Our courses

The objectives of our master's program

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 three paths 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 in one of the classic paths (NMCI or NICC) receive hands-on experience of research through two research traineeships in different teams: 4 weeks during their 1st year (M1) and 21 weeks in M2 (either a 5-month internship or two two and a half month internships).

Course organization

The master of neuroscience is divided into 3 paths:

In the first year of master’s (M1), the NMCI, NICC and NEB paths offer a common training base , i.e. 6 common courses in semester 1.

During semester 2, all paths begin to specialize through the offered electives, which lead to the 3 distinct paths of the master’s second year.

New courses are offered in each path for 2018-2019, notably about study-to-work transitions.

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 seminar is 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.