Frequently Asked

Can I apply for MEi:CogSci if I don’t hold a bachelor’s degree in cognitive science or one of its core disciplines?

Yes, you can apply with any bachelor’s degree (or higher). The local admission committee will individually assess your application. Nevertheless, you may be required to do up to 30 additional ECTS during your MEi:CogSci studies in case of successful admission (if you did not study one of the core disciplines as defined in the MEi:CogSci curriculum, i.e., anthropology, biology, computer science, linguistics, medicine, neuroscience, philosophy, or psychology).

Is MEi:CogSci a full-time study programme?

Yes. The MEi:CogSci curriculum is designed as a full-time study programme. It is necessary to acquire about 30 ECTS per semester. Many required courses are only available in the winter or the summer semester. In addition, taking advanced courses requires successful completion of basic courses. Therefore, your studies will likely take substantially longer (maybe years) if you don't study full-time.

In which language(s) is the MEi:CogSci programme taught?

The programme is fully taught in English at the Comenius University in Bratislava, Eötvös Lorand University in Budapest, and University of Vienna. The University of Ljubljana offers most of the courses of the first year in Slovene. The third semester (mobility semester) is taught in English at all universities.

Can I start the programme with a specific master's thesis topic?

No. Students start the master's thesis in the fourth semester after acquiring the necessary skills and methods.

How do I apply for MEi:CogSci?

There are different application procedures at each partner university. Please visit the local partner university websites for details.

What is a "joint degree programme"?

Joint degree programmes implement the same curriculum at more than one university. Joint universities implement the same curriculum but may have different foci of specialisation. Ultimately, a joint academic degree will be awarded by the participating institutions. Within MEi:CogSci, the concept of a joint degree entails that each student has to acquire 30 ECTS at one of our international partner universities (“mobility semester”).

Can I apply at more than one partner university?

Yes, we recommend that you apply to two (or more) partner universities. However, you can only enrol at the university you are accepted at.

How do I choose the university for my mobility semester?

Students rank the partner universities for mobility according to their personal preferences. There are limited places at each partner university for mobility, i.e., it is not possible for all students of a local cohort (students who start in the same year, at the same university) to do their mobility semester at the same partner university. Students need to be distributed equally among the partner universities. In case of unequal distributions, students should negotiate an equal and fair distribution with regards to students’ interests among themselves.

Can I do my mobility semester at a non-partner university?

No. The joint degree requires students to do a semester abroad at one of the partner universities.

Can I do my mobility semester at the Medical University of Vienna?

No. The Medical University of Vienna is a local teaching partner of the University of Vienna. 30 ECTS have to be acquired at one of the international partner universities: Comenius University in Bratislava, Eötvös Loránd University Budapest, University of Ljubljana, or University of Vienna.

How can I finance my mobility semester?

ERASMUS+ contracts are established between the partner universities, so every student eligible for ERASMUS+ can get ERASMUS+ funding for the semester abroad. Moreover, we apply for CEEPUS mobility grants every year. Although we try to support every student with scholarships, the universities cannot guarantee full financing of the mobility semester.

For how long do I have to study abroad?

Formally, you have to complete at least 30 ECTS at one of our international partner universities in order to obtain a joint degree, that is, you are required to stay at least one semester.

Is there a specific time period for the required mobility semester?

Yes, in the third semester (due to organisational reasons, e.g., availability of scholarships, required courses, and number of accepted students).

What does “phenomenon-oriented” mean?

In the context of MEi:CogSci, "phenomenon-oriented" means that you focus on a cognitive phenomenon of your choice for the second year and study it in an interdisciplinary manner. The phenomenon of interest should inform your choice of research methodology, regardless of disciplinary boundaries.

How much tuition fee do MEi:CogSci students pay?

Fees differ between partner universities and depend on local university regulations. You only have to pay the national fee of the university you enrol at. Please visit the local university websites for specific information.

What possibilities for funding are available?

Possibilities for funding depend on national regulations and may vary between universities. Please visit the local university websites for specific information.