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).

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 4-6 pm
24N11 Principles of neurobiology II Daniel Huber Medicine (Neurocenter) English 3 Fall, We 4-6 pm
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 2-5 pm
24N05 Techniques for investigating brain functions Christoph Michel Medicine (Neurocenter) English 3 Fall, Th 4-6 pm
Total

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 10-12 pm
24N10 Clinical and experimental neuropsychology Roberta Ronchi Medicine (Neurocenter) English 3 Spring, We 6-8 pm
Total

Optional courses

Course number Course name Organizing lecturer Institution/Faculty Language ECTS Schedule
72129 Neuropsychologie clinique de l'enfant Koviljka Barisnikov FPSE (psycho) French 3 Fall, Tu 10-12 am
75400 Neuropsychologie du langage chez l'adulte I Marina Laganaro FPSE (psycho) French 3 Fall, We 10-12 am
75415 Troubles du langage et de la communication chez l'enfant Hélène Delage FPSE (psycho) French 3 Fall, Tu 2-4 pm
751003 Neuropsychologie de la musique Clara James FPSE (psycho) French 3 Spring, We 10-12 am
751041 Neurospychologie de l'habitude Julie Péron FPSE (psycho) French 3 Spring, We 10-12 am
751007 Affect et consommation alimentaire Géraldine Coppin FPSE (psycho) French 3 Fall, Fr 10-12 am
751035 Neuropsychologie des émotions et neuroscience affectives Didier Grandjean et Leonardo Ceravolo FPSE (psycho) French 3 Spring, We 2-4 pm
751036 Neurosciences affectives (TP) Didier Grandjean FPSE (psycho) French 3 Spring, Tu 12-2 pm
751037 Approches cognitives de l'émotion David Sander FPSE (psycho) French 3 Fall, Tu 2-4 pm
751042 Emotions positives et recherche de récompenses Eva Pool FPSE (psycho) French 3 Spring, Mo 8-10 am
751043 Emotions et apprentissage David Sander FPSE French 3 Fall, Mo 4-6 pm
75113E Troubles du sommeil et fonctionnement psychologique Ralph Erich Schmidt FPSE (psycho) French 3 Fall, Tu 6-8 pm
751110 Neuropsychologie de l'adulte NN FPSE (psycho) French 3 Fall, Mo 10-12 am
751112 Psychopathologie cognitive Grazia Ceschi FPSE (psycho) French 3 Fall, We 8-10 am
751136 Neuropsychologie intégrative des affections démentielles Anne-Claude Juillerat Van der Linden FPSE (psycho) French 3 Spring, Tu 4-6 pm
751200 Mémoire Radek Ptak FPSE (psycho) French 3 Spring, Mo 4-6 pm
751201 Langage Julie Franck FPSE (psycho) French 3 Spring, We 2-4 pm
751202 Attention et fonctions exécutives Dirk Kerzek FPSE (psycho) French 3 Spring, We 4-6 pm
751204 Neuropsychologie cognitive Virginie Descloux FPSE (psycho) French 6 Spring, We 6-8 pm
751235 Modèles non symboliques des fonctions cognitives Roland Maurer FPSE (psycho) French 3 Spring, Mo 12-2 pm
751240 Corps et cognition : l'embodiment Corrado Corradi Dell'Acqua FPSE (psycho) French 3 Fall, Mo 8-10 am
751337 Vieillissement cognitif et différences individuelles Alexandra Hering FPSE (psycho) French 3 Spring, We 10-12 am
751339 Brain plasticity and development Daphné Bavelier FPSE (psycho) English 3 Spring, Fr 12-2 pm
751513 Introduction à la programmation d'expériences Dirk Kerzel, Andres Posada FPSE (psycho) French 3 Fall, Tu 10-12 am
751521 Analyse univariée des données : introduction au modèle linéaire David Rudrauf FPSE (psycho) French 3 Fall, Th 8-10 am
751522 Intégration des signaux corporels et cérébraux dans l'étude de l'émotion : approches statistiques et expérimentales David Rudrauf FPSE (psycho) French 3 Spring, Fr 8-10 am
751610 Affect et prise de décision Tobias Brosch FPSE (psycho) French 3 Spring, Mo 10-12 am
751241 Neurosciences du langage Narly Golestani FPSE (psycho) French 3 Spring, Fr 10-12 am
13B003 bioéthique (version 1) Christine Clavien, Samia Hurst Science French 6 Annual Th 12.30-2 pm
13B003 Bioéthique (version 2) Christine Clavien, Samia Hurst Science French 3 Fall, Th 12.30-2 pm
13B010 Génétique moléculaire du développement François Karch, Brigitte Galliot, Jozsef Zakany Science French 6 Annual, Fr 8-10 am
14B010 Principles of cellular and molecular biology Françoise Stutz Science English 8 Annual, We 10-12 am
14B012 Scientific writing and communication Michelle Price Science English 2 Spring, Th 3 pm
14B020 Les classiques de la génétique moléculaire Dominique Belin Science French 5 Spring, Th tba
14B043 Introduction à la biologie du comportement André Langaney Science French 3 Annual, th 10-12 am, every two weeks
14B077 Vulnerability of the central nervous system in aging and degenerative dementia: molecular bases Armand Savioz Science English 3 Fall, Fr 12-2pm
14C031 Perfume and flavour chemistry Christian Chapuis, Christian Margot Science English 6 Fall, Tu 1-3 pm
14F001 Elements of bioinformatics Amos Marc Bairoch, Marie-Claude Blatter Science English 5 Fall, Mo 8-10 pm
14F012 Elements of proteomics and metabolomics: translation to human diseases Natacha Turck, Serge Rudaz Science English 3 Fall, th 2-4 pm
14N12 Chemical receptors Ivan Rodriguez Science English 3 Fall, Tu 5.15-7 pm
13X004 Imagerie numérique Svyatoslav Voloshynovskyy Science French 8 Annual (Fall Fr 10-12 Th 10-12, Spring Fr 1-3 pm Fr 12-2pm
13X005 Intelligence artificielle: principes et méthodes Stéphane Marchand-Maillet Science French 4 Fall, We 8-10 am
24N02 Introducing the human brain: from structures to function Jozsef Kiss, Charles Quairiaux Medicine English 3 Spring, Tu 4-6 pm
24N04 PET and MR imaging in neuroscience Philippe Millet, Nathalie Ginovart, François Lazeyras Medicine English 4 Spring, Th 2-4 pm
24N07 Neurobiology of vigilance states Laurence Bayer Medicine English 3 Spring, Th 4-6 pm
24N09 Science and ethics: inputs from neuroscience, genetics and evolution Christine Clavien, Samia Hurst Medicine English 3 Spring, th 10-12 am
S403052 Introduction to neuroeconomics and neurofinance Kerstin Preuschoff GSEM English 3 Spring, We 9.15-1 or 5 pm
S403062 Interdisciplinary methods and models in neuroeconomics Kerstin Preuschoff GSEM English 3 Spring, We 9.15-1 or 5 pm
Total 12

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

Send an application file to the Neurocenter, consisting of the following documents, until March 31:

  • this master application form
  • a curriculum vitae
  • a motivation letter
  • a copy of your transcripts of bachelor (or any followed program that you think could support your application)
  • the laboratory choice form (included in the master application form), – results to an official English test if possible
  • recommendation letter(s) if possible
  • any other document that could support your application.

Please send the complete file by email in one merged pdf document until March 31st to delphine.jochaut@unige.ch

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

The selection committee will base the selection on this application. You need to send a complete application to the Neurocenter consisting of:

  • this master application form
  • a curriculum vitae
  • a motivation letter
  • 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
  • a syllabus of your undergraduate program (bachelor or equivalent) only in French or English (a few lines for each course)
  • the laboratory choice form (included in the master application form)
  • results to an official English test if possible
  • recommendation letter(s) if possible
  • any other document that could support your application.

Please send the complete file by email in one merged pdf document until March 31st to delphine.jochaut@unige.ch

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@gmail.com.