Welcome to the Elite Graduate Program M.Sc. Biomedical Neuroscience


The brain represents one of the most challenging frontiers in science. While the precise function and inner working of other organs is well known, the brain–the organ that allows us to feel, think and act–remains very poorly understood. Not suprisingly, without a thorough scientific base, treatments for disturbances of higher brain functions, such as dementia or other psychiatric disorders, remain speculative and ineffective. At the same time, new technological advances in molecular biology, genetics, imaging and data sciences are revolutionizing the way we can investigate the brain. Such new technology allow to obtain complete molecular inventories (‚omics‘), monitor and record the activity of large numbers of neurons while an organism acts, and emulate brain processes in increasingly sophisticated and ‚intelligent‘ models. Neuroscience is therefore a very quickly developing field that is still in ist infancy: great discoveries lie ahead.

The aim of our MSc study program „Biomedical Neuroscience“ is to provide students with the interdisciplinary tools required to be part of these future discoveries in all areas of modern neuroscience: a broad spectrum that spans from systems neuroscience to disease-related research in neurology or psychiatry, and encompasses everything in between.

Our MSc program is part of the TUM School of Medicine, is funded by the Elite Network of Bavaria and is closely linked to the Excellence Cluster SyNergy  (links are external). We are looking for highly motivated graduates holding a BSc or an equivalent 3-year degree in the natural, data, life or physical sciences, but also medical or cognitive sciences.

Our MSc is a small (app. 15 students) interdisciplinary program with expert faculty from the basic neurosciences, as well as from neurology, neuropathology and psychiatry. The curriculum covers all levels of neuroscience from molecules to systems. The small size of the program allows us to emphasize individualized study and career mentoring.

We strongly believe in ‘learning-by-doing’ and that science is taught in the lab, not in the classroom. Students are therefore assigned, from day one, to faculty labs, and can flexibly choose a number of lab assignments as part of their training. At the same time, we provide in-depth theory and practice classes on all aspects of neuroscience to account for the diverse background of our students, with special focus on programming, data analysis and transferable skills training, mostly in a flexible flipped-classroom format.The primary aim is to prepare you for a PhD, e.g. in one of our collaborating PhD programs, which can be accessed via a special ‘PhD transition track’ – or for a career in industry and biotech.

To see a schematic summary of the highlights  and the curriculum of our program, follow this link.
For a comprehensive description of the program’s curriculum, please refer to the degree program documentation.



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Upcoming Event: TUM Master’s Day 2023
Come by and visit us at our virtual booth on the TUM Master’s Day 2023 on March 20th. From 11 :00 am – 1:00 pm we will have a info session with a short presentation and you can ask all your questions. 



Joint German-Israeli International Summer School „Imaging behavior“ in Berchtesgaden

From September 17th-23rd 2022 our students from the Elite Master Program “Biomedical Neuroscience” met together with students from our partner the Hebrew University, Jerusalem at the TUM Forschungsstation N. Schwarz located in the Berchtesgadener Alps for the Joint German-Israeli International Summer School on „Imaging behavior “.

The retreat focused on building the tools and learning the techniques to image activity in the brain of larval zebrafish. Thereby the students performed a – albeit simple – systems neuroscience experiment to reveal what the brain ‘does’, while an animal behaves.

Beside this intense scientific program, social events - including a guided tour through a salt mine and hiking tour along the Königssee - facilitated the interactions between Israeli and German students.