Doctoral program 

Doctoral program

Please note:
The terms and conditions for a possible doctoral application round with program start in 2025 have not been finalized yet. (June 2024)

What you need to know about Admission:

To join the doctoral program of the Berlin School of Mind and Brain (an umbrella institution for 60 professorial mind-brain supervisors in the metropolitan Berlin area) is one very specific way to do your doctorate in Berlin, but not the only one. There are more doctoral programs in Berlin, and you can also find a supervisor without having to join a doctoral program like ours. It’s a slightly complicated system, and you will not be able to find the right path for yourself without reading up on it. As an introduction to the topic, please read on our website about Doctoral studies in Germany and FAQ Admission Mind & Brain and Facts About the School and Scholarships: General information.

The Berlin School of Mind and Brain offers:

  • A three-year interdisciplinary and structured doctoral program in English with a near-zero drop-out rate.
  • Ample opportunities in research, education and training in one of Europe’s largest mind and brain research communities.
  • A series of tailor-made, research-related courses (“teaching weeks”) on subjects relevant for interdisciplinary mind and brain research.
  • A series of tailor-made scientific hard-skill and transferable-skill courses.
  • Access to scientific networks, career development measures, personalized career advice and coaching.
  • Assignment of at least two professorial thesis advisors – usually one from the brain sciences and one from the mind sciences, in order to ensure the interdisciplinary impact and support for your work.
  • Regular meetings with leading international researchers at scientific meetings and international lecture series in Berlin.
  • Research collaboration with master’s students of the two-track program “Mind and Brain”, and with postdoctoral researchers.
  • Self-organized academic doctoral retreats.
  • Access to travel funds for national and international conferences.
  • Journal and methods clubs.
  • Access to mentoring programs and coaching.

We do not offer:

  • Training in psychotherapy - you will not be able to practice as a psychotherapist after completing our program!


This page last updated on: 26 June 2024