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 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.

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.

Application process 

The process involves an online application and online 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 : 35 .

Candidates who already hold an M1 or equivalent degree can also apply directly to M2. Number of slots available in M2 : 48, thus 12-15 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

Fast-track application session (January-February)
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 in the motivation letter, with mention of the relevant institutions requiring early decision and deadlines at which the reply is needed. Applicants who are shortlisted but are not accepted via the fast-track session are welcome to re-apply to the normal session.

  • Online applications : From January 5th to 31st 2021
  • Shortlist results: February 8th.
  • Interviews for shortlisted M1 applicants: between February 9th and 25th. (depending on admission track)
  • Interviews for shortlisted M2 applicants: February 12th.
  • Admission results: March 2nd. (for M2 applicants, acceptance is conditional on the submission of a research project)
  • Deadline for the submission of M2 projects: July 1st 2021.

Normal application session (March-May)

  • Online applications : From March 2nd to April 30th 2021
  • Shortlist results: May 10th.
  • Interviews for shortlisted M1 applicants: between May 11th and 18th. Interview dates by admission track:
    • Neuroscience: May 11th and 12th.
    • Psychology: TBA.
    • Modelling: May 11th, 12th, 17th or 18th.
    • Linguistics: May 12th.
    • Philosophy and social science: TBA.
  • Interviews for shortlisted M2 applicants: May 18th and 20th.
  • Admission results: May 26th. (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 (normal session)
Please follow this link to apply in Master 2 (normal session)

Double Diploma

Students interested in the Cogmaster also have the option of applying to the ENS diploma in Cognitive Science, which requires validating the Cogmaster and additional credits (more information). International students interested in this double diploma can apply for funding through the International selection track during the winter session (deadlines 9 & 29/12/2020; more information). They should still apply to the Cogmaster in parallel.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees are set by ministerial decree (€243 in 2020/21). Please note that you will also need to provide proof of payment for the CVEC (Student Life and Campus Fee) of €91. More information.

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