The admission office (Abt. II-1 Zulassung) has been closed for visitors until further notice. Counselling is done by email or phone at the times listed below.
German nationals and
Foreign nationals (as well as EU and EEA applicants) with a German education certificate (German bachelor`s or equivalent degree)
Step 1: Online application
You apply online.
Step 2: You submit your documents
Upload the required application documents using the upload assistant. You will receive a link to your personal upload assistant once you have completed your online application.
You must upload all documents by the last day of the application period.
Applications for this study programme are paperless. Please upload the required application documents with your personal upload assistant. You will receive a link once you have completed the online application. We don't accept paper documents.
Foreign nationals as well as EU and EEA citizens
- with a foreign education certificate (bachelor's or equivalent degree) apply as follows:
Step 1: Online application via uni-assist
Register for the uni-assist online portal, answer all the basic questions and questions for your course application.
Step 2: Upload documents
Please upload the required application documents at the uni-assist online portal. Give your documents an unambiguous name.
Step 3: Submit your application to uni-assist electronically
(Paper-based documents are not required for application)
Step 4: Pay the handling fees to uni-assist
All required application documents as well as the payment must be received by uni-assist before the application deadline.
Proof of a bachelor's degree in a degree programmerecognised as equivalent at the level of at least three years of study in a degree programme that covers basic knowledge in at least one of the three topics relevant to cognitive science: information processing in natural systems, information processing in technical systems or mathematical modelling. These include programmes in cognitive science, psychology and computer science. Graduates of other subjects, in particular engineering, physics, biology with a focus on neuroscience and mathematics, can also be considered, provided that the subject-specific suitability for the degree programme is deemed to be given, in particular with regard to past relevant learning and practical experience and its relevance for the curriculum of the Cognitive Systems master's programme at Ulm University, as set out in the form for subject-specific additional information.
- a bachelor's degree with an overall grade of 2.5 or better
- if the programme has not yet been completed examination results showing an average of 2.5 or better
Proof of an adequate knowledge of the English language demonstrated by one of the following criteria:
- 7.0 points or better in the IELTS
- First Certificate in English (A) , Certificate in Advanced English (A-C) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (A-C) at the Cambridge exam)
- 490 (listening), 455 (reading), 200 (speaking), and 200 (writing) points or better in the TOEIC
- 95 points or better int the TOEFL iBT
- Level III or IV of UNIcert®
- CEFR C1 level or higher, shown on the university entrance qualification. A level of language proficiency which is shown partially at CEFR C1 level and lower will not be recognised
- as mother tongue
- proof that the bachelor's or other degree programme was taught exclusively in English
Proof of language proficiency can also be provided retrospectively, but must be available at the latest at the time of enrolment.
For legally binding information please see the MSc Cognitive Systems admissions statutes.
For applications directly at Ulm University: Upon completion of your online application and within the application period, you must upload the following documents using your personal upload assistant (you will receive the link to your upload assistant once you have completed your online application).
For applications via uni-assist: you must upload the following documents using the uni-assist online portal
Please upload the following application documents (applies for application directly at Ulm University and for applications via uni-assist):
- data view (protocol of the online application - not required for applications via uni-assist)
- form requesting subject-specific additional information (if you have to apply via uni-assist it is available in the application form)
- bachelor’s degree certificate stating the average grade plus a transcript of records with credit points
- if the programme has not yet been completed: transcript of records issued by the higher education institution including overall average grade and total credit points (ECTS)
- for applicants with a bachelor's degree from abroad: Grading system of your studies indicating the minimum grade required for passing the bachelor's degree as well as the highest grade possible. If this information is not given in the degree certificate/transcript, it must be provided separately in an official document or letter
- proof of required English language proficiency (see entrance requirements)
- additionally: certified translations of documents that were not issued in German/English
- for claims of hardship: letter of explanation and proof of exceptional case
- for claims of dependence on study location in the interest of the publik: letter of explanation and copies of supporting documents
- applicants from China, India or Vietnam: the APS certificate
- Proof does not need authentication
- Applications with missing details or documents will be rejected
- We do not accept applications and supporting documents sent on paper
- Candidates who reapply must resubmit the complete documentation; it is not possible to refer to documents on file at Ulm University.
If the number of qualified applicants above exceeds the overall number of available places, selection is based on a ranking .
The ranking is based on the following criteria: the overall grade of the bachelor's or equivalent degree or, if this has not yet been determined, the average grade of the examinations taken by the application deadline; in case of equality of rank, the decision shall be made by lot.
Winter semester 2018/19
Available places: 20
Admissions: all applicants up to a selection grade of 2,2
Winter semester 2019/20
Available places: 20
Admissions: some applicants (by lot) with a selection grade of 2,3
Winter semester 2020/21
Available places: 20
Applications: 121 including 67 qualified applications
Admissions: 67 - all qualified applicants.
5% of all available places (one place minimum) are reserved for cases of exceptional hardship.
Exceptional hardship applies particularly to cases where it is absolutely necessary for the applicant to begin their studies without delay due to health reasons or equally serious circumstances. Applicants who depend on Ulm as place of study due to exceptional family, social or economic circumstances may claim hardship as well.
- The claim of hardship is to be made in the course of the online application. Prerequisite is the fulfilment of the admission requirements for the master’s programme.
- An explanatory statement including single copies of supporting documents must be submitted within the application deadline. In the case of health reasons, a certificate from a medical specialist must be submitted confirming that immediate commencement of studies is absolutely necessary.
- Claims of hardship will be assessed after the application cut-off date.
Claims of hardship will be considered only from applicants who were not allocated a study place in the allocation procedure based on performance.
Dependence on study location in the interest of the public (Ortsbindung; mainly top athletes)
1% of the study places (with a minimum of one place) are allocated on the basis of dependence on study location in the interest of the public (Ortsbindung). This applies to applicants who fall into a certain category determined by the University, whose consideration is of particular interest to the public and who are tied to Ulm as place of study due to justified circumstances.
These are in particular applicants who belong to a national-level Olympic, prospective, supplementary or team sports squad or a junior squad 1 of the German Olympic Sports Confederation.
- The claim of dependence on study location in the interest of the public is to be made in the course of your online application. Prerequisite is the fulfilment of the admission requirements for the master’s programme.
It is currently not possible to include your claim of dependece on study location in the interest of the public in your online application for the master's programme in Cognitive Systems. Please submit your claim of dependence on study location in the interest of the public in paper form.
- You need to submit an explanatory statement elaborating your dependence on study location in the interest of the public including single copies of supporting documents within the application deadline.
- A dependence on study location in the interest of the public will be considered only if you have not been allocated a place in the selection procedure and on the basis of hardship.