For the PhD programme, applicants must hold a Masters, Diploma or equivalent degree in biology, chemistry, electrical engineering, mathematics, psychology, or other related fields and should have completed an experimental thesis. Medical students must hold the equivalent of a MD.
For the B.Sc.-PhD programme, applicants must hold a Bachelor or equivalent degree in biology, chemistry, electrical engineering, mathematics, medicine, psychology, or other related fields and should have completed an experimental thesis.
Of course, an excellent academic record and fluent English is a prerequisite; knowledge of German is not essential but welcome.
Competition for the available positions is strong. To be considered for the programme, the final grade of the obtained degree must be equivalent or better than the grade "good" (Note 1.7- Gut) in the German educational system. The following information for selected countries and regions gives an indication of grade levels. The minimum level of country specific requirements for applicants who wish to apply for the international programme at the IGSN is:
Eastern Europe: minimum grade of 5.0/6.0
India: minimum grade 75% or GPA 7.5/10 with NET/CSIR; applications from IITs and the IIS are especially welcome.
Pakistan: minimum 75% or GPA 3.8/5.0
China: minimum 80% or GPA 3.2/4.0 (In the case that applicants from China are admitted to the (BSc-)PhD-programme of the IGSN, no official certificate from the Akademische Prüfstelle at the German embassy in Beijing will be required by the IGSN)