MSc/PhD Program



Applicants must hold a Bachelor's degree (or an equivalent degree) in biology, psychology, medicine, physics, or related fields. Applications are welcome even if the required degree has not been awarded by the time of application as long as this will be conferred before courses start in October.

Applicants who are not native speakers of English should demonstrate adequate competence of the English language by acceptable results on an internationally recognized test (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, APIEL, CPE). Participation in such a test is recommended but not mandatory as language skills can also be evaluated during the personal interviews with selected candidates (see Admission). Proven higher education in English or a reasonably long stay in an English-speaking country are also acceptable.

Application Period

The application period starts on September 15 and ends on January 15 of the year of enrollment.

Online Application

Our online application tool (click to enter) is available for every round of application from September 15 until January 15. When accessing this application tool for the first time you will have to register at our online system. Upon registration you will be able to log in with your personal username and password.

During online application, you will be asked to enter information regarding your current and permanent address, your CV with photo, your education (recent and previous enrollment) and academic background, language proficiency, honors, awards, and motivation. You should also indicate up to five research groups of our program you find particularly interesting.

The online application tools will allow you to upload relevant documents electronically (supported file types are: pdf, jpg, jpeg, gif, png). Your application will only be further processed if at least the following documents have been uploaded:

You can also upload English language or GRE certificates if available. All submitted documents must be in English or German. Certified copies of documents are NOT required for the application (i.e. regular copies are sufficient). Only upon admission to the program, all relevant documents (e.g. diploma, transcripts) must get certified. This can be done, for example, by the dean's or registrar's office of your university, a German embassy or consulate, or a public notary.

In addition, you will be asked to indicate the contact data of two referees who will write letters of recommendation for you. You should inform the referees about your intention to apply at our program beforehand. Only letters of recommendation which reach us by January 15 can be considered in the evaluation of your application. In case your recommendation letter(s) do not reach us in time, your application will still be processed and evaluated based on the documents available to us. The referees suggested by you will receive an automated e-mail request from us at the e-mail address you indicate. This request will be posted as soon as you submit your complete application.

Further information regarding your application and other issues is summarized in the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section. The program receives many inquiries regarding the application package. Please consult this site before contacting the coordination office.