Max Planck School of Cognition

Leipzig, Germany

Learning type(s): In Person

Language(s): English, German

Duration: 4 years

Degrees available: PhD, MD-PhD

Programme website

Domains: Circuit Dynamics and Oscillations, Cognition and Neural Network, Computational and Theoretical Neuroscience, Internal States and Homeostasis, Motivation, Emotion and Behaviour, Motor Systems, Neurodegenerative Disorders and Pathological Aging, Neurogenesis and Development, Neurons and Glia: Intrinsic Properties, Cell Biology and Cell Types, Other Brain Diseases, Ischemia, Stroke, Injury, Psychiatric and Cognitive Disorders, Sensory Systems, Synaptic Integration, Excitability and Plasticity

Subdomains: Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, Anatomy, Animal behaviour, Animal studies, Data analysis and software tools, Development of neural systems, Developmental disorders, Environmental factors, Human studies, Imaging methods, Intervention methods, Learning and memory, Mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases, Molecular and genetic techniques, Neuroimmunology, Psychiatric disorders, Social cognition and behavior, Stress and the brain, Synaptic plasticity, Synaptogenesis and activity-dependent development

School Programme Description

The doctoral program at the Max Planck School of Cognition offers exceedingly bright students a superior grasp of the different methods and approaches used in the rapidly evolving field of Cognition. The School is comprised of an outstanding and world-renowned cluster of faculty researchers from diverse scientific backgrounds but with overlapping research interests. The researchers in this networking initiative come from Max Planck Institutes, universities, Helmholtz Association and Fraunhofer Society.

The international four-year doctoral program, starting on September 1st each year, consists of an orientation year (basic courses, lab rotations) followed by three years of research for the doctorate and is fully financed. Students can enter the program with a bachelor’s (fast-track) or a master’s degree.


Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Stephanstraße, Leipzig, Germany