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Applications for the fall semester 2019/2020 are closed now. Applications for fall semester 2020/2021 will open in the beginning of 2020.

Below you find information about the entry requirements and the application procedures for fall semester 2019/2020. Any changes to these requirements and procedures for the next application round (for fall semester 2020/2021) will be announced in due time.

 

Entry requirements

The MSc Neuroscience has the following entry requirements:

  1. A Bachelor degree (or equivalent international qualification) with a major in natural sciences, engineering sciences, mathematics, computer sciences, behavioural sciences or sport sciences. If you have already obtained multiple degrees then it is your first degree that counts.
  2. A Bachelor degree (or equivalent international qualifications) with a final grade of at least 2.5 (according to the German grading system) or a Bachelor degree with a final grade that ranks among the top 33% across the last 3 years. Again it is your first degree which counts in case you have obtained multiple degrees already. 
  3. A first Bachelor degree with at least 100 ECTS in natural sciences, mathematics, computer science, or engineering sciences of which at least 20 ECTS must be in mathematics or physics. Please read this sheet for further information about this entry requirement.
  4. If you have not completed a Bachelor degree yet you can still apply if you meet the following three criteria at the time of application: (i) You have already obtained 135 ECTS in total. (ii) You have already obtained at least 80 ECTS in natural sciences, mathematics, computer science, or engineering sciences of which at least 20 ECTS must be in mathematics or physics. (iii) You have already submitted your Bachelor thesis or you have at least already registered for your Bachelor thesis project. 
    If your application is successful you will still need to demonstrate before enrolment for the MSc Neuroscience that you successfully completed your Bachelor degree and that your degree fulfills the requirements 2. and 3. above.
  5. Proficiency in English (level B2 or above according to Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). Further information can be found here.

 

Application documents 

To apply you need to sent the following documents before the application deadline (31st of May 2019) to the address provided below:

  • A certified and (if necessary) translated copy (German or English) of your first undergraduate diploma. Information on the standards for certification can be found here; for translation here. In case of a translated copy please also submit a certified copy of the original diploma. If you have already completed your degree but have not yet received the final degree certificate, you must submit an official document from the University (original or certified copy in German or English) which confirms that you have finalised you degree and which states the final grade that you have obtained.
  • A certified and (if necessary) translated copy (German or English) of your grade transcript showing all courses taken and grades obtained. In case of a translated copy please also submit a certified copy of the original transcript.
  • If you have not yet completed your Bachelor degree you must submit an official document from the University (original or certified copy in German or English) which confirms that you have already submitted your Bachelor thesis or that you have already registered for your Bachelor thesis project.
  • Proof of English proficiency (at least B2 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). The documents demonstrating English proficiency need to be submitted as certified copies. Further information can be found here
  • Please print out and fill in this form to demonstrate that you meet the ECTS requirements (see entry requirement no. 3 above for details). Please read this information sheet before filling out the form.
  • If the final grade of your first Bachelor degree is not 2.5 or better (according to the German grading scheme), you need to provide a document (as certified copy) which proofs that your final grade ranks among the top 33% across the last 3 years.
  • Curriculum vitae or résumé in English language
  • Letter of motivation (written in English, max. 1 page) describing why you would like to study neuroscience and what you expect from the MSc Neuroscience program in Freiburg.
  • Please fill in and print out this electronic form and submit the printout together with the other application documents.
  • Part of the application procedure will be a personal interview with you (see below for details). You can apply for an interview by video conferencing if traveling to Freiburg would imply extraordinary social hardship for you, for example because your current place of living is far away from Freiburg and you cannot cover the cost of travel. In this case please submit an extra document explaining the reason why you cannot travel to Freiburg for the interview.
  • For applicants with a degree from China, Vietnam or Mongolia: certificate of the Akademische Prüfstelle (APS) of the German embassy.
  • At last, please print out and sign this statement and submit together with the other application documents.

Information on the standards for certification can be found here; for translation here. Please note that applications with certifications or translations that do not fulfil these standards may not be accepted. 

The application documents should be sent to

Dr. Birgit Ahrens
MSc Neuroscience
Bernstein Center Freiburg
Universität Freiburg
Hansastr. 9a
79104 Freiburg i. Br.
Germany

Please note that we must receive all documents until the 31st of May 2019. Applications which arrive after the deadline or are incomplete at the time of the deadline cannot be considered.

Please also note that for legal reasons only applications submitted as hard copies and send to us by post can be accepted. Therefore, applications via e-mail cannot be considered and the deadline can also not be extended by e-mail or any other notification. Furthermore, we will not be able to return your application documents, neither after admission nor after rejection.

 

What happens after you have submitted your application documents?

After a first selection round based on your application documents you may be invited for an individual interview which will take place between June, 15th and July, 15th in Freiburg. You will be informed in advance about the exact time and location of your interview. 

On the basis of the results from the interview and the application documents the final selection of applicants will be made. The letters of admission can be expected by end of July/beginning of August.

Please note that due to the large number of incoming applications we cannot give individual feedback on the status or the rank of open applications.

  

International students

Information on studying in Germany can be found on the websites of the DAAD: https://www.daad.de/deutschland/en/. For scholarships please visit https://www.daad.de/deutschland/stipendium/en/.

 

Tuition fees

Please be advised that starting from winter semester 2017/18 tuition fees will be charged to all non-EU-students as well as students in their second degree. For further information, please consult: http://www.studium.uni-freiburg.de/en/student-services/study-fees?set_language=en

 

Further information

For further information please contact

The statutes for application and admission to the program can be found here.

  

Course profile

  • Interdisciplinary and international (English-taught program)
  • Combined experimental and theoretical training in neuroscience
  • Individual study program with many elective courses to choose from
  • Electives cover topics such as computational neuroscience, neurophysiology / optophysiology, neurotechnology and genes/circuits/behaviour
  • Joint program of Faculty of BiologyFaculty of Engineering and Faculty of Behavioural and Economic Sciences
  • State-of-the art neuroscience facilities at one of Germany’s best universities
  • Historic university town with a vibrant student life and extraordinary possibilities for leisure activities 

 

THE APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THE WINTER SEMESTER IS THE 31st of May 2019 !