Admission to MEi:CogSci

The MEi:CogSci master's programme at the University of Vienna requires a special admission procedure.

  • The number of students admitted to the programme is limited to 25 per year.
  • The programme only starts in the fall semester (October).
  • The programme is fully taught in English. In addition, a semester abroad (30 ECTS) at one of the partner universities is an obligatory part of the joint curriculum. Therefore, English proficiency is required.
  • Admitted are students holding a bachelor's or equivalent degree in cognitive science or one of its core disciplines (anthropology, biology, computer science, linguistics, medicine, neuroscience, philosophy, psychology). Applications from students of other fields, are negotiated and decided upon by the local admission committee (who can prescribe up to 30 additional ECTS to be acquired in the course of the programme).
  • The application period starts beginning of March. The application deadline is 30 April.

All deadlines & dates concern the application for the current calendar year.

Application Procedure

Step 1: Request Admission to the MEi:CogSci Programme by Registering at u:space

u:space is the portal for students from the University of Vienna. It is the central access point for all services related to the organisation of your studies.

You can only complete the registration process in the application period.

Is it the first time that you enrol at the University of Vienna?

As a prospective student, you have to register at u:space. On the log-in page you find a link that guides you through the registration process. Afterwards, you can apply for admission to degree programmes via u:space.

Watch the short video tutorial (or watch it on youtube):

Do you already study/did you study at the University of Vienna?

As a student, you can log in to u:space in the usual way, select your desired degree programme from a list of possible degree programmes. Finally, apply for admission.

In u:space you click on "Administration" and then "Admission to degree programmes". Select the MEi:CogSci master's programme and follow the admission request procedure.

Step 2: Submit Your Application for MEi:CogSci at u:space

Prepare the following documents in digital form, e.g., scans from original documents, digitally signed documents, etc. as PDFs.

  1. MEi:CogSci Letter of Motivation (+ Letter of Reference (optional))
    Download the ZIP package below. It includes templates for the MEi:CogSci Letter of Motivation in various file formats (MS Word, Libre/Open Office and as read only PDF).
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Bachelor's degree certificate or transcript of records with at least 150 ECTS in your bachelor's degree. Your original degree certificate needs to be handed in at the admission office by 30 September at the latest, otherwise your admission will be cancelled. If you received no certificate for your bachelor's, but a final transcript of records (common at e.g. some US universities), this document needs to state the date of graduation/award of the degree.
  4. Diploma Supplement & transcripts or Consolidated Grade Record
  5. Proof of English proficiency

Important notes:

  • The MEi:CogSci Letter of Motivation is required for all applicants! (If there is a different statement about this in u:space, ignore the statement in u:space. We need the MEi:CogSci Letter of Motivation document for the application procedure.)
  • Please be aware that secondary education diplomas (bachelor's/master's degree certificate, transcript of records) need to be presented in English or German language. Copies have to be legalised by a notary. Please see the following information regarding legalisation and translation.
  • Applicants who are not native speakers of English must demonstrate English proficiency (on B2 level or higher). See Accepted Certificates. A valid proof of English proficiency is also required for the ERASMUS+ semester abroad! See the ERASMUS+ language requirements.
  • In case you provide documents which are digitally signed (and/or can be validated online), please make sure that you provide all the required information for the admission office to verify the validity of the documents.
  • Reference letters should be included in the PDF document "Letter of Motivation" (Motivationsschreiben). They can also be sent to us via email ( or snail mail. We only accept signed and stamped reference letters (resp. scans of them). Our postal address is:

    University of Vienna
    StudiesServiceCenter Philosophy and Education
    Universitaetsstrasse 7
    Room B0311, 3rd floor
    A-1010 Wien
    Attn: Elisabeth Zimmermann/Peter Hochenauer

Create a single PDF file for each document mentioned above.

Please prepare the PDF documents carefully. Otherwise you may fail formal compliance and, therefore, fail admission!

Watch this short video tutorial on how to prepare your documents and check their quality (or watch it on youtube):



Watch this short video tutorial on the required documents for applicants from EU, EEA and Switzerland (or watch it on youtube):

Watch this short video tutorial on the required documents for applicants from Non-EU/EEA countries (or watch it on youtube):

Watch this short video tutorial on how to prepare your diploma/certificate for u:space (or watch it on youtube):

Finally, submit your application at u:space. The short video tutorial(s) on how to submit your application may help you.

Watch the following video tutorial if you are a citizen of EU, EEA or Switzerland (or watch it on youtube):

Watch the following video tutorial if you are a citizen of a Non-EU/EEA country (or watch it on youtube):

After you have submitted your application in u:space, the admission office checks your documents for formal compliance.

After the formal check by the admission office, the MEi:CogSci admission committee will receive the applications for qualification assessment and nomination of candidates.



After the application deadline

Evaluation Procedure and Evaluation Criteria

The MEi:CogSci admission committee will assess your qualification and announce the nominated candidates and by June 30th.

The admission committee consists of:

  • Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ulrich Ansorge
  • Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Psych. Dr. Helmut Leder
  • ao. Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Franz-Markus Peschl
  • Mag. Dr. Sabine Tebbich, Privatdoz.

Candidates are chosen based on their letter of motivation (your motivation to study cognitive science and your research question) and the discipline of their bachelor's degree. As the didactic design of the curriculum requires an equal distribution of representatives of the core disciplines of cognitive science, rankings will be made for these different areas: (1) natural sciences, (2) humanities, (3) formal sciences, (4) social sciences, (5) cognitive science. The five highest ranked students from each area will be admitted.

Applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria and weights:

  • Letter of Motivation 45% (incl. Letter of Reference)
  • Clarity & relevance of research question 25%
  • Cognitive science and/or interdisciplinary experience 10%
  • Overall grades 10%
  • Plans to pursue research career 5%
  • Experience (Work, voluntary work, participation in conferences, summer schools,...etc. ) 5%


Candidates will be nominated by 30 June. An official email will be sent to you by the admission office.

Step 3: Finish Admission at the University of Vienna & Co-register at the Medical University of Vienna

Register at the University of Vienna

After receiving your notification of admission, you can finish admission at the admission office of the University of Vienna.

Watch the following short video tutorial on personal admission if you are a citizen of EU, EEA or Switzerland (or watch it on youtube):

Watch the following short video tutorial if you are a citizen a of Non-EU/EEA country (or watch it on youtube):

Co-register at the Medical University of Vienna (MUW)

After you have been admitted to the MEi:CogSci programme at the University of Vienna you need to co-register at MUW.

Important Note

Please be aware that you have to prolong your co-registration at MUW every semester.