1. Application Period:
The application period for entry in the Fall of 2017 ended on February 15th, 2017! The application portal is now closed. The online application portal will open again on December 1st, 12:00 CET. New deadline for applications: February 15th, 2018 at 12:00 CET.
Be sure to check your program eligibility before starting your application! Please be aware that we will only take into account application documents submitted during the application phase (December 1st - February 15th) through the GSN online application site.
2. Application Process:
Only complete applications that have been received at the coordination office in time can be considered for admission. The selection and admission process takes place in three steps: evaluation of the application, a recommended interview preparation, and a personal interview when possible.
Step 1: Online Application
Applications are screened initially by the Admissions Committee based on all submitted information, with special emphasis placed on academic qualifications and recommendations. Candidates who pass this stage will be notified within 4-8 weeks following the final application deadline of February 15th, regarding their participation in an interview (see Step 3). Rejection letters will be issued at the end of May.
The Admissions Committee processes all applications without delay. Please refrain from inquiries regarding the status of your application. You will be informed as soon as the results are available.
Step 2: Recommended Interview Preparation
The following textbooks may be of assistance for interview preparation. The relevant textbook chapters are:
Gazzaniga, M.S., Ivry, R.B., & Mangun, G.R. (2008). Cognitive Neuroscience. The Biology of the Mind. Third Edition. New York: Norton.
Chapter 1: A Brief History of Cognitive Neuroscience
Chapter 2: The Cellular and Molecular Basis of Cognition
Chapter 3: Gross and Functional Anatomy of Cognition
Chapter 4: The Methods of Cognitive Neuroscience
Chapter 5: Perception and Encoding
Chapter 6: Higher Perceptual Functions
Chapter 7: Selective Attention and Orienting
Gazzaniga, M.S., Heatherton, T.F. (2006). Psychological Science: Mind, Brain, and Behavior. Second Edition. New York: Norton.
Chapter 1: Introduction to Psychological Science
Chapter 5: Sensation, Perception, and Attention
Chapter 6: Learning and Reward
Chapter 7: Memory
Chapter 8: Cognition
Chapter 11: Cognitive and Language Development
Chapter 13: Self and Social Cognition
Step 3: Interviews
Applicants will be requested to attend an interview in Munich (travel expenses can't be covered by the program at this time). The interviews will be carried out during the following period:
International applicants that can not attend the personal interview will be scheduled for an interview by telephone.
Subsequent to the personal or telephone interview, NCP-applicants might be requested to perform a further written test.
3. Final Decisions on Admission:
The Admissions Committee will arrive at a final decision with regard to admission based on thorough evaluations of all steps by the end of May. Admission letters will be issued afterwards.