Curriculum & Training

The curriculum of the IMPRS-TP is designed to provide the students with cross- and interdisciplinary training.

Topics

  • Molecular and cellular neuroscience
  • Behavioral assessments
  • Electrophysiology
  • Brain imaging
  • Psychological and clinical measures and outcomes
  • Epidemiology and statistics
  • Machine Learning
  • Bioinformatics

In the first year, our lectures are designed to bring all students with their different background disciplines to a common level of competence. These courses are partly provided by the Graduate School of Systemic Neuroscience (GSN), with whom we closely collaborate. Additionally, students are expected to attend lectures that will give them a deeper understanding of the biological and clinical aspects of psychiatric diseases.

A second, advanced seminar series discusses recent studies in the field of Stress Neurobiology. 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 students' lunch with the speaker.

Practical courses

In addition to theoretical courses, the IMPRS‑TP program provides the opportunity to participate in a number of practical courses and workshops, tailored to the students' specific research projects and backgrounds.

Apart from the scientific curriculum, students are offered courses 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 job applications can be chosen.

Presenting at Conferences and Retreats

Students are expected to attend international scientific conferences relevant to their research. Attendance at 2 international conferences is recommended: The first should be in the early stages of their project, to acquaint them with their research field, and the second should be towards the end of their project, to present their own data.

At our annual IMPRS-TP retreat, students present their research in posters (first year students) and brief talks (second year students and higher). The students also attend lectures given by internal and external speakers.

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