To be admitted to the PhD program, applicants must satisfy the requirements for admission to the Graduate School and be formally accepted by the admissions committee of the graduate school as a candidate for the PhD program. Admission is highly competitive, we expect to make offers to four applicants. Our department is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in education and employment.
To apply for our PhD program an applicant must have earned a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a college, university, or technical school of acceptable standing. Applicants do not need an MA to apply. Students in their final year of undergraduate study may be admitted on the condition that their bachelor’s degree is awarded before they enroll in our graduate program in September.
Applicants will select an admission track at the moment of application, between the three options below. The admission tracks group areas of specialization in the program, you are not expected to be educated in both subfield in your chosen admission track.
We are interested in recruiting students with a well-rounded education and the ability to communicate usefully about science with scholars from multiple fields within cognitive science. Your application should concentrate on your strengths, which will naturally involve your field of specialization, but your research statement and writing sample must be understandable to scholars in the other field of specialization within your admission track. Ideally, your application will also evidence a genuine interest in bridging the gap with subfields in the other admission tracks.
Applications must be submitted via the online application portal, no materials submitted by email will be considered. The admissions portal is managed by our collegiate university Paris Sciences et Lettres (PSL).
The application file involves personal contact information, demographic information, and prior education. Assessment of your application will be centered in the following attachments which you must provide at the moment of application:
You can submit scanned copies of transcripts for the application, but these will be considered unofficial. Upon acceptance into the program, we will require that you send official versions by mail.
Students are only admitted into the program for the Fall semester. The application deadline is January 31, 2019 for the academic year starting in September 2019. Decisions are communicated to applicants by the end of February. For the academic year 2019–2020, we expect to make offers to four applicants and to wait-list another four applicants. At the end of February we will select a group of admitted and wait-listed applicants who will be invited to visit the department.
Prospective students will spend two or three days in Paris, housed by current graduate students in our department. They will get a chance to meet with faculty members and current graduate students, attend lab meetings and talks in the department, visit the School, and get to know Paris. We will do our best to cover all expenses for invited applicants.
Dec 11 2018 Students can apply for the program
Jan 31 2019
(23:59 Central European Time) Deadline for applications
end of Feb 2019 Admitted and wait-listed applicants are contacted
mid Mar 2019 Prospective students visit the department
Apr 15 2019Deadline for admitted students'decisions
Assessment of your application will focus on the elements below. Please study this section carefully if you are applying.
Statement of purpose
Proof of English
Letters of recommendation
This programme is open to students who have a bachelor degree in psychology, biology, linguistics, philosophy, social science, mathematics, or computer science. It is also open to medical and engineering students. Other backgrounds are eligible and are considered on a case by case basis.
We expect students to have strong learning skills and be hard-working and self-motivated to assimilate knowledge in other areas. In addition to the qualities necessary for research (attention to detail, rigor, scepticism, but also curiosity, independence and initiative), students must demonstrate good written and oral communication skills.
The process involves an application file and interview(s), plus a research project for M2 applicants.
Most candidates apply to the first year, in the major that best corresponds to their initial training. Number of slots available in M1 : 35 .
Candidates who already hold an M1 or equivalent degree can also apply directly to M2. Number of slots available in M2 : 48, thus a dozen for direct admissions.
Because direct M2 applications imply the submission of a research project in a host laboratory for the M2 internship, M2 applicants are encouraged to get in touch with laboratories right from the beginning of the application process. For this purpose, they may use the list of Cogmaster-affiliated laboratories, and the list of research internship proposals. It should be noted that these lists are indicative, not limitative.
In preparing your application, please include the following:
Fast-track application session
The fast-track application session is open exclusively to candidates who need a rapid acceptance decision, for instance to apply for funding or for a visa. All applications to the fast-track session must be duly justified, with mention of the relevant institutions requiring early decision and deadlines at which the reply is needed. Applicants who are not accepted via the fast-track session are welcome to apply to the normal session.
Normal application session
Tuition fees are set by ministerial decree (€243 in 2018/19). Please note that you will also need to provide proof of payment for the CVEC (Student Life and Campus Fee) of €90. More information.
Institution for registration: Ecole normale supérieure (ENS) or Paris-Descartes or EHESS
Degree issued: French Master’s degree delivered by Université PSL or Université Paris Descartes or EHESS