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Entry requirements and application

Entry requirements

Educational background

The program is open to both domestic and international students. Applicants must hold a Bachelor's degree, or higher, in biology, psychology, medicine, physics or related fields with outstanding grades and/or other study results.

Solid basic knowledge in the following fields is required: general cell biology, basics of chemistry and biochemistry, physics and math.

Applications are welcome even if the required degree has not been awarded by the time of application as long as this will be conferred before courses start in October. You have to send in proof that you will finish your studies before the start of the MSc Program.

 Language requirements

English knowledge: An English proficiency certificate is mandatory for application. English as first language or paper TOEFL min. 550, or PC TOEFL min. 213, internet TOEFL (iBT) min. 79, respectively or IELTS 6.0 or equivalent (e.g. a proven longer stay in an English speaking country). The test must have been completed not more than two years before the course starts.

English as medium of instruction is not sufficient.

Without one of the aforementioned official proves of your English level, your application will be declared as 'incomplete' and will not be considered for evaluation. By the given deadline, you need to provide a copy of your English certificate or proof of registration to the exam if you take the exam after MSc Neurosciences application deadline. In the second case, please note that you will have to transmit the language certificate by May 31st the latest.
Working knowledge of German is necessary for daily private activities, German courses are strongly recommended.



The application period for winter semester 2023/24 is expired. The application period for next year will be from January until March 15, 2024. 

Please carefully read the following instructions. 

Applicants have to register online. Only online application will be accepted, paper application will be ignored. A valid email address is absolutely necessary for the overall application process.

For application you will need to upload one PDF containing the following:

  • passport or identity card
  • marksheets/transcripts of records
  • graduation certificate(s) (if available)
  • English language proficiency test certificate
  • letter of motivation
  • CV
  • letters of recommendation (Sending it directly to [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.] by the referees is also accepted)

Due to digital security regulations documents in ZIP format (archive file format) are not accepted.

The application for the Master's Program in Neurosciences aims at giving us a first insight into your profile.

This is the first step in your application process. During application you will be requested to submit your full records.

Prospective candidates will then be requested by mail to sit a qualifying examination (written test with multiple choice and free text questions). We will ask for basic knowledge of neurosciences, as well as basic knowledge of Physics, Statistics, and Chemistry (high school level). We do not recommend any book chapters as the exam intends to check the applicant's present knowledge.
This is the second step in your application process. Successful applicants will be chosen from among those candidates, who successfully complete the tests.
The entrance examination is accessible worldwide. Candidates can sit the test in their home countries in almost all of the cases. Since we cannot yet assess the future situation, we do not yet know whether the test can be carried out.

 You will receive a confirmation message soon after having checked the application for completeness.

Important information for non European international applicants

  In case of admission, please apply for the visa as soon as you have received the admission letter. The visa application process might take some time and you will have to arrive in Bonn at the beginning of the winter semester. Due to the dense schedule, it is not possible to start your studies later than October each year.

For Indian applicants: Please note that the APS certificate is mandatory for all student visa applications. Find more information here:

Please note that also applicants from China and Vietnam need an APS certificate for their student visa.