The best thing about taking this degree programme is that you’re taught by some of the most talented researchers in their fields. The lecturers are also really good at teaching the very latest research, so that everything you learn is up to date. Our Chinese fellow students are really nice and very easy to talk to.

Jan Ole Pedersen, Master’s student in Neuroscience and Neuroimaging

Neuroscience has in the past decades emerged as a fast expanding field of expert studies that encompass and combine different scientific fields from molecules to imaging. Presently, Neuroimaging is developing at a very rapid pace and is relevant to a number of health science disciplines where it has a great impact on the understanding, diagnosis and possible treatment of different devastating neurological diseases.

Sino-Danish Center for Education and Research (SDC) is a partnership between all eight
Danish universities and University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) in Beijing as well as the research institutes constituting Chinese Academy of Sciences. SDC in Beijing offers seven unique Master’s Programmes jointly developed by Danish and Chinese research environments, including the
Neuroscience & Neuroimaging programme.

Study profile

The SDC Master’s programme in Neuroscience and Neuroimaging is developed by active researchers
from both Denmark and China and includes lecturers from five Danish universities
as well as several of the institutes of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The programme is based in China.

The unique combination of advanced imaging techniques and a broad knowledge of basic and clinical neuroscience topics enables the students to combine the diverse scientific fields involved in neuroscience research and thereby facilitate interdisciplinary research.

Thus, the student will be able to join the growing field of neuroscience and neuroimaging research as well as fill the rising demand for graduates specialised in neuroimaging due to the increasing worldwide availability of high-resolution scanners.

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

You will obtain knowledge in:
• Molecular, cellular, and clinical neuroscience
• Various neuroimaging technologies including
ultra sound, X-ray/CT, PET/SPECT, EEG,
MEG and fMRI
• Neurotransmission, neuropsychology, psychiatry, and neuropharmacology
• Advanced uses of neuroimaging modalities
• Hardware design for fMRI and PET scanners
• Model systems used in neuroscience

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. The MSc degree programme in Neuroscience and Neuroimaging targets students who would like to combine Neuroscience and modern advanced technology to create the new technologies and forms of therapy that will help the growing number of patients with brain disorders.


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.

Uddannelsens opbygning

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.



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.