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Neuroscience Center Zurich

Goals MSc IDB

The MSc IDB provides trans-disciplinary knowledge and skills covering the broad spectrum of neuroscience research, and prepares researchers for their first years of independent research in academia or industry. Graduates are equally well-prepared for a career in university research as for one in clinical research or in industry. The program also delivers biological and technological tools for a career in medical technology.

The program focuses particularly on laboratory practice. Interactive and collaborative learning is prevalent. The strong practical component of the program ensures that students become familiar with the wide range of measurement and working methods in neuroscience and apply a selection of these in depth in the Master's thesis project. This will be complemented by an internship in a company or clinic.

Students will be trained and mentored in the following areas:

  • Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience
  • Neurogenomics/proteomics
  • Neuroimmunology
  • Neural Imaging and Connectivity
  • Brain Systems and Circuits
  • Deep Learning and Neural Technologies
  • Animal models and Behavioral Sciences
  • Clinical Methods and Therapies
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Neuroeconomics
  • Ethics

The training covers how to:

  1. conduct independent scientific research and complete a research project (i.e. identify, formulate and discuss research questions; formulate research conclusions and suggestions for future study; design methodological approaches to answering research questions)
  2. collect and critically analyze the validity and reliability of the data and methods of research studies
  3. apply theoretical approaches in an appropriate way to problems in neuroscience research  
  4. communicate results to a scientific audience in talks and written reports