Master’s in Computational Neuroscience (Germany) Deadline: Mar. 15, 2019

Technische Universität Berlin

Application Deadline

Mar. 15, 2019

Program Commencement

Oct. 01, 2019

Duration of the Program

Four Semesters

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Program Details

This Master of Science in Computational Neuroscience is a joint degree programme of the TU Berlin and the HU Berlin, organized by the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Berlin. This center comprises 33 research groups working from single-cell level up to macroscopic level, both experimentally and theoretically. The center is part of the German Network for Computational Neuroscience, integrating research groups from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin, Potsdam University, and the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine.

Computational Neuroscience is a young, growing discipline within the exciting field of neuroscience. It uses theoretical approaches from a variety of disciplines including mathematics, physics, computer science and engineering to understand the brain. Computational Neuroscience integrates experiment, data analysis and modelling. Furthermore, it makes a scientific language available that can be used across disciplines and levels for neurobiology, cognitive science and information technology. Computational Neuroscience may thus help to solve long-standing research questions, contribute to better prevention and treatment strategies for neural disorders, lead to unified concepts about biological processes, advance information technologies and human-machine interactions and, last but not least, provide new insight for designing efficient strategies for teaching and learning.

Within the first year of the programme, students are individually brought to a high level of competence in the basic fields of the programme. The second year of the programme is strongly research-oriented, including lab rotations and the Master’s thesis.

Eligibility/ Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in natural sciences, engineering or mathematics
  • Sufficient mathematical knowledge (at least 24 credit points) particularly in linear algebra (at least six credit points), analysis/calculus – including dynamical systems (at least six credit points), probability theory and statistics (at least six credit points)
  • Proficiency in English: Non-native speakers should document this by the TOEFL test (570 points in the paper-based test, 230 points in the computer-based test, 88 points in the Internet-based test) or an equivalent certificate. Students holding a degree from a programme taught entirely in English are not required to submit a language certificate.

Application Process

The application should include the following:

  • all documents requested by the Technische Universität Berlin, according to this information; note that due to the early deadline, applicants do not have to supply a certificate of their finished degree, if this has not been issued yet; an up-to-date transcript of records is required in any case,
  • a letter of motivation describing why you want to study computational neuroscience at the BCCN Berlin, and how this ties in with your interests and the general goals you pursue(d) in your education,
  • a tabular CV listing activities and experiences relevant for the studies,
  • two letters of recommendation by your supervisors or lecturers; your referees can also e-mail their letters directly to Robert Martin <graduateprograms AT bccn-berlin DOT de>, with the subject line “Reference for MSc applicant <your name>”,
  • documentation of sufficient mathematical knowledge, see prerequisites. Please use the form (“List of relevant mathematical courses”).
  • certificate of proficiency in English (non-native speakers only – see prerequisites)
    • NB: Candidates willing to pass TOEFL iBT can mention the TOEFL code of uni-assist e.V. (2727), so that a copy of test results will be sent directly to uni-assist. Alternatively, applicants can send a certified copy of their TOEFL results to uni-assist e.V.,
    • Please do not send any TOEFL certificates directly to BCCN, since this might cause misunderstandings and delays in submission and processing of your application.

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