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Application for the academic year 2024/25  now is closed.

Application period for the academic year 25/26 will be Jan 2 – March 15, 2025.

Please apply for the program during the application period via the online application portal of the Goethe-University Frankfurt

General requirements

  • Applicants (national and international students) must hold a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a biomedical, bioscience, other natural sciences, mathematical or psychological field.
  • In case the required degree has not been awarded by the time of application, you can still apply if you provide:
    • Proof of matriculation
    • A detailed certificate of the present status of your studies (= transcript of records) and the anticipated date of completion of the bachelor program.
    • In addition you must have achieved 144 credit points in the bachelor program (referring to a Bachelor’s degree with a total number of 180 CP)
  • Proof of sufficient knowledge of the English language on B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, e.g.:
    • TOEFL (ibT) minimum 87
    • IELTS minimum 6.0
    • Bachelor thesis written in English
    • An at least one-year-long study or occupational stay in an English-speaking country within the last three years

Although almost every German speaks some English, a working knowledge of German is essential for daily private activities. Thus taking German courses is highly recommended.

Necessary documents for application

  • Bachelor certificate
  • Transcript of records
  • University entrance qualification (e.g., Abitur, A-levels, High-School Diploma, Baccalaureat)
  • CV in English including information of special interests, skills and talents that qualify you for the program.
  • Letter of motivation in English explaining why you have applied for this program and that also covers your previous experience in the field of neuroscience (maximum two pages, 12pt, line spacing 1.5).
  • Signed declaration that the letter of motivation was prepared independently and without external help (e.g., ChatGPT)
  • Proof of English language skills (to be submitted latest with the start of the Master’s program)
  • A statement that you did not finally fail in another Master/Diploma degree program or that the decision on such a procedure is not pending.
  • A valid email address.

Additional documents to be provided by applicants from Vietnam, China, India

  • APS certificate

Additional optional documents (non essential)

  • Recommendation letter(s)
  • Proof of German language skills

Please note the additional requirements for applicants with a non-German Bachelor

The online application is sufficient only when you obtained your Bachelor’s degree from a German university. International students need to provide certified copies of the original documents and of the translations. Never send originals!

The certified copies of your documents have to be submitted to the uni-assist address in Berlin before the application deadline.  If the situation in your country does not allow for this, you have to upload the certified documents in the uni-assist portal. In case of successful application, you will need to submit the certified documents for enrolment.

Please also check thoroughly with the uni-assist page for further documents needed, e.g., your university’s grading system.

Selection of students

A selection committee will evaluate your application and you will be informed whether you will get admission by mid of May.

Following your selection further information concerning the courses and additional facilities here in Frankfurt will be provided.

Please note: International students may have to apply for a student visa at their respective German embassy before entering Germany. Please inform yourself in time about the visa requirements that may apply to you.

You also will have to provide evidence of sufficient health insurance.


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