How to apply for MEi:CogSci programme in Bratislava

Application for the academic year 2017-2018 opens on 15th March and closes on 24th April 2017!


The master programme in cognitive science is taught in English at the Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics, Comenius University in Bratislava and follows the admission procedure described below. The number of students being admitted to the programme is limited to 20 per year. The programme starts in the winter semester (mid September). In order to assess your qualification for the cognitive science master programme, we ask you to follow the application procedure as stated below. All deadlines and dates concern the application for the current calendar year. Applicants from Slovakia, please follow also instructions at the university homepage (you will be expected to come to entrance examination in person).

1. Application Phase

Please send the following documents in a digital form to the Head of the student's office at so@fmph.uniba.sk:

  • MEi:CogSci application form (incl. CV & Letter of motivation) (in English),
  • Comenius University application form
  • Bachelor-Certificate (or, if you do not have one yet, a letter of reference from the supervisor stating that you will receive it) by 30th June
  • Detailed information regarding your studies: diploma supplement, transcripts or consolidated grade record
  • Copy of your passport or identity card
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Letter of Reference (optional)
  • Confirmation of paid application fee

Important note: Please be aware that secondary education diplomas (bachelor/master certificate, transcript of records) need to be presented in English or Slovak language. Copies have to be legalised by a notary.

Hardcopies of all documents specified above must be sent to: (DEADLINE: 24th April 2017)

Ing. Iveta Gašparová
Head of student's office
Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics
Comenius University
Mlynská dolina, 84248 Bratislava
Slovak Republic / Europe

Proof of English language proficiency

Applicants who are not native speakers of English must demonstrate English proficiency (on B2 level or higher) by either:

  • obtaining acceptable results in an internationally recognized test (e.g. TOEFL: min. 230 computer-based, 570 paper-based or 88 internet-based; Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English) or
  • proof of higher education in English or
  • any other equivalent proof of English language proficiency

Application fee

Account number (IBAN form): SK88 8180 0000 0070 0013 8327
Variable symbol (VS): 800 (note: only for payments from Slovakia)
Specific symbol: birthdate number (10 digits; only for payments from Slovakia)
Amount: 33 €
Beneficiary: Comenius University in Bratislava
Swift (BIC) code: SPSRSKBA
Bank name: Vseobecna uverova banka
Bank address: Mlynske nivy 1, 829 90 Bratislava
Transaction description (comment): your name

Evaluation procedure and evaluation criteria

The admission committee will check whether you fulfill the formal requirements, and will assess your qualification. The student's office will inform each applicant by an official letter about his/her status (accepted, put on waiting list, not accepted) until July 5th.

Members of the admission committee are:

  • prof. Ing. Igor Farkaš, Dr.
  • prof. RNDr. Pavol Zlatoš, CSc.
  • assoc. prof. Ján Rybár, PhD.
  • RNDr. Martin Takáč, PhD.

We welcome applications from various areas of science (formal science, natural science, social science, humanities). We prefer the diversity of candidates with different backgrounds, and the applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Overall grades (from bachelor studies, or previous master studies) 25%
  • Letter of motivation 30%
  • Clarity & relevance of question 20%
  • Cognitive science and/or interdisciplinary experience 10%
  • Plans to pursue research career 5%
  • Letter(s) of recommendation 5%
  • Experience (work, voluntary work, participation in conferences, summer schools, etc. ) 5%

Please be aware that we might also contact you around the end of June for a telephone or skype interview in order to assess your qualification (you will be informed beforehand). Applicants put on a waiting list might receive a letter of acceptance (subject to their ranking) by 15th September, if some of the accepted students will not have registered.

2. Admission at the Comenius University in Bratislava

After receiving your written official notification of admission (at the end of June), sent to your permanent address, you will be asked to confirm your interest to study at Comenius University in Bratislava, by sending an email to Mrs. Gašparová (to the address given above), by the end of July. In case you will need accommodation at the dormitory, do not forget to apply (by informing Mrs. Gašparová).

Registration (in person) of accepted students will take place shortly before the beginning of the academic year (before mid September).

Notes

  1. There is no tuition fee for applicants from EU countries. Tuition fee for accepted applicants from non-EU countries is 3000 € per year (to be paid before registration).
  2. Please note that Comenius University in Bratislava will not take responsibility for accepted applicant's obligations to legalize their stay in Slovak Republic. Please refer to practical information for foreign students at the university webpages.
  3. In case of any questions, do not hesitate to contact Igor Farkas.