Admission

We offer a specialized full-time Masters program open to students with a Bachelor’s degree in the following disciplines: neurosciences, information technology, electrical engineering, biology, physics, computer sciences, chemistry, mathematics, and mechanical/chemical/control engineering.

Women in particular are encouraged to apply.

Please note that the admission committee cannot evaluate the admission chances of any individual candidate before submission of a full application (as defined below). We regret that we cannot respond to any inquiry about the likelihood of being admitted in the absence of a full application.

Applications to our program are handled by the University of Zurich. Please follow the procedure below and take note of the following registration deadlines:

  • PLEASE NOTICE NEW DEADLINES FROM 2016 ON!
  • Fall Semester: By January 15th of the same year
  • Spring Semester: By August 15th of the previous year

Please note that these application deadlines are specific to the NSC masters program. They are different from the semester application dates for University of Zurich and ETH Zurich. Your application will only be evaluated after the respective deadline (Jan 15 or Aug 15), and it will take 2-3 months before you receive a response.

THE APPLICATION PROCESS INVOLVES THE FOLLOWING TWO STEPS:

(1) Supply an electronic version of the following documents to nsc@ini.uzh.ch. Your application must be in English, and all your documents must be combined into max. 1 – 2 PDF-files:

  • Completed application form (DOC (DOC, 48 KB) or PDF (PDF, 104 KB))
  • Curriculum vitae (resume)
  • A max. one-page motivation letter stating the reasons for your interest in this program
  • Full details about your Bachelor’s degree including the complete transcript of academic records
  • For non Swiss citizens: A short financial statement describing how you plan to cover your living expenses in Switzerland while enrolled in the program (no bank details needed)

In your application form you are required to provide the following information:

  • Names of the preferred and second-preferred mentor from the list below (the role of the mentor is to help you plan a personal curriculum; you do not need to contact the mentors before submitting your application)
  • Two reference contacts; name, position, phone, e-mail (no letters needed)

For further frequently asked questions please see our FAQ page.

(2)  The evaluation process will take about 2-3 months, starting with the respective application deadline (15 January or 15 August). As soon as you will have received a positive recommendation for the University Zurich, the UZH admission office will get in touch with you for the formal part. Please note that the UZH admission office will ask you again for most of the documents.

Choose a preferred and a second-preferred mentor from the list below (the role of the mentor is to help you plan a personal curriculum); you do not need to request the mentors’ permission before submitting your application. At least one of the mentors must have a professor title. The mentors are covering the categories Systems Neuroscience, Neural Computation and Theoretical Neurosciences, Neurotechnologies and Neuromorphic Engineering. Please click on the links to learn more about the mentors’ research.

List of Mentors

Matthew Cook (Dr.)
Tobi Delbruck (Prof.)
Arko Ghosh (Dr.)
Benjamin Grewe (Prof.)
Richard Hahnloser (Prof.)
Fritjof Helmchen (Prof.)
Giacomo Indiveri (Prof.)
Daniel Kiper (Prof.)
Shih-Chii Liu (Dr.)
Valerio Mante (Prof.)
Kevan Martin (Prof.)
Jean-Pascal Pfister (Prof.)
Klaas Enno Stephan (Prof.)
Yulia Sandamirskaya (Dr.)
Wolfger von der Behrens (Dr.)
Bruno Weber (Prof.)
Mehmet Fatih Yanik (Prof.)

Additional Information

Note for applicants with a Bachelor’s degree from an University of Applied Sciences in relevant disciplines or with a Bachelor’s degree in a non-relevant discipline (i.e. as listed above):

Admission is possible, but the minimum average grade required is 5.0 (based on the Swiss Grading System). If you are a graduate of a German or Austrian Fachhochschule (University of Applied Science), you need a grade average not worse than 2.0 (based on the German/Austrian system) to be eligible for admission. Admitted students will need to complete additional coursework in the fields of neuroscience, physics, computer science, engineering, or biology. This will be decided by the admission committee on a case-by-case basis.

Financial support for foreign students:
There are currently no fellowships offered by the University or the Swiss State for foreign MSc students. You can find some information about fellowships offered by other countries for studies in Switzerland on our FAQ page.
Find more information about financial support at University of Zurich Student Financial Aid Office.