In order to ensure that students are highly qualified for a successful career in the interdisciplinary field neuroscience, the IMPRS NeuroCom educates and trains the students in a broad range of relevant topics. The school aims to provide this extensive and comprehensive training while allowing sufficient time for the research projects. The teaching and supervision language at the IMPRS NeuroCom is English. All lectures are open to other students from both Max Planck Instituts and the University of Leipzig, in particular to those in doctoral programmes. Doctoral students outside the IMPRS NeuroCom have the option to take part in the examinations and receive marks for their course work.
Each doctoral student is expected to collect 20 credit points.
Basic Lectures - BL
Basic courses are compulsory for IMPRS students and cover:
- Foundations of Neuroscience
- Cognitive Neuroscience
- Neuroimaging Physics and Signal Processing
Special emphases are placed on improving methodological skills as well as having a command of neuroanatomy, cognition and basic neuroscience. These skills ensure that students enter the phase of writing their dissertation with firm methodological and substantive knowledge.
Advanced Lectures - AL
Advanced courses enable the students to gain a deeper knowledge of cutting-edge cognition research such as:
- Language and Communication
- Social, Cognitive and Affectiive Neuroscience
- Imaging Methods
They are organised as block courses, and IMPRS students are required to attend and pass the exam of at least one of these courses within their PhD studies.
If a critical mass of interested students is reached, scientific workshops are organised.
- Experimental Design
Transferable Skills Courses
If a critical mass of interested students is reached, soft-skills courses are organised. Students have to take part in at least two soft skills courses.
- Time & Project Management
- Good scientific practice
- Academic writing: How to create good texts
- Communication & Presentation in the Academic Context: How to be confident and persuaive
- Grant proposal writing
In addition the students have the option to participate in the regular research activities at both Max Planck Institutes and the University of Leipzig such as
- weekly Institute Colloquia
- Guest Lectures
- weekly Scientific Meetings on specific research topics and neuroimaging methods
- annual Summer Schools that place alternately in London and Leipzig
- Research Stays at cooperating institutions (if applicable)