Neuroengineering is an emerging interdisciplinary field that aims to translate findings in neuroscience to real-world practical engineering applications. The successful development of neuro-inspired technical approaches will lead to a new generation of smart systems, which achieve complex functions in an efficient manner, and will simultaneously advance our understanding of neuroscience.
The overall goal of neuroengineering is to educate and to train students in the interdisciplinary area between engineering and neuroscience; thereby providing knowledge and skills, and broadening their mind, to envision and to create innovative neuro-inspired systems.
The new MSNE program aims to educate open-minded, international, high-performing students to become leaders in this novel interdisciplinary area. The core skills acquired in the MSNE program are complemented by hands-on practicals, early-career training for independent research (e.g. project design, or presentation and debating skills), and awareness of ethical aspects and societal acceptance of neuro-technology. The MSNE program offers exclusive interdisciplinary education with integrated soft-skills training (e.g. science-communication, entrepreneurship, leadership), so that graduates can better serve the growing academic, economical and societal demand.
Program Overview & Structure
The four-semester MSNE program is intended for students with a Bachelor’s degree in the areas of electronics and computer engineering, biomedical engineering, computer science, neuroscience, physics, or related disciplines. Graduates of the program will receive a Master’s degree (M.Sc.) in NeuralEngineering. TUM is system-accredited by the Swiss Center of Accreditation and Quality Assurance in Higher Education.
Some of the main areas covered are:
- Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology
- Computational Neuroscience
- Signal Processing and Dynamic System Modeling
- Mixed Signal Electronics
- Neuro-inspired Systems Engineering
- Ethics and Impact on Society
MSNE courses are designed to be hands-on and interdisciplinary, and are complemented by research projects under the guidance of associated faculty and international partners. Additionally, there will be opportunities for students to choose from a wide range of elective courses and to participate in student-initiated colloquia and debating clubs, workshops, excursions, and retreats.
Optional Research Excellence Certificate
Enrolled students can decide to take additional four elective courses, perform an additional research project, thereby allowing a substantially stronger individual specialization, and to present results of both their research projects in an annual symposium to obtain a “Research Excellence Certificate” (total 30 credits). The symposium results may be published in the form of conference proceedings — a clear jumpstart in case of a subsequent doctorate!