Neuroscience has in the past decades emerged as a fast expanding field of expert studies that encompass and combine other scientific fields from molecules to imaging.

Presently, neuroimaging is developing rapidly and is relevant to a number of health science disciplines and has a great impact on the understanding, diagnosis and possible treatment of different devastating neurological diseases.


The interdisciplinary Master’s programme in Neuroscience and Neuroimaging is the first of its kind in Denmark and combines subjects from the Technical, Natural, and Life Sciences with the aim of producing graduates with state-of-the-art theoretical, technical, and clinical knowledge within neuroscience and neuroimaging. In particular, the broad approach to the field of neuroimaging, including the theory and engineering aspects underlying all cutting-edge image modalities is not offered as a master education anywhere else in Europe.


By uniting the expertise of Danish neuroscientist within basic, molecular, and clinical neuroscience and PET/MR based neuroimaging with Chinese scientists trained in advanced neurobiology, MEG and in the design of MRI hardware, the study program offers a unique educational environment not seen anywhere in the world. In addition, the study program includes courses in basic neuroscience from the molecular level to the clinical setting describing the different neurological diseases, the treatment of as well as the study of these including animal models used in neuroscience and neuroimaging research.


The SDC Master’s programme in Neuroscience and Neuroimaging is developed by active researchers from both Denmark and China – uniting the most recent research, modern technology, and problem-oriented learning methods. This programme is based in China.


The unique combination of advanced imaging techniques and a broad knowledge in basic and clinical neuroscience topics enables the students to join the growing field of neuroscience and neuroimaging as well as fill the rising demand for graduates specialized in neuroimaging due to the increasing worldwide availability of high-resolution scanners.


Through the inclusion of top researchers as guest lectures, the students will be introduced to the latest advances in neuroscience research and techniques.


You will obtain knowledge in:

  • Molecular, cellular, and clinical neuroscience
  • Different neuroimaging technologies including, ultra sound, X-ray/CT, PET/SPECT, and fMRI
  • Neurotransmission, neuropsychology, psychiatry, and neuropharmacology
  • Electroencephalography (EEG) and Magnetoencephalography (MEG)
  • Advanced uses of neuroimaging modalities
  • Hardware design for fMRI and PET scanners
  • Model systems used in neuroscience


Graduates are expected to be in high demand due to their unique education and cross-cultural insight. They are foreseen to be employed in industrial R & D positions, academic research and/or clinical positions at neuro-oriented hospital departments or join neuroscience PhD schools at universities in Denmark and abroad.

Admission requirements

Students with a Bachelor degree from a suitable major can enter the Master’s degree programme.

BSc degrees granting admission can be divided in 3 groups depending on the level of anatomical, mathematical, physiological, and digital signal processing and analysis skills of the student:

  • Passed mathematics and digital signal processing and analysis. Eligible degrees include technical BSc degrees e.g. Electro-, Healthcare Technology-, Biomedical- Engineering, and Medicine and Technology Engineering as well as some natural science BSc degrees e.g. Physics, Nanoscience, Medical chemistry or equivalent.
  • Passed neuroanatomy and physiology. Eligible BSc degrees include: Medicine, Pharmacology, Biomedicine, Molecular Medicine, Molecular Biomedicine or equivalent.
  • Passed physiology and mathematics. Eligible BSc degrees include: Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology or equivalent.

Number of students

The programme admits a maximum of 20 students each year.

According to national legislation in China, Chinese citizens cannot apply for admission to Neuroscience & Neuroimaging through a Danish university. Instead, Chinese Citizens must apply for admission through University of Chinese Academy of Sciences.     

Selection Criteria

As the Master’s programme only admits 20 students each year, meeting the admission requirements does not in itself guarantee admission to the programme.

In evaluating qualified applicants, the admissions committee assesses each applicant on the basis of the following criteria:

1. Academic background (75%)

2. Other relevant experiences (25%)

Academic background:

This criteria includes average mark of BSc degree and the average mark of relevant courses weighted after the study load (ECTS credits)

Other relevant experiences:

Relevant work experience, BSc projects, laboratory projects etc.

The assessment is based on the supplied documented information and can, thus, not include marks/grades obtained after application deadline

Language Requirements

General English language requirements ('English B level')

Admission procedure

The application deadline for the Master’s degree programme in Neuroscience and Neuroimaging is 1 March for all applicants. 

Programme structure

The 1st and 2nd semesters are composed of a variety of courses within neuroscience and neuroimaging, some of which are chosen on the basis of their academic background (e.g. students who have a strong background in mathematics and signal processing should take courses in neuroanatomy and physiology). A course plan is made for each individual student prior to commencement.

In the 3rd semester, students take elective subjects and pick a specialization, and they write a 30 ECTS Master’s thesis in the 4th semester.

You can read more about the individual courses and their contents in the AU course catalogue.

Each semester is divided into 3 units with a duration of 4 weeks each. A 1-week long examination period follows each unit. To get acquainted with ongoing research in participating labs, 2 weeks of lab-rotation is included in each semester.

The teaching is given by Danish and Chinese researchers and scientists in cooperation.

Student life


House of the Danish Industry Foundation

From 2013, most SDC's activities will take place in the House of the Danish Industry Foundation located on GUCAS' Yanqihu Campus in Huairou District, 60 km northeast of Tiananmen Square in Beijing. The Yanqihu Campus is currently under construction.

The House of the Danish Industry Foundation will be app. 8,000 m2 and house auditoriums, reading facilities, class rooms, working facilities for academic personnel, administrative facilities, housing facilities for researchers and common areas.

An area in the building will be allocated to industrial partners. The space will serve as a showroom and representative facility for Danish and Chinese companies.

The building will be designed by Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects and reflect the high standards of Danish design. The building will be constructed with the greatest possible emphasis on energy savings, environmentally friendly solutions and sustainability. The building will be inaugurated in April 2013.

The building is sponsored by the Danish Industry Foundation who have allocated up to 80 million DKK for the project.

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Career opportunities

Graduates are expected to be in high demand due to their unique education and cross-cultural insight. They are anticipated to be employed in industrial R & D positions, academic research and/or clinical positions at neuro-oriented hospital departments or join neuroscience PhD schools at universities in Denmark and abroad.