Courses and Study Regulations

Course list:

Course List 2021


The Required Courses are divided into 5 Topics:

Physiology (76900 and 76901)
Research Techniques (76905)
Theoretical Neuroscience (76908 and 76909) 
Cognition (76913 and 76993)
Learning and Information (76915)



First Year:

  1. Supplementary Required Courses are compulsory for all students of the program, unless the student is exempted by the course’s teacher/s.
  2. Supplementary Elective Courses are highly advisable – the student should discuss them with the Head of the Program during Orientation Day.
  3. Attending the weekly seminar(course 76920) is compulsory in the first two years. 


Second Year:

  1. Required Courses as stated in the table above.
  2. At the beginning of the second year, it is highly advisable that you find an advisor and start working on a research proposal. 
  3. During the third semester, students are required to find a PhD advisor.
  4. At the end of the second year (typically a week before the beginning of the third year), students will present a small project for their MSc Seminar. Often this project is done as part of the PhD. 
  5. Students conducting animal experiments are required to take a course on ethical handling laboratory animals (94810) 


Third Year:

  1. In order to register as a doctoral student (Stage A), each student is required to take the Qualification Exam.
  2. Fellowship from the third year is contingent upon students' transition to Stage A and the successful completion of all Required courses.


Fourth Year and beyond:

  1. It is advisable to transfer from Stage A to Stage B (submission of a full research proposal) within 18 months.
  2. In order to register for Stage B, each student will present their research to a PhD committee, which includes the student’s advisor.
  3. The committee will send its decision to the Authority for Research Students, which will approve Stage B status. With this confirmation, the MSc diploma will be granted.
  4. Fellowship from the fourth year is contingent upon the student completing all Required Courses.
  5. Fellowship from the fifth year is contingent upon the student having attained all required credit points.


Additional Points:

  1. Students who do not hold a degree in mathematics, physics, engineering or computer science are required to pass two supplemental math exemption exams, one in linear algebra and the other in calculus. Students can choose between taking an exam at the end of the summer break (prior to the beginning of the first year) and taking it between the two semesters of the first academic year. To help students study for those exams, we offer two online courses. A TA will accompany the courses, both during the summer and during the academic year in order to assist the students taking these courses.
  2. The total number of credit points required is 50 (46 for those students required to take the supplemental math exams). Only one course is allowed without a grade. 
  3. Pass grades: 
  • A pass grade in Supplementary Required Courses is 80.
  • A pass grade in Required Courses is an average of 80 in each of the five topics: 
    • Physiology (76900 and 76901)
    • Research Techniques (76905)
    • Theoretical Neuroscience (76908 and 76909) 
    • Cognition (76913 and 76993)
    • Learning Information (76915)
  • A pass grade in all other courses is 60. 


  1. Students are encouraged to carry out a research project in at least two labs (one of which may be their PhD lab). In order to receive academic credit for these projects, students should register for the Lab Rotation course (76922). Registration can also be carried out after completing the projects.
  2. For students who start the program with a master’s degree:
  • Please register as a Preliminary Research Student at the Authority for Research Studies.
  • The requirement to attain a total of 50 credit points does not apply. You are only required to take the Required Courses and the Supplementary Required courses.  
  • You are not required to take the Qualification Exam.