All applications must be made through the same portal which can be found here.

Application deadline: March 10, 2023

Important novelty compared to previous years: The Cogmaster used to have two admissions sessions, an early session, called "fast track" which opened in November and a normal session opening in March.  This year, there will be only one admission session which will open on January 10,  and close on March 10, 2023.

Application process 

The process involves an online application and interviews. 
Most candidates apply to the first year (M1). Their application is evaluated by the admission 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).
  • You will be asked which university you wish to apply to (please see below Registration procedures).


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.

Registration procedures between the 3 universities involved

The Cogmaster is co-accredited by 3 universities: ENS-PSL, University of Paris, and EHESS. Students admitted to the Cogmaster will be registered in one of these universities, and will receive their degree from that university. Depending on the university where they are registered, students may have access to slightly different administrative and student life services. However, the curriculum (courses, internships and all pedagogical activities) is strictly identical.
Each university offers a fixed number of places at the Cogmaster. These places are allocated in order of the admission ranking, and as a function of each applicant's choice. In the Application portal, applicants are therefore requested to indicate which university they wish to apply to (1 to 3 wishes), and to rank their wishes. Applicants wishing to maximise their chances of admission should apply to all three universities.

* More information on the ENS- PSL
* More information on University of Paris
* More information on EHESS

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.

Cogmaster applicants are strongly encouraged to also apply to become a fellow of the École Normale Supérieure, also known as a "Normalien", a famous and highly prestigious status in the French academic system. 

Become a Normalien: apply to the ENS double degree and scholarship

Cogmaster applicants are strongly encouraged to also apply to become a fellow of the École Normale Supérieure, also known as a Normalien, a highly prestigious status in the French academic system with a number of very important benefits including a scholarship of around 1000€ monthly (for foreign students). More details here.

BEWARE!!! The application to become a Normalien for foreign students is way earlier than cogmaster application. Application procedure is here, and the deadline is December 7, 2022 (23h59, Paris time).