Master Neuroscience


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Brain Sciences are in full progress and constitute one of the major challenges of the Life Sciences of the 21th century. They represent a multidisciplinary field ranging from molecular and cellular approaches to cognitive approaches, and focus on the understanding of the structures and functions of neurons and neural networks, their development and their implication in large-scale integrative and cognitive functions. The first objective of the Master training is to give the student a specialized set of theoretical and technical skills in all topics covered by the Neuroscience fields. A significant proportion of the courses is therefore common to all paths. The second objective is to train students through research in order to encourage them to become autonomous. This is achieved through the development, in all courses, of analytical and critical approaches. A third aim is to train students to teamwork and collective project management - which does not exclude autonomy and, when possible, leadership.

Targeted students

Students in Life Sciences, Medicine or Psychology.

Admission conditions

The prerequisites are :

To have a knowledge of :

  • the cellular physiology and neurophysiology ;
  • the major physiological functions ;
  • the methods of processing and transferring nervous information ;
  • the general anatomical organization of the peripheral and central nervous system.

Structure and organisation

The M1 is structured in « common core + specialized courses », with common teaching for all Master paths and optional courses allowing to make a pre-choice of the specialized Master path.

In M2, teaching is mainly specialized, but some courses remain common (Scientific conferences, Research projects). Some of the courses are taught in English. The NEB program is entirely in English and the courses are given by the teachers of the various partner universities through visio-conferences.

Academic content

The Master's degree in Neuroscience aims to form students in the different fields of Neurosciences (Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology, Behavioral and Cognitive Neurosciences, Neurophysiology, Neuroimaging, Neurodevelopment), by offering them a basic common training and more focused teaching in the different domains of expertise covered by the Master.

Professional skills

  • Conducting projects by mobilizing concepts, theories, and methods from the Neuroscience fields, using a multidisciplinary approach (molecular, cellular, integrated, or cognitive levels).
  • Analyzing and interpreting experimental data in a critical manner (hypothesis formulation and implementation of a hypothetical-deductive approach).
  • Organizing in a written document or orally a logical argument resulting from a hypothetical deductive approach, or a research report close to classical scientific communication, in French and English.
  • Mobilizing the knowledge and skills acquired in Neuroscience, whether disciplinary or not, for conducting a project in a public or private professional organization.
  • Identifying training and professions (research and development, project manager, teaching, etc.) in the public or private sectors that allow potentiating the theoretical and practical skills acquired in Neuroscience, and building a professional project in an autonomous and responsible manner.


The training opens up to executive positions (researchers, lecturers, clinical research associate, engineers, project managers, etc.) in research and development in public institutions (research organizations, universities, university hospitals, local authorities) as well as in industry (pharmaceutical industry), private research centers, charitable associations, scientific communication, physical activities and disability, robotics or artificial intelligence.

Further education

Students enrolled in a PhD program at AMU will be able to benefit from the Doctoral Program in Neuroscience, integrated into the Graduate School in Neuroscience (NeuroSchool) of Marseille.


The Master of Neuroscience aims to train in and through research. The place of research is therefore predominant. The Master's degree is associated with all of the Neuroscience laboratories in Marseille, and involves researchers and engineers from these laboratories in both theoretical and practical teaching. The research internships in M1 and M2 as well as a module entitled Problem Based Learning (PBL) take place entirely within reasearch laboratories, and provide a high level of training. Students are introduced to the socio-economic world through new professional courses that cover work legislation, intellectual property, professional ethics, quality, safety and professional risks, as well as project management and human resources.

Support for your academic choices

The industrial sector (about fifteen local or regional companies) participates to the Master's program, and promotes the link with the socio-professional environment, particularly for research internships in private companies.

Studies abroad

Mobility fellowships : the Master has for long established a partnership with the Universities of Oldenburg, Helsinki and Amsterdam (Erasmus +), as well as a specific agreement with the Université de Montréal. These partnerships allow student exchanges during both M1 and M2. Mobility costs (incoming and outgoing) are fully covered by EUR Neuroschool. In the context of the newly established CIVIS consortium, the Master became even more international and we have already established strong relations with the Universities of Tubingen and Rome.

Learning English : students follow weekly English courses in M1 (1 or 2 2-credit EU courses, depending on the course) and different Neuroscience courses in M1 and M2 are taught in English.