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M2 Neuroscience, Behavior, Cognition


The Master 2 Neurosciences, Behaviour, Cognition (NBC) offers advanced knowledge and training in topics regarding the mechanisms involved in cognitive neurosciences, cognition, ethology and collective phenomena in living systems. The training program is intended to prepare students who desire to continue in research (PhD program), to become an engineer or to access a job related to biological/medical sciences.


Scientific aims: To develop an integrative research approach on animal behaviour, taking into account the neurobiological, cognitive and ethological bases of behaviour at the individual and/or collective levels. The scientific training is multi-level (society, individual, cell, molecule), interdisciplinary (genetics, electrophysiology, experimental psychology, modelling) and translational (memory systems and pathologies, learning and neurotoxicity, cognitive impairments and neuroprostheses). Innovative approaches in the fields of neurosciences, molecular biology and behaviour (e.g. brain imaging, modelling, robotics, bioinformatics, prostheses...) are introduced in the form of courses, seminars and practicals. The final internship enables students to get deeper into all these questions and touch upon ethical and welfare problems associated with animal research (in invertebrates and vertebrates, including humans).


Professional aims: To train specialists in behavioural/cognitive neurosciences and behaviour of natural and artificial complex systems. Students holding this Master 2 degree have the opportunity to enrol in a PhD program, in France or abroad, to pursue a research career in Academia. They are also eligible for engineer positions in research and development in the public sector (research institutes, universities), in biotechnology companies, the food industry or pharmaceutical groups (e.g. project manager, clinical research associate).


The program begins in early September and comprises two semesters. Students participate in courses during the first semester (September to December) and complete a research thesis during the second semester (January to June/September).

The theoretical training (35 ECTS*) is organised in 10 mandatory courses (29 ECTS) and a choice of 2 optional courses (2x3 ECTS). Optional UEs can be chosen in other Master 2 programmes if they are worth the same number of ECTS and if students have obtained the agreement of the Master 2 coordinator before enrolment. In any case, students must obtain the agreement from the coordinators of the NCC programme. Some courses are shared across multiple master programmes (e.g. Clinical Neuropsychology and Neurosciences, Physics of Life, Modelling Ecological Systems, Ecology & Evolution).

The practical/research training (second semester, 25 ECTS) corresponds to an internship (January to May) in one of the host teams, in France or abroad, associated with the Master 2 (see list below). Students prepare a master thesis which is defended at the end of the academic year.

*European Credits Transfer System

SEMESTER 1 (September to December)

Mandatory courses:

  • Ethics in Animal Research, Welfare and Stress (3 ECTS)

  • Statistics in Animal Behaviour, Neurosciences and Neuropsychology (3 ECTS)

  • Collective Behaviour in Biological Systems (3 ECTS)

  • Neurogenetics and Cognitive Ethology (3 ECTS)

  • Tools and Techniques in Cognitive Neurosciences and Ethology (3 ECTS)

  • Introduction to Biorobotics/Neural Basis of the Perception/Sensory-Motor Deficits and Neuroprosthetics (6 ECTS)

  • Memory Processes and Plasticity (3 ECTS)

  • Project Management (4 ECTS)

  • Introduction to the Lab Life and Professional Integration (1 ECTS)

Optional courses (2 among 4) 

  • Modelling, Information Technology, Networks in Behaviour and Neurosciences (3 ECTS)

  • Cognition (3 ECTS)

  • Modelling and Advanced Numerical Analyses (3 ECTS)

  • Behavioural Ecology (3 ECTS)

SEMESTER 2 (January to May)

  • Research Internship (25 ECTS)






Additional information


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Last updated May 21, 2019

Host teams

The list of host teams in which to conduct the research internship is available here


The description of all proposals for 2019/2020 is available here

Admission and Eligibility

The program is open to students of all nationalities with good French language skills (all lessons will be given in French with course materials in English). Students interested by the programme must have completed a Master 1 degree (or equivalent) in neurosciences, cognitive sciences, or animal behaviour (ethology, behavioural ecology). Students with a different background (e.g. degrees in engineering, veterinary sciences, but also physics, mathematics or informatics with a strong interest in biology (including human biology) are also welcome if they have the necessary knowledge to follow the theoretical teaching and/or have previously completed research internships within the fields mentioned above. Candidates must first pre-register on the website of the University of Toulouse III – Paul Sabatier ( for pre-selection.


Selection and acceptance in the Master 2 depends on the quality of the Academic CV, the motivation and the professional project of the student. It is also mandatory that the student has already acquired consent from a host team to conduct his/her research internship during the second semester. This agreement must be obtained no later than the beginning of the Academic year (September). Internship offers (summary and contacts) are available online.


Candidates can also propose to conduct an internship in a new host team (not listed above). In that case, the head of the research team in question must contact the coordinators of the Master 2 with a letter of intention before the beginning of the Academic year (end of May). Only then can the candidate’s request be reviewed.


The maximum number of participants attending the formation is 18.

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