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Integrated Research Training Group (IRTG)

Profile of the IRTG

The Integrated Research Training Group (IRTG) will comprise the integrated graduate school “Integration and Representation of Sensory Processes” and will engage in focused research in the area sensory neuroscience coupled with a structured educational curriculum that is custom-designed for the needs of the graduate students within the programme.

The graduate school will have a particular focus on molecular, cellular, systems, cognitive, clinical and computational aspects of sensory integration and representation. Students will be given a broad based education that ranges from an understanding of basic research strategies, implementation of relevant and novel methodological approaches, theoretical training and application of research strategies. This will be achieved by coupling an intensive lecture course on neuroscience theory, with custom cut practical and methodological training in the field. Particular emphasis will be made on understanding the mechanisms and principles of sensation, sensory systems and sensory processing. This will be implemented through the hosting of monthly state of the art symposia on these topics. Journal club, conference and soft skill course attendance will round off the training of the students so that they not only acquire skills in scientific critique, but also in presenting and optimising their knowledge.

The curriculum will be operated under the auspices of the International Graduate School of Neuroscience (IGSN), that comprises the neuroscience graduate educational institution of the Ruhr-Universitšt Bochum. Students will have the option of obtaining a PhD in Neuroscience from the Ruhr-Universitšt Bochum, or an equivalent degree (Dr.rer.nat.) from the Faculty in which their research is conducted.


International students (with a Master's, Diploma or equivalent degree in a neuroscientific field) can apply for a short-term fellowship (6 month maximum) to become familiar with the research fields of the SFB 874.

For more information have a look at International Student Fellowship .

Contact person

Sarah Karis


Tel.: +49 - (0)234 - 32 - 21761






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