Interdisciplinary Neuroscience (Master of Science)

Conditions of admission


Course content and focus areas

Neuroscience spans many disciplines. Its repertoire stretches from molecular biology and proteome research to systems neurobiology, cognitive neuroscience and clinical research. Successful research in neuroscience rests on a combination of differential concepts and methodical approaches.

The major objective of the programme is to offer to talented students a highly research-oriented training that will provide them with a broad overview of the most relevant fields of neuroscience, including basic neuroscience, clinical neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience and computational neuroscience. This also includes relevant practical skills. The programme will confront students with various levels of complexity of neural functions from molecular biology to systems neuroscience. A major characteristic comprises the optional training in clinical neuroscience that will familiarise students with neuropathology and aspects of neurology and will provide them with hands on information on current technical approaches applied in clinical research.

You do not require previous intensive training in neuroscience. However, solid background knowledge in the field of neuroscience is essential for following the courses. This includes the principal education in laboratory techniques, particularly in cell biological bench work. As the programme is an interdisciplinary one, we invite applications from students from various fields. These include biology and medicine but also biochemistry, chemistry, physics, informatics and psychology. The programme aims at fostering interactions between students and between students and lecturers from the various disciplines.

Detailed information

Information from the department
Study regulations


Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Neuroscience  


The standard length of study for the Master of Science is 4 semesters. 

Language of instruction


Start of the programme

The study programme starts at the beginning of the winter semester. 

Student advisory service Dr. Gabi Lahner

Neuro Science Center (Blauer Turm)
Heinrich-Hoffmann-Str. 7
60528 Frankfurt am Main

Phone: 069/6301-6021

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Conditions of admission 

Admission requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent degree in a biomedical, bioscientific or psychological study programme, or in another natural science/maths study programme;
  • Letter of motivation + selection interview, if required by the examination committee
  • Proof of English language skills: If not a native speaker the applicant must provide prove of sufficient knowledge of the English language on B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, e.g.:
    • TOEFL (ibT) minimum 87
    • IELTS minimum 5.5
    • A certificate confirming satisfactory knowledge of English based on a Bachelor thesis written in English issued from the faculties of “Biological Science”, “Psychology and Sports”, “Medicine” or “Biochemistry, Chemistry and Pharmacy” of the Goethe-University.
Provisional admission

Provisional admission is possible on the basis of a current transcript of records; at least 130 credit points in the B.A. must have been obtained; the Bachelor’s thesis must be finished or almost finished. Provisional admission is valid for 6 months.

In case the required degree has not been awarded by the time of application, you can still apply if you provide:

  • Proof of matriculation
  • A detailed certificate of the present status of your studies and the anticipated date of completion of the bachelor program.
  • In addition you must have achieved at least 130 credit points in the bachelor program (referring to a Bachelor's degree with a total number of 180 CP)
Mode of admission Admission is not restricted.

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Documents to be submitted
  • if you are not already enrolled at Goethe-University Frankfurt:
    university entrance qualification (e.g. A-Levels)
  • Bachelor’s degree certificate (incl. Transcript of Records)
  • if the Bachelor's degree has not yet been completed:
    - a transcript of records or equivalent document listing the content of the study programme and average grade
    - Proof of matriculation
    - A detailed certificate of the present status of your studies and the anticipated date of completion of the bachelor program.
  • letter of motivation
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • proof of English language skills
  • Declaration of examination claim (Download)
  • APS certificate for applicants from India, Vietnam and China (original)
Deadline for applications

01.01. - 15.03.

Address for applications

Online application portal for the Master’s programmes  

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