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Application Master Program Neuroscience

Who can apply?

Mandatory qualifications / documents:

Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree in the fields of Neuroscience, Biology or in another related field of the natural sciences and mathematics (e.g., Psychology, Engineering, Informatics).

If you are still in the process of completing your degree, at least 150 credit points must be documented.

  • At least 12 credit points must have been obtained in the Neurosciences, and a further 12 credit points in Mathematics, Statistics and/or Programming. Up to 6 credit points in one of these two broad areas (Neurosciences or Mathematics/Statistics/Programming) may be acquired in catch-up courses parallel to the first year of study.
  • Proof of English proficiency:
    •  native speaker OR
    •  high school or Bachelor's degree in English spoken program OR
    •  Language certificate at a minimum level of B2 according to the Common European  Framework of Reference for Languages. All certificates (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS,  Cambridge First Certificate, Language Centers of Universities) which are not older  than 4 years (including "Abitur" at least 10 points in last 2 years of high school)
  • Additional documents to be included with your application are a motivation letter (in English, 1 page) and the specific eligibility form.

Advantageous qualifications:

The admissions committee evaluates the applicant based on the documents supplied. The specific eligibility determined by a ranking based on the sum of points from categories A and B that are outlined below. If the score is equal, lottery decides the ranking. Admission will be given to the top ranked 25 students.

Category A:

Grade average of Bachelor’s degree

ECTS Grade                German Grade

A (best 10%)                1,00 - 1,30               8 points

B (next best 25%)       1,31 - 1,70               5 points

C (next best 30%)       1,71 - 2,50               3 points

D (next best 25%)       2,51 - 3,00               1 point

E (next best 10%)        3,01 - 4,00               0 points

Category B:

Further points can be obtained through additional qualifications.

  • Relevant internships, student assistant position or Bachelor thesis in the Neurosciences, with a minimum duration of 3 months, which is not part of the required 12 ECTS in Neuroscience.
    0.5 points each / max 1.5 points
  • scientific publication(s) or award(s)
    0.5 points each / max 1.0 points
  • proof of English proficiency at a level of C1 or higher
    0.5 points
  • Proven previous knowledge in Neuroscience and Statistics / Programming / Mathematics with 12 ECTS or more
    0.5 points
  • Subject-related stay outside your home country, with a minimum duration of one semester
    0.5 points
  • Voluntary social / community work (e.g., council work, family times, “Bundesfreiwilligendienst”), with a minimum duration of 6 months
    0.5 points
  • A minimum of 12 months of relevant professional work experience
    0.5 points

Please make sure to include all relevant, supporting documents in your application including the filled specific eligibility form. These are the only basis for the admissions committee to evaluate your specific eligibility.

When to apply?

Application deadline for winter term:

  • 31st May for admission to first semester
  • 15th July for admission to higher semesters

We strongly recommend that applicants with a degree from abroad submit their documents as early as possible via “uni-assist” and send a copy of their documents directly to the program directors (), as the assessment for equivalence of degrees may take extra time.

Application deadline for summer term:

  • only for higher semesters 15th January

Where to apply?

Applicants who have completed their Bachelor's degree in Germany apply directly to the University of Oldenburg.

To apply, please click here

Also submit the Specific Eligibility form.

Applicants who have obtained a Bachelor's degree in any other country need to apply via

Further information for international students can be obtained at the International Student Office.

This is an unofficial English summary of the rules for application to the Master program „Neuroscience“, jointly offered by Faculty V for Mathematics and Science, and Faculty VI for Medicine and Health Sciences, at the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg. Further details may be found in the official “Admission Regulations.

(Changed: 2021-02-08)