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Systems Neuroscience, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #101 (ARWU) Göttingen, Germany
The doctoral program "Systems 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.
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Overview

The research-oriented program is taught in English and open to students who hold a Master's degree (or equivalent) in the life sciences, medicine, or related fields.The scientific profile of the program is characterized by the three research foci of the Center for Sytems Neuroscience (CSN): 

  • Translational neuroscience focuses on research that enables the transfer of results from basic science to human diseases. Core topics include neurodegenerative diseases, schizophrenia and neuroprotection. 
  • Functional brain imaging techniques have developed into one of the most versatile tools in neuroscience. In Göttingen a cluster of EEG-labs flanks two groups that operate several MRI systems at different field strengths for the use on humans and experimental animals. Collaborative projects focus on research addressing human brain disorders (incl. rodent models) and sensory information processing.
  • Primates as model organisms: The German Primate Center (DPZ) provides unique opportunities for systems level neuroscience research. Research foci include basic research into higher-level processes in the visual cortex (e.g. attention, motor planning) and clinical research on neurological and psychiatric human diseases (e.g. depression, stress, Parkinson).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    20 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • The training program provides solid basic knowledge of the main topics in systems neuroscience. Students have the opportunity to present and discuss their work outside their laboratory, to interact with senior scientists and to design and organize small, thematically focussed symposia.
  • The program offers seminars and methods courses (e.g. Methods of Behavioral Neuroscience, Human Psychophysics, Functional brain imaging techniques) and lecture series (Current Topics in Systems Neuroscience, Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience and Systems Neuroscience: From Vision to Action). Several mini-symposia per year deal with central scientific topics and methodological approaches in systems neuroscience.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

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.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Göttingen

  • 730 - 1100 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Usually, the research group or department provides funding to their doctoral students in the form of either an employment contract or a scholarship (approx. monthly amount of scholarship or net salary: 1100-1400 EUR).

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