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MASTER IN NEUROSCIENCE

The Master in Neuroscience is organized by the Geneva University Neurocenter (GUN).

An information meeting for the new students will take place Monday, September 18, at 4.15 p.m. in room M2160 (2nd floor) at Uni Mail.

For the FAQ of the master in neuroscience, click here

Objective

The Master in Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary neuroscience program awarded jointly by three faculties from the University of Geneva (Medicine, Psychology and Educational Sciences and Sciences). The master program placed under the responsibility of the Geneva University Neurocenter (GUN) will provide students: a) a broad theoretical knowledge in the domain of neuroscience as well as technical skills specific to this field b) a research training c) an introduction to scientific communication. The master is intended for students with a bachelor degree in Sciences, Medical Sciences, Psychology or any other equivalent degree, willing to pursue a career in neuroscience thorough research or/and education bodies at the university or the hospital. The degree gives access to the Lemanic Doctoral School in neuroscience as well as other advanced studies at the associated faculties (subject to the acquisition of the prerequisite of the chosen faculty).

Study Duration

90 credits must be obtained for the master degree. The minimum study duration is three semesters and the maximum is five semesters.

Start Date

Students can only start the master in neuroscience program in the Fall term.

General Structure of the Program

The Master program has two pillars: The first one is the neuroscience courses with various compulsory and optional modules. The compulsory modules constitute the core curriculum with three axes: a) methodology and statistics, b) cellular and molecular neurobiology, c) cognitive and affective sciences. The optional modules should be taken in the field of neuroscience and are intended to help students to strengthen their personal skills. The compulsory and optional modules account for 30 ECTS. A minimum of 6 ECTS should be obtained by a faculty different from the bachelor one. The second pillar of the program is an important personal research project under the supervision of a GUN group member. In addition, students should take part in an international conference and seminars. The second pillar provides 60 ECTS. The students are doing in the same time both the research project and the courses. Student are expected to be at full-time in their laboratory outside class hours, so at least 2 full days a week for the first two semesters and at almost full-time for the following semesters.

Language

No French or English exam is required for the master in neuroscience admission. But a minimum B2 level in English is strongly recommended as all of the compulsary courses and about one third of the optional courses are given in English.

Admission Requirements

The student can be accepted to the master if she/he fullfills three conditions:
1. The student holds a bachelor of Sciences, Medical Sciences, Psychology or any other degree considered equivalent by the faculties and the GUN committee. Information regarding the equivalence cannot be obtained before the documents submission to the Admission office.
2. The student is accepted by a research lab for the master project according to the schedule below.
3. The student is selected on application (scholastic results and motivation).

Admission procedure

Enrolment process to the master is done through two processes:


Students who are not registered at the University of Geneva

1)Administrative registration from 1 January until 28 February

The administrative registration is done through the Admission office of the University. This immatriculation process is the same for any students applying for any program at UniGe. Please follow the procedure described here. Application deadline is 28 February. For additional information regarding registration procedure, please contact directly the Admission office via the online portal.

2)Application to the Geneva University Neurocenter (GUN) until March 31

The selection committee will base the selection on this application. You need to send a complete application to the GUN consisting of:
- this master application form,
- a curriculum vitae,
- a motivation letter,
- a certified copy of your diplomas,
- a certified copy of your transcripts of bachelor (or any followed program that you think could support your application) only in French or English,
- course description of your previous studies (only bachelor or equivalent) in French or English,
- the laboratory choice form (included in the master application form),
- results to an official English test if possible,
- recommendation letter(s) if possible,
- any other document that could support your application.

Please send the complete file until March 31.
Delphine Jochaut
Geneva University Neurocenter
CMU
Rue Michel-Servet, 1
1211 Geneve 4

The GUN will evaluate your application and directly send your application to the laboratories mentioned in the laboratory choice form over March/April, depending on their availability for a master student project and on their interest in your profile. If you have not been directly contacted by a laboratory for an interview by April 15, please contact the laboratories you are interested in by yourself (by sending CV and motivation letter). You must have found a laboratory before April 30. If you are admitted to the program, you will receive an admission letter at the beginning of May. You will be registered in the faculty of affiliation of your supervisor.

The affiliated research groups approved by the GUN committee is listed here.



Students who are already registered at the University of Geneva

Students finishing their bachelor degree at the University of Geneva should:

1) Register to the master program directly at their current faculty by filling the required form (sciences, psychology, medicine).

2) Send an application file to the GUN, consisting of the following documents, until March 31:

- this master application form,
- a curriculum vitae,
- a motivation letter,
- a copy of your transcripts of bachelor (or any followed program that you think could support your application),
- the laboratory choice form (included in the master application form),
- results to an official English test if possible,
- recommendation letter(s) if possible,
- any other document that could support your application.

Please send the complete file until March 31.
Delphine Jochaut
Geneva University Neurocenter
CMU
Rue Michel-Servet, 1
1211 Geneve 4

The GUN will evaluate your application and directly send your application to the laboratories mentioned in the laboratory choice form between March and September 1st, depending on their availability for a master student project and on their interest in your profile. If you have not been directly contacted by a laboratory for an interview at the end of May, please contact the laboratories your are interested in by yourself (by sending CV and motivation letter). You must have found a laboratory before September 8 to be admitted to the next Fall term. You will be registered in the faculty of affiliation of your supervisor.

The affiliated research groups approved by the GUN committee is listed here

Tuition Fees

Tuitions fees are CHF 500.- per semester.

Contact

For registration or administrative questions, please contact directly the Admission office.

For further information that is not related to registration, please contact directly Delphine Jochaut.

For information regarding living and studying in Geneva, you can contact the Master in neuroscience student association Email: aeng.nsag@gmail.com.