The program consists of a set of core modules, elective core modules, a set of elective modules, and a Master’s thesis. Students may choose, in consultation with their mentor, a selection of core and elective courses to suit their backgrounds and goals. The Master’s thesis is mandatory and students have the option to reduce the duration of the thesis project in favor of two short research projects.

The core courses provide a common foundation for students with different educational backgrounds. The set of elective core courses cover the following:

  1. Systems Neurosciences
  2. Neural Computation and Theoretical Neurosciences
  3. Neurotechnologies and Neuromorphic Engineering

Students must attend core courses from at least two of the three above listed disciplines (see Credit Point System).

In addition to theoretical courses, the core modules include a practical education in instrumentation, measurement, and data analysis relevant to neuroinformatics as well as an opportunity to study, discuss, and report on a list of foundational research papers in neuroscience and computation. In addition, a journal club, held with graduate students and INI staff, will provide a forum for the analysis and evaluation of recently published high-profile research. The journal club provides a state-of-art awareness of progress in the field.

The program is affiliated with the Mathematics and Natural Sciences Faculty (MNF) at the University of Zurich (UZH) and the Information Technology and Electrical Engineering Department (DITET) of the ETH Zurich.

Since 2011, students are awarded a Joint Master Degree UZH/ETHZ. The leading house of this Joint Master is the University of Zurich, regulations are according to guidelines of the University of Zurich.