Master’s Degree Programme in Neuroscience on the Way
Since the end of 2017 the Department of Neuroscience has worked on a proposal for a two-year English-language master's degree programme in neuroscience. The proposal was put together in close dialogue with stakeholders and potential future employers.
The programme proposal has just received preliminary approval from the Ministry of Higher Education and Science. And if UCPH obtains positive institutional accreditation in 2019, the programme will be offered as of September 2020 and can accept up to 30 students.
“We want to offer an in depth education in basic neuroscientific disciplines and the many related diseases. The teachers will be a combination of university researchers and clinicians, which ensures a translational perspective. I think the programme will strengthen Danish neuroscience in general and function as a good recruiting platform in this field, which is extremely important for both research, treatments and society", says Head of Department at Department of Neuroscience and adds:
“We are looking very much forward to establishing the programme and have had a great planning process. Professor Jens Damsgaard Mikkelsen from our department and the Neurobiological Research Unit at Rigshospitalet as well as the Department of Study and Student's Affairs have done an amazing job composing the programme and getting the proposal approved".
The programme will be open to students with various bachelor degrees: biomedical sciences, medicine, veterinary clinical sciences, biology, pharmacy etc. The masters will be primed for research training at PhD level. Among other things, they get a whole year to work on their master's thesis. The programme will produce masters with extensive neuroscientific skills building on various natural science backgrounds.
'Future employers, which include both large pharmaceutical companies, small and medium-sized companies and public research institutions, have high hopes for the future masters. There is a rapidly increasing need for researchers and other professionals with strong competences within neuroscientific areas of business', says Vice-Dean for Education Hans Henrik Saxild.
The master's degree programme in neuroscience will mainly draw on the strong neuroscientific research environment in Greater Copenhagen, but agreements have also been made with neuroscientific environments in the rest of the country on teaching and projects, giving the programme the character of a national initiative.