BIGS Neuroscience offers a broad and advanced curriculum. The core of PhD education consists of scientific research conducted in one of the participating research groups of the school. For completion and acceptance of a thesis, the work must represent a significant advance in the field of neuroscience or an adjacent area. To support the training of students, and to supplement their hands-on laboratory learning, the following curricular elements are offered:

Courses (Modules): BIGS Neuroscience offers a wide range of courses covering practical laboratory skills, basic neuroscience knowledge, and professional skills. Examples of these modules include hands-on imaging and electrophysiology modules, writing and publishing workshops, and introductory courses in genetics, physiology, and cell biology. These courses are offered on a rotating basis and BIGS students should participate in at least 1 module per year. Upon request, certain courses from other institutes (e.g. BFB) may also be accepted. Please contact the BIGS office with questions about eligible seminars. Current Courses.

Note: Students should take a writing course in the 2nd or 3rd year of their graduate work.

Lectures: Attendance is mandatory at 16 seminars per year (8 per semester).  Students can select the lectures relevant to their interests from the BIGS Lecture Series, The Bonn Neuroscience Seminar Series, or Caesar Lectures.  Upon request, certain seminars from other institutes may also be accepted. Please contact the BIGS office with questions about eligible seminars.

The Bonn Neuroscience Seminar Series is a scientific seminar series with high-profile external speakers from the following three fields:

  • Cellular and molecular neuroscience
  • Clinical neuroscience
  • Systems neuroscience / Bonn iMaging Seminar

The BIGS Lectures follow a thematic topic for each semester and are presented by researchers from within the university. This Lecture Series covers the following topics:

  • Neural circuits
  • Glia and non-neuronal cells
  • Neurological diseases
  • Essential techniques
  • Cognition and systems neuroscience

Current Neuroscience Seminars and Current BIGS Lectures.