Institut für Kognitionswissenschaft

Institute of Cognitive Science

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Structure and Organization of the Cognitive Science Bachelor

The Bachelor Program is designed to provide a sound foundation in the core areas of Cognitive Science (Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Modelling, Computational Linguistics, Neurobiology, Neuroinformatics, Neuroscience, Philosophy of Mind). Particular emphasis is placed on the methods employed in these fields and on their interdisciplinary relations.

Students will acquire empirical skills, analytical skills and also engineering skills. Beyond this, students are introduced to more advanced topics in their selected areas of study.

The Bachelor Program is comprised of 180 credits (including thesis) spread over six semesters, one of which (preferably the fifth semester) must be spent at a foreign university or institute (for studies or an internship). The program is completed with a bachelor thesis and leads to a "Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)" degree in Cognitive Science. The language of instruction is predominantly English.

The program addresses both German and international students.

Examination requirements for the bachelor degree are mainly documented by continuous assessments (as opposed to final examinations).

Admission & Application Deadline

The Bachelor Program accepts students for the winter term only. For the application deadline, see application.

Courses and examinations successfully completed at a different university can be accredited.

Tuition Fees

A semester fee of approximately 350 EUR (which includes the "Semesterticket" for public transport) is charged per semester. Students must provide proof of health insurance upon registration.

Semester Abroad

Students in the Bachelor Program are expected to spend one semester for studies or an internship abroad - preferably the fifth semester and preferably at a university or institution with a Cognitive Science program or a program in one of its core areas. Study fees have to be paid by the students. Scholarships can be applied for, e.g. within the SOCRATES/ERASMUS program, see Semester Abroad.

Student Advisory Service

The student advisory service offers personal advice regarding study programs, examinations, possibilities of changing subjects, studies abroad, and all other matters concerning one's studies, see Student Advisory


Besides the student advisory service, there is also a mentoring program. Experienced students support freshmen and may connect to a university teacher who acts as mentor over the whole period of study, offering the student advice on all questions concerning his/her studies. Contact:

Moreover, the first year of study is accompanied by tutorials held by senior students under the guidance of the lecturer. This provides assistance to newcomers and promotes cooperation between students.

We especially encourage international students participating in the Master Program to act as tutors for first-year students to promote intercultural exchange.

The International Office helps and supports students from abroad in all matters of daily life.