Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)  

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

FAQ 1: When can I apply?

Students may apply exclusively during the period 1–31 May for the study program beginning the following winter semester (October). Application is not possible prior to or after this date.

FAQ 2: How many points must I have gained in my BA in Philosophy, Psychology, Linguistics, Neuroscience, Biology or Cognitive Science to be able to apply?

In order to apply students must be able to demonstrate they were awarded at least 60 ECTS or 30 equivalent credits in the British/American/Australian credit system on courses which can clearly be defined as one of the aforementioned subjects.

Please note that the credit points must have been awarded in one subject. It is not possible to add up credits from two or more subjects (e.g. 20 ECTS credits in linguistics and 40 ECTS credits in philosophy) to reach the required number of points.

If a given degree has an insufficient number of credit points or even no credit points at all in the stated fields, the necessary credit points can be provided subsequently. The missing credit points can also be acquired by way of additional courses, i.e. a second full degree does not have to be completed. It is sufficient to attend and pass additional courses in one of the stated relevant fields at a recognized university (no online courses!) in order to attain the required number of relevant credit points.

Nota bene:
These additional credit points must have been acquired in full by time of application (1–31 May). They may not be submitted later!

A word of advice:
It is normally assumed that around 30 ECTS points can be acquired in one semester. Please take this number into account when realistically calculating how much time it will take you to acquire the credit points you may need to make up! Furthermore, in German universities the credit points of the summer semester (April–July) are generally not acquired in full by May, i.e. in time for the application to our program. This may apply to other countries and universities as well. Please find out!

FAQ 3: Are foreign language courses equivalent to “linguistics”?

Degree programs or courses of study in which the main focus was either learning a language (e.g. English, German) or learning how to translate one language into another, are not considered to be qualifications in linguistics. Please contact the Master’s program coordinator for a transcript check regarding linguistics only if you have a considerable amount of credits in theoretical linguistics (e.g., pragmatics, psycholinguistics).

FAQ 4: What is a “related subject”?

A related subject is a subject having a total of at least 60 ECTS or 30 equivalent credits in the British/American/Australian credit system that includes assignments in the fields of philosophy, psychology, linguistics, neuroscience, biology or cognitive science. These assignments must be clearly defined as relating to the aforementioned subjects in the transcript.

“Related subjects” does not mean subjects having some kind of content related to the course content of the master’s program “Mind and Brain”. If the first degree has little or nothing to do with the course contents of the master's program “Mind and Brain” (e.g. electrical engineering, economics, dentistry), then an application for our program is not possible!

FAQ 5: Does proof of the required proficiency in English always have to be submitted?

As a rule, proof of the required language level must be included in the application!

The following are not required to submit proof:

  • Native speakers,
  • Applicants with a school-leaving qualification from an English-language secondary school,
  • Applicants who have completed assignments totaling at least 20 ECTS credits in an English-language university program; This fact - English-language program - must be made clear in the transcript, otherwise an informal but official letter from the university is required, in which it is stated that the relevant subjects were taught in English,
  • Applicants who attained a minimum of 5 points (German grade 4) in English courses in each of the last four terms of the German Abitur.
  • Applicants who can demonstrate they completed their entire university education, or a large part thereof, in English.This fact must be made clear in the transcript; otherwise an informal but official letter from the university is required, in which it is stated that the relevant subjects were taught in English.

FAQ 6: What is a certified copy and where can I get my documents certified?

If certified copies are requested by the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin or Uni-Assist, on no account may simple Xerox copies be provided - in this case the application will not be processed!

Please read the information about official certifications and who is allowed to carry out official certifications:

The Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin accreditation service certifies only those documents/certificates issued by the Humboldt Universität and German-language documents required for applying to the Humboldt-Universität:

Documents which are not written in German may be certified in the relevant consulates located in Germany (e.g. Polish documents in the Polish consulate).

FAQ 7: Who is permitted to translate documents?

Translations of the documents to be provided may be done exclusively by a sworn translator. The applicant’s own translations of official documents are not permitted!

In this database you can look for sworn translators working in various languages:

If applying from abroad a list of translators recognized in Germany can be obtained from German embassies and diplomatic agencies.
A certified copy of these documents in the original language must be included along with the translated documents and transcript.

FAQ 8: Are there any further costs besides the application fees?

In addition to the application fees, banks frequently charge fees for a bank transfer, which are deducted by the bank from the transferred amount. The application fees differ from bank to bank. Ask about the fees before the transfer and add them on to the application fees in the transfer.

This page last updated on: 05 August 2019

Master’s program coordinator

Dr Dirk Mende
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Tel. +49 30 2093-1792

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