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Application Master's Program

The Master's Program Medical Neurosciences accepts about 20 to 25 students each year, including students from our partner programs of the Neurasmus network.

We receive many applications from all over the world. The admission’s committees of our program and the Neurasmus program carefully reviews each application, and aims to get a decision within a couple of weeks after the application deadline.

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Application to the MSc Program

Next application deadline: 15 January 2024 – for program start in October 2024.

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Seven Good Reasons to Apply

  • excellent scientific environment
  • access to basic neuroscience as well as clinical research, ranging from molecular level to networks, behavior, and cognition
  • individually tailored to identify and further develop your scientific interest
  • well balanced, intense theoretical training and cutting-edge practical lab work
  • small international classes and close faculty contact
  • life-long network provided by active alumni community
  • excellent basis for a career inside and outside of academia

Semester and tuition fees

Please note that from the winter term of 2017 on, we have to charge EUR 2,500 per semester. There is also an administrative fee of roughly EUR 315 per semester.

Documents to be submitted

The next deadline is 15 January 2024, 11:59 PM CET.


  1. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  2. Letter of motivation
  3. 2 letters of recommendation (official letter head; referee's signature and stamp); scanned copies are sufficient
  4. Simple copy of the transcript from your current academic institution
  5. Proof of proficiency in English, if not a native speaker, e.g. TOEFL or IELTS test score. Alternatively, an official statement certifying that relevant parts of your previous academic work (e.g. bachelor thesis) have been completed in English. Can be handed in after the application deadline.
  6. One year of practical experience (e.g. work in a lab, studying abroad, internship, 1st job after graduation, experimental Bachelor thesis, etc.). Can be handed in after the application deadline.

Selection Process and Timeline

Admission to MedNeuro is highly competitive. Therefore, we have developed a multiple-step selection process which runs from the application deadline on 15 January to a final admission decision by the end of March:

Step 1: Submission of Application – by 15 January

You apply to our program via our online application system. The call for applications will alway close at 15 January at 11:59 PM CET each year!

Applications submitted by post or email will not be considered without any notification.

Step 2: Admission Test (Subject Test) – might be cancelled

We ask you to sit a first admission test which we co-ordinate with other German Graduate Schools of Neuroscience. The test will be held at various locations in Germany and abroad. This test will check your basic to advanced knowledge in biology, cell-biology, chemistry and physics.

The two-hour test consists of multiple choice questions in the fields of

  • general and neurobiology (10 questions)
  • molecular biology (10 questions)
  • cell biology (20 questions)
  • chemistry (10 questions)
  • physics (10 questions)
  • cognitive science/statistics (20 questions).

The test will ask for your 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 Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Subject Tests. Handbooks for this GRE subject test as well as common undergraduate textbooks are therefore recommended for preparation. Free sample questions from the GRE subject test are available on the GRE website (see "Test Preparation/Subject Tests").

More details on our partner's website.

Step 3: Submission of Final Documents – End of February

The admission committee would like to get a better picture of you and your academic career and ambitions to join the program. Before the interviews will take place, either via MS Teams/Zoom or in person, please submit the following document:

  • Summary of your Bachelor thesis or previous academic project in 450 (min) to 750 (max) words (see our guidelines)

Step 4: Interviews – March

In order for us to get to know promising applicants, we will conduct interviews either in person or via Skype with two members of our admission committee. Additionally, you have to take another admission test, based on the publication of the Society for Neuroscience, Brain Facts.

Step 5: Final Selection by the Admission Committee – April

Once all interviews have been conducted and all test results are in, the admission committee will convene for final selection of the applicants. You will be informed of the admission decision shortly thereafter. Please note that your admission is conditional depending on the evaluation of your credentials.

Step 6: Credential Evaluation

Upon notification by the program office, please submit the following documents directly to the professional credential evaluation service uni-assist. Please note that you cannot "apply" directly here, this is limited to applicants with a valid conditional acceptance letter handed out by the program office!

Documents to submit:

  1. uni-assist application form (online)
  2. Copy of your conditional acceptance letter
  3. Copy of your high school diploma (and transcripts if applicable) (Original language and officially translated, unless: German or English)
  4. Copy of all diplomas awarding relevant university degrees, if applicable (Original language and officially translated, unless: German or English; originals will have to be presented upon matriculation in any case)
  5. Official transcript(s) of records, detailing your academic work so far, e.g. BSc (Original language and officially translated, unless: German or English)
  6. University Entrance Examination or APS, if applicable, and a simple copy of your degree, if your studies are already completed (Original language and officially translated). Only available in some countries (e.g. Turkey (ÖSYS), China, Vietnam, Mongolia, India, Bhutan (APS))

Proficiency in English

  • IELTS (acad.) min. Band 6.5
  • CAE min. Grade C
  • TOEFL paper min. 580
  • TOEFL computer min. 237
  • TOEFL internet min. 92