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Neuroscience in Berlin

29/02/2016 - 08:26-9 Comments by | united_kingdom flag

When I decided to delve deeper into the human mind by studying Neuroscience, I undertook much research on where best to go for my Masters. Apart from the desire to venture beyond the UK or Netherlands, I was pretty open to any other country’s programs. So why did I pick Berlin?

Neuroscience Bibles

Neuroscience Bibles

It might surprise you to hear I didn’t select Berlin for the city itself. Indeed to begin with, the fact my ideal program was located in Berlin felt like a drawback (the city won me over in the end). But, despite my hesitance over the city itself, Berlin without a doubt offered the best in-road to neuroscience. Let me tell you why:

The 3 major universities in Berlin research in the field of neuroscience, offering an interconnected academic community spanning all aspects of brain exploration. Computational oriented at the Technical University, interdisciplinary neurobiological and philosophical at the Humboldt University, and interdisciplinary social, cognitive and affective at the Free University; all offer English Master programs as well as PhD opportunities. Established institutes branching off from the universities also exist:

Each of the above institutes hold regular seminars with a diversity of topics and speakers, thereby offering up to date insights into the research happening not just in Berlin or Germany, but across the globe.

In addition, Berlin is home to one of the largest research hospitals in Europe; Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, with many departments focusing on clinical neuroscience research. Charité, in partnership with the above universities, offers neuroscience-focused internships, thesis research opportunities and student jobs. They also offer their own MSc and PhD programs with a strong neurobiological focus.

Berlin also hosts the Max Plank Institute for Human Development, and in nearby Leipzig the Max Plank Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences. Both institutes offer a diverse array of exciting research, and again here, there exists many opportunities for students to get involved through student jobs, structured internships and thesis projects.

Finally, Berlin is actively involved in the annual international ‘Brain Awareness Week‘, as well as hosting many neuroscience specific topics each year within the ‘Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften‘ (Long Night of Science). Both events provide a really fun dimension to neuroscience education, both as an attendee and an administrator!

The pure gold mine of opportunities is of course appealing, but I should also emphasise the strong connectivity between each and every one of the above universities and institutes. There are no barriers to where you can pick up extra classes, attend seminars, explore thesis topics or gain research experience. The neuroscientific community here is open and welcoming. Put simply, if you are interested in something someone is doing, they welcome you unequivocally. For me, that kind of opportunistic network connectivity was worth more than anything else on offer elsewhere.

And the small fact that in the end, the city stole my heart as well as my brain is a topic for another day 🙂

Tags: Career, English Blog Post, German Cities, Student Life

Comments

9 Comments

    i want to engage in Humboldt post doctoral research fellowship in the neural foundations of consciousness. i need a host and a host institute

    Comment by Leonard Onwukwe, Ph.D created 05/01/2017 - 15:16

      Hi,
      thanks for your request and your interest in researching in Germany. Our colleagues of ‘Research in Germany’ can give you the best advice about your research and funding opportunities in Germany. You can find them here: http://www.facebook.com/Research.in.Germany
      Best wishes, your Study in Germany team

      Comment by Redaktion created 10/01/2017 - 08:40

    Am from Nigeria

    Comment by Leonard Onwukwe, Ph.D created 05/01/2017 - 15:17

    Hello! Am from Nigeria and I wish to Apply for masters degree in neuroscience, how would that be possible?

    Comment by Shafiu Umar created 27/09/2017 - 00:13

      Hi,
      you can find master programmes in Neuroscience in our database https://www.study-in.de/en/plan-your-studies/find-programme-and-university/?a=result&q=Neuroscience&degree=37&courselanguage=&locations=&admissionsemester=&sort=name&page=1
      The programme description informs you about the admission procedure and the requirements.
      Best wishes,
      your Study in Germany Team

      Comment by Redaktion created 04/10/2017 - 12:52

    Hi dear ,
    I am from Iran, and I study linguistics in Iran I am interested in language neuroscience , and I want to continue my education in this field , please cab you help me about this , how can I apply? How can I recieve scholarship ?

    Comment by Sara created 04/10/2017 - 10:09

      Hi,
      the application procedure depends on which subject you would like to study and where you come from. On our website you can find more information about the application process. In the section service you can find our helpful guide Ten steps to studying in Germany https://www.study-in.de/en/service/ten-steps-to-studying-in-germany_28447.php

      You can find scholarships for graduate students in the DAAD scholarship database https://www.daad.de/deutschland/stipendium/datenbank/en/21148-scholarship-database/.
      The application requirements are listed in the respective description.
      Best wishes,
      your Study in Germany Team

      Comment by Redaktion created 04/10/2017 - 12:55

    I did read the application from concerning cognitive neuroscience (e.g., brain imaging techniques), and neuropsychology (i.e., how brain lesions affect cognitive processing) and I would like to collaborate with your powerful team as sabbatical leave for 6-9 months.
    How can I apply??
    Kind Regards,

    Comment by azam created 22/10/2017 - 19:12

      Hi,
      the application procedure depends on which subject you would like to study and where you come from. On our website you can find more information about the application process. In the section service you can find our helpful guide Ten steps to studying in Germany https://www.study-in.de/en/service/ten-steps-to-studying-in-germany_28447.php
      Best wishes,
      your Study in Germany Team

      Comment by Redaktion created 06/11/2017 - 08:30

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