Programme coordinator

Dr. Kerstin Bleichner


Official university information about the Neurocognitive Psychology programme including official admission regulations and further information for international students:

Study information - Neurocognitive Psychology incl. admission regulations

How to apply with an international degree at Oldenburg University


Application and Admission

Application and Admission

Information event for interested students (online)
The information event took place on 10 April 24. You can watch the recorded session to learn about the programme and the research you can do with us if you are a student in our programme.

Recorded information event

Check your suitability for the Research Master Neurocognitive Psychology

As a prospective interested student you can check whether our programme is suitable for you.

You can get access to recorded lecture materials, information videos on the modules we offer and detailed information on our programme that you will also hear in the introductory week. Please request the login details from the programme coordinator Kerstin Bleichner. You will also receive the login details with your admission letter.

Our programme requires solid knowledge in statistics as you should have learned it in your Bachelor's studies. Please test your knowledge with our short test. Make sure to catch up with any missing competencies before you start your studies with us in order to easily follow our Master's course.

Statistics Test

As a Research Master programme we will teach you various programming skills (Matlab, R, Presentation) that are essential for performing research in neurocognitve psychology. Those classes are mandatory and will make up, together with classes in advanced statistics, many of the studying hours in your first year.

We expect students to be interested in learning programming and deepening their statistical knowledge.

You should be able to read and understand the content of the following provided paper.

Rosenberg et al.,  2017

Admission requirements

Bachelor's degree

Applicants are eligible for admission if they have completed a Bachelor's degree of at least 180 ECTS credits (3-year full-time study) in the fields of psychology, cognitive science, or in a related field with the emphasis of study on psychology and/or cognitive sciences. At least 90 ECTS credit points (equivalent to 1.5 years) must have been obtained in the area of psychology and/or cognitive sciences. Alternatively, students with a Bachelor's degree from other relevant fields (natural sciences, mathematics, informatics, audiology, or medicine) may apply. If you already hold a relevant Master’s degree, the required credits may also originate from this degree.

All applicants must prove 

  • 5 ECTS credit points (150 hours) in statistics,
  • 5 ECTS credit points (150 hours) in experimental psychological or neuroscientific work (e.g. research internship, Bachelor's thesis)
  • 6 ECTS credit points (180 hours) in general/cognitive psychology, and
  • 5 ECTS credit points (150 hours) in biological psychology/neurosciences.

Students may have to catch up on missing competencies in statistics in an additional module. The completion of the experimental work and the competencies in general/cognitive psychology and biological psychology/neuroscience need to be proven upon registration at the university.

Please feel free to contact the programme coordinator to discuss whether/how you can make up for missing credits before you apply.

You may apply with your transcript if you are currently still completing your Bachelor’s degree. In this case, you need to prove the credits of at least 5 semesters (150 ECTS). If you will complete the above listed specific requirements only in your last term, you need to include a proof that you are currently studying these contents.

Language skills

Applicants whose mother tongue is not English must produce a proof of English proficiency. English proficiency can be proven by a Bachelor's degree with English as the language of instruction completed in a country with English or German as official language. Otherwise a certified proof of English language skills at a B2 level is needed (not older than two years). A test from a language centre of a German university is accepted.

We accept the IELTS indicator test and TOEFL at home.
IELTS indicator test
TOEFL at home

Further details on the English language requirements (including a reference table for the different tests) can be found on the website of the Admissions office.

Knowledge of German is not necessary for admission.

English Language Requirements

Admission procedure

Students will be admitted based on a ranking order. The admissions committee will evaluate the applicant based on the documents presented. The degree of eligibility depends upon the sum of the points from categories A and B. The maximum number of points is 7.5.

Category A:

Grade average of qualified Bachelor's degree


 4.0 points


 3.0 points


 2.0 points


 1.0 point

conversion of marks   

Category B:

Further points can be obtained through additional qualifications. Please include all relevant documents in your application, especially information on internships and project work. These are evaluated by the admissions committee using the criteria outlined below:

  • at least 3 months of proven work experience or relevant scientific activities e.g. as a student assistant or a Bachelor thesis concerning neuropsychology, neurology, neurocognitive psychiatry or cognitive neurosciences (0.75 points for each activity, max. 1.5 points)
  • documented programming experience of at least 2 ECTS or 60 hours (0.5 points)
  • English skills at level C1 or higher (0.5 points)
  • proven stay abroad relevant to the study of at least 4 months (0.5 points)
  • at least 6 months of continuous proven, voluntary social involvement (e.g. committee work, year of voluntary social work - freiwilliges soziales Jahr) (0.5 points)

Application documents

The following documents must be enclosed with the application in German or English. (Documents in other languages will need to be accompanied by certified translations):

  • Bachelor's degree and transcript of records (certified for applications via the university)
  • proof of the number of semesters studied thus far (for applications via the university)
  • completed specific eligibility form (for download here on this website, the application portal of the university and uni-assist once the application process will start)
  • proof of mastery of English
  • if applicable,
    • certificates concerning relevant internships or work experience
    • the subject of the Bachelor's thesis
    • proof of programming knowledge 
    • certificates pertaining to a stay abroad
    • certificates showing social commitment and civic spirit

We do not ask for letters of recommendation or letters of motivation!

For your application at the University of Oldenburg, you do only need to upload a digital version of your documents (and the translation if necessary) at the portal of uni-assist. You do not need to send any certified copies for your application, as you need to present the original documents for your registration at the registrar's office once you arrive in Oldenburg.

(Exceptions from these regulations affect applicants with a degree from China or Vietnam. Please contact for information)

Application deadlines

For holders of a German Bachelor's degree:
To apply directly to the university, applications open on 1st June and close on 15th July. 

For holders of a foreign Bachelor's degree:
Applications via uni-assist open on 15th March and close on
31st May for non-EU students and 
15th July for EU-students. (To ensure a smooth admission process, we strongly recommend to submit your documents by 15th June.)

Applicants can expect to receive notification of their acceptance/rejection by mid-August after the ranking procedure of all applicants has been completed.

Where to apply?

Holders of a German Bachelor's degree:
German and foreign students who have completed their Bachelor's degree in Germany can apply directly to the university.

Application via university

International applicants (holders of a Bachelor's degree that was NOT issued in Germany):
German and foreign students who have obtained a Bachelor's degree outside Germany have to apply via uni-assist.


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