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Master internships

In the Master's program, the emphasis is placed on practical laboratory internships in order to best prepare students for research.

First and foremost, the master’s degree prepares students to pursue a PhD and then apply for management positions in public or private research. This is why the emphasis is placed on practical laboratory internships.

In the two “classic” specialties, namely Molecular, Cellular and Integrated Neuroscience (NMCI) and Integrated, Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience (NICC), Master’s students now carry out two laboratory internships in different teams of laboratories* affiliated to the Master’s program for a total of 6 months in the laboratory over the 2 years of the Master’s program. After presentation of the project and approval by the management team, the internship may also take place in another structure (national or international), notably in one of the companies linked to neuroscience in the Marseille region.

Finally, students in the Neuroscience and Biotechnology (NEB) program also do laboratory internships. For more information, visit the EMN-Online site.

Please note that in order for a student to be able to apply to the competition for doctoral contracts at the Doctoral School of Life and Health Sciences, his/her future thesis supervisor must have an Habilitation to Direct Research (HDR) and be attached to neuroscience at the Doctoral School level.

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Poster session 2019 © MEUCCI Ingrid
Poster session 2019 © MEUCCI Ingrid

During the first year (M1)

The internship lasts 4 weeks (1 June - 26 June 2020). At the end of the internship, the student summarizes the objective, the methodological approach and the results obtained with a poster (poster, A0 format).

During the second year (M2)

Starting in September 2019, M2 students will have the choice of doing one internship (5 months) or two internships (2.5 months each) in the period from January 6, 2020 to May 29, 2020. Between their M1 and M2 internships, students are encouraged to change labs in order to discover the widest range of topics. However, a student may return for their M2 internship to the laboratory where they completed their M1 internship.

At the end of the internship, the student presents his/her work in the form of a report and prepares an oral presentation (modalities to come).

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A variety of research

In Marseille, more than 60 teams in 10 research laboratories work in neuroscience with a variety of approaches:

Genomics, proteomics, post-genomics, etc.

Cellular and molecular biology, biochemistry

Cellular and in vivo imaging

Electrophysiology, pharmacology

Neuroanatomy, neuroendocrinology, neurophysiology

Physiological, behavioural, cognitive approaches

Neuropsychology, neuropathology

Brain and Language

Internship FAQ

Do you have any questions about internships? The answers can be found here! 

If you have further questions, please contact us.


In France, when the duration of the internship is more than two months, it is obligatorily paid (with rare exceptions).

Estimate the amount with this online calculator.

Definition of "laboratory"

In France, a laboratory may designate a structure of varying size, sometimes corresponding to an entire institute. The laboratory is subdivided into teams that often include several statutory researchers or teacher-researchers, non-statutory researchers (post-docs), technical staff, doctoral students and trainee students.

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