Cognitive Systems - Master of Science (MSc)

  • required language proficiency: English
  • limited places (20)

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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.

Application period (cut-off period)

winter semester:     15 April - 01 June
                                
summer semester:  -

Application is currently not available!

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German applicants and applicants enrolled in an Ulm University programme apply as follows:

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.

 

Important:

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.

 

Applicants with foreign nationality (including EU-citizens) who are not enrolled in an Ulm University programme 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.

Further information

  • Entrance requirements

    Entrance requirements are:

    • proof of a bachelor's degree with examinations in programmes in psychology, computer science, cognitive science or any other programme recognised as equivalent awarded after a minimum of three years of study and subject to a minimum three quarter match of the respective study contents.
    • proof of an adequate command of Englishat level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), through the TOEFL ibT with a minimum of 88 points, pbT with a minimum of 570, cbT with a minimum of 230, IELTS with a minimum of 6.5 points or any comparable proof or
      proof that the bachelor's or other degree programme was taught exclusively in English
    • a bachelor's degree with an overall grade of 2.6 or better
    • if the programme has not yet been completed examination results showing an average of 2.9 or better based on 140 or more ECTS points by the application deadline.

    For legally binding information please see the MSc Cognitive Systems admissions statutes.

     

     

  • Application documents

    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 submit 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)
    • copy of the 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)
    • form requesting subject-specific additional information
    • 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)
    • 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 or Vietnam: the APS certificate


    Please note:

    • One simple copy of each document, no authentication needed
    • Incomplete applications (missing documents or details) will be rejected
    • We do not accept applications and supporting documents sent by email
    • The application documents become property of Ulm University and will not be returned. Therefore, please do not send originals. Candidates who reapply must resubmit the complete documentation; it is not possible to refer to documents on file at Ulm University.

     

     

  • Selection procedure

    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:

    1. 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;
    2. Knowledge acquired in practical computer science (with programming in high-level programming languages) corresponding to 6 or more ECTS points;
    3. Participation in interdisciplinary projects whose content is relevant for the programme in Cognitive Systems or relevant work experience (minimum 6 months);
    4. Substantial study or research period abroad;
    5. Completion of courses whose subject-matter is relevant for the programme in Cognitive Systems.

    Regarding the assessment of the criteria please see § 4 of the Master Cognitive Systems admissions statutes

  • Selection thresholds in the allocation procedure

    Selection thresholds

    Winter semester 2018/19
    Available places: 20
    Applications: 116
    Admissions: all applicants up to a selection grade of 2,2
     

    Winter semester 2019/20
    Available places: 20
    Applications: 131
    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.

     

     

     

  • Claims of hardship

     

    Claims of hardship in master’s programmes with restricted admission

    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.

    Please note:

    • 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.

     

  • Claims of dependence on study location in the interest of the public

    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.

    Please note:

    • 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.
  • Information on the master's programme Cognitive Systems

    Further information on the master's programme Cognitive Systems