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MSc Coordinator of the Master in Neurosciences

Prof. Dr. Esther Stoeckli (esther.stoeckli *

Study Coordinator

Dr. Karin Isler (studienkoordination *



Contrary to many other research fields, the neurosciences are not defined by methods but by the object of research – the nervous system. Therefore, development, structure, and function of the nervous system are studied with a broad spectrum of techniques, including biochemical, molecular and cellular, as well as physiological and computational approaches. Obviously, for functional studies in vivo studies are particularly important although challenging. A wide variety of imaging methods are crucial for neuroscience research. Neurological diseases are still one of the biggest challenges in human health. However, for the development of therapies a more detailed understanding of development, structure and function of the nervous system is key.



The central part of the Master’s degree course is the Master thesis of 52 weeks of duration (BIO506) carried out in a research group (see detailed information in the Infobox – FAQ MSc Neurosciences). During this time the candidate is expected to acquire expertise in a particular field of neuroscience but also to get an overview of the neurosciences at large. To this end, we offer a variety of lectures and courses. The main practical and mandatory course is BIO328. During seven weeks the candidate will get an overview on neuroscience research in Zurich. Therefore, this course is also a good starting point to find a laboratory for a future Master project.



Compulsory modules:

BIO 328 12 ECTS Neurobiology
BIO 338 00 ECTS Introduction to Scientific Writing

Recommended lectures and courses:

BIO 342 03 ECTS Comparative Behavioural Neuroscience
BIO 344 03 ECTS Development of the Nervous System
BIO 347 03 ECTS Concepts in Developmental Biology: from Cells to Animals
BIO 348 06 ECTS Concepts in Modern Genetics
BIO 377 02 ECTS Basic Quantitative Methods
BIO 388 02 ECTS Human Genetics
BIO 389 03 ECTS Clinical Neuroscience
BIO 394 04 ECTS Interdisciplinary Research Methods in Computational Biology
BIO 557 02 ECTS Scientific Writing and Experimental Design for the Life Sciences
BME 322 03 ECTS Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology

Recommended block courses:

BIO 248 06 ECTS Funtional Assessment of Human Spinal Cord Injury
BIO 260 06 ECTS Molecular Biology Course for Biology and Medicine
BIO 320 06 ECTS Sleep and Wake Regulation
BIO 321 06 ECTS Modern Microscopy in Life Science Research
BIO 323 12 ECTS Modern Genetics und Genomics
BIO 326 12 ECTS Experimental Developmental Biology
BIO 327 06 ECTS Neuroscience Communication Course
BIO 407 06 ECTS Practical Microscopy
BIO 434 06 ECTS Electrophysiological Recording Techniques
BME 302 06 ECTS Systems Neurobiology
BME 308 06 ECTS Human Molecular Genetics
BME 323 06 ECTS Brain Disorders
BME 334 06 ECTS Applied Statistics for Biomedicine and Biology
BME 355 06 ECTS Pain – Mechanisms and Clinical Presentations

Recommended elective modules in the basic studies:
BCH 202, BCH 215, STA 120, BME 245, CHE 173



Prof. Dr. Bachmann-Gagescu Ruxandra
Prof. Dr. Curt Armin
Prof. Dr. Földy Csaba
Prof. Dr. Grimm Christian
Prof. Dr. Helmchen Fritjof
Prof. Dr. Huber Reto
Prof. Dr. Jessberger Sebastian
Prof. Dr. Karayannis Theofanis
Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Landolt
Prof. Dr. Müller Martin
Prof. Dr. Stephan Neuhauss
Prof. Dr. Polymenidou Magdalini
Prof. Dr. Pryce Christopher
PD Dr. Schweinhardt Petra
Prof. Dr. Lukas Sommer
Prof. Dr. Stoeckli Esther
Prof. Dr. Weber Bruno
Prof. Dr. Zeilhofer Hanns Ulrich

Contact the Student Affair’s Office or the Master coordinator Neuroscience if you want to carry out your thesis in a group that is not part of the list. The list is subject to change.

Useful links: Zurich Neuroscience Center

Weiterführende Informationen

UZH Course Catalogue


The module BIO338 Introduction to Scientific Writing (0 ECTS, one day in September or February) is mandatory for all Biology Master’s students. The module should be taken before writing the Master’s Thesis.


For interested BSc students

Recommended core elective modules during your Bachelor's degree program if you plan to take the Master's degree course in "Neurosciences":

BCH 202, BCH 215, STA 120, BME 245, CHE 173