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mam - Master Thesis (Complete module description)
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Module label Master Thesis
Module code mam
Credit points 30.0 KP
Workload 900 h

2 SWS Seminar (SE): 28 h contact, 62 h individual preparation (reading, preparation of presentations)

18 SWS Thesis project: total 810 h.Percentages of contact (individual supervision) and independent work (independent lab work, data analysis, reading, thesis writing) depend on the topic an methods of the thesis project

Institute directory Department of Neurosciences
Applicability of the module
  • Master's Programme Neuroscience (Master) > Abschlussmodul
Responsible persons
Kretzberg, Jutta (Module responsibility)
der Neuroscience, Lehrende (Authorized examiners)

The start of the master thesis requires prior completion of at least 60 ECTS.

Prior to the start of the thesis project, the form for application for the final thesis and final oral examination needs to be submitted to the examination office and approved by the examination committee. External examiners (not listed on the list of neuroscience examiners) need to apply for the status of an official examiner prior to the start of the project.

Depending on project choice, please ask the supervisor for additional requirements.

Skills to be acquired in this module

++ Neurosci. knowlg.

++ Expt. Methods

++ Independent research

++ Scient. Literature

++ Social skills

+ Interdiscipl. knowlg.

+ Maths/Stats/Progr.

++ Data present./disc.

+ Scientific English

+ Ethics

In their Master thesis, students perform individual research projects in the limited time of 6 month. Learning goals:

  • planning and organization of a research project
  • teamwork in a research group
  • formulate a scientific hypothesis
  • planning, performing and analyzing experiments and / or simulations
  • working with scientific background literature on the specific context of the project
  • oral presentation and discussion of backgrounds and results in the lab seminar
  • write a scientific report
  • optional: Prepare and present a scientific poster
Module contents

The master thesis comprises 6 months of experimental or theoretical work and thesis writing, and a regular seminar for training, reporting and feedback advice during that time. The aim, methods and results of the thesis are presented in a final oral presentation and exam (Master’s colloquium).

Students can choose between many options of individual projects, offered by the different groups involved in the MSc Neuroscience study program. Research questions, methods and approaches differ between individual projects. The timing of projects is by individual arrangement with the supervisor. Note that, for some options, priority for admission to the project is given to students who passed a background and / or research module offered by the supervisor

Please refer to the Stud.IP MSc Neuroscience information community forum for information on the groups and contact potential supervisors directly.

The master thesis project is generally carried out under the guidance and supervision of a member of the Neuroscience faculty at the University of Oldenburg (see list of examiners) and additionally evaluated by a second examiner. External master thesis projects and / or evaluation by persons who are not on the list of examiners need prior approval by the examination committee.

Participation in the Stud.IP workshop on science communication ( and a poster presentation at the biology & neuroscience student poster symposium is not mandatory but highly recommended.

Reader's advisory

Provided by the supervisor, depending on the project.

Languages of instruction
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency every semester
Module capacity unlimited
Modullevel / module level MM (Mastermodul / Master module)
Modulart / typ of module Pflicht / Mandatory
Lehr-/Lernform / Teaching/Learning method Individual project
Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge Depending on selected option – please contact the supervisor.
Examination Time of examination Type of examination
Final exam of module
within 6 months after approval of the application
Thesis (90%), oral presentation (10 %)
Course type Seminar
Frequency SuSe and WiSe
Workload attendance 28 h