How to apply

Application procedure

Application portal is closed and will open mid-June next year.

Please note that starting with the upcoming winter semester 2018/19 the entire application process will be carried out online.
EU citizens: Please upload digital versions of your documents. Sending physical copies of your documents to Bochum is no longer required.
Non-EU citizens: For a transition semester you'll have to submit your application documents twice: In addition to submitting your documents online, you are also required to send physical copies of your documents to the Ruhr-University Bochum.

Application deadline: July 15th. 2018

The deadline for the online application is effectual for all students!
After having completed the online application, students have to submit certified copies of their application documents.
For non-EU students the deadline to submit documents is also July 15th.
For students coming from EU countries the deadline to submit documents is August 1st.
Documents received after these deadlines cannot be considered.

Semester starts: October 8th, 2018
Preparatory Courses:
Academic English
Both classes presumably start at September 24th, 2018 (details later)

Admission Requirements

In order to be admitted to the English Masterprogram Cognitive Science at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, the following requirements have to be met: a Study Competence Test and a Language Competence Test

(1a) Study Competence Test:

A Bachelor Degree of at least 180 credit points from inside the European Union (EU), or an equivalent degree from outside the EU. The following additional considerations are in order: in case of a single subject BA degree, the subject has to belong to one of the disciplines listed below; in case of a double subject BA degree, at least one subject from this list has been studied for 60 credit points, while the other has been studied for 15 credit point. Relevant subjects are: Cognitive Sciences, Philosophy, Psychology, Neuroscience, Informatics, Linguistics or Mathematics and equivalent subjects. Note that philosophy is only accepted as a single subject BA degree if the transcript of records includes at least 15 CP in analytic philosophy of mind, ideally with an interdisciplinary focus. Other subjects are considered equivalent when there is a significant overlap in subject description, e.g. Neuroinformatics or Neurobiology. Biology is accepted as a relevant subject if the program includes a sufficient amount of Neurobiology or Bio-Informatics (at least 20 CP)."

(1b) Language Competence Test: Please note that we updated the language requirements!!

An English proficiency level of at least B2 GeR (Gemeinsamer Europäischer Referenzrahmen) is required for admission to the Masterprogram. Evidence of this can be provided by means of UNIcert II (grade 2,0 or better), IELTS 6,5, TOEFL IBT 85, or FCE (grade A or B, resp. C/B2). Other English proficiency tests may be accepted if equivalent.

An English proficiency test is NOT required for students who: (1) are native English speakers, i.e. citizens of one of the following countries: Australia, Canada (with the exception of Quebec), New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, and the United States of America, or (2) have obtained their secondary education in English for at least three years. for at least three years.

(2) Admission is denied to those who already have failed to succesfully complete a Bachelor or Masterprogram in Cognitive Science (or a related subject) at a German University