The curriculum of the IMPRS-TP is designed to provide the students with cross- and interdisciplinary training. Topics addressed cover molecular and cellular neuroscience, behavioral assessments, electrophysiology and brain imaging to psychological and clinical measures and outcomes, as well as, epidemiology, statistics and bioinformatics.
In the first year, lectures are offered, which are designed to bring all different background disciplines of the IMPRS-TP students to a common level of competence. These courses are partly provided by the Graduate School of Systemic Neuroscience (GSN), with whom we are closely collaborating with. Additionally, IMPRS-TP students are expected to attend lectures that will give them a deeper understanding of the biological and clinical aspects of psychiatric diseases.
Starting in the middle of the first year students attend a monthly IMPRS-TP seminar series. Here, one of the IMPRS-TP students presents his/her latest data and the status of his/her project to fellow students and the IMPRS-TP faculty. Students in their second, third and fourth year are also required to attend the IMPRS-TP seminar series.
A second, advanced seminar series discusses recent studies in the field of neurobiology of stress. If coinciding with a visit from an external speaker to the regular Munich Psychiatry Lecture Series (MPLS), students will be involved in inviting and hosting the guest and organizing a journal club with the speaker.
A link to an overview of the IMPRS-TP courses is given in the right column. This list also contains additional optional courses available to IMPRS-TP students. Please register for all courses with the IMPRS-TP coordinator.
In addition to theoretical courses, the IMPRS‑TP program also provides the opportunity to participate in a number of practical courses and workshops, tailored to the students' specific research projects and backgrounds, respectively.
Apart from the scientific curriculum, IMPRS-TP offers the opportunity for students to improve their communication skills (scientific presentation, scientific writing and grant proposal writing). Additional workshops, on topics such as team and leadership skills, project management, and applying for jobs, are offered as electives.
Students are expected to attend international scientific conferences relevant to their research work. Attendance at 2 international conferences is recommended: 1 early during their project, to acquaint them with their research field, and 1 towards the end of their project, once results can be reported.
Finally, at the annual IMPRS-TP retreat, students present their research in brief talks (second year and higher) and posters (first year) and attend the lectures of internal and external invited speakers.