Training is arranged in modules and consists of lecture courses, hands-on laboratory courses, seminars and book exams. Group work, reports and presentations help you to develop critical thinking and communication skills that are essential for successful careers within Academia as well as jobs in the private and public sectors. Compulsory studies provide a broad general knowledge of the field for all students, whereas optional studies will offer you much freedom to focus on topics of your interest. You may choose lecture or laboratory courses for example in molecular and cellular neuroscience, developmental neurobiology, sensory biology, regeneration biology, systems neuroscience, electrophysiology, neuroanatomy, brain disorders, etc. You may also expand your knowledge by taking courses from other Master’s Programmes.  

The choice of optional study modules will define your specialization within the field of neuroscience and makes it possible to broaden your knowledge into other disciplines.  Discussing the options with teachers and study advisors during the first months of your studies will help you in identifying the various opportunities and in preparing your personal study plan. The plan may be revised, if necessary, as your studies progress.

Each student will have a customized study plan that can emphasize student’s field of interest. The study plan includes fundamental courses as well as special items. These may be selected from an extensive menu, including lecture courses, laboratory exercises and seminars. While the individual study plans may be different, all students participate in joint seminars, where they report on topics which they have studied themselves. Our students are free to select courses also from other Universities, such as Aalto University and courses organized by the Master's Degree Programme in Brain and Mind.