Understanding the human brain with its billions of neurons and trillions of synapses is one of the most complex challenges in modern science. This master’s programme specialises in neurochemistry, molecular functions, and disorders of the nervous system with a clear focus on research. You start with the biochemistry of the molecular components, then move on to how neurons communicate with each other, before studying how different neuronal networks regulate body functions, emotions and behaviours.

The Master’s in Neurochemistry with Molecular Neurobiology teaches you to become a researcher. The programme requires good lab skills and most students who are admitted significantly exceed the minimum requirements. A number of different teaching activities including lectures, theoretical and practical projects, laboratory, journal club and problem-based exercises are used. You will be challenged to reason, think creatively and solve problems on your own.

A generous amount of laboratory time ensures that you can actually practice the theory you learn and develop the proficiency in the lab that our graduates are known for. You will work closely with leading researchers in different specialisations – the biochemistry of molecular components that make the nervous system work, the organisation of brain circuits, neurotoxicity, and the mechanism behinds neurodegenerative conditions like Alzheimer’s disease – being coached in small groups with high teacher to student ratios.

You will be surrounded by the world’s top chemists, including some of the people who choose the Nobel prize winners, and have the chance to attend Nobel lectures given by the Nobel prize winners themselves. All of the master’s programmes in chemistry are internationally, but for the Neurochemistry with Molecular Neurobiology this is particularly so, with students coming from many different countries and also completing their diploma projects as exchange students in yet other countries.


Common Degree Path

Semester 1:
Neurochemistry with Molecular Neurobiology & Signal Transduction

Semester 2:
Advanced Neurochemistry with Molecular Neurobiology & Recombinant Peptides and Proteins

Year 2:
Degree Project and possible optional courses



Many of our students use this programme as a stepping stone to obtaining a PhD and an academic career. They have also landed jobs with top pharmaceutical and biotech firms.


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