Sensory and Motor Neuroscience, PhD

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    Free
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
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The doctoral program "Sensory and Motor Neuroscience" is a member of the Göttingen Graduate School for Neurosciences and Molecular Biosciences (GGNB). It is hosted by the University of Göttingen, the Max Planck Institute for Self-Organization and Dynamics, and the German Primate Center.
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding

About

The doctoral program "Sensory and Motor Neuroscience" is a member of the Göttingen Graduate School for Neurosciences and Molecular Biosciences (GGNB). The graduate school offers a joint modular training program to which the twelve doctoral programs of GGNB contribute and that is open to all GGNB students. In addition to a lecture and seminar program, training consists of (1) individual counselling by thesis committees, (2) intensive methods courses of 1-3 weeks in special training labs, (3) 2-3-day methods courses in the laboratories of the participating faculty, (4) professional skills courses such as scientific writing, presentation skills, intercultural communication, project management, team-leadership skills, conflict resolution, ethics, and career development, and (5) student-organized scientific meetings, industry excursions, and intercultural events. Students are able to tailor their individual curriculum by choosing from a large number of courses and events.

Exploring the principles of peripheral and central sensory processing, motor programming and response requires a combination of anatomical, physiological, and computational skills. The program provides training across the sensory modalities, and applies cellular and systems approaches to motor function. Students will acquire a broad neuroscience background and are trained in computational approaches for quantitative analysis and modelling of the sensory and motor mechanisms.

In addition to seminars on sensory and motor physiology, the program will contribute to GGNB training with short methods courses in state-of-the-art techniques in cell physiology, high resolution imaging/anatomy and bioinfomatics both at an introductory and advanced level.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Project Type Predefined
  • Educational Form Academic

Programme Structure

Short methods courses are taught in 2-3 day units in the participating laboratories. These methods are selected from current research projects. Group size is typically limited to five participants. In 2007, approximately 30 short methods courses were offered, covering a broad range of techniques. This catalogue is continuously extended and forms one of the main pillars of the advanced research training.

Extended methods courses with lectures constitute a new feature in GGNB predoctoral education which shall be implemented in 2008. They will each last several weeks, provide intense training for 5-15 students. They will be offered once per year, with repeated sessions possible on demand. Courses planned at present include advanced training in (1) electrophysiology, (2) light microscopy and imaging techniques, (3) protein analysis, proteomics, and physical biochemistry, and (4) mathematical biosciences. Specific training labs are planned to be installed in 2008. The training lab in advanced light microscopy is already established.

Colloquia and research lectures with both invited and internal speakers have a long tradition at all of the participating institutions. Examples include the three colloquia of the Göttingen Center for Molecular Biosciences – GZMB (Biochemistry, Developmental Biology, Microbiology/Molecular Biology), the lecture series of the DFG Research Center Molecular Physiology of the Brain (CMPB), several lecture and seminar series of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry (Karl Friedrich Bonhoeffer Lecture, MPI-bpc Seminar, PhD Student Seminar), the colloquia of the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience and the Center for Systems Neuroscience, and the lecture series of the German Primate Center (DPZ).

Academic Requirements

All GGNB students must fulfil the following requirements to be awarded the doctoral degree:

  • Admission to one of the doctoral programs.
  • Accumulation of required credits
  • Submission of all required progress reports.
  • Submission of a doctoral thesis in English within the stated deadline (three years with the possibility to apply for an extension of up to one additional year).
  • Successful defense of the doctoral thesis in English.
  • Publication of the doctoral thesis.
I. Complete the online registrationII. Send the application packageThe application package consists of:
  • our cover sheet (pdf),
  • transcripts / academic records (Studienbuch) of your studies,
  • all academic degree diplomas (only university degrees, no secondary education degrees!),
  • certificates of other relevant examinations (e.g. GRE, if available),
  • English proficiency certificates,
  • statement by (prospective) supervisor (incl. details on funding, preliminary title and starting date of PhD project),
  • optionally: max. two reference letters,
  • optionally: 1 (one) passport photograph.

Please send regular (i.e. uncertified) copies. These are sufficient during the application process.

If your documents are in a language other than German or English, you need to include copies of the official translation (into German or English) as well.

III. The GGNB office will check the formal requirements for admission upon receipt of the application package:
  • Master's degree with very good grades in the natural sciences or mathematics, including a Master's thesis with a minimum duration of six months.
Please note that due to the peculiarities of the German university system, medical degrees are not considered as equivalent to an MSc in the natural sciences. In case of MSc degrees from abroad, it may be that the faculty requests the fulfillment of additional requirements before the admission to doctoral studies (e.g. an oral exam, a written progress report after 6 months, etc.).
  • English proficiency / language requirements: Candidates have to be fluent in written and spoken English. Candidates whose mother tongue is not English can demonstrate sufficient knowledge of English e.g. by having completed MSc studies in English and also by internationally recognized tests such as TOEFL or IELTS or equivalent achievements. During online application, applicants can indicate proven higher education in English or a reasonably long stay in an English-speaking country, if applicable. Knowledge of the German language is not required, but international students will be offered opportunities to take German courses.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • Free EU/EEA

Students enrolled with the exclusive aim of obtaining a doctoral degree are not required to pay tuition fees unless they are enrolled in another degree programme as well.

Funding

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