The Admission Regulations for the Cognitive Science PhD Programme are only available in the (official and binding) German version (Zulassungsordnung für den Promotionsstudiengang "Cognitive Science"). An English summary is given below:


The Cognitive Science PhD Programme is taught in English. Applicants must possess good knowledge of English.


A maximum of ten candidates will be admitted every academic year.

Academic requirements:

Master's degree (or equivalent) in Cognitive Science or a sub-discipline is required. This must include at least basic qualifications in at least two of the following disciplines: artificial intelligence, biology, computer science, (computational) linguistics, neuroscience, philosophy or psychology.

Applicants whose previous education does not give a sufficient basis for entering the PhD programme are advised to enter the Master's programme first. Excellent Master students may be admitted to the PhD programme after one year.

Candidates will be selected by the Selection Committee, which is composed of two scientists from the Programme, one external member (a university professor from another university) and two postgraduate students from the Programme. Candidates are chosen based upon their academic achievements as well as the scientific quality of their research proposal. The Committee may invite candidates for an interview.

Application and deadlines:

Admission to the PhD programme is possible both for the winter term (1st Oct) or the summer term (1st April). The application procedure is specified in Application. Applications must be received by 1st October for admission on 1st April or by 1st April for admission on 1st October (but please watch the Application page for particular deadlines for grant applications). Applications arriving late may still be considered as long as there are vacancies in the Programme.

Tuition Fees

There are no tuition fees to be paid at the University of Osnabrueck. However, students are charged a semester fee of approximately 260 € which includes administration fee and social contribution, and they must provide proof of health
insurance upon registration.