This programme is open to students who have a bachelor degree in psychology, biology, linguistics, philosophy, social science, mathematics, physics or computer science. It is also open to medical and engineering students. Other backgrounds may be eligible and are considered on a case by case basis.

We expect students to have strong learning skills and be hard-working and self-motivated to assimilate knowledge in other areas. In addition to the qualities necessary for research (attention to detail, rigor, scepticism, but also curiosity, independence and initiative), students must demonstrate good written and oral communication skills.

Knowledge of the French language is not required for the admissions nor for courses, but it is important to have basics of French for your everyday life in Paris.

Application process 

The process involves an online application and interviews. 
Most candidates apply to the first year (M1), in the track that best corresponds to their initial training. The admission track does not presume that the student will follow the same major in their curriculum.

Number of slots available in M1 : 50 .

Candidates who already hold an M1 or equivalent degree can also apply directly to M2. Number of slots available in M2 : 50, including about 10 for direct admissions.

Immediately after admission, successful M2 applicants will have to secure an internship in a host laboratory and submit a research project. In order to facilitate this process, M2 applicants are encouraged to browse the list of Cogmaster-affiliated laboratories and the list of research internship proposals. Note that these lists are only indicative, not limitative. Applicants should indicate in their motivation letter their research interests and the labs and internships that they are considering. They will be invited to make a first contact with potential supervisors only if they are short-listed.

In preparing your application, please include the following:

  • On-line application form
  • Résumé (CV)
  • All higher education grade transcripts and diplomas (with French or English translations, if originals are in another language)
  • Motivation letter
    This is a very important element of your application. It does not have a set format - except that it should not exceed 3 pages. Effective letters typically demonstrate applicants' familiarity with the field, and their specific interests and commitment to cognitive science study. It is not necessary to repeat the information already present in your CV. It is more important to highlight your intellectual, scientific or professional development than your personal experiences. You should indicate how your interests relate to the special strengths of our program, and what major you would like to validate, so that we can get a sense of how you would fit in, and benefit from studying in the Cogmaster.
    M2 candidates should additionally indicate their research interests and the potential labs and internships of interest to them.
  • Writing sample (thesis, essay, article, internship or lab report - mandatory for M2).
    Please upload one document that best illustrates your writing skills. This can be a thesis, an essay that you submitted for course credit, or any other piece of academic writing. If you are not the sole author, please indicate very precisely what your contribution was.
  • Recommendation letters (at least 1).

Submission deadlines

1 - Fast track session (November / December)

Please note : the fast-track application session is open exclusively to candidates who need a rapid acceptance decision, for instance to apply for funding or for a visa. All applications to the fast-track session must be duly justified, with mention of the relevant institutions requiring early decision and deadlines at which the reply is needed.

  • Online applications : From November 16th to December 17th 2021

  • Shortlist results: January 11th.

  • Interviews for shortlisted M1 applicants: between 12th  and 14th January 2022 (depending on admission track)

    • Social science: January 13th afternoon and 14th afternoon.

    • Modeling: January 12th and 14th morning.

    • Linguistics: January 13th and 14th.

    • Neuroscience: January 12th afternoon.

    • Psychology: January 13th afternoon.

    • Philosophy: January 13th and 14th afternoon.

  • Interviews for shortlisted M2 applicants: January 14th morning and 18th afternoon.

  • Admission results: January 21st. (for M2 applicants, acceptance is conditional on the submission of a research project)

  • Deadline for the submission of M2 projects: July 1st 2022.

2 - Normal application session (March / April) 

  • Online applications : From March 1st to April 29th 2022

  • Shortlist results M2: May 10th.

  • Shortlist results M1: May 12th.

  • Interviews for shortlisted M1 applicants: between May 16th and 19th. Interview dates by admission track:

    • Social science: May 16th-17th.

    • Modeling: 16th-17th May

    • Linguistics: May 17th and 19th afternoon.

    • Neuroscience: May 17th and 18th.

    • Psychology: TBA.

    • Philosophy: May 18th and 19th afternoon.

  • Interviews for shortlisted M2 applicants: May 16th afternoon, 18th morning and 19th.

  • Admission results: May 23th. (for M2 applicants, acceptance is conditional on the submission of a research project)

  • Deadline for the submission of M2 projects: July 1st 2021.

- Please follow this link to apply in Master 1 (fast-track session)
Please follow this link to apply in Master 2 (fast-track session)

ENS additional diploma and scholarship

Cogmaster applicants are encouraged to also apply to the Diplôme de l'École Normale Supérieure (DENS). Admitted students enjoy a number of benefits that come with the "normalien" status, including a room at ENS, financial support for the Cambridge Certificate or for an internship abroad, and eligibility for PhD scholarships reserved for normaliens (deadline: April 2022; more information).

Foreign applicants are encouraged to also apply to the ENS International Selection, which offers a scholarship (deadline: 9/12/2021; more information).

In either case, these additional applications still require application to the Cogmaster.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees are set by ministerial decree (€334 in 2021/22).

Institution for registration: Ecole normale supérieure-PSL, Université de Paris or EHESS
Degree issued: French Master’s degree delivered by Université PSL, Université de Paris or EHESS