Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience (PTCN)

About us

The graduate program "Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience" is a member of the Göttingen Graduate School for Neurosciences, Biophysics, and Molecular Biosciences (GGNB). It is hosted by the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience (BCCN) Göttingen and is conducted jointly by the University of Göttingen, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, the German Primate Center, and the European Neuroscience Institute Göttingen.

The research-oriented program is taught in English and open to students who hold a Master's degree (or equivalent) in physics, computer science, life sciences, mathematics, medicine, or related fields.

Understanding the computational capabilities of neural systems requires a unique mix of theoretical, computational and biological skills that were in the past distributed across different disciplines mainly biology, physics, computer science, psychology, and medicine. The graduate program “Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience” is designed to bring these fields together thus creating a new generation of scientists that are equally at home with the thoroughly quantitative and mathematical mode of thought of the exact sciences and with the complexities of real nervous systems. The graduate program is well embedded in an excellent research infrastructure in Computational Neuroscience namely the Bernstein Center Computational Neuroscience (BCCN) Göttingen.

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