A specialisation in time / pain / neurodegenerative diseases

NeuroStra offers 3 Master/Doctorate programmes of specialisation in the Institute's 3 main research themes:

These 3 integrated 5-year programmes are mainly aimed at students who wish to obtain a PhD in neuroscience by carrying out an interdisciplinary research project in one of the 3 themes. The NeuroStra programmes start at the Master level, with specific courses integrated into the neuroscience Master courses of the University of Strasbourg's Faculty of Life Sciences: Joint Master in Neuroscience (JMN), Cellular and Integrated Neuroscience (NCI) and Cognitive Neuroscience (NCO) (see below). Master's courses can be continued into a doctorate in one of the NeuroStra teams specialising in time, pain or neurodegenerative/neurogenetic diseases.


NeuroTime | Time in perception and action

The study of time in neuroscience has many dimensions:

  • chronobiology: mechanisms of biological rhythms, impact of the environment (light, food intake, activity), disruption of rhythms (shift work, sleep disorders, eating disorders, cardiovascular diseases...)
  • sense of time in humans: temporal structure of conscious and unconscious processes in the normal and pathological brain
  • formation and longevity of engrams, the neurobiological substrate of memory

Master teachings

Semester 2 (6 ECTS)

  • Time in perception and action

Semester 3 (21 ECTS)

  • Advanced NeuroTime
  • Neuroepignetics
  • Molecule screening and innovative therapeutics
  • Scientific writing, communication and open science
  • What's in the box?

Semester 4 (30 ECTS)

  • Master work & thesis


Possibility of doing a PhD in one of the NeuroStra teams specialising in the field of time.


NeuroDegen | Neurodegenerative and neurogenetic diseases

The NeuroDegen courses include:

  • clinical presentation of human neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, frontotemporal dementia, ALS, Huntington's and related diseases)
  • cellular/molecular mechanisms
  • chromatin organisation, a new potential target of pathological mechanisms
  • thematic sessions: large-scale genomics, environmental risks, imaging, neuropsychological dimension
  • neuroepigenetics

Master teachings

Semester 2 (6 ECTS)

  • Mechanisms of neurodegeneration

Semester 3 (21 ECTS)

  • Advanced NeuroDegen
  • Neuroepignetics
  • Molecule screening and innovative therapeutics
  • Scientific writing, communication and open science
  • What's in the box?

Semester 4 (30 ECTS)

  • Master work & thesis


Possibility of doing a PhD in one of the NeuroStra teams specialising in the field of neurodegenerative and neurogenetic diseases.


EURIDOL | Nociception and pain

The EURIDOL programme aims to decipher the complexity of pain in humans and in animal models in order to develop new treatments:

  • models and tests to study pain and nociception in animals
  • human pain: clinical research and medical management (assessment, pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments)
  • drug design and production
  • psychosocial dimension of pain

Master teachings

Semester 2 (3 ECTS)

  • Introduction to Pain

Semester 3 (9 ECTS)

  • Advanced knowledge in Pain
  • The Pain Lab
  • Pain from Bench to Bedside

Semester 4 (30 ECTS)

  • Master work & thesis


Possibility of doing a PhD in one of the EURIDOL and/or NeuroStra teams specialising in the field of pain.

NeuroStra teaching within the NCI/NCO/JMN Masters

The NeuroStra Master courses (NeuroTime, NeuroDegen and EURIDOL) are taught within the Neuroscience Master courses of the Faculty of Life Sciences of the University of Strasbourg NCI, NCO & JMN:

Enrolment in one of these three courses is therefore a prerequisite to follow the NeuroStra specialised courses (see the chapter "How to apply").

The NeuroTime, NeuroDegen and EURIDOL teaching units and examinations are conducted entirely in English (regardless of the chosen Master track)

Articulation of the NeuroTime / NeuroDegen / EURIDOL courses within the NCI / NCO / JMN Masters

Download the details of the teachings for each theme:

How to apply to NeuroTime/NeuroDegen/EURIDOL

Step 1 : Registering in Master

You need first to be admitted in one of the following Master tracks:

The admission procedure for a Master's degree in a French university depends on nationality and country of origin.

  • If you are French, a citizen of the European Union or if your country is not one of the 65 listed on Campus France (see list below), apply via the French national admission platform, MonMaster. You may read the platform's FAQs or contact the platform for any assistance.
  • If you are not a European Union citizen and your country is one of the 65 listed below, you must apply via Campus France, following the "Études en France" procedure"

The "Études en France" procedure of Campus France concerns students residing in one of the following 65 countries:

Algeria, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Gabon, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Peru, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam.

Step 2 : Applying to NeuroTime / NeuroDegen / EURIDOL

Being accepted into the NCI, NCO or JMN Masters programmes does not guarantee that you will be admitted to the NeuroTime, NeuroDegen and EURIDOL specialised training programmes. The admission process takes place according to the following schedule:

  • Beginning of M1: overview of the Time/Degen/Pain programmes
  • Semester 2: discovery of Time/Degen/Pain themes (free introductory UEs)
  • End of semester 2 (April): specific information meeting on the Time/Degen/Pain programmes
  • End of semester 2 (May): opening of applications for Time/Degen/Pain programmes, auditions and announcement of admitted candidates

A good academic record, English language skills and a letter of application highlighting motivation for the 5-year integrated training programme will be key to admission.

Doing a PhD in NeuroStra

Any holder of a Master's degree can enrol in a doctorate, provided that he or she has a host laboratory and a minimum of three years' funding. Registration for a PhD is done through the Doctoral Schools of the University of Strasbourg.

To extend the NeuroTime, NeuroDegen and NeuroPain Master's programmes, NeuroStra offers doctoral training in one of the teams specialising in time, pain and neurodegenerative diseases.


Find the admission procedure for the EURIDOL PhD on the dedicated website.

PhD NeuroTime / NeuroDegen

Any PhD student doing a thesis on one of the Time/Degen themes, and in one of the NeuroStra laboratories, can apply to join the NeuroStra ITI training programme and benefit from the NeuroTime or NeuroDegen label. Information and application:

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