The Max Planck School of Cognition (MPS-Cog) is a joint initiative of the Max Planck Society and leading German Universities together with Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Helmholtz Association, and University College London, and is additionally funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). MPS-Cog will explore new paths in postgraduate education in Germany by linking the dispersed excellence of approximately 50 researchers in the field of cognition, thus attracting top international graduates to its world-class doctoral program within.
The English-taught program (table 1) bridges the gap between disciplines such as biology, physics, computer science, psychology, psychiatry, neurology, genetics or philosophy during its four-year course. It begins with a lab rotation where students can choose up to three laboratories of our fellows to acquire interdisciplinary perspectives on common research themes in the area of Cognition. In addition, students will take basic e-learning courses throughout their doctorate in fields such as Cognitive Neuroscience, Functional Neuroanatomy & Neurophysiology, Artificial Intelligence & Intelligent Systems, Philosophy of Mind & Ethics, Methods in Cognitive (Neuro-)Sciences, Computational Neuroscience & Statistics, Basics in Molecular Neurobiology & Genetics, and Clinical Neuroscience. Furthermore, they will attend several classroom weeks on location, the so-called “cognition academies”, allowing all students to come together repeatedly. In the remainder of their time, doctoral candidates will work together with their selected supervisors to develop and execute a feasible and relevant research project for their doctorate. Doctoral degrees will be awarded by the university to which the supervisor of the respective student is affiliated.
Doctoral candidates with backgrounds in artificial intelligence, biology, cognitive neuroscience/neuroscience, genetics, linguistics, mathematics, neurobiology, neurology, psychiatry, philosophy, and psychology are encouraged to apply to the fully financed program.
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In Autumn (please consult webpage)
25 PhD students per year
Table 1. Overview of the four-year doctoral program at the Max Planck School of Cognition.
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