The major objective of the Master of Science in Neuroscience program is to teach and to provide training for talented students in the rapidly expanding field of Neuroscience. The program prepares students for future fundamental research in various medical fields in which neuroscience is increasingly important; these include neurology, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, neuro-oncology, otolaryngology, psychiatry and gerontology. The program combines a broad range of tutorials and workshops in neuro-anatomy, neurophysiology, molecular biology, psychology and psychiatry with an extensive period of research training.
Erasmus Neuroscience Master students are eligible to participate in the Exchange Honours Programme Master of Neurosciences , established by the VUA and the EUR. The small size of the classes (around 20 students) allows a lot of personal interaction with the faculty members. In addition, there is an extensive period of research training, which already starts early in the program and runs in parallel with the lectures and workshops. This emphasis on research allows students to get in-depth training at the forefront of science, and pursue a research question to a level that can lead to a publication. Many students that have completed the Masters program continue their research in the department as a PhD student.
The positioning of this Master of Science in Neuroscience program within the Neuroscience Institute of the Erasmus MC provides an excellent basis for training in the fundamental Neurosciences. Students will become acquainted with all facets of modern Neuroscience research. Within the Institute, brain functions are studied at many levels varying from individual genes to complex systems, from peripheral nerves to the central nervous system, from autonomic functions to consciousness, and from synaptic transmission to neuronal firing patterns. In addition, collaboration with clinical departments of the Erasmus MC and the faculty of Psychology of the Erasmus University also offers the opportunity for the students to be introduced to clinical and cognitive disciplines of Neuroscience.