For each of the three neuroscience masters programs, 15 places are available per year and they will be awarded according to qualification and experience of the applicant.
To apply for one of the places, you will have to use the University of Tübingen ‘Online Application Portal’. Applications for the next terms, respectively, will be possible from February 01 until March 31 (for the courses that start in the upcoming winter terms - i.e., September/October).
Once you have entered the ‘Online Application Portal’, you will be guided through the complete procedure. Please take your time and read the instructions carefully. For further queries regarding specific requirements for your desired neuroscience masters program, you are welcome to contact the Graduate Training Centre by e-mail: neuro.office(at)uni-tuebingen(dot)de.
Please note that our programs are currently undergoing reaccreditation and “Neural Information Processing” changes to “Computational Neuroscience”. In the online application portal (ALMA) German titles are being used:
Neuronal Information Processing/Computational Neuroscience - Neuronale Informationsverarbeitung
Neural and Behavioural Sciences - Neuro- und Verhaltenswissenschaften
Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience - Zelluläre und Molekulare Neurowissenschaften
Summary of important dates during the application and selection procedure:
Subject tests (Online tests): May 3rd-5th, 2023
Interviews: May 15th- June 7th, 2023 (Video interview, by appointment)
Letters of Admission: Middle of June 2023
Specific requirements – documents to be uploaded
Before you start with filling in your online application, you should prepare the following essential documents, which need to be uploaded as pdf-files (small sized!):
Transcripts & Degree Certificate. Applicants have to submit complete academic records and copies of degrees awarded (Bachelor's degree certificate). Transcripts or degree certificates issued in languages other than German or English must be accompanied by a German or English translation. The Grade Point Average (GPA) must be indicated on the transcript. A GPA of at least 2.5 (German grading system) is required. Applications are welcome even if the required degree (B.Sc.) has not been awarded by the time of application, as long as the degree will be conferred before courses start in October.
English Proficiency Requirements. All applicants whose native language is not English must show proof of English proficiency (TOEFL IBT min. 79; IELTS min. 6.5; FCE, CAE, CPE min B2).
Exempted from this proof are students who (1) graduated from a college/university where the medium of instruction was English or (2) are from a country where the official language is English or (3) German students who had English as a foreign language at a German Gymnasium from grade 8 until grade 12/13, with a final result of at least "good".
Statement of Academic Purpose. Please present and discuss your academic and career objectives. Be as specific as you can about your particular interests in neuroscience and why you plan to pursue your graduate studies in Tübingen. Beyond what is apparent from your transcripts, describe your preparation for the neuroscience program (e.g., research projects in which you have participated). Your statement is an important part of the application. It should be clear, concise, and well-crafted (2 pages at most).
What’s next after online application?
First, complete applications will be checked for background, academic records and grades, resulting in an initial shortlist of eligible applicants.
Second, shortlisted applicants will be invited to take an online subject test. The subject test covers various topics, depending on the master´s program of choice.
Third, based on the results of these tests, shortlisted candidates will be invited for online interviews. Based on the interviews, applicants: (1) will get an offer for a place on a course; (2) will be placed on the waiting list (3) will not be considered further.
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