New candidates

The Master program has two pillars:

  • the neuroscience courses with compulsory in methodology, neurobiology and affective and cognitive neurosciences and various optional courses for 30 ECTS
  • a long-term research project in a laboratory (at least 3 semesters) for 60 ECTS
Program structure
90 ECTS
6 compulsory courses
Cellular and moleclular neurobiology
Methodology and statistics
Cognitive and affective neuroscience
18 ECTS
Optionale courses
(among a choice of about 30 courses)
12 ECTS
Research project
60 ECTS

Study Duration : 3 to 5 semesters Start Date : Fall term Important : Students are doing in the same time both the research project and courses. Student are expected to be at full-time in their laboratory outside class hours, so at least 2 full days a week for the first two semesters.

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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
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
751116Neuropsychologie de l’enfant et de l’adolescentClaire MayorFPSE (Psycho)French3Fall, Tu 10:00-12:00
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 BlatterScienceEnglish5Fall, 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

Language

No French or English exam is required for the master in neuroscience admission. But a minimum B2 level in English is strongly recommended as all of the compulsary courses and about one third of the optional courses are given in English.

Tuition fee

Tuitions fees are CHF 500.- per semester.

Admission conditions

The student can be accepted to the master if she/he fullfills three conditions:

  1. The student holds a bachelor of Sciences, Medical Sciences, Psychology or any other degree considered equivalent by the faculties and the Neurocenter committee. Information regarding the equivalence cannot be obtained before the documents submission to the Admission office. Paramedical diploma are not eligible.
  2. The student is accepted by a research lab for the master project according to the schedule below.
  3. The student is selected on application (scholastic results and motivation).

How to apply

Students finishing their bachelor degree at the University of Geneva should:

Step one : administrative registration

From January 1st to February 28th

Register to the master program directly at their current faculty by filling the required form (sciences, psychology, medicine) (please contact the secretariat of students of your faculty)

Step two : application for selection

from January 1st to February 28th

1- Fill the online form (available from January 1st to February 28th) (button “Apply now”, at the bottom of the page)
2- Attach the required documents
3- Submit

The required documents must be merged in two different files (preferably in PDF):

The first one with:

  • a curriculum vitae
  • a motivation letter
  • your results to an official English test if possible (or any other proof of your English level)
  • recommendation letter(s) if possible
  • any other document that could support your application.

The second one with:

  • a copy of your diplomas
  • a copy of your transcripts of bachelor (or any followed program that you think could support your application) only in French or English

The Neurocenter will evaluate your application and directly send your application to the laboratories mentioned in the laboratory choice form between March and September 1st, depending on their availability for a master student project and on their interest in your profile. If you have not been directly contacted by a laboratory for an interview at the end of May, please contact the laboratories your are interested in by yourself (by sending CV and motivation letter). You must have found a laboratory before September 8 to be admitted to the next Fall term. You will be registered in the faculty of affiliation of your supervisor.

The affiliated research groups approved by the Neurocenter committee is listed here.

The enrolment process to the master is done through two different procedures. Please note that these two procedures have to be done separately, you don’t have to wait for an answer from the Admission Office before sending your application to the Neurocenter. No application will be taken into account without having followed these two steps.

STEP ONE: ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTRATION

From January 1st until February 28th for the following Fall semester

The administrative registration is done through the Admission Office of the University. This immatriculation process is the same for any students applying for any program at UNIGE. Please follow the procedure described hereApplication deadline is February 28th to start in the Fall semester of the same year. For additional information regarding the immatriculation request, please contact directly the Admission office via the online portal.

STEP TWO: APPLICATION TO THE NEUROCENTER (for selection)

From January 1st to February 28th for the following Fall semester

1- Fill the online form (available from January 1st to February 28th) (button “Apply now”, at the bottom of the page)
2- Attach the required documents
3- Submit

The required documents must be merged in two different files (preferably in PDF):

The first one with:

  • a curriculum vitae
  • a motivation letter
  • results to an official English test if possible
  • recommendation letter(s) if possible
  • any other document that could support your application.

The second one with:

  • a certified copy of your diplomas
  • a certified copy of your transcripts of bachelor (or any followed program that you think could support your application) only in French or English
  • an official syllabus of your undergraduate program (bachelor or equivalent) only in French or English (a few lines for each course)

 

The Neurocenter will evaluate your application and directly send your application to the laboratories mentioned in the laboratory choice form over March/April, depending on their availability for a master student project and on their interest in your profile. If you have not been directly contacted by a laboratory for an interview by April 15th, please contact the laboratories you are interested in by yourself (by sending CV and motivation letter). You must have found a laboratory before April 30th. If you are admitted to the program, you will receive an admission letter at the beginning of May. You will be registered in the faculty of affiliation of your supervisor.

The affiliated research groups approved by the Neurocenter committee is listed here.

Contact

For registration or administrative questions (immatriculation request), please contact directly the Admission office. For further information that is not related to the immatriculation request, please contact directly Delphine Jochaut. For information regarding living and studying in Geneva, you can contact the Master in neuroscience student association: Site web Email: aeng-gnsa@unige.ch