Frequently Asked Questions

  • Does my degree in (subject) make me eligible for the M.Sc. Cognitive Systems?

    The M.Sc. Cognitive Systems is an interdisciplinary program, so we are very open-minded about accepting degrees in related subjects. The crucial point is that your prior education covers at least one of our foundational modules, Foundations of Mathematics (calculus, linear algebra, statistics), Foundations of Computer Science (data structures and algorithms, formal languages and automata), or Foundations of Linguistics (syntax, semantics, phonology, pragmatics). You document your background knowledge through at least 9 credit points worth of classes. Together, these classes need to cover the entire content of at least one of the foundational modules.

  • I have a degree in Applied Linguistics. Am I eligible for the M.Sc. Cognitive Systems?

    Please note that we require you to have foundations in theoretical linguistics, e.g. syntactic theory, semantics, or psycholinguistics. Purely applied courses, e.g. on the descriptive grammar of an individual language, are not sufficient. For example, a course on syntactic phenomena of an individual language (e.g. German has free word order, English doesn't) would not be considered relevant. By contrast, a course on grammar theories such as generative grammar or Head Driven Phrase Structure Grammar, would be considered relevant.

    If you have studied applied linguistics or language and literature, it can sometimes be hard for us to identify whether a course falls in one or the other category, as this differs strongly between universities, and the titles are often not informative. Therefore it is of crucial importance that you provide additional information in your application that helps us recognize that your courses cover the content of the FM Linguistics.

  • I don't have any programming skills. Can I apply to the M.Sc. Cognitive Systems anyway?

    Documented programming skills are one of our admission requirements (check our application guidelines for more information). If you have no prior programming experience, it is still possible to acquire those skills before applying. For that, we recommend that you learn Python, as it is fairly easy to learn and is used throughout the Cognitive Systems program.

    We recommend the following courses on Coursera. If you submit certificates for both of these courses, we will accept this as documentation of the required programming experience:

    If you are a complete beginner and want to prepare for these courses, you can complete the following courses on your own time:

  • What documents do I need to send to uni-assist as physical copies?

    The following documents need to be submitted as physical copies:

    • Signed application form (this can be printed out from uni-assist platform)
    • Verified translation and/or verified copy of BA Certificate and Transcript of records (check uni assist documentation for requirements)
    • Original or verified copy of your documentation of language skills
    • Original or verified copy of your documentation of programming skills
    • The signed declaration that you have never been expelled from a Master program in Germany

    If your document allows electronic verification, a physical copy may not be necessary. Please contact uni-assist for information on electronic verification.

  • Where do I have to send the physical copies of my documents?

    All applications should be sent to uni-assist e.V., who will filter them and send them to us at the university. Thus your application and all physical documents that go with it need to be submitted to uni-assist. You can find the contact data here. You should also contact uni-assist for all questions regarding the application process itself (e.g. formal requirements for your documents). By contrast, you should feel free to contact us for any questions about the content of the MSc Cognitive Systems, or whether your previous degree qualifies you to study the program.

  • What is the valid standard for verification / translation of documents?

    Please check the uni-assist guidelines.

  • How expensive will living and studying in Potsdam be?

    Here you can find information regarding the tuition fees and total living costs.