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Your path into Computational Neuroscience

Apply for the BCCN Berlin programs

Applying to the graduate programs of the BCCN

All students who are interested in neuroscience and have a strong mathematical background are welcome to apply. In accordance with the interdisciplinary nature of Computational Neuroscience, the program encourages students from diverse disciplines such as natural sciences, engineering, or mathematics to file their application.

Master Program

Deadline: March 15


  • a Bachelor or equivalent degree, typically in the natural sciences, in an engineering discipline, or in mathematics,
  • proficiency in English - non-native speakers should document this by the
    • TOEFL test (at least 570 points in the PBT, at least 88 points in the iBT), or
    • the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency, or
    • the IELTS with at least band 7.0, or
    • the TOEIC with a minimum of 785 points (395 points in each section), or
    • an equivalent certificate; a simple interview is not sufficient,a degree obtained in an English speaking study program can be accepted as equivalent,
  • sufficient mathematical knowledge (i.e. at least 24 credit points), particularly in linear algebra (at least 6 credit points), analysis (at least 6 credit points), probability theory and statistics (at least 6 credit points).

Recommended (not mandatory):

  • prior knowledge of neuroscience,
  • prior programming knowledge.

How to apply

The application should include the following:

  • a motivation letter
  • a tabular CV listing activities and experiences relevant for the studies
  • copies of certificates and transcript of records of previous studies
  • two letters of recommendation
  • certificate of proficiency in English (non-native speakers only)
  • documentation of sufficient mathematical knowledge
  • completed application form of the Technical University

Students may apply before receiving their Bachelor's degree. Applicants who cannot provide proof of a first degree until the application deadline will be preliminarily admitted. This preliminary admission will be subject to the condition subsequent that the applicant will prove the successful completion of the first degree until the start of lectures.

Important note: All copies have to be certified according to the Technische Universität Berlin guidelines. All documents that are not in German or English have to be translated by an officially approved translator.

Where to apply

All students have to apply through uni-assist (including German applicants!). No application fee is to be paid for submitting your application.
uni-assist e.V.
Web: www.uni-assist.de
Phone: +49 30 666 44 345

For any question regarding the formalities of the application please contact the Servicebereich Master of Technische Universität Berlin.

For questions concerning the required qualification contact the teaching coordinator of the Master Program: graduateprograms@bccn-berlin.de

Doctoral Program

Research Training Group "Sensory Computation in Neural Systems" (GRK 1589/2)
Deadline: March 15


Candidates admitted to the PhD program are expected to hold a Master's degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject (e.g., neuroscience, cognitive science, computer science, physics, ...) and have the required advanced mathematical background.

How to apply:

Applicants should submit the following documents through our BCCN application portal.

  • curriculum vitae (including a list of publications, if applicable);
  • letter of motivation;
  • copies of certificates and transcripts of records;
  • proof of proficiency in English;
  • brief description of the completed master or diploma thesis and brief outlook on the future PhD project;
  • two letters of reference;
  • names of potential supervisors (NB: candidates are strongly encouraged to contact potential supervisors and discuss potential projects with them before the application deadline).

For more details see: www.computational-neuroscience-berlin.de