MSc/PhD Program


Only complete online applications which have been submitted by January 15 can be considered for admission. Online registration closes on January 15, 24:00 h CET. It is recommended that all letters of recommendation have been submitted at that time as well. Reference letters reaching us after January 18 cannot be considered in the evaluation of your application.

Admission to the Neuroscience Program involves three steps: (1) Evaluation of the online application, (2) evaluation of short-listed candidates (approx. 25% of all applicants) in 12-min interviews in January, and (3) evaluation of candidates who qualified for the final stage of the admission process in 30-min interviews in February.

The Neuroscience Program processes all applications as soon as possible. Please refrain from inquiries regarding the status of your application. We will inform all applicants as soon as the results are available.

Stage 1: Evaluation of online applications (mid-January)

The Neuroscience admissions board evaluates all applications considering the academic qualification and motivation. Shortlisted candidates will be notified within approx. one week after the application deadline that they have qualified for 12-min interviews in January (see below). At the same time, unsuccessful applicants will be informed about the status of their application.

Stage 2: 15-min interviews (January 25-29, 2021)

Approximately 25% of all applicants will qualify for the second round of the three-stage admission process and participate in 15-min short interviews with members of our admissions board. These interviews are held online via zoom in the last week of January.
The 15-min interviews focus on short questions to determine the background knowledge of the applicants. We are aware that our applicants come from different fields and we expect their background knowledge to vary considerably depending on the subject of the previous studies. However, we also encourage students with a non-biology background to apply. All applicants should have a basic knowledge in the fields of Neurobiology, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Cognitive Sciences, and Molecular Biology though. To enable a comparable interview situation for all applicants, the applicants will be asked 1-2 questions related to the scientific interest and experience they indicated in their application. To cover a good spectrum of topics, short and concise answers are expected from the candidates. Further details will be included in the invitations sent by email.
The GRE Biology Test (Section I. Cellular and Molecular Biology) together with a review of your college course and common undergraduate textbooks are recommended to prepare for the interviews.
Note: The 15-min short interviews replace the written subject test (multiple choice), to which short-listed applicants had been invited before the COVID-19 pandemic. This test was taken at testing centers near the current address of short-listed applicants, supervised by local branches of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Goethe Institutes, Max Mueller Bhavan, German embassies or scientific partners abroad.

Stage 3: 30-min interviews (February 15-26, 2021)

Approximately half of the applicants who passed the 15-min interviews in January qualify for the third and final stage of the admission process. They will be invited to 30-min short interviews with members of our admissions board. Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, these interviews will also be held online via zoom in the second half of February. Further details will be included in the invitations sent by email.

The Neuroscience admissions board will reach decisions on admission based on the online application, the 15-min interviews in January and the 30-min interviews in February by the first week of March.