Application to the MSc Program

Next application deadline: 15 January 2018 – for program start in October 2018.

Please note that the application process will not start before the end of November each year.

Five Good Reasons to Apply:

  • Cutting edge science by world class scientists on the interface between bench and bedside
  • Excellent basic research in neuroscience
  • Intense theoretical training combined with extensive practical lab work, preparing you perfectly for a PhD program and subsequent research career
  • Friendly, international learning environment
  • Small classes and close faculty contact


Semester fees

Please note that from the winter term of 2017, we have to charge EUR 2,500 per semester plus the usual administrative fee of roughly EUR 300 per semester.

Documents to submit for the online application:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Letter of motivation
  • 2 letters of recommendation (official letter head; referee's signature and stamp); scanned copies are sufficient
  • Simple copy of the transcript from your current academic institution
  • 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.
  • 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 6 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 by using our online application system. The portal is currently closed and will re-open in December.

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

Step 2: Admission Test – Early/Mid February

We ask you to sit a first undefinedadmission test which we co-ordinate with other Öffnet externen Link im aktuellen FensterGerman Graduate Schools of Neuroscience. The test will be held at various locations in Germany and abroad. This test will test 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), 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 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).

Öffnet externen Link im aktuellen FensterSee more details on our partner's website.

Step 3: Submission of Final Documents – Late 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 over Skype/phone or during the Symposium, please submit the following document(s):

  • 1-2 page summary of your BSc thesis or previous academic projects (see download to the right for guideline)

Step 4: Admission Symposium – Mid March

In order for us to get to know promising applicants personally and for you to get to know students, faculty and institutes in Berlin, we will organize a 2 or 3 day admission symposium. Here, you have the opportunity to

  • have a personal interview with members of the admissions commission
  • demonstrate your neuroscience knowledge in a second, neuro-specific test based on the Society for Neuroscience publication: Brain Facts (download:
  • meet current students in the program
  • meet faculty, attend “teaser” lectures and go on lab visits.

Unfortunately, we are not able to reimburse your participation in the symposium. Applicants who cannot attend will have to give an interview over the skype and sit the neuroscience-specific test with a proctor you choose and communicate to us.

Step 5: Final Selection by the Admission’s Commission – Late March

Once all interviews have been conducted and all test results are in, the admission’s commission 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 (see below, step 6).

Step 6: Credential Evaluation

  • uni-assist application form (online)
  • Copy of your high school diploma, transcripts if applicable (Original language and officially translated, unless: German or English)
  • 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)
  • Official transcript(s) of records, detailing your academic work so far, e.g. BSc (Original language and officially translated, unless: German or English)
  • University Entrance Examination or APS, if applicable (Original language and officially translated). Only available in some countries (e.g. Turkey, China)

Students' contact

If you would like to know more about what it is like to be a Medical Neurosciences student, get in touch with our student representatives or with our campus ambassadors.

For student services and advice please contact our Program Office.

Brochure Medical Neurosciences

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


The can be found in the download area.