This programme is open to students who have a bachelor degree in psychology, biology, linguistics, philosophy, social science, mathematics, or computer science. It is also open to medical and engineering students. Other backgrounds are 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.

The knowledge of the french language is not required for the admissions but it is important  to have basics of french for your every day life.

Application process 

The process involves an application file and interview(s), plus a research project for M2 applicants. 
Most candidates apply to the first year, in the major that best corresponds to their initial training. Number of slots available in M1 : 35 . 

Candidates who already hold an M1 or equivalent degree can also apply directly to M2. Number of slots available in M2 : 48, thus a dozen for direct admissions. 
Because direct M2 applications imply the submission of a research project in a host laboratory for the M2 internship, M2 applicants are encouraged to get in touch with laboratories right from the beginning of the application process. For this purpose, they may use the list of Cogmaster-affiliated laboratories, and the list of research internship proposals. It should be noted that these lists are indicative, not limitative. 
For M2 candidates interested in the Cognitive Engineering major, a list of internships in company/administration can be found on the major's webpage ("R&D Internships").

In preparing your application, please include the following:

  • On-line application form
  • Résumé
  • Motivation letter
    This is a very important element of your application. It does not have a set format - except that it should not exceed 2 pages. Effective statements 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 Vitae and 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, so that we can get a sense of how you would fit in, and benefit from studying in the Cogmaster. It is also helpful if you indicate whatever research plans or area of study you have in mind at present.
  • All higher education grade transcripts and diplomas (with French or English translations, if originals are in another language)
  • 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.
  • Research project (mandatory for M2 application).
    This is the project for the internship that will occupy the second semester, in 2 pages maximum. We recommend that for the eligibility review, you indicate your scientific interests and potential supervisors, but refrain from contacting them until a positive eligibility decision has been rendered. If your application is eligible, you should without delay contact a research supervisor affiliated with the Cogmaster in order to discuss internship options.
    In the application you will have to indicate the contact details of your research supervisor, in order for him/her to confirm his/her agreement to supervise your internship. In case you have two co-supervisors, you may indicate both. If your direct supervisor is a postdoctoral researcher or PhD student, you need to indicate the contact details of their academic supervisor, the person with a permanent academic position who can take the responsibility for engaging the lab’s resources and hosting your internship.
    For Cognitive Engineering applicants: please explain in your project (2 pages max) the relevance of cognitive science to the R&D field of the company or administration.
  • Recommendation letters (mandatory)

Submission deadlines

Fast-track application session
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. Applicants who are not accepted via the fast-track session are welcome to apply to the normal session.

  • Online applications : From January 6th to 31th 2020.
  • Eligibility decision: February 7th 2020.
  • For eligible applicants, interview dates : From February 10th to 26th 2020 (February 24th for M2 applicants).
  • Acceptance decision: February 27th (for M2 applicants, acceptance is conditional on the submission of a research project before May 26th 2019).

Normal application session

  • Online applications : From March 2nd to April 30th 2020.
  • Eligibility decision : May 7th 2020.
  • For applicants eligible for entry to the M1, interview dates : between May 11st and 22nd 2020.
  • For applicants eligible for entry to the M2, interview dates : May 25th or 26th 2020.
  • Deadline to upload research projects, for M2 applicants : May 26th 2020
  • Final acceptance decision: May 27th 2020 for M2 candidates, June 5th 2020 for M1 candidates.

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

Tuition fees

Tuition fees are set by ministerial decree (€243 in 2018/19). Please note that you will also need to provide proof of payment for the CVEC (Student Life and Campus Fee) of €90. More information.

Institution for registration: Ecole normale supérieure (ENS) or Paris-Descartes or EHESS
Degree issued: French Master’s degree delivered by Université PSL or Université Paris Descartes or EHESS