Lab trainings

Above all, the master’s program prepares students to pursue Ph.D. studies then to apply for executive jobs in public or private research. For this reason, we emphasize the importance of practical training in laboratories.

Whichever the specialty they choose, our students complete three research internships, for a total of >9 months of lab training over the 2-year-long master’s program. Please note that students can only train in neuroscience labs affiliated to the neuroscience master’s program! Some teams work on topics related to neuroscience but are affiliated to other programs; this is indicated in our directory, in each laboratory page.

After approval from the program heads, students can also train in another structure (national or international), notably one of the businesses linked to neuroscience in and around Marseilles.

1st year (M1)

At the end of the 1st year (M1), the training lasts 4 weeks (May 27 – June 21, 2019). By the end of the training, the students summarize the purpose of their project, the methodology used and the results through a poster.

2nd year (M2)


The M2 training is divided into 2 three-month-long trainings. From September 2018, the two M2 internships will each last 15 weeks, alternating with the lessons, for a total of 450 hours of presence in the laboratory for each internship.

They must take place in two different LABORATORIES but can deal with related themes and/or use related techniques. A student can return for one of the M2 trainings in the same laboratory as for their M1 internship.

By the end of the training, they present their work in a report of about thirty pages and a 15-minute oral presentation.

neuroscience research fields
Techniques used in Marseille

Diversified research fields

In Marseille, over 60 teams in 12 research laboratories work in the various fields of neuroscience, using a multitude of approaches:

  • Genomics, proteomics, post-genomics
  • Cellular and molecular biology, biochemistry
  • Cellular and in vivo imaging
  • Electrophysiology, pharmacology
  • Neuroanatomy, neuroendocrinology, neurophysiology
  • Physiological, behavioral and cognitive approaches
  • Neuropsychology, neuropathology
  • Brain and language

FAQ about traineeships

Do you have any questions about the traineeships? The answers can be found here! (in French)

If you have any further questions, please contact us.

Training offers

Check the list of trainings currently offered for M1 and M2 students.


In France, when an internship lasts longer than two months, it must be paid by a gratuity (except in rare cases). Estimate the amount of your gratuity through this online calculator.


*"Laboratory" definition

Note that in France, a laboratory may designate a variable-size structure, sometimes corresponding to a whole institute. The laboratory is divided into teams and each team often includes tenured researchers or lecturers, postdocs, technical staff and graduate students.