, full-time Master’s programme in Neurosciences at the VU Amsterdam is a joint initiative of the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences and the Amsterdam UMC, VU Medical Center. Teaching comprises lectures, research seminars, work groups, demonstrations, lab visits and practicals. For more details, see year schedule and study guide.

The first year consists of compulsory courses, to give you a through grounding in relevant disciplines. These courses are followed by a 5-month internship. You will have a wide range of internship opportunities to choose from, within Amsterdam Neuroscience and affiliated institutes.

The second year starts with 4 electives, to expand your knowledge of certain areas. We have constructed two tracks, which give you a perfect start as a researcher in a particular field of neurosciences.

You can choose one of the following tracks, each consisting of 4 courses: Fundamental Neurosciences, Clinical and Translational Neurosciences. We provide students with the knowledge, skills and insight they need to operate as a professional within the field of neurosciences. An independent professional that will be a suitable candidate for a PhD position. Having completed the programme, you will have developed a critical scientific approach and an awareness of the ethical and societal aspects of neurosciences.


MedNeuro‘s rigorous and comprehensive Master program (Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin) 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.


Bordeaux University offers:


The Master Programme in Cellular and Molecular Biology (MBCM) at the University of Coimbra , with a specialization in Neurobiology, aims at training students to do research in Neuroscience and Biomedicine at the cellular and molecular levels, and to pursue any career requiring strong technical and analytical skills in biology. The program provides intensive training in forefront topics in the field, through the immersion of students in a research environment, and their exposure to an international context. The program equips students with solid background for evidence-based understanding of fundamental neurobiology concepts. Students develop skills to study mechanisms of disease, and to design advanced diagnostic and therapeutic strategies. Critical and creative thinking are fostered. The program has trained annually an average of 30 students in the last 10 years, in close collaboration with the CNC – Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology .


Laval’s graduate program in Neurobiology offers a Master Program in advanced experimental Neuroscience, including Neurophotonics (Maîtrise de Neurobiologie). The Program is taught in French.


The MSc/PhD Program and International Max-Planck Research School Neurosciences belongs to the Göttingen Graduate School for Neurosciences, Biophysics, and Molecular Biosciences, funded by the German Excellence Initiative. The Neuroscience Program is a joint training effort of 3 local Max-Planck institutes and the University of Göttingen and integrates a broad spectrum of research fields comprising molecular and cellular neurophysiology, biophysics, neuroanatomy, developmental neurobiology, theoretical neurosciences, clinical and behavioral neurosciences. It provides an integrated MSc/PhD program and accepts students with a bachelor degree in the biosciences, psychology, medicine, and related subjects. After finishing the 1st year research-oriented curriculum including practical laboratory projects the students decide whether they complete the course with a Master degree or directly (via a ‘fast track’ option) pursue a PhD. The students have access to the state-of-the-art infrastructure of all partner institutes comprising special training facilities in high-resolution imaging, electrophysiology and bioanalytics. The PhD students organize scientific meetings like the biennial ‘Neurizons’ symposium and are supported to participate in international conferences.


Success stories

Sarah Roche
Sarah Roche

“Through my acceptance into the Neurasmus program, I was able to learn vital research and data analysis skills.”

Eduarda Centeno
Eduarda Centeno

“I joined Neurasmus in 2018, and my life and career have changed a lot since.”