Institut für Kognitionswissenschaft

Institute of Cognitive Science

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About the Cognitive Science PhD Program

The core objective of the Cognitive Science PhD Program is to enable excellent students to carry out independent research in promising and highly active areas of Cognitive Science. The programme aims at optimal synergy between the dissertation projects and current research at the Osnabrück Institute of Cognitive Science.

Specific characteristics of the programme are:

  • interdisciplinary research, integrating all Cognitive Science sub-disciplines;
  • curriculum comprising seminars, colloquiums and reading groups, systematically supporting the thesis work and enabling students to finish their PhD within three years;
  • international research environment including seminars conducted by renowned guest lecturers and an assignment abroad;
  • supervision by at least two principal investigators from different Cognitive Science sub-disciplines. Joint supervision with an external supervisor from a university abroad is welcomed;
  • the opportunity to gain teaching experience by co-teaching a seminar together with an experienced lecturer;
  • English as the language of instruction; the PhD thesis can be written in either German or English and for the oral examination candidates can also choose between these two languages;
  • soft skills courses which provide training on presentation and communication skills, academic writing and publication, grant application, project management, etc.

Research Topics

PhD projects in the Cognitive Science PhD Programme relate to all areas of Cognitive Science represented in our institute.

PhD projects will either link to the question of adaptivity or be associated with one of the other topic areas of one of the research groups. For more information visit the pages of the research groups.

Get in touch... 

... if you are interested in joining the Cognitive Science PhD Program at our institute and have questions. Please contact Gunther Heidemann.



Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gunther Heidemann

Biologisch orientierte Computer Vision

Tel.: +49 541 969-3371
Fax: +49 541 969-3381

Raum: 50/225
Fachbereich 8: Humanwissenschaften
Wachsbleiche 27
49090 Osnabrück

Sprechzeiten: n.V.