Applications / Admission 2023
Application period 2023 (FAQ 1): 1 – 31 May 2023
Program start: 1 October 2023
I. Requirements for Admission
Eligibility requirements for admission onto the master’s program:
(a) A bachelor degree (FAQ 2) in psychology, philosophy, neuroscience, linguistics (FAQ 3), biology, and cognitive science or a related subject (FAQ 4).
Please read FAQ 2: In order to be able to apply, the required credit points must have been awarded in one subject. It is not possible to add up credits from two or more subjects (e.g. 20 ECTS credits in linguistics and 40 ECTS credits in philosophy) to reach the required number of points.
(b) Proficiency in English (B2 level)
The master’s program “Mind and Brain” is conducted entirely in English.
Proficiency in English must be proven with a recognized language certificate (FAQ 5).
On principle, applicants will have to provide a certified copy of the language certificate! Only if exam results can be verified online - which is possible for TOEFL and IELTS results - a simple copy will suffice.
The dated certificate must state the testing facility, achieved level, as well as the date of the last exam.
(I) International English Language Testing System (IELTS): 5.5
(II) (Internet-based) English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 72
(III) English for International Communication (TOEIC):
- Speaking and writing: 310
- Listening and reading: 785
(IV) Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE)
(V) Cambridge English: Business Vantage (BEC V)
(VI) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)
(VII) Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)
(VIII) Cambridge English: Business Higher (BEC H)
(IX) International Certificate in Financial English (ICFE)
(X) International Legal English Certificate (ILEC)
(XI) BULATS – Business Language Testing Service: 60
(XII) DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Language Certificate
- a minimum of C in all skills or
- **** (4 stars) in all skills
(XIII) UNIcert® II certificate: 3.0
- UNIcert® III or IV
(XIV) LCCI (London Chamber of Commerce and Industry) English for Business (EFB): level 3
(XV) Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE): 51
(XVI) Language certificate from recognized German institutions of higher education for level B2 (with at least 4 contact hours per week) and minimum grade 2.3
(c) Proficiency in German
Applicants do not have to provide a proof of proficiency in German!
(d) Higher semester
Applicants interested in applying for an entry into a higher semester, please read FAQ 9.
(e) Incomplete studies
Students may also apply if they have not yet fully completed their studies.
(1) Students at German universities: At the time of application, applicants from German universities must have a transcript showing that no more than 30 ECTS points are missing to the completion of their degree. At the end of the online application process, applicants who have not yet completed their studies will receive a form that the examination office of their university has to fill in. On this form the examination office must confirm how many credit points the applicant has achieved at the point of application. At some universities this type of form is issued directly by the examination offices.
Applicants may also turn in this form from the examination offices of their universities.
(2) Students at international universities: Applicants from international universities will need their university to issue an informal but official statement confirming when they are expected to complete their studies. The university’s statement has to be supplemented by an official transcript showing that no more than 30 ECTS points or the equivalent number of credits are missing to the completion of the degree. The BA/BSc final graduation certificate must be submitted no later than September.
Please note: Recommendation letters or motivation letters are not required! If supplied, they will not be read and not be taken into account.
II. Applicants with a German education background
Applicants with a German education background, i.e. applicants holding a German bachelor degree, apply online via the application portal of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
In contrast to foreign applicants who apply exclusively online via Uni-Assist, German applicants register online via the Humboldt-Universität application portal, print out the application form and send it with all required documents listed below as hard copies to Humboldt-Universität. The address will be on the form.
- Applicants with a foreign secondary school education and a German bachelor degree apply via the application portal of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
- Applicants with a foreign secondary school education and a foreign bachelor degree apply via Uni-Assist - s. section III “Applicants with a foreign education background” below.
Please note: Do not send forms and documents to the Berlin School of Mind and Brain! The application process is centralized at Humboldt-Universität.
Applications to Humboldt-Universität must include the following:
(a) Signed application form
The application form can be downloaded only at the end of the online application procedure with Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. The form contains an automatically generated address to which the application must be sent (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Studierendenservice, Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin)
(b) Certificate awarded for first degree leading to a professional qualification and photocopy of the corresponding Transcript of Records
(c) Proof of proficiency in English − see related list under I(b) above
If the certificate awarded for a first degree cannot be provided, the following must be submitted:
- form to be filled in by the university at which the first degree leading to a professional qualification was acquired (the form can be downloaded only at the end of the online application procedure with Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
- official overall summary of achievements to date (Transcript of Records)
(d) Current Immatrikulations- or Exmatrikulationsnachweis
Note: The required documents may vary slightly from German applicant to German applicant. Every German applicant can look up the documents they have to provide in their online application account (Online-Statusabfrage) in section “Nachweise”.
Humboldt-Universität has produced a video which spells out different aspects of the application requirements for German applicants. Please take a look! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LasIcPolCpY
Key words “unresolved problem” for the second e-mail to email@example.com
III. Applicants with a foreign education background
In 2021, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin changed the application procedure for foreign applicants:
Foreign applicants applying via Uni-Assist have to upload the required documents as PDF files!
Foreign applicants do not have to send hard copies of required documents anymore!
Foreign applicants, i.e. applicants holding a bachelor degree from a university outside of Germany, must upload the documents listed under (b)–(h) as PDF files to the Uni-Assist application portal:
Please note: International applicants with a German bachelor degree apply via the online application portal of Humboldt-Universität.
The Uni-Assist application portal for the “Mind and Brain” master's program opens in late April / early May.
(a) Application form, to be filled online in the application portal of Uni-Assist.
(b) Please upload the following documents as PDF files in the Uni-Assist application portal:
• university entrance examination documentation (if applicable),
• evidence of study areas and grades obtained in previous studies (i.e. Transcript of Records),
• graduation certificate,
• secondary school-leaving certificate
The secondary school-leaving certificate is a requirement for applicants from European Union (EU) countries only!
Applicants from countries outside of the EU do not have to turn in a secondary school leaving certificate.
The PDF files which applicants upload have to be scans of the official documents (certificates, transcripts), with seals and signatures, or documents which can be verified digitally.
Unofficial documents, which students may be able download from their student online accounts, are not valid.
Please note: If the original certificates were not drawn up in German or English, applicants must provide:
• Officially certified translations into English or German of applicants’ certificates (FAQ 7),
• The certificates in the original language.
If the language of instruction in your program was neither English nor German the transcript in the original language is required - even if your university provides you with an additional English-language transcript.
Information regarding “translation of documents” (FAQ 7).
Applicants must check if there is country-specific information on their home country available on the Uni-Assist website!
For some countries, Uni-Assist requires applicants to turn in additional documents:
(c) Enrollment certificate (if at the time of application you are a student at a German or European higher education institution)
Proof of withdrawal from the register specifying the areas of study (if you have studied at a German or European higher education institution)
(d) Proof of proficiency in German: Applicants do not have to provide a proof of proficiency in German!
(e) Proof of proficiency in English (B2 level) − see related list above under I(b)
(f) Complete CV in table form with signature
- There are no specific requirements regarding the table form. Any table format is acceptable.
- The CV has to provide information about the applicant's secondary school and university education (names of institutions and dates).
(g) A current passport-sized photograph
(h) A simple Xerox copy of your passport
Key words “unresolved problem” for the second e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
IV. Application fees (FAQ 8)
All Uni-Assist applications are subject to a fee of € 75.00.
Every additional application: € 30.00.
You have to pay Uni-Assist immediately upon registration and you can only send your registration once Uni-Assist has received your payment.
Please read about the different payment options that Uni-Assist offers for the application fee:
You can find further information regarding application and enrollment procedures for all students here:
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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Berlin School of Mind and Brain