Social Cognitive Affective Neuroscience

May 8, 2015

Laboratory of Social Cognitive

We offer an interdisciplinary, international Master program in Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (SCAN) taught exclusively in English. The program starts annually in October. See below for details about the admission process.

There are no designated tuition fees for this Master program. For enrollment, students will face only administrative costs (including public transport service in Berlin, which is a good deal) of approximately 250-270€ per semester. Funding and scholarships can be obtained upon personal engagement at common institutions and societies.


Admission to SCAN is highly competitive and bound to a series of necessary preconditions. Applicants necessarily need to meet the following criteria:

  • Bachelor's degree in psychology, neurosciences, cognitive sciences, physics, biology, IT, both parts of the Certificate of Physician Exam (Ärztliche Prüfung) or equivalent (if uncertain about the eligibility of your degree, please contact the student affairs office)
  • Proof of proficiency in English (C1 level), e.g. TOEFL or IELTS test score. You don't need to certify this if you got your Bachelor degree from an institution with English as official language of instruction or if you are a native speaker. For questions concerning language certificates please check this information.

The admission process consists of 3 steps that run from initial application in April/May to a final admission decision by the end of July (tentatively).

Step 1: Application Period

The submission of application documents for each winter semester is possible in the period from online at FU Application Center. This relates to all applicants that graduated in Germany. All students who graduated in foreign countries are to submit their applications to the professional credential evaluation service uni-assist (more information about the process can be found here). The fee for this service needs to be paid by the applicant and can't be refunded.

If you apply via Uni Assist, all files have to be send by post and be certified. Please check with Uni Assist if your documents are okay and arrived. If you apply directly here at the FU Berlin (and not via Uni Assist) most of the documents are administered online and are eligible for upload. You always (if you apply via UniAssist or directly here at the FU) have to send the application form signed and by post.

Please submit the following:

  • Application form (always by post and signed!)
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) in English
  • Official copy of the transcript of records from your current academic institution if not graduated yet, otherwise official copy of your Bachelor's degree
  • Letter of motivation in English
  • Letters of recommendation, if applicable (official letterhead; referee's signature and stamp, scanned copies are sufficient)

Step 2: Admission Process

Admission to the Master SCAN follows a downward point-based ranking ranging from 100-0 selection points (SP), with 100 being the top score.

Applicants meeting all required preconditions will be ranked according to their qualifications. In this process, grades of the undergraduate program will be transferred to a point score up to 60 SP according to the following table. Grades are displayed in the German system - international grades will be transferred via Uni Assist and FU, respectively.


Score (SP)

1, 0


2, 6


1, 1


2, 7


1, 2


2, 8


1, 3


2, 9


1, 4


3, 0


1, 5


3, 1


1, 6


3, 2


1, 7


3, 3


1, 8


3, 4


1, 9


3, 5


2, 0


3, 6

2, 1


3, 7

2, 2


3, 8

2, 3


3, 9

2, 4


4, 0

2, 5


Subsequently, all applicants will be invited to interviews by beginning of July (tentatively). The admission commission will evaluate the motivation and qualification of prospective students by means of these interviews and award them with up to another 40 SP leading to a maximum number of 100 SP.

Travel costs will not be reimbursed by Freie Universität.

Step 3: Final Selection

All approval notifications will be sent out at the beginning of August both per e-mail and post.


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