Our courses

The objectives of our master's program

The 2018-19 program is still under construction. The information below will be updated shortly.

Oligodendrocytes en culture
Oligodendrocyte culture: myelin (green), cytoskeleton (red) and nuclei (white). © AMU/CNRS, K. Magalon (IBDM) -

Gaining knowledge

The master’s aims to train students in the various fields of neuroscience (molecular and cellular neurobiology, neurodevelopment, neurophysiology, behavioral and cognitive neuroscience…), giving them a common training base as well as skills in one of the two specialties of the master’s.

Repiquage au microscope de Caenorhabditis elegans, laboratoire IBDM. © Inserm, Patrice Latron.
Manipulating Caenorhabditis elegans worms under a binocular microscope. © Inserm, Patrice Latron (IBDM) -

Acquiring skills

With a training for and through research, students learn to work in teams, to elaborate experimental protocols, to manage projects…

Students receive hands-on experience of research through two research traineeships in differents teams : 6-7 weeks during their 1st year (M1) and 2 internships of 15 weeks in M2, interspersed with courses.


Course organization

The neuroscience master’s program is a 2 year-long program. It offers a core of common courses for all students in M1 (overview of various aspects of neuroscience) as well as in M2 (scientific seminars).

Students may also choose courses in 2 paths in M1, which correspond to the two M2 specialities :

  • Specialty 1 : Neurobiology, neurophysiology, neuropathology (N3),
  • Specialty 2 : Integrative & cognitive neuroscience (ICN).

An international path within the EMN-Online master’s program is also available.

The detailed master’s program can be found here (in French). Additional training in information technology (“compétence complémentaire en informatique”) is also available in the second year, which is why computer courses are listed in semesters 3 and 4.

Language of instruction

French is currently the main language of instruction of the master’s program.

However, at the M2 level, some courses are partly given in English and the scientific seminars are entirely in English (courses listed here). We are also encouraging teachers to translate their course material into English.

Some problem-based learning modules could also be offered in English, depending on the presence of foreign students.

Students can already take exams in French or English, whichever they prefer.