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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 numberCourse nameOrganizing lecturerInstitution/FacultyLanguageECTSSchedule
24N01Principles of neurobiology IDaniel HuberMedicine (Neurocenter)English3Fall, Tu 16:00-18:00
24N11Principles of neurobiology IIDaniel HuberMedicine (Neurocenter)English3Fall, We 16:00-18:00
Total

Mandatory courses : Methodology

Course numberCourse nameOrganizing lecturerInstitution/FacultyLanguageECTSSchedule
14B057Statistics and probabilityJosé Manuel NunesScienceEnglish3Fall, Mo 14:00-17:00
24N05Techniques for investigating brain functionsChristoph MichelMedicine (Neurocenter)English3Fall, Th 16:00-18:00
Total

Mandatory courses : Affective and cognitive neuroscience

Course numberCourse nameOrganizing lecturerInstitution/FacultyLanguageECTSSchedule
24N03Introduction to cognitive and affective neurosciencePatrik VuilleumierMedicine (Neurocenter)English3Spring, Fr 10:00-12:00
24N10Clinical and experimental neuropsychologyRoberta RonchiMedicine (Neurocenter)English3Spring, We 18:00-20:00
Total

Optional courses : Affective and social neurosciences

Course numberCourse nameOrganizing lecturerInstitution/FacultyLanguageECTSSchedule
751007Affect et consommation alimentaireGéraldine CoppinFPSE (Psycho)French3Fall, Fr 10:00-12:00
751035Neuropsychologie des émotions et neuroscience affectivesDidier Grandjean and Leonardo CeravoloFPSE (Psycho)French3Spring, We 14:00-16:00
751036Neurosciences affectives (TP)Didier GrandjeanFPSE (Psycho)French3Spring, Tu 12:00-14:00
751037Approches cognitives de l’émotionDavid SanderFPSE (Psycho)French3Fall, Tu 14:00-16:00
751042Emotions positives et recherche de récompensesEva PoolFPSE (Psycho)French3Spring, Mo 8:00-10:00
751610Affect et prise de décision Tobias BroschFPSE (Psycho)French3Spring, Mo 10:00-12:00
751522Integration of brain and body signals in affective sciencesDavid RudraufFPSE (Psycho)English3Sp Fr 8:00-10:00
Total12

Optional courses : Artificial intelligence

Course numberCourse nameOrganizing lecturerInstitution/FacultyLanguageECTSSchedule
13X005Intelligence artificielle: Principes et méthodesStéphane Marchand-MailletSciencesFrench4Fall, We, 8:00-10:00 (theory) and Th, 14:15-16:00 (exercices)
S403011Machine learning***Sebastian EngelkeGSEM (Economie)English6Spring, We, 10:00-12:00 Th 12:00-14:00
Total12

Optional courses : Attention and cognition

Course numberCourse nameOrganizing lecturerInstitution/FacultyLanguageECTSSchedule
751200MémoireRadek PtakFPSE (Psycho)French3Sp Mo 16:00-18:00
7312DNeurobiologie de la représentation spatiale*Roland MaurerFPSE (Psycho)French3Spring, Mo 12:00-14:00
751202Attention et fonctions exécutivesDirk KerzelFPSE (Psycho)French3Spring, We 16:00-18:00
751240Corps et cognition : l’embodimentCorrado Corradi Dell’AcquaFPSE (Psycho)French3Fall, Mo 8:00-10:00
24N07Neurobiology of vigilance statesLaurence BayerMédecineEnglish3Spring, Th 16:00-18:00
751003Neuropsychologie de la musiqueClara JamesFPSE (Psycho)French3Spring, We 10:00-12:00
751041Neuropsychologie de l’habitudeJulie PéronFPSE (Psycho)French3Sp Fr 12:00-14:00
751204Neuropsychologie cognitiveVirginie DesclouxFPSE (Psycho)French6Spring, We 18:00-20:00
751235Modèles non symboliques des fonctions cognitives*Roland MaurerFPSE (Psycho)French3Spring, Mo 12:00-14:00
14B043Introduction à la biologie du comportementAndré LanganeyScienceFrench3Annual, Th 10:15-11:50
Total12

Optional courses : Bioethics

Course numberCourse nameOrganizing lecturerInstitution/FacultyLanguageECTSSchedule
13B003Bioéthique (version 1)Christine Clavien, Samia HurstSciencesFrench6Annual, Th 12:30-14:00
13B003Bioéthique (version 1)Christine Clavien, Samia HurstSciencesFrench3Fall, Th 12:30-14:00
24N09Science and Ethics: Inputs from Neuroscience, Genetics and Evolution*Christine Clavien, Samia HurstMedicineEnglish3Spring, Th 10:00-12:00
Total12

Optional courses: Clinical neurosciences and brain dysfunctions

Course numberCourse nameOrganizing lecturerInstitution/FacultyLanguageECTSSchedule
75113ETroubles du sommeil et fonctionnement psychologiqueRalph Erich SchmidtFPSE (Psycho)French3Fall, Tu 18:00-20:00
751110Neuropsychologie clinique de l'adulteJulie PéronFPSE (Psycho)French3Fall, Mo 10:00-12:00
751112Psychopathologie cognitiveGrazia CeschiFPSE (Psycho)French3Fall, We 8:00-10:00
751136Neuropsychologie clinique intégrative des affections démentiellesAnne Claude Juillerat Van der LindenFPSE (Psycho)French3Spring, Tu 16:00-18:00
Total12

Optional courses: Development and plasticity

Course numberCourse nameOrganizing lecturerInstitution/FacultyLanguageECTSSchedule
751337Vieillissement cognitif et différences individuellesAlexandra HeringFPSE (Psycho)French3Spring, We 10:00-12:00
751339Brain plasticity and developmentDaphné BavelierFPSE (Psycho)English3Spring, Fr 12:00-14:00
Neuropsychologie de l’enfant et de l’adolescentMayorFPSE (Psycho)French3
751338Développement cognitif dans une perspective de Life-SpanMathias KliegelFPSE (Psycho)French3Spring, 2 Saturdays 9:15-16:30
14B077Vulnerability of the central nervous system in aging and degenerative dementia: Molecular basesArmand SaviozSciencesEnglish3Fall, Fr 12:00-14:00
13B010Génétique moléculaire du développementFrançois Karch, Brigitte Galliot, Jozsef Zakany, Wanda BuzgariuSciencesFrench6Annual, Fr 8:00-10:00
Total12

Optional courses: Functional neuroanatomy

Course numberCourse nameOrganizing lecturerInstitution/FacultyLanguageECTSSchedule
24N02Introducing the human brain: from structures to function**Joszef Kiss, Charles QuairiauxMedicineEnglish3Spring, Tu 16:00-18:00
Total12

Optional courses: Language and communication

Course numberCourse nameOrganizing lecturerInstitution/FacultyLanguageECTSSchedule
75400Neuropsychologie du langage chez l'adulte IMarina LaganaroFPSE (Psycho)French3Fall, We 10:00-12:00
75415Troubles du langage chez l’enfantHélène DelageFPSE (Psycho)French3Fall, Tu 14:00-16:00
751201LangageJulie FranckFPSE (Psycho)French3Spring, We 14:00-16:00
751241Neurosciences du langageNarly GolestaniFPSE (Psycho)French3Spring, Fr 10:00-12:00 every 2 weeks
Total12

Optional courses: Methodology

Course numberCourse nameOrganizing lecturerInstitution/FacultyLanguageECTSSchedule
751513Introduction à la programmation d’expériencesDirk Kerzel, Andres PosadaFPSE (Psycho)French3Fall, Tu 10:00-12:00
751521Analyse univariée des données : introduction au modèle linéaireDavid RudraufFPSE (Psycho)French3Fall, Th 8:00-10:00
751500Analyse de données multivariéesJulien ChanalFPSE (Psycho)French3Fall, Tu 8:00-10:00
7414FIntroduction to signal processing in psychology, psychophysiology neuroimaging David RudraufFPSE (Psycho)English6Annual, Mo 16:00-18:00
24N04PET and MRI Imaging in NeurosciencePhilippe Millet, François Lazeyras, Nathalie GinovartMedicineEnglish4Spring, Th 14:00-16:00
13X004Imagerie numériqueSvyatoslav VoloshynovskyyScienceFrench8Annual, Fall Fr 10:00-12:00 and Spring Fr 13:00-15:00
14B012Scientific writing and communication**Michelle PriceScienceEnglish4Spring, Th 15:00
14F001Elements of bioinformaticsAmos Marc Bairoch, Marie-Claude BlatterScienceFrench5Fall, Mo 8:00-12:00
14F012Elements of proteomics and metabolomics: translation to human diseasesNatacha Turck, Serge RudazScienceEnglish3Fall, Th 14:00-16:00
Total12

Optional courses : Neuroeconomics

Course numberCourse nameOrganizing lecturerInstitution/FacultyLanguageECTSSchedule
S403062Interdisciplinary Methods and Models in NeuroeconomicsKerstin PreuschoffGSEM (Economics)English3Spring, We 9:15-13:00 or 17:00
S403052Introduction to Neuroeconomics and NeurofinanceKerstin PreuschoffGSEM (Economics)English3Spring, We 9:15-13:00 or 17:00
S401018Consumer Research**Benjamin ScheibehenneGSEM (Economics)French6Spring, Tu 10:00-12:00 and 14:00-16:00
Total12

Optional courses : Perception

Course numberCourse nameOrganizing lecturerInstitution/FacultyLanguageECTSSchedule
14C031Perfume and flavour chemistryChristian Chapuis, Christian MargotScienceEnglish6Fall, Tu 13:00-15:00
Total12

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 AND ALSO MANY OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION (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.

FacultyMedecineFPSEScience
FALL SEMESTER
Start of classesMonday, September 17th, 2018Tuesday, September 18th, 2018Monday, September 17th, 2018
End of classesFriday, December 21st, 2018Friday, December 21st, 2018Friday, December 21st, 2018
Course registrationFrom Monday, October 8th to Monday, October 15th (included), 2018From Monday, October 1st to Monday, October 8th, 2018From Tuesday, October 16th to Monday, October 22th, 2018
Ceremony for recent graduatesThursday, November 15th, 2018
Christmas breakFrom Saturday, 22th December, 2018 to Sunday, January 6th, 2019From Saturday, 22th December, 2018 to Sunday, January 6th, 2019From Saturday, 22th December, 2018 to Sunday, January 6th, 2019
Start of the exam sessionMonday, January 14st, 2019Monday, January 14st, 2019Monday, January 21st 2019
End of the exam sessionFriday, January 18th 2019Friday, February 1st 2019Friday, February 8th 2019
SPRING SEMESTER
Start of classesMonday, February 18th, 2019Monday, February 18th, 2019Monday, February 18th, 2019
End of classesFriday, May 24thThursday, April 18thFriday, May 31th
Eastern breakFrom Saturday, April 20th to Sunday, April 28th 2019From Saturday, April 20th to Sunday, April 28th 2019From Saturday, April 20th to Sunday, April 28th 2019
Start of the exam sessionMonday, May 20th, 2019Monday, May 27th, 2019Tuesday, June 11th, 2019
End of the exam sessionFriday, May 31st, 2019Friday, June 14th, 2019Friday, June 28th, 2019
Registration for the retake exams sessionAutomatic if failure in the session 2017 or a spring session 2018From Tuesday, July 16th to Monday, July 22th, 2019
Start of the retake exam sessionMonday, August 26th, 2019Monday, August 19th, 2019Monday, August 26th, 2019
End of the retake exam sessionFriday, September 13th, 2019Friday, September 6th, 2019Friday, September 6th, 2019

Exams

Exams dates

2019, RETAKE EXAMS SESSION

24N01 Principles of Neurobiology I: Tuesday, August 27th, 2019, 10:15-12:00, CMU, Room C07.1732a

24N03 Introduction to cognitive and affective neuroscience: Friday, September 13th, 2019, 10:15-12:00, CMU, Room C07.1732a

24N05 Techniques for investigating brain functions: Thursday, August 29th, 2019, 10:15-12:00, CMU, Room C07.1732a

24N10 Clinical and experimental neuropsychology: Wednesday, August 28th, 2019, 16:15-18:00, CMU Room C150

24N11 Principles of Neurobiology II: Wednesday, August 28th, 2019, 10:15-12:00, CMU, Room C07.1732a

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