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Welcome to the homepage of our Masters’ Programme “Experimental and Clinical Neurosciences“ – ECN. This programme was established at the University of Regensburg in 2006 and is supported by, and a lively part of, the go to websiteElite Network of Bavaria (ENB, Bavarian State Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts).

So, as a Bachelor student or equivalent interested in Neurosciences what can you expect in the wonderful Bavarian city of Regensburg, close to the Blue Danube?

The main features of the ECN programme start with “I”:

The programme is International, Interdisciplinary and Intense

International: Approximately 50 % of students come from outside Germany, from all corners of the world: Asia, Africa, North and South America, Europe and Australasia. Accordingly, all teaching is in English. Moreover, we have guest teachers from prestigious institutions from Germany (e.g. Max Planck Institutes), and also from abroad (e.g. NIMH in the USA, INSERM, France, Imperial College London, U.K., and Novartis Institutes of Medical Research, Switzerland).
Another important international aspect is that the financial support by the ENB enables us to provide you with the opportunity to perform an internship or also partly the Master’s thesis in selected laboratories abroad.

Interdisciplinary: The programme focuses on the link between experimental and clinical neurosciences. Thus, whether your background is in biology, biochemistry, psychology, biotechnology or medicine, you will be welcome. Once here, you will receive theoretical and practical education in molecular, cellular, clinical and neurogenetic topics of neurosciences. Thus, a biology student can work in psychiatry or neurology, and a psychologist can learn to use the pipette.

Intense: If you are willing to take up a challenging and intense programme, than you are in the right place. You will be able to gain all the credit points necessary in order to start your master thesis after 1 year, and you will thus, receive the Title: Master of Science after only 1.5 years, i.e. 3 semesters. However, this means, there are only a few weeks break (see programme schedule).

Most importantly, as the Director of the Programme, it is extremely rewarding to witness the high motivation and enthusiasm of the students in the neuroscience topics, and to follow the incredible progress they make during the 1.5 years of the programme. Most of them continue into a PhD; either in Regensburg go to websiteRegensburg International Graduate School of LIfe Sciences (RIgeL) or at a similarly prestigious institution elsewhere.


Prof. Dr. Inga D. Neumann
Director of ECN Programme

Latest News & Events

Information on Programme 2015-2016 and application will be available in December 2014!

Study Programme 2014-2016
is available now!
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Report Weekend seminar 2014 ecn 8

Study Programme 2013-2015
is available now!
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Students of the Programme

We are proud to announce that 14
students have been selected to join
the ECN programme 2011-2013.
Their names can be found
here: » Students

Studyprogramme 2011-2013
is available now!
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Noble Lindau!
A Report from the 61st Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau

August 11, 2011
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ECN: A Success Story:
January 1, 2011
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The new programme for ECN V (2010-2012)
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ECN course material via G.R.I.P.S. E-Learning-Plattform
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November 2011
Poster Award as a co-author for the ECN student Natalie Izurieta at 19th Conference of the German Sleep Society (DGSM) in Mannheim.
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