Information you will have to supply with your online application:

Academic background

In order to be considered as an applicant for the School, students must have completed (or be in the process of completing) a

  • Master’s degree (with thesis)
  • Diplom
  • Staatsexamen
  • Magister

in a field related to mind/brain research, e.g. philosophy, linguistics, psychology, neurology, psychiatry, computer science, biology, law, economics, or related fields.

Research proposal

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The central requirement for admittance to the School is the applicants’ proposals for a doctoral project that was developed by themselves. All research proposals must have clear mind/brain relevance. The focus should be on the interface between the humanities and/or behavioral sciences with the neurosciences. Typical projects will investigate research questions that are of relevance to more than one discipline. The six research topics of the School pay tribute to that approach:

Contents of research proposal

A proposal must contain a detailed project idea, including:

  • summary of previous research
  • justification for the relevance of the current project and the proposed research methodology
  • summary of the hypotheses and research questions to be addressed
  • relevant bibliography
  • all proposals will be reviewed by several faculty members some of whom may not be specialists in your field. Therefore, it will be of advantage to you if your research proposal is comprehensible also to non-specialist reviewers.

Formal requirements for proposals

  • max. five pages. Please note: Longer text will be blacked out!
  • single spaced
  • font: Times New Roman
  • 12 point
  • margins on all sides (at least 2 cm)

If in doubt, please turn to the admissions officer of the School, Ms Inken Dose, for additional advice (mb-admission-please remove this


Final acceptance into the graduate school presupposes that each doctoral project is supported by two supervisors. Usually the matching between students and their reseach projects and suitable supervisors will have been completed by the end of the admission process. At least one of the supervisors should be a member of the School’s faculty. Before applying, or while the admission process has started, students should therefore either contact members of the School’s faculty directly to enquire about the possibility of supervision or turn to the Admissions officer of the School for advice on how to find a suitable supervisor (mb-admission-please remove this

Proof of proficiency in English for non-native speakers

Our doctoral program is conducted in English. If you are a non-native English speaker we require proof of your proficiency. The minimum score required for a TOEFL paper-based test is 550. The minimum score for the TOEFL computer-based tests is 213, for internet-based test 79–80. Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin’s TOEFL code is 8167 (please point out that your test is for the Berlin School of Mind and Brain at Humboldt-Universität). For IELTS the overall band score should be 6.5

This page last updated on: 12 April 2013