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MSc in Neural Systems and Computation


We offer a specialized full-time Master’s degree program to bachelor 
students with a background in any of the following disciplines: neurosciences, information technology, electrical engineering, biology, physics, computer sciences, chemistry, mathematics, biomedicine, mechanical/chemical/control engineering, or similar subjects.

Women in particular are encouraged to apply.

Please follow the procedure below and take note of the following registration deadlines:

  • Fall Semester: By December 31st of the previous year

  • Spring Semester: By July 31st of the previous year

Please note that these application deadlines are specific to the NSC Master’s 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 (Dec 31 or Jul 31) and it will take 2-3 months before you receive a response. No new applications after the deadline will be accepted. Due to the number of applications we are unable to provide any feedback about the chances to be accepted.



(1) Submit the electronic application form (below) which requires the following documents:

  • 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 this 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). Find more about the mentors here.

  • Two reference contacts; name, position, phone, e-mail. You do not need to submit reference letters, only the contact information. After a first selection process, we will contact the references of the students still being considered. This might happen up to 8-10 weeks after the application deadline. We will not answer queries concerning our communication with the references.

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 (31 December or 31 July of the previous year). 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. It is important to realize that the NSC program can only recommend you for admission. The final decision is taken by the UZH admission office. You are formally not officially accepted until you get the final decision from the admission office.

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Additional Information

Admission is only possible with a Bachelor degree from a Swiss university, or from a foreign university having a world ranking within the top 1000 ( 

If your Bachelor’s degree is 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), an average grade within the top 20% of your university's scoring system is required. Admitted students may need to complete additional coursework in the fields of neuroscience, physics, computer science, engineering, or biology. This will be decided by the Dean's office and the admission committee on a case-by-case basis.

Financial support for foreign students

It is your responsibility to secure your own financial support. 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.