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Admission SCAN

Master's Degree Program Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience

Admission an Application

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 sciences, linguistics, both parts of the Certificate of Physician Exam (Ärztliche Prüfung) or equivalent
  • Proof of proficiency in English (C1 level), if not a native speaker, e.g. TOEFL or IELTS test score.

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

Step 1

Submission of Application

Every year from Mid-April until the End of May

The submission of application documents is possible for each winter semester.

 Please submit the following:

  • Application form
  • 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

(for more information: student affairs office)

Step 2


(beginning of July)


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

  • Grades of the undergraduate program will be transferred to a point score up to 60 SP.
    (for more information: student affairs office)
  • Promising applicants will be invited to interviews.
    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. Interviews could take place over Skype/phone. 

Step 3

Final Selection

(end of July)

All approval notifications will be sent out at the beginning of August both per e-mail and post.