Information Day on Jan 30, 2019; for more information click here
Computational Neuroscience is a young, growing discipline within the exciting field of neuroscience. It uses theoretical approaches from a variety of disciplines including mathematics, physics, computer science, and engineering to understand the brain. Computational Neuroscience integrates experiment, data analysis and modeling. Furthermore, it makes a scientific language available that can be used across disciplines and levels for neurobiology, cognitive science, and information technology. Computational Neuroscience may thus help to solve long-standing research questions, contribute to better prevention and treatment strategies for neural disorders, lead to unified concepts about biological processes, advance information technologies and human-machine interactions and, last but not least, provide new insight for designing efficient strategies for teaching and learning.
With the aim of fostering a new generation of scientists who have been trained in both mathematical / computational skills and neuroscientific methodologies the Bernstein Center Berlin has set up two international, interdisciplinary graduate programs:
Testimonials - Graduates of the MSc Program
Country of origin: Australia
Previous studies: Bachelor of Information Technology, Software Engineering, Queensland University of Technology
Graduated in the BCCN MSc Program in 2010
Current occupation: data scientist
"Coming to Berlin to do the BCCN MSc Program was a fantastic choice and if I had my time over I would do it again in a flash. The course offers a great study environment with an impressive lecturer to student ratio, a small but eclectic mix of students from around the world and administrative support from the course coordinators that is second to none. You'll get to take part in cutting edge research in one of the most exciting scientific disciplines around and along the way learn an array of transferrable technical skills that could land you research or analyst positions in academia and industry. apply now! ;-)"
Testimonials - Graduates of the PhD Program
Country of origin: Canada
Previous studies: BSc (Biology, Psychology), McGill University, MSc (Cognitive Neuroscience), FU Berlin
Will graduate in the BCCN PhD Program soon
Current occupation: PhD student at the BCCN Berlin
"I cannot recommend the BCCN PhD program enough! They have managed to find the perfect balance between a structured PhD program and giving the students space to work on their research. I especially liked that the only course which we were required to take was taught by the PIs of the BCCN (we chose our other courses ourselves). The course gave the students a chance to learn what each of the groups was doing and this helped create a warm and inclusive atmosphere where everyone knows each other and can talk about their research together. Also, the program really cares about the students’ opinions and needs. Every three months the students organize a symposium where we discuss what soft skills courses we would like to attend, how we should spend whatever money is left in the budget and some of the students present their research. I personally think it’s amazing that the BCCN encourages the students to take part in these decisions and I hope that the program can continue in this fashion."
Evelin Beck (nee Wacker)
Country of origin: Germany
Previous studies: Diplom Bioinformatics, Jena University
Graduated in the BCCN PhD Program in 2011
Current occupation: Research assistant at the Institute for Clinical Teratology and
Drug Risk Assessment in Pregnancy at Charite Medical School, Berlin
"Participating in the BCCN PhD Program was very gainful for me. The yearly research presentations and project reports were helpful for maintaining structure in the own work. The course work on advanced topics provided a very good basis for the own project and the soft skill courses contributed to the improvement of presentation, language and further personal skills. In addition, fruitful discussions with all the fellow students were a great source of inspiration for me."
Country of origin: Germany
Previous studies: Diplom Mathematics, HU Berlin
Graduated in the BCCN PhD Program in 2012
Current occupation: Postdoc at the Charite Medical School, Berlin
"The BCCN PhD Program provides a fantastic scientific framework program. The activities such as the PhD meetings and the retreat were very inspiring and gave us the opportunity to exchange scientific information as well as views and opinions about scientific work in general. Also the many interesting soft skill courses such as writing research proposals or international communication that have been offered were very helpful in improving our scientific presentation and communication skills."