Zurich - The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and the University of Zurich are jointly offering a new interdisciplinary Master’s degree in brain sciences starting in the autumn of 2022. Students complete the two-year program with a joint Master’s degree from both universities.

From autumn 2022, students in Zurich will be able to complete a joint Master’s degree in brain sciences from two universities. The Neuroscience Center Zurich at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH) and University of Zurich (UZH) will be offering a new interdisciplinary Master’s degree. The two-year program combines biology, neuroscience and clinical methods. It is aimed at students with a Bachelor’s degree in neuroscience, biology, biomedicine, biochemistry, biotechnology, health sciences, electrical engineering, engineering, physics, pharmacy, computer science, psychology, chemistry or mathematics.

Zurich universities offer new degree in brain sciences
The Master's degree, offered by the Neuroscience Center Zurich, expands ETH's range of courses in human medicine and health sciences. (Photograph: Neuroscience Center Zurich)

According to Gerhard Schratt, ETH Professor of Neuroscience, one particular strength of the program is the focus on laboratory practice, with students getting an early start in the lab. “By the end of their studies, students will be very familiar with the broad range of measurement, analysis and treatment methods in neuroscience,” he said in an ETH press release.

Understanding how a healthy brain works and the neural and biological states that underpin mental illness requires a familiarity with several disciplines today, ETH explains. The new Master’s degree in brain sciences has a correspondingly broad scope. Graduates are equally well-​prepared for a career in university research as for one in clinical research or the pharmaceutical industry. The program also delivers the necessary biological and technological tools for a career in medical technology, where neuroprostheses are becoming increasingly important.

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