Admission  

Applications / Admission 2017

Next year’s application period:  1–31 May 2018 (FAQ 1)
Start of next year’s program: 1 October 2018 (FAQ 1)

I. Requirements

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).

Students may also apply if they have not yet fully completed their studies.
At the time of application, applicants from German universities must have a transcript showing that no more than 30 ECTS points are needed before completion of studies. 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 points the applicant has actually achieved.
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 final graduation certificate must be submitted upon registration (no later than September).

(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).

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) Subject test
After applications have been processed, those applicants who submitted complete applications within the period prescribed and whose previous studies fulfill the entry requirements will be invited to take a subject test, most likely at the end of June. The subject tests will take place under supervision in the applicant’s country of residence. Read more about the subject test here.

Please note:
Recommendations or motivation letters are not required!

II. German applicants

German applicants (i.e., German citizens with a German education background - i.e. students having the German Abitur who also completed their first degree leading to a professional qualification in Germany) apply online via the application portal of Humboldt-Universität.

Please note:
German citizens with a foreign secondary school education background or foreign university degrees (bachelor/master) have to apply via Uni-Assist (see section III).

Applications 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

(b) certificate awarded for first degree leading to a professional qualification and a certified copy 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 application 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)

III. Foreign applicants

Foreign applicants (i.e., foreign citizens having qualifications gained outside German schools or German universities) must submit the following documents as hard copies to Uni-Assist (see address below).

Please note:
Similarly, German citizens with a foreign secondary school education background or foreign university degrees (bachelor/master) have to apply via Uni-Assist as well.

(a) Application form, to be filled in online, printed out and signed
The application form can be downloaded only at the end of the online application procedure with Uni Assist.

(b) Certified copies (FAQ 6) of all certificates and corresponding transcripts of records:

  • secondary school-leaving certificate,
  • university entrance examination documentation (if applicable),
  • evidence of study areas and grades obtained in previous studies,
  • graduation certificate.

Please note: If the certificates were not drawn up in German or English, applicants must provide:

  • certified copies of officially certified translations of applicants’ certificates (FAQ 7),
  • certified copies of the certificates in the original language.

Information regarding “certification” and “translation of documents”: download pdf (see page 2, subitem 3) or check (FAQs 6 and 7).

(c) Enrollment certificate (if at the time of application you are a student at another German or European higher education institution)
or:
Proof of withdrawal from the register specifying the areas of study (if you have studied at another 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

(g) a current passport-sized photo

(h) a simple Xerox copy of your passport

(i) payment receipt of Uni-Assist fee

See also Uni-Assist’s additional application requirements for applicants from certain countries:
https://www.uni-assist.de/several-countries.html

UNI-ASSIST

Foreign applicants and German applicants with foreign university degrees should send their applications to:

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
UNI-ASSIST e.V.
11507 Berlin
Germany

Please note: All documents must have been submitted in their entirety by the end of the application period. The postmark date will not be considered valid!

IV. Application fees (FAQ 8)

All Uni-Assist applications are subject to a fee of € 75.00.

Every additional application: € 15.00.

You can find further information regarding application and enrollment procedures for all students here:
http://www.hu-berlin.de/studium/bewerbung/formulare/engl-assist.pdf

and

www.uni-assist.de

V. Contact and advice

If you have additional questions, please contact the course coordinator:

Dr Dirk Mende
mb-education@hu-berlin.de
Tel. +49 30 2093-1792

 
This page last updated on: 20 October 2017
 

Master’s program coordinator

Dr Dirk Mende
mb-education-please remove this text-@hu-berlin.de
Tel. +49 30 2093-1792

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Berlin School of Mind and Brain
10099 Berlin
Germany