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International Program - Graduate School of Systemic Neurosciences, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #63 (QS) ,
The GSN-LMU will help in educating a new generation of neuroscientists not only to have the ability to develop new approaches and methods, but also to possess a broad understanding of the complexity of the scientific subject and a profound knowledge of the theory of science.


Each doctoral student has an individually assigned thesis committee with whom training measures are discussed and defined. Regular meetings and continuous supervision support doctoral students in mastering their challenging research projects. In addition, the training concept of the Graduate School of Systemic Neurosciences also incorporates the development of valuable transferable skills.Scientific and social networking, enhanced by the contacts offered through the international research network of the Munich Center for Neurosciences - Brain & Mind, round off the research training within the GSN-LMU.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
    • Partially taught in German
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The following typical research topics serve as interdisciplinary links between the various fields of systemic neurosciences:
  • single cells to complex systems
  • system analysis to mathematical modelling
  • perception and cognition to mind and neurophilosophy
  • biology to technical solutions

English Language Requirements

You need the following TOEFL iBT ® score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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General Requirements

Language requirements

English is the lingua franca of the programme for both instruction and research, thus a good command of English is required for participation.

Academic requirements

Applicants must hold an MSc or equivalent degree in biology, psychology, medicine, physics or related fields. Exceptionally qualified students holding a Bachelor's degree can apply for the PhD fast-track programme.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    260 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 130 EUR per semester and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    260 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 130 EUR per semester and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for München

  • 1078 - 1690 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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


Funding opportunities within the university
  • 20 start-up grants are available for the first year.

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