MSc/PhD Program


Only complete online applications which have been submitted by January 15 can be considered for admission. Admission to the Neuroscience Program involves three steps: (1) evaluation of the online application, (2) participation of short-listed candidates in a written subject test, and (3) participation of selected candidates in personal interviews.

Online Application

Applications are subjected to an initial screening by the Neuroscience admissions board with respect to academic qualification and recommendation letters. Approximately 25% of all applicants will qualify for the next round of the three-stage admission procedure. These shortlisted candidates will be notified within two weeks after the application deadline that they have qualified for a written subject test (see below). Unsuccessful applicants will be informed of their rejection latest by the end of January.

The Neuroscience Program processes all applications without delay. Please refrain from inquiries regarding the status of your application. You will be informed as soon as the results are known.

Written Subject Test

The written subject test is conducted close to the current address of short-listed applicants and is supervised by local branches of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Goethe Institutes, Max Mueller Bhavan, German embassies, or scientific partners abroad. The answer sheets of the test are returned to the Neuroscience office by our partners via e-mail or fax. Grading takes several days and all participants will be informed about their results by e-mail thereafter.

The written subject test for 2019 intake will take place on Thursday, February 7 or Friday, February 8, 2019 depending on the availability of our partners at the test centers abroad. Deviations from these provisional dates by +/- 2-3 days are possible if the test centers cannot offer the test at one of the dates stated above. In countries celebrating the Chinese New Year as a national holiday, the written subject test will be held on Thursday, Januar 31 or February 1, 2019, depending on the availability of the test centers. Applicants are asked to reserve these dates for writing the test! It will usually NOT be possible to re-schedule the test for individual candidates. They will be informed with regard to their participation and the exact location on short notice and should be prepared accordingly. Important: The test is organized by the Molecular Biology office and the entire correspondence should thus be sent to this address. DO NOT inquire directly with nearby DAAD branches, Goethe Institutes or German embassies regarding the test, unless we ask you to do so.

The two-hour Neuroscience test consists of multiple choice questions in the fields of general and neurobiology (10 questions), cell biology (10 questions), chemistry (20 questions), and physics (20 questions). The test will ask for general knowledge (Bachelor's level) in these fields. For each multiple choice question 5 answers are offered of which only one answer is correct. Negative marking will not be applied for incorrectly answered questions. The style and level of the multiple choice questions are similar to the former Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Subject Test which was discontinued in December 2016, but for which there are still handbooks and study material available. Free sample questions from the GRE subject test in Biology are available on the GRE website. In addition, common undergraduate textbooks are recommended to prepare for the written subject test


Applicants who pass the written subject test in the top group will be invited for interviews in Göttingen (travel expenses will be covered by the program) on one of the following dates (schedule may be subject to minor changes):

In some countries (e.g. P.R. China, India, Iran), interviews will be organized by video conference in collaboration with local partner institutions to give a larger number of applicants the opportunity to personally introduce themselves to members of our admission board. The video conferences are scheduled for Tuesday, March 5 and/ or Thursday, March 7, 2019.

The Neuroscience admissions board will reach a decision with regards to admission based on the written application, the subject test, and the interviews by March 14, 2019.