Programme contents

Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field of science that studies the brain and the entire nervous system at different levels of organization, from genes and molecules to nerve cells and networks; and beyond. The focus of interest in a neuroscientist’s research may lie in understanding the neurobiological bases of behaviour, analysing the functional roles of a single molecule, or in developing novel treatments to neurological disorders or sensory deficits.

Students undertake modules to the value of 120 credits (cr; ECTS) according to their personal study plan. The Master’s Degree consists of

  • 60 cr of advanced studies, including a research project (Master’s Thesis, 30 cr)
  • 60 cr of other studies chosen from the Programme or from other Programmes (e.g. Genetics and Molecular Biosciences, Translational Medicine, or Psychology)

The curriculum of the Programme will in principle enable completing 90 cr in 12 months (full-time studying and utilizing study opportunities during the summer months, and not including the Master’s Thesis research project). However, completing the Programme in 2 years is recommended, as it will give more flexibility with the optional studies. Career planning or extracurricular activities may be included in the personal study plan.

The Master's Programme in Neuroscience has three study tracks to choose from:

  1. Neuroscience
  2. Physiology
  3. Biology teacher (specializing in either neuroscience or physiology). Students studying for qualification as biology teachers will have 60 cr of pedagogical studies in their degree (applies only to Finnish or Swedish speaking students).


    MNeuro programme  structure