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Courses are jointly proposed by the faculty of Medicine, the faculty of Psychology and Educational sciences (FPSE), the faculty of Science, and the faculty of economics (GSEM).

* Course given once every two years (7312D given in 2019/20, 751235 not given in 2019/20, 24N09 given in 2019/20)

** Limited number of students

*** Under conditions of relevant knowledge in statistics

Mandatory courses : Neurobiology

Course number Course name Organizing lecturer Institution/Faculty Language ECTS Schedule
24N01 Principles of neurobiology I Daniel Huber Medicine (Neurocenter) English 3 Fall, Tu 16:00-18:00
24N11 Principles of neurobiology II Daniel Huber Medicine (Neurocenter) English 3 Fall, We 16:00-18:00
Total

Mandatory courses : Methodology

Course number Course name Organizing lecturer Institution/Faculty Language ECTS Schedule
14B057 Statistics and probability José Manuel Nunes Science English 3 Fall, Mo 14:00-17:00
24N05 Techniques for investigating brain functions Christoph Michel Medicine (Neurocenter) English 3 Fall, Th 16:00-18:00
Total

Mandatory courses : Affective and cognitive neuroscience

Course number Course name Organizing lecturer Institution/Faculty Language ECTS Schedule
24N03 Introduction to cognitive and affective neuroscience Patrik Vuilleumier Medicine (Neurocenter) English 3 Spring, Fr 10:00-12:00
24N10 Clinical and experimental neuropsychology Roberta Ronchi Medicine (Neurocenter) English 3 Spring, We 18:00-20:00
Total

Optional courses : Affective and social neurosciences

Course number Course name Organizing lecturer Institution/Faculty Language ECTS Schedule
751007 Affect et consommation alimentaire Géraldine Coppin FPSE (Psycho) French 3 Fall, Fr 10:00-12:00
751035 Neuropsychologie des émotions et neuroscience affectives Didier Grandjean and Leonardo Ceravolo FPSE (Psycho) French 3 Spring, We 14:00-16:00
751036 Neurosciences affectives (TP) Didier Grandjean FPSE (Psycho) French 3 Spring, Tu 12:00-14:00
751037 Approches cognitives de l’émotion David Sander FPSE (Psycho) French 3 Fall, Tu 14:00-16:00
751042 Emotions positives et recherche de récompenses Eva Pool FPSE (Psycho) French 3 Spring, Mo 8:00-10:00
751610 Affect et prise de décision Tobias Brosch FPSE (Psycho) French 3 Spring, Mo 10:00-12:00
751522 Integration of brain and body signals in affective sciences David Rudrauf FPSE (Psycho) English 3 Sp Fr 8:00-10:00
Total 12

Optional courses : Artificial intelligence

Course number Course name Organizing lecturer Institution/Faculty Language ECTS Schedule
13X005 Intelligence artificielle: Principes et méthodes Stéphane Marchand-Maillet Sciences French 4 Fall, We, 8:00-10:00 (theory) and Th, 14:15-16:00 (exercices)
S403011 Machine learning*** Sebastian Engelke GSEM (Economie) English 6 Spring, We, 10:00-12:00 Th 12:00-14:00
Total 12

Optional courses : Attention and cognition

Course number Course name Organizing lecturer Institution/Faculty Language ECTS Schedule
751200 Mémoire Radek Ptak FPSE (Psycho) French 3 Sp Mo 16:00-18:00
7312D Neurobiologie de la représentation spatiale* Roland Maurer FPSE (Psycho) French 3 Spring, Mo 12:00-14:00
751202 Attention et fonctions exécutives Dirk Kerzel FPSE (Psycho) French 3 Spring, We 16:00-18:00
751240 Corps et cognition : l’embodiment Corrado Corradi Dell’Acqua FPSE (Psycho) French 3 Fall, Mo 8:00-10:00
24N07 Neurobiology of vigilance states Laurence Bayer Médecine English 3 Spring, Th 16:00-18:00
751003 Neuropsychologie de la musique Clara James FPSE (Psycho) French 3 Spring, We 10:00-12:00
751041 Neuropsychologie de l’habitude Julie Péron FPSE (Psycho) French 3 Sp Fr 12:00-14:00
751204 Neuropsychologie cognitive Virginie Descloux FPSE (Psycho) French 6 Spring, We 18:00-20:00
751235 Modèles non symboliques des fonctions cognitives* Roland Maurer FPSE (Psycho) French 3 Spring, Mo 12:00-14:00
14B043 Introduction à la biologie du comportement André Langaney Science French 3 Annual, Th 10:15-11:50
Total 12

Optional courses : Bioethics

Course number Course name Organizing lecturer Institution/Faculty Language ECTS Schedule
13B003 Bioéthique (version 1) Christine Clavien, Samia Hurst Sciences French 6 Annual, Th 12:30-14:00
13B003 Bioéthique (version 1) Christine Clavien, Samia Hurst Sciences French 3 Fall, Th 12:30-14:00
24N09 Science and Ethics: Inputs from Neuroscience, Genetics and Evolution* Christine Clavien, Samia Hurst Medicine English 3 Spring, Th 10:00-12:00
Total 12

Optional courses: Clinical neurosciences and brain dysfunctions

Course number Course name Organizing lecturer Institution/Faculty Language ECTS Schedule
75113E Troubles du sommeil et fonctionnement psychologique Ralph Erich Schmidt FPSE (Psycho) French 3 Fall, Tu 18:00-20:00
751110 Neuropsychologie clinique de l'adulte Julie Péron FPSE (Psycho) French 3 Fall, Mo 10:00-12:00
751112 Psychopathologie cognitive Grazia Ceschi FPSE (Psycho) French 3 Fall, We 8:00-10:00
751136 Neuropsychologie clinique intégrative des affections démentielles Anne Claude Juillerat Van der Linden FPSE (Psycho) French 3 Spring, Tu 16:00-18:00
Total 12

Optional courses: Development and plasticity

Course number Course name Organizing lecturer Institution/Faculty Language ECTS Schedule
751337 Vieillissement cognitif et différences individuelles Alexandra Hering FPSE (Psycho) French 3 Spring, We 10:00-12:00
751339 Brain plasticity and development Daphné Bavelier FPSE (Psycho) English 3 Spring, Fr 12:00-14:00
Neuropsychologie de l’enfant et de l’adolescent Mayor FPSE (Psycho) French 3
751338 Développement cognitif dans une perspective de Life-Span Mathias Kliegel FPSE (Psycho) French 3 Spring, 2 Saturdays 9:15-16:30
14B077 Vulnerability of the central nervous system in aging and degenerative dementia: Molecular bases Armand Savioz Sciences English 3 Fall, Fr 12:00-14:00
13B010 Génétique moléculaire du développement François Karch, Brigitte Galliot, Jozsef Zakany, Wanda Buzgariu Sciences French 6 Annual, Fr 8:00-10:00
Total 12

Optional courses: Functional neuroanatomy

Course number Course name Organizing lecturer Institution/Faculty Language ECTS Schedule
24N02 Introducing the human brain: from structures to function** Joszef Kiss, Charles Quairiaux Medicine English 3 Spring, Tu 16:00-18:00
Total 12

Optional courses: Language and communication

Course number Course name Organizing lecturer Institution/Faculty Language ECTS Schedule
75400 Neuropsychologie du langage chez l'adulte I Marina Laganaro FPSE (Psycho) French 3 Fall, We 10:00-12:00
75415 Troubles du langage chez l’enfant Hélène Delage FPSE (Psycho) French 3 Fall, Tu 14:00-16:00
751201 Langage Julie Franck FPSE (Psycho) French 3 Spring, We 14:00-16:00
751241 Neurosciences du langage Narly Golestani FPSE (Psycho) French 3 Spring, Fr 10:00-12:00 every 2 weeks
Total 12

Optional courses: Methodology

Course number Course name Organizing lecturer Institution/Faculty Language ECTS Schedule
751513 Introduction à la programmation d’expériences Dirk Kerzel, Andres Posada FPSE (Psycho) French 3 Fall, Tu 10:00-12:00
751521 Analyse univariée des données : introduction au modèle linéaire David Rudrauf FPSE (Psycho) French 3 Fall, Th 8:00-10:00
751500 Analyse de données multivariées Julien Chanal FPSE (Psycho) French 3 Fall, Tu 8:00-10:00
7414F Introduction to signal processing in psychology, psychophysiology neuroimaging David Rudrauf FPSE (Psycho) English 6 Annual, Mo 16:00-18:00
24N04 PET and MRI Imaging in Neuroscience Philippe Millet, François Lazeyras, Nathalie Ginovart Medicine English 4 Spring, Th 14:00-16:00
13X004 Imagerie numérique Svyatoslav Voloshynovskyy Science French 8 Annual, Fall Fr 10:00-12:00 and Spring Fr 13:00-15:00
14B012 Scientific writing and communication** Michelle Price Science English 4 Spring, Th 15:00
14F001 Elements of bioinformatics Amos Marc Bairoch, Marie-Claude Blatter Science French 5 Fall, Mo 8:00-12:00
14F012 Elements of proteomics and metabolomics: translation to human diseases Natacha Turck, Serge Rudaz Science English 3 Fall, Th 14:00-16:00
Total 12

Optional courses : Neuroeconomics

Course number Course name Organizing lecturer Institution/Faculty Language ECTS Schedule
S403062 Interdisciplinary Methods and Models in Neuroeconomics Kerstin Preuschoff GSEM (Economics) English 3 Spring, We 9:15-13:00 or 17:00
S403052 Introduction to Neuroeconomics and Neurofinance Kerstin Preuschoff GSEM (Economics) English 3 Spring, We 9:15-13:00 or 17:00
S401018 Consumer Research** Benjamin Scheibehenne GSEM (Economics) French 6 Spring, Tu 10:00-12:00 and 14:00-16:00
Total 12

Optional courses : Perception

Course number Course name Organizing lecturer Institution/Faculty Language ECTS Schedule
14C031 Perfume and flavour chemistry Christian Chapuis, Christian Margot Science English 6 Fall, Tu 13:00-15:00
Total 12

Program requirements

Research project

Presence : The student is expected to be at full time in his/her laboratory outside class hours meaning about 2 full days a week in the first two semesters and at full time in the following semesters. Lab life :The student is a member of a research team and is expected to participate to the laboratory life, to be present and to attend team meetings.  

Pedogagogic supervision

Regular report : At the end of each semester, you are asked to fill and send this report to the coordinator of the Master. This report aims at checking your progress in your research project. Neuroscience Masters’ day : This event takes place every year in December and is mandatory for every student currently enrolled in the program. Each student must present a poster about his/her work and/or do an oral presentation to get a feedback. Ponctual help : At any time during your master, you can ask a meeting with the coordinator of the master who can help you to overview the progress of your research project.

Seminars and conferences attendance

Seminar sheet : to make fill and sign and to bring for your defense You have to attend at least 15 seminars given to the neuroscience community :

  • of the UNIGE (Brain and Cognition seminar, seminar of the department of fundamental neuroscience
  • of other organizers provided the topic fits with neuroscience (please send an email to delphine.jochaut@unige.ch to validate that an external conference can be taken into account).

PLEASE SUBSCRIBE TO THE MAILING LIST NEUROMASTER LIST TO GET INFORMATION ABOUT SEMINARS (cf. FAQ) You will also have to present your work during a lab meeting or a seminar.

10 days internship

Internship sheet : to make fill and sign by the laboratory and to bring for your defense You have to accomplish a 10 days internship in another laboratory (different from where you conduct your research).  

Academic dates

Below you will find all important academic dates. Please note that there is no exams registration period, as it’s done automatically from your courses registration in each faculty.

Faculty Medecine FPSE Science
FALL SEMESTER
Start of classes Monday, September 17th, 2018 Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 Monday, September 17th, 2018
End of classes Friday, December 21st, 2018 Friday, December 21st, 2018 Friday, December 21st, 2018
Course registration From Monday, October 8th to Monday, October 15th (included), 2018 From Monday, October 1st to Monday, October 8th, 2018 From Tuesday, October 16th to Monday, October 22th, 2018
Ceremony for recent graduates Thursday, November 15th, 2018
Christmas break From Saturday, 22th December, 2018 to Sunday, January 6th, 2019 From Saturday, 22th December, 2018 to Sunday, January 6th, 2019 From Saturday, 22th December, 2018 to Sunday, January 6th, 2019
Start of the exam session Monday, January 14st, 2019 Monday, January 14st, 2019 Monday, January 21st 2019
End of the exam session Friday, January 18th 2019 Friday, February 1st 2019 Friday, February 8th 2019
SPRING SEMESTER
Start of classes Monday, February 18th, 2019 Monday, February 18th, 2019 Monday, February 18th, 2019
End of classes Friday, May 24th Thursday, April 18th Friday, May 31th
Eastern break From Saturday, April 20th to Sunday, April 28th 2019 From Saturday, April 20th to Sunday, April 28th 2019 From Saturday, April 20th to Sunday, April 28th 2019
Start of the exam session Monday, May 20th, 2019 Monday, May 27th, 2019 Tuesday, June 11th, 2019
End of the exam session Friday, May 31st, 2019 Friday, June 14th, 2019 Friday, June 28th, 2019
Registration for the retake exams session Automatic if failure in the session 2017 or a spring session 2018 From Tuesday, July 16th to Monday, July 22th, 2019
Start of the retake exam session Monday, August 26th, 2019 Monday, August 19th, 2019 Monday, August 26th, 2019
End of the retake exam session Friday, September 13th, 2019 Friday, September 6th, 2019 Friday, September 6th, 2019

Exams

Exams dates

2019, SPRING SEMESTER

24N02 Introducing the human brain : from structures to function: Tuesday, May 28th, 1-6 pm

24N03 Introduction to cognitive and affective neuroscience: Friday, May 24th, 2019, 10-12 am CMU, Room S4-S5

24N04 PET and MRI imaging in neuroscience : Questions given on Thursday, May 16th, answers to be sent at the latest on Thursday, May 30th to philippe.millet@hcuge.ch

24N07 Neurobiology of vigilance states: Monday, May 27th, 10-12 am, CMU Room A04.2926

24N10 Clinical and experimental neuropsychology: Wednesday, May 29th, 2019, 4-6 pm, CMU Room C150   

Registration to exams

The registration to courses must be done via your Unige online portal (MyUnige.ch). After a (about) 3-weeks long period, you will receive an automatic email from your faculty of enrolment stating the period of registration to courses is opened. You can only register to courses within this period. You will then be automatically registered for the corresponding exams. Caution! Only the last record is taken into account. Then print the sheet that describes your records.

Exams failure

You are allowed to take an exam only twice. If you fail a compulsory course after the second attempt, you are excluded from the master. If you fail an optional course after the second attempt, you have to take another optional course to get the necessary credits, but you are not excluded from the master.

FAQ

  • How to find an accommodation at the University of Geneva?

    See http://www.unige.ch/dife/bulog/accueil.html. On this site, you will find offers of housing in residences and in private. Make the effort to go and visit! However, to have access to this information, you must be definitively registered at the university. You can also contact the students association : Email: aeng-gnsa@unige.ch Website: https://aenggnsa.wixsite.com/neuroscienceunige

  • How / when will I be definitely registered to the master ?

    To complete the registration process, you must go to the student administrative center (Uni Dufour, Suite 222) with: registration certificate, ID card, the original secondary and university degrees as well as the original of the ex-registration certificate of your former university (if you change university). You can get there before the start of classes or during your appointment.

  • How to get a student card ?

    The student administration center will provide you with a student card and the payment slip for the semester. You will have to pay quickly in order to validate your card into an electronic pay point at the University. From this stage, you will have access to a course certificate on your UNIGE portal and the opportunity to register for exams and courses. Do these steps as soon as possible because no student card means no internet access and no possibility to register to courses and exams.

  • How much does it cost for a semester?

    Tuitions fees are about CHF 500.- per semester.

  • Will I get a salary during my master?

    There is no salary offered to master students. The lab in which you will conduct your research will only cover the costs of your project. In some cases, some labs may cover costs for conferences.

  • Compulsory courses, language and exam conditions

    Neuroscience compulsory courses are given in English and thus the exams corresponding are in English. You can ask the person in charge of a course you are following to make a French version of the exam if the language is a problem. There is however no guarantee for this, the teacher in charge of the course can indeed freely refuse to prepare a French version of the exam.

  • Optional courses, which language?

    Some optional courses are given in French and others in English. For the optional courses given in French, the exams are in French. You can ask the person in charge of the course if there is a possibility to make an English version of the questions. The same applies for courses given in English.

  • How do I get the documents related to a course?

    Some courses have a Chamilo platform where you can download the course presentation. You need to register to that course in that platform in order to get the documents and to receive notifications about schedule changes. Please note that registration to a course in Chamilo is not considered as an “official” course registration.

  • What to do in case of a failed exam ?

    If you fail an exam, you have a three months deadline to consult your copy. For more information: http://www.unige.ch/dife/echec/Facteurs/facteursacademiques.html In the Master in Neuroscience, whenever you fail an exam, you are directly registered for the remedial session in August. You are allowed to take an exam only twice. If you fail a compulsory course after the second attempt, you are excluded from the master. If you fail an optional course after the second attempt, you have to take another optional course to get the necessary credits, but you are not excluded from the master.

  • How will I receive my grades after an exam session?

    You simply have to go on the university website under the “Students” tab and then under “LIENS UTILES” choose “Portail UNIGE”. You can then enter your university login and password. It is the same platform in which you register for courses and exams. You will be able to see your provisional results under the tab “proces-verbal examens”. You will receive the “final transcript” by mail.

  • How can I receive information on neuroscience and seminars in Geneva area?

    Please subscribe to this mailing list : neuromasterlist@listes.unige.ch In order to subscribe to this list, send an email to sympa@listes.unige.ch from the address you want to subscribe to the list. Leave the subject blank and write the following command in the message body : subscribe neuromasterlist Firstname Name

  • How should my report be?

    You will have to write a short research manuscript in a format like a small thesis. It has to be structured as follows: introduction; (bibliographical research); experimental protocol; results; results analysis; discussion; conclusion. The report must contain at least 20 pages. A more detailed document about the format of the thesis and the defense is available here.

  • How long does the defense last?

    The final oral exam consists of 30 minutes of presentation followed by 30 minutes of questions.

  • Who are the members of the jury?

    The jury is composed of the research director and two members of the teaching profession. At least two of the five different institutions (FPSE, Science, University Medical Center, Geneva University Hospital and Department of Psychiatry-Belle-idée) have to be represented in the jury. For more information, see article 9b in the Master in Neuroscience Regulation. The supervisor needs to have the examination report during the oral exam. This document can be found on this link: https://chamilo.unige.ch/home/courses/MASTERNEUROSCIENCE/index.php Please not that you need to make validate your jury by the coordinator of the master some weeks before your defense and inform her about the date of your defense.

  • How to book a room for my defense ?

    You need to book a room by yourself by filling this online form : http://www.unige.ch/batiment/service-logistique/prestations/reservation-salles/

  • Which documents are necessary to get the diploma?

    I am a student registered in the Faculty of Medicine The Neurocenter must be in possession of the documents listed below, duly completed and signed: – The evaluation report paper (procès-verbal d’évaluation) – The seminar sheet – The training letter – The cover letter of your thesis These documents can be downloaded from: https://chamilo.unige.ch/home/courses/MASTERNEUROSCIENCE/index.php Once you have passed the oral exam, you need to send or bring all of these documents the coordinator of the master. You are also asked to provide an electronic copy of your thesis to the coordinator of the master (pdf format, by email or via Wetransfer for example if the thesis is too heavy).   I am a student registered in the Faculty of Science The student secretariat of the faculty of science must be in possession of the documents listed below, duly completed and signed: – The evaluation report paper (procès-verbal d’évaluation) – The seminar sheet – The training letter – The cover page of the research report (page de garde des mémoires) These documents can be downloaded from: https://chamilo.unige.ch/home/courses/MASTERNEUROSCIENCE/index.php Once you have passed the oral exam, you need to send or bring all of these documents to the coordinator of the master who will forward them to your faculty. You are also asked to provide an electronic copy of your thesis to the coordinator of the master (pdf format, by email or via Wetransfer for example if the thesis is too heavy).   – I am a student registered in the Faculty of Psychology The student secretariat of the faculty of psychology must be in possession of the documents listed below, duly completed and signed no later than the Wednesday following the last day of the examination session: – The evaluation report paper of the FPSE ( procès-verbal d’évaluation du mémoire de recherche) – The research certificate indicating the type of desired diffusion (attestation de recherche mentionnant le type de diffusion souhaitée) – The cover page of the research report (page de garde des mémoires) – The library submission page (page pour le dépôt à la bibliothèque de la FPSE) – An electronic version of the thesis on CD (version informatisée du mémoire sur support CD) These documents are available for download on the web pages of FPSE: Intranet des étudiants -> Documents psychologie -> Maîtrises universitaires -> Recherches AND THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS: – The evaluation report paper (procès-verbal d’évaluation) – The seminar sheet – The training letter These documents can be downloaded from: https://chamilo.unige.ch/home/courses/MASTERNEUROSCIENCE/index.php Once you have passed the oral exam, you need to send or bring all of these documents to the coordinator of the master who will forward them to your faculty. You are also asked to provide an electronic copy of your thesis to the coordinator of the master (pdf format, by email or via Wetransfer for example if the thesis is too heavy).

  • Working in Geneva

    Europeans holding a B permit are allowed to work as soon as arrived in Switzerland. However, their working time must not exceed 15 hours per week. For international people holding a permit, it is possible to find a job but only after a period of six months and again for a number of hours not exceeding 15 hours per week.

  • SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

    The BUIS is in charge of taking care of scholarship applications. You can contact this link for more information: http://cms.unige.ch/buis/index.php/aides-financieres To benefit from a scholarship, you need to be registered at the University of Geneva and you need to have passed a first school year in this University. There are other conditions that you can find here: http://cms.unige.ch/buis/index.php/component/attachments/download/17 You can make an appointment with a social worker of the BUIS to discuss the possibilities available for you.

Contact

For immatriculation questions, please contact directly the Admission office. For question regarding courses and exams registration, please contact the secretariat of the Faculty in which you are enrolled. For further information, please contact directly Delphine Jochaut. For information regarding living and studying in Geneva, you can contact the Master in neuroscience student association Email: aeng-gnsa@unige.ch  website: https://aenggnsa.wixsite.com/neuroscienceunige