Neuronale Informationsverarbeitung - Master

Key data on study program


Academic Degree

Restricted admission
Yes, in first semester

Regular duration of studies
4 semester

Is a combination subject required?

Application deadline
Overview of application deadlines

Program start
Winter semester

Language of instruction

Tuition and other fees

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Requirements and application

Per year, 15 places are available and will be awarded according to qualification and experience of the applicant. The recruitment procedure for the master course is three stepped. (written application, subject test, interview)


Target audience: This MSc programme is aimed at students with a first degree in physics, mathematics, computer science, bioinformatics, engineering or a related field who have a strong interest in biomedical and neural science and technical applications. Profound knowledge in maths (linear algebra, analysis), statistics, elementary probability theory, and programming skills in at least one language are compulsory.

Zulassungsbeschränkt für alle Fachsemester. Studienbeginn im ersten Fachsemester immer nur im Wintersemester. Regelstudienzeit 3 Semester.

Englischsprachiger Aufbaustudiengang.

Bewerbungen bis zum 15. Januar über das Onlinebewerbungsportal der Universität Tübingen 

Applicants must provide proof of their English skills. (TOEFL, IELTS,…)

Program details

Computational Neuroscience, neural data analysis and models of neural coding and computation, physical and physiological basis of neural recordings and brain imaging, computational motor control and computational vision, rehabilitation robotics and brain computer interfaces, systems neuroscience and neurophysiology, basic mechanisms of learning and memory, mathematics, statistics and programming, machine learning for neuroscience, theoretical neuroscience, behaviour and cognition 

The Graduate School of Neural Information Processing provides a research-oriented training. The curriculum includes two internships of 7 and 9 weeks, where students have the opportunity to get in contact with the research groups at the BCCN Tübingen, the MPI for Biological Cybernetics, the MPI for intelligent Systems, the Natural and Medical Science Institute (NMI), the Center for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN), the Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research and the University of Tübingen (Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Science).

Scholarships are available for excellent international students.

Cooperation agreements:

BCCN Tübingen

MPI for Biological Cybernetics

MPI for Intelligent Systems

Hertie institute for Clincal Brain Research

Centrum for intergrative Neuroscience

Natural and Medical Science Institute

The masters program will last 24 months and consists of two theoretical units each followed by several weeks lasting labroratory rotation and a six-month’s period where students prepare their master thesis.

Optional time abroad
You may choose to spend some time abroad as part of any study program. You should start planning it 12 to 18 months before your departure. 
Here you will find general information and advice on studying abroad. In addition, some departments have their own subject-specific services providing information on studying abroad.

The Graduate School of Neural Information Processing is an International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) and will provide some scholarships for international students. Nevertheless, international students are asked to also apply for a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

The Graduate School of Neural Information Processing is located - together with the Graduate School of Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience and the Graduate School of Neural & Behavioural Science - in recently renovated rooms in the Anatomical Institute. In total, the rooms of the Graduate Schools comprise classrooms, a study room with library, three offices, and a kitchenette available to students and staff. The rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art multimedia facilities, computer workstations with internet connection, and a small but extensive subject-specific library with neuroscience text books and review journals. Immediately adjacent to the class- and study room are the offices of the dean of study and the course coordinators. 

Facts and figures:

Im Wintersemester 2019/20 sind 16 Studierende eingeschrieben.

After your studies

The graduate program of Neural Information Processing offers a unique curriculum and exciting research opportunities for graduate students who wish to pursue careers in neuroscience in science and academia. The integrated curriculum offered in this program will give students a broad expertise that is not easily achievable in any individual department.

Advice and internships
The University’s Career Service assists with careers orientation and getting started in your profession. Jobs and internships can be found in the Praxisportal.

After the masters program students have the opportunity to continue directly with their doctoral thesis and enter the doctoral Program for neural Information Processing.

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