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Biomedical Neuroscience

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

The Elite-Master program Biomedical Neuroscience offers an excellent scientific training to get a top-level understanding of neuroscience theory and practice, as well as on neuro-psychiatric disorders. It fills the gap between standard medical education and natural science curricula.

TUM School of Medicine

Key Data

Type of Study
  • Full Time
Required Language Proficiency Language of Instruction
  • English
Main Locations
Admission Category Start of Degree Program
  • Winter Semester (October)
Standard Duration of Studies
(Number of Semesters)
  • 4 semesters fulltime
Credits Costs

Information on Degree Program

What does this program cover?

The Elite-Master program Biomedical Neuroscience located at the medical school of the Technical University of Munich is funded by the Elite Network of Bavaria. The program is addressed to graduates holding a bachelor’s degree or with equivalent studies of at least six semesters in the field of natural sciences, like biology, chemistry, and psychology or similar. Another target group is graduates with a medical background. Biomedical Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary program executed by lectures from natural science institutes as well as from clinicians and clinical scientists. Aim of the program is an intensive education in the field of neuroscience and neuro-psychiatric diseases. This includes both the theoretical background and the technical skills for commonly used clinical experimental approaches. It covers all levels of from molecules to systems and includes also training in modern methods used in neuroscience. Teaching is performed in a combination of theory and hands on classes and includes project oriented scientific work in the laboratories of the participation institutes.

Furthermore additional qualification like data analysis, scientific ethics, management and communication are part of the curriculum.

For a comprehensive description of the program, please refer to the degree program documentation:

How is the program structured?

The master study Biomedical Neuroscience is a two year program (120 credits). The curriculum offers cutting-edge training in biomedical neuroscience conveyed by innovative didactical teaching methods. The curriculum is modularly structured to convey three types of overreaching competences:

1. Scientific Theory & Reasoning (6 modules)
2. Scientific Skills & Practice (7 modules incl. extensive lab time)
3. Transferable Skills & Professional Competence (3 modules incl. colloquium)

In the first two semesters teaching is mainly offered as theoretical lectures and hands-on courses, followed by subscribed scientific projects in the laboratories of the participating institutes. After the fourth semester the program ends with the experimental master´s project and the written thesis. By the extensive lab time an early integration into the research environment of the participating institutes is achieved.

What is the language of instruction?

Required language skills for admission:

You need sufficient English language skills if you wish to apply for this program. Evidence of your language proficiency has to be submitted before the end of the application deadline. Learn more about recognized certificates and other ways to prove your English language skills.

This evidence of your language proficiency confirms that you comply with the minimum language requirements for admission to the program. Depending on the program and your individual background, it may be necessary for you to keep working on your language skills during your studies. Be sure to take a look at the services of our Language Center.  

Language of instruction:

The language of instruction for this program is English.

Which further expertise and skills will I acquire?

The qualification profile of the graduates includes an in depth understanding of brain function and structure, from molecules and cells to large-scale circuits, behavior and the mechanisms and treatment strategies of different neuropsychiatric diseases. Through their lab rotations and practical scientific work, the graduates are familiar with the most relevant technologies for basic and clinical research and with their capabilities in the field of neuroscience. Furthermore the graduates are able to evaluate scientific data and apply appropriated statistical tests. In addition they are able to define and plan experimental studies in the context of the scientific literature and to competently summarize and present scientific data. Beside these qualifications the graduates have interdisciplinary competences, like ethical and social aspects of neuroscience, management and personal development.

Which professional opportunities can I take up with this qualification?

With their interdisciplinary knowledge, the graduates have a wide neuro-biomedical competence, bridging the usual gap between standard medical education and natural science curricula. They are ideal candidates for one of the numerous PhD-programs offered in the field of biomedical neuroscience. Furthermore, the classical pharmaceutical companies as well as start-up companies are seeking for graduates with an in depth understanding of basic as well as translational neuroscience. 

Binding Regulations for Progression of Studies, Examinations and Application

Application and Admission

How do I apply? (start of program in winter semester 2019/20)

Minimum requirements to apply for a Master's program at TUM are a recognized undergraduate degree (e.g. bachelor, medical state examination) and the successful completion of the aptitude assessment procedure. Aptitude assessment allows the TUM school or department to which you are applying the opportunity to evaluate your individual talents and motivation for study. 
You must apply online using the TUMonline application portal. 

Which documents do I need to submit? (start of program in winter semester 2019/20)

We may require additional documents depending on the type of secondary school diploma you earned and your country of origin (e.g. GRE, GATE, APS). After completing the online application process, you will receive a list of documents you must submit to TUM in hard copy by the application deadline.

What application deadlines do I need to meet? (start of program in winter semester 2019/20)

Application period for winter semester: 01.04. - 31.05.

Our online application portal TUMonline will create an application form and a checklist with the documents you have to hand in. The checklist shows which documents you need for admission and which for enrollment

You must submit the signed application form before the application deadline. We also ask you to submit the documents you need for admission within the application deadline. If individual documents for admission are not available to you in time, you can hand them in until 15.08.

Please also submit the documents we need for your enrollment as soon as possible. If individual documents for enrollment are not available to you yet, you can hand them in up to five weeks after the start of the lecture period. However, we recommend that you submit all required documents well before the semester begins, as you will not be enrolled until all documents have been received. 

Please check your TUMonline account regularly, to see if we have any queries to your documents or if you have to amend one or more documents.

On what basis does TUM select applicants for admission?

Selection takes place through an aptitude assessment procedure. Aptitude assessment is a two-part procedure after the submission of an official application to a program. In this procedure, the TUM school or department determines whether you meet the specific requirements for its master’s degree program. 

Where can I find the online application portal?

The online application process takes place through our application portal TUMonline.