M.Sc. On Campus

Neural Systems and Computation

ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

18 months
1390 EUR/year
1390 EUR/year
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The MSc in Neural Systems and Computation 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 - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.


The Neural Systems and Computation program at ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology 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 favour 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:

  • Systems Neurosciences
  • Neural Computation and Theoretical Neurosciences
  • 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.

    A learning agreement must be signed by both the student and his/her mentor at the start and end of the studies (first and last semesters). This is mandatory for students who started in the Spring 2019 or later, and optional for those who started earlier. Please provide the NSC administration with a copy of the signed agreement in the first semester and with the original with the final signature in the last semester. 

    Programme Structure

    Courses include:

    • Basics of Instrumentation, measurement, and analysis

    • Readings in Neuroinformatics 
    • Journal Club 
    • Colloquium 
    • Neuroinformatics
    • Systems Neuroscience
    • Computational Vision

    Key information


    • Full-time
      • 18 months

    Start dates & application deadlines


    90 ECTS


    On Campus

    Academic requirements

    We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

    Other requirements

    General requirements

    Submit the electronic application form (below) which requires the following documents:

    • Curriculum vitae (resume)
    • A max. one-page motivation letter stating the reasons for your interest in this program
    • Full details about your Bachelor’s degree including the complete transcript of academic records
    • For non Swiss citizens: A short financial statement describing how you plan to cover your living expenses in Switzerland while enrolled in the program (no bank details needed)

    Tuition Fee

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    • International

      1390 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 695 EUR per semester during 18 months.
    • National

      1390 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 695 EUR per semester during 18 months.
      • tuition fee: CHF 730 per semester

    Living costs for Zürich

    1920 - 2572 CHF /month
    Living costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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