MEi:CogSci Cognitive Science, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
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Interdisciplinary study programmes are challenging: Coming from one field, each student will have to gain insight into other major disciplines involved.


Students will have to acquire the basics, gain insight into different experimental methods, and at the same time learn to engage in an interdisciplinary discourse and gain practical experience in interdisciplinary work, partly in an intercultural environment.

The goal is to educate researchers. Thus, "knowing a little bit of everything" will not suffice; students will have to gain profound conceptual knowledge as well as solid methodological research skills. Two years are a relatively short time to reach such sophisticated educational goals. Thus, a curricular architecture has been developed to help students meet these goals; this will mainly occur through the integrative kernel of the curriculum.

Programme Structure

1. Temporal Organisation

The curriculum consists of 2 phases: the (A) introductory phase and the (B) phenomenon-oriented phase consisting of 2 semesters each.

1.A Introductory Phase (Semesters 1-2)
The introductory phase enables students to orient themselves in the field of cognitive science and provides a foundation for interdisciplinary research.Students entering the program differ greatly in terms of their disciplinary backgrounds and research interests. A central challenge of the program is not only to bridge the different disciplinary approaches thus enabling communication and cooperation among the students but also to turn these differences into a potential for interdisciplinary cooperation. In the first year, students become familiar with theoretical concepts as well as research methods from the core disciplines of cognitive science and get accustomed to different scientific cultures.Moreover, students are introduced to the current work of research groups from Vienna as well as the Mei:CogSci network. The introductory phase will mainly take place at the students’ home institutions.
1.B Phenomenon Oriented Phase (semesters 3-4)
The phenomenon oriented phase builds on the interdisciplinary foundations laid in the first year. Students gain specialised knowledge of a chosen topic focusing on a cognitive phenomenon through the integration of research methods and perspectives from multiple disciplines.Based on their research topic chosen individually, students select one of the universities participating in the network (student mobility) in line with the areas of expertise of the respective partner universities. In addition, students consolidate their knowledge and skills in cognitive science enabling them to keep track of the current developments in the field.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score: 570

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 88

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Admitted are students holding a bachelor or equivalent degree in cognitive science or one of its core disciplines (anthropology, biology, computer science, linguistics, medicine, neuroscience, philosophy, psychology).
For applications of students from other fields, the local advisory board must decide (and can prescribe up to 30 additional ECTS to be accomplished in the course of the programme).

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 760 International
  • Free EU/EEA

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