Key Facts


The Center for Stroke Research Berlin (CSB) aims to improve conditions for the translation of findings from basic research into clinical research and clinical practice in the area of stroke. With the Master of Science in Cerebrovascular Medicine, the CSB is closing an important gap: The lack of experts who combine core competencies both types of research.

The program thus trains future experts at the interface of bench and bedside. Students will gain in depth knowledge of the neurobiological bases of cerebrovascular diseases and they will understand the principles of laboratory experiments and modeling. Furthermore, the program provides a concise and comprehensive overview of the state of the art diagnosis, treatment, therapy and rehabilitation of stroke patients. This knowledge is complemented by epidemiological aspects, enabling students to conceptualize, conduct and analyze large scale clinical trials. To complete the profile, students are trained in effective project management and can demonstrate their achievements in the Master thesis.

Target Audience

The Master program is geared toward professionals already working or planning to work as stroke specialists. Potential students must hold a degree in either medicine, natural sciences or epidemiology and must have work experience.

Qualification and Career

Graduates of the program qualify as internationally sought-after experts on clinical and patient-oriented research in the field of stroke. Students are embedded in the interdisciplinary Center of Stroke Research Berlin at the Charité, Europe's largest university hospital. They are planning clinical studies on current issues in stroke research and carry them out together with a study team. They do research on and with patients. They acquire knowledge and practical experience for their future professional work as researching doctors, as clinical researchers or as e. g. project manager for clinical studies at research centers, hospitals or pharmaceutical companies.

Program Structure

The program is divided into nine modules including the master thesis. These nine modules award a total of 60 ECTS credit points. Each module stretches over two months with a five day onsite teaching week. Exceptions to that are the practical training and the Master thesis.

Students who do not want an entire Master degree program can participate in individual modules. Respective certificates will be issued.


The program takes two years including the master thesis.

Teaching Concept

As blended learning program, The Master of Cerebrovascular Medicine is based on three types of training formats. For their self study, students will receive a detailed text book for each module prepared by the scientist teaching in this module. In addition, extensive e-learning is provided including additional literature, group discussions in forums, pod casts, further online resources and self assessment tests. Lastly, an intensive onsite training week will allow students to work through the module's topics in small groups with close faculty-student interaction.


Graduates of this program will be conferred the degree of Master of Science (MSc) in Cerebrovascular Medicine. Certificates will be issued for completing individual modules.


The program is open for international graduates and courses will be held in English unless all participants are German speakers. All course materials, online as well as printed, are in English. All examinations and take home assignments as well as the reports for the practical training and the Master thesis must be completed in English.

Tuition Fees

The tuition fees amount to Euro 225 per ECTS credit point or Euro 3,375* per semester plus a minor matriculation fee. Limited financial aid is available. See below.

The fees include course materials in form of a textbook, access to e-learning, and attendance of lectures. Other books, travel to and from Berlin to attend the teaching weeks and meals are not included.

Individual modules can be completed for Euro 1,125 each.


*Payment in installments can be arranged upon request.

Financial Aid

A limited number of stipends is available through the CSB. Students for whom the tuition fee constitutes a financial hardship can submit a letter explaining their situation and requesting financial aid along with their application.

Remember that for German tax payers, expenses for berufliche Weiterbildung are tax deductable as Werbungskosten.

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