The Max Planck School of Cognition

The Max Planck School of Cognition

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Cognition research covers topics from disciplines as diverse as psychology, physics, computer science, philosophy, biology and medicine. In this rapidly developing research field scientists with access to the methods and approaches of the various disciplines are in high demand.

About the School

The Max Planck School of Cognition is part of a joint Graduate Program of German Universities and Research Organizations. It brings together experts from various institutions of Germany’s diverse and excellent research landscape for an interdisciplinary graduate education. The school is comprised of an outstanding cluster of faculty researchers, our Fellows, from diverse scientific backgrounds but with overlapping research interests in the field of Cognition. Our Fellows come from various Max Planck Institutes, Universities, the Helmholtz Association and the Fraunhofer Society. The goal of the program is to enable ambitious and promising students to achieve a successful independent research career in the overall area of Cognition.

Cognition research covers topics from disciplines as diverse as psychology, physics, computer science, philosophy, biology and medicine. In this rapidly developing research field scientists with access to the methods and approaches of the various disciplines are in high demand

Discover the Max Planck School of Cognition

Cognition research covers topics from disciplines as diverse as psychology, physics, computer science, philosophy, biology and medicine. In this rapidly developing research field scientists with access to the methods and approaches of the various disciplines are in high demand

About the Program

The School offers a four-year PhD program starting with a one-year orientation period followed by three years of research for the doctorate. Students can enter with a Bachelor’s (fast-track) or a Master’s degree. The doctoral program is designed with a multidisciplinary approach, which aims at excellent international applicants from diverse backgrounds. Thus, the program bridges the gaps between related but different disciplines such as artificial intelligence, biology, (cognitive) neuroscience, genetics, linguistics, mathematics, neurobiology, neuroimaging, neurology, neurophysics, philosophy, physics, psychiatry, and psychology. The complete course of doctoral studies in the program is fully financed.

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