How to apply for MEi:CogSci programme in Bratislava

Application deadline for the academic year 2021-2022 is 30th April 2021! 9th May, 2021


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 instructions at the university homepage (unless arranged otherwise, you will be expected to come to entrance examination in person).

1. Application Phase

Please send the following documents (only) in an electronic 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 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.

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): VS800 your name

Evaluation procedure and evaluation criteria

The admission committee will check whether you fulfill the formal requirements, and will assess your qualification. Then you will receive an official decision letter from the study office about acceptance or rejection of your application at the address you have indicated in your application form (usually in the first half of July).

Members of the admission committee are:

  • prof. Ing. Igor Farkaš, Dr.
  • doc. RNDr. Martin Takáč, PhD.
  • RNDr. Barbora Cimrová, PhD.
  • RNDr. Kristína Malinovská, 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 (section 3 in MEiCogSci application form) 30%
  • Clarity & relevance of research question 20% (it is the last part of the letter of motivation)
  • Letter(s) of recommendation 5%
  • Cognitive science and/or interdisciplinary experience 10%
  • Plans to pursue research career 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 an online interview in order to assess your qualification (you will be informed beforehand).

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 so@fmph.uniba.sk), 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).

The autumn semester starts on 20th September, 2021.

Notes

  1. There is no tuition fee for applicants from EU countries. Tuition fee for accepted applicants from non-EU countries is 1500 € per academic 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.