The Neuramus Programme in Different Domains of Neuroscience

Deadline: 15 December 2012
Open to: All interested students in Europe and elsewhere
Scholarship: For Category A students: € 4,000 per semester (16,000€ for the 2 year-programme),For Category B students: € 2,000 per semester (8,000€ for the 2 year-programme)


Neurasmus is a 2-year (120 ECTS) full-time Neuroscience study programme taught in English, with a strong emphasis on training in cutting-edge techniques in all major topics of brain research, from molecules to cognition. Its main objective is to foster Neuroscience education and train new brain scientists, by offering a unique interdisciplinary and integrated approach of normal brain function and of brain diseases. Students become qualified to formulate appropriate questions and propose and apply effective investigations to complex Neuroscience issues. They also learn to work in team effort as well as autonomously, to interpret and communicate results effectively and to find applications in order to reach to clinical, pharmaceutical and biotechnological targets.
The 6 Neurasmus Consortium partners (Université Bordeaux Segalen, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, UMG Universitätsmedizin Göttingen, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Universidade de Coimbra, Université Laval) offer a diversity of expertise that covers all fields of modern neuroscience: from neurogenetics and neurogenomics, cellular and molecular neurobiology, neurophysiology, neurophotonics, physiology and pathophysiology of neural plasticity, to medical neurosciences. The Neuramus Programme starts with a compulsory introduction session in Bordeaux at the end of August. This general meeting brings together all the students and representatives of the different partner universities.
Semester 1 and 2:
Students are introduced to the different domains of Neuroscience and provided with the basic knowledge they need through a commonly agreed core curriculum (core courses). In addition, every student conducts research projects (lab rotations) in different participating departments. Research projects involve experimental work, data analysis and a written lab report. Year 1 ends by a common workshop at the end of June / beginning of July, driven by hot topics and followed by a meeting dedicated to extensive debriefing and quality assessing and improvement of the programme.
Semester 3:
Optional courses are offered in 4 places only: Amsterdam, Berlin, Bordeaux and Laval. The choice of the optional courses available in these different places, in association to the initial track, shapes the tenor of the subspeciality training gained by the student. The combination is still organized to allow mandatory mobility.
Semester 4:
Students complete a 5 to 6 month research project or industrial placement leading to a Master Thesis .
Year 2 ends by a 2nd common workshop at the end of June and a Graduation Ceremony in August.
The Programme also includes intensive language training . Students are required to follow the proposed courses. They are introduced to the basics and provided with the necessary skills for everyday life in at least 2 European languages.At the end of the first semester (December), each student, helped by supervisors, elaborates a Personal Training Plan, which goal is to tailor a transversal and interdisciplinary education and training in the research field he is interested in and to prepare his thesis work for the best.


  • The Neurasmus Erasmus Mundus Master Course is open to all interested students in Europe and elsewhere.
  • Excellent proficiency in English is required. The Candidates should provide one of the following English certificates with min. score:
    IELTS: 6.5 (with no score below 6),
    Paper-based TOEFL: 580,
    Computer-based TOEFL: 237,
    Internet-based TOEFL: 92,
    Certificate of Advanced English: B/C,
    Certificate of Proficiency in English: B/C.
  • Native speakers, candidates who’ve studied in an English-speaking country and candidates whose curriculum was entire held in English are exempted (official proof required).
  • Candidates should possess a Bachelor’s degree (180 ECTS) in biology, pharmacy, biochemistry, biomedical sciences or psychology. Interest in the field of Neuroscience has to be provided by candidates with a Bachelor’s degree in another subject (chemistry, physics, computer science).
  • A Candidate who is currently enrolled in the last year of Bachelor at the time of application is allowed to apply, provided – in case he/she is admitted – he/she submits a proof of graduation before the Neurasmus programme starts, i.e. before August.


EMMC participation costs are covered by the EU grant for Erasmus Mundus scholarship-holders (i.e. scholarship-holders do not have to pay the fees that are including in the European grant received by the Consortium), or paid directly by self-funding students to the Neurasmus Secretariat.
Students are then entitled to the following support and services:
access to the Neurasmus welcome days,
access to all Neurasmus courses and workshops delivered under the Main Study Track and Student Personal Training Plan
assistance from the student services of the partner universities in accordance with regulations of student services,
use of libraries in accordance with library regulations of the partner universities,
use of information technology infrastructures in accordance with the specific regulations of the partner universities,
access to extra curriculum activities organized within the Neurasmus Programme,
insurance coverage in line with the minimum requirements for the health and accident insurance coverage of Erasmus Mundus Action 1 and Action 2 set by the European Agency.
Irrespective of the chosen study track:
For Category A students: € 4,000 per semester (16,000€ for the 2 year-programme),
For Category B students: € 2,000 per semester (8,000€ for the 2 year-programme).

How to apply

  • Strongly convincing letter of motivation/statement of intent (1-2pages);
  • Strongly convincing recommendation letters by two academics and/or professional bodies;
  • GRE is highly appreciated. (Graduate Record Examinations – Revised General Test);
  • Demonstrated interest in the field of Neuroscience and adequacy for the course (interview to pre-selected students).
  • Application form.

Prof. Daniel VOISIN
Programme Coordinator

Administrative Manager

Neurasmus Secretariat
Université Bordeaux Segalen
Bureau Europe – D.A.E.R.I. case 143
146 rue Léo Saignat
33 076 Bordeaux cedex
Phone: 00 33 (0)5 57 57 46 78
Fax: 00 33 (0)5 57 57 15 57

The Official Website

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