Sino-Danish Center for Education and Research (SDC)

Neuroscience and Neuroimaging Master’s programme
at Sino-Danish Center for Education and Research (SDC)  

The Sino-Danish Center for Education and Research (SDC) is a collaboration concerning education and research between the eight Danish universities, the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). The overall aim of SDC is to promote and strengthen collaboration between Danish and Chinese research and learning environments for the benefit of both countries. Currently, the SDC offers seven different Master’s programmes.

The SDC Master’s programme in Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, was developed by active researchers from both Denmark and China - uniting the most recent research, modern technology, and problem-oriented learning methods. 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 lectures, the students are introduced to the latest advances in neuroscience research and techniques. A big group of CFIN scientist took part in developing this programme, and many are involved in teaching and supervising studen

Studying at the SDC

The teaching of the SDC Master’s programmes takes place in the prestigious SDC house at Yanqihu campus outside Beijing. The SDC building was donated by the Danish Industry Foundation. It houses auditoriums, spaces for reading and studying, classrooms, offices for academic faculty, administrative offices, housing facilities for researchers as well as common areas.

The Neuroscience and Neuroimaging Master’s programme takes in about 15 Chinese and 15 Danish students each year. Students come from a wide range of Bachelor backgrounds including, but not limited to; Molecular biology, Biology, Medicinal Chemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Medicine, Psychology, Molecular medicine, Electrical Engineering, Physics, and Nanoscience.

The first year of the programme consists of a range of courses in the different aspects of Neuroscience and Neuroimaging. The classes are taught by a mix of Danish and Chinese scientists, from 6 of the Danish universities, as well as from CAS institutes in both Beijing and Shanghai, each a specialist in their field. During the second year, the students work on a project in a Chinese lab. Along with their Chinese supervisor, students also have a Danish supervisor, giving them the added benefit of having an extra specialist involved. Students graduating from this programme receives double degrees from both UCAS and AU.

The Neuroscience and Neuroimaging Master’s programme is mainly aimed at a career in research, as of February 2018 two thirds of all Danish graduates had continued in PhD studies.


Photo from the first meeting of Danish and Chinese scientists involved in founding the SDC Danish-Chinese collaboration.