NeuroSchool offers training in neuroscience from the third year of the bachelor’s degree to the doctorate level. The professionalization of our students is our priority throughout their studies.
Continuing your studies in neuroscience
Joining one of our master’s programs
Are you a third-year undergraduate student, interested in continuing to study neuroscience? Discover our master’s program!
Continuing on to the PhD level
We aim to make our scientific training a tailor-made programme that maximises quality and efficiency, and values individual preferences and skills.
We seek to increase our students’ employability and lead them to satisfying professional lives by improving the personal professional project of each individual and implementing four tracks.
This track is dedicated to students who wish to pursue a career as a researcher or a lecturer in France or abroad. A panel of specialized courses is offered with graded levels of difficulties, including training on scientific writing, while international internships are highly encouraged. Undergraduate students are introduced early to research as they work on small collaborative research projects. New courses and workshops on laboratory management will be included. Finally, a distinctive mentoring of postdoctoral projects will be part of the Individual Career Plans.
NeuroSchool wishes to increase the interactions between basic and clinical research. Both medical and scientific students can attend or organize courses or international workshops on clinical topics. To reinforce the link between research and clinical practice, NeuroSchool will offer ten 1-year PhD fellowships to highly motivated and talented medical or paramedical (orthophonists, orthoptists, physiotherapists, radiographers...) students to do a PhD in neuroscience.
For several years, the master's and doctoral programs have had fruitful interactions with local biotechnology companies. For example, MSc students can do an internshipin a biotech company and benefit from one-week training in business creation while young AMU PhDs in neuroscience can be awarded one-year postdoctoral salaries to work in a biotech linked to neuroscience. Note that all our previous grantees now have long-term contracts in the companies that hired them as postdocs.
Nowadays, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies are eager to hire scientists capable of communicating and linking production to marketing. Furthermore, a growing number of students wish to move towards scientific popularization. Fitting this dual request, we set up a diploma (DESU) in partnership with AMU School of Journalism (EJCAM), which should improve employability.
The professionalization of our students begins in the third year of the bachelor’s degree with the introduction of a Personal professional project (PPP) course, and three courses dedicated to professionalization:
- Labour law, intellectual property, professional ethics
- Quality, safety and occupational risks
- Project management and human resources
Complementary training courses
In 2019, we set up two new complementary training courses:
- DESU “Communication et vulgarisation scientifiques”, in partnership with EJCAM. Fifteen students have benefited from it (5 M1, 5 M2, 5 PhD students).
- CESU “Conception de procédures expérimentales – Rongeurs”, which was able to accommodate 42 M2 students and 6 PhD students.
You can learn more about these trainings in this article about our first graduates.
We regularly conduct interest surveys with supervisors, students and companies about future degrees that would be of interest to them. We are currently working on a future Data science degree (opening planned for July 2021).
We also establish the importance of networking among our students through various actions.
Workshops on writing and correcting CVs, LinkedIn profiles and cover letters are regularly offered to master students and PhD students. Simulated job interviews and professional photos are also available.
One of our missions is to support PhD students and the student association Neuronautes in the preparation of meetings with professionals (Neurotalks, seminars, colloquia etc). We also organized a special session at the NeuroFrance congress entitled “Making a career outside academic research”.
Finally, we regularly update NeuroSchool’s LinkedIn account in order to create an alumni network.