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Cognitive Systems, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #141 (WUR) Ulm, Germany
The master's programme "Cognitive Systems" at the University of Ulm is completely taught in English. The programme introduces students to the theoretical and empirical foundations of cognitive skills, which serve as the basis for the development of models. 


The cognitive functions allow us to interact with objects and persons in our environment, to smoothly adapt and react to external influences, and to gain knowledge. We do so by using various senses and relying on previous experiences from other contextual situations and our ability to learn, reason and plan future actions. Technical systems that implement or imitate the cognitive skills of humans are what we call cognitive systems. In order to implement such functionalities, systems must be equipped with capabilities for

  • perception and cognition,
  • learning and memory,
  • planning and reasoning for action control and problem solving, as well as
  • interaction.
Graduates of the master's programme "Cognitive Systems" at the University of Ulm are able to, e.g.,
  • apply the problem-solving strategies they have learned to new situations and to develop these strategies further;
  • acquire new knowledge and skills independently;
  • collect and analyse relevant information and derive factually and scientifically validated judgements from it;
  • formulate scientific positions and solutions and defend these with justified arguments.

Career Opportunities

Graduates with an MSc degree in Cognitive Systems also have the best prerequisites for a subsequent academic career. The interdisciplinary training prepares graduates for doctoral positions in projects or graduate programs. This applies to interdisciplinary topics, for example, in the life sciences, neurosciences, interactive technologies or intelligent systems.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Fundamentals of Human-Machine Interaction
  • Fundamental Approaches to Cognitive Science 
  • Foundations and Concepts of Cognitive Systems Modeling
  • Introduction to Computer Science
  • Recent Developments in Cognitive Systems Research

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • An official copy of your BSc degree in Psychology, Computer Science, Cognitive Science or a related degree. For the latter, your course contents should to at least three quarters overlap with those of the listed degrees.
  • An official copy of your “diploma supplement” document, which lists all the courses you have taken for your first degree. The list must specify the grade and number of credit points for each course
  • A declaration that you have never been expelled from an MSc degree program in Germany.
  • If your documents are not in German or English, please provide a certified translation.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1500 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Ulm

  • 730 - 1100 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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