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About The Program

We offer an interdisciplinary, international Master program in Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (SCAN) taught exclusively in English. The program starts annually in October. See below for details about the admission process.

You find detailed information about the programm via following this external_linklink.

Please check out the new Online Studies Selection Guide for the Master's Program 'Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience'

There are no designated tuition fees for this Master program. For enrollment, students will face only administrative costs (including public transport service in Berlin, which is a good deal) of approximately 310 € per semester.


Admission to SCAN is highly competitive and bound to a series of necessary preconditions. Applicants necessarily need to meet the following criteria:

  • Bachelor's degree in psychology, neurosciences, cognitive sciences, physics, biology, computer science or both parts of the Certificate of Physician Exam (Ärztliche Prüfung) or an equivalent of the aforementioned fields (if uncertain about the eligibility of your degree, please contact the external_linkstudent affairs office). Graduates of programs in Medicine are also accepted.
  • Proof of proficiency in English (C1 level), e.g. TOEFL or IELTS test score. You don't need to certify this if you got your Bachelor degree from an institution with English as official language of instruction or if you are a native speaker. For questions concerning language certificates please check this external_linkinformation.

The admission process consists of 3 steps that run from initial application in April/May to a final admission decision by the end of July (tentatively).

Step 1: Application Period

The submission of application documents for each winter semester is possible in the period from 15.04. to 31.05. online at  external_linkFU Application Center. This relates to all applicants that graduated in Germany. All students who graduated in foreign countries are to submit their applications to the professional credential evaluation service uni-assist (more information about the process can be found external_linkhere). The external_linkfee for this service needs to be external_linkpaid by the applicant and can't be refunded.

If you apply via Uni Assist, all files have to be send by post and be certified. Please check with Uni Assist if your documents are okay and arrived. If you apply directly here at the Freie Universität Berlin (and not via Uni Assist) most of the documents are administered online and are eligible for upload.

Please submit the following:

  • Application form (only if applying via Uni Assist)
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) in English
  • Official copy of the transcript of records from your current academic institution if not graduated yet, otherwise official copy of your Bachelor's degree
  • please check which documents are required specially for Uni Assist as well

Step 2: Admission Process

Admission to the Master SCAN follows a downward point-based ranking ranging from 100-0 selection points (SP), with 100 being the top score. 

Applicants meeting all required preconditions will be ranked according to their qualifications. In this process, grades of the undergraduate program will be transferred to a point score up to 60 SP according to the external_linkfollowing table. Grades are displayed in the German system - international grades will be transferred via Uni Assist and Freie Universität, respectively.

Subsequently, promising applicants will be invited to interviews that take place in the first half of July (tentatively). The admission commission will evaluate the motivation and qualification of prospective students by means of these interviews and award them with up to another 40 SP leading to a maximum number of 100 SP. 

Travel costs will not be reimbursed by Freie Universität Berlin.

Step 3: Final Selection

All approval notifications will be sent out at the beginning of August. Applicants can check their status in the Freie Universität Berlin external_linkapplication portal (Bewerberportal).


Resources and Links


Do not hesitate if any questions concerning the program arise and contact external_linkMirjam Bartscherer or external_linkStudienbüro Psychologie.