Call for Applications for the MSc in Cognitive Sciences: Cognition and the Mind

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in the academic year 2023/2024

Study programme
The Division of Cognitive Sciences at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Rijeka is inviting applications to the graduate/Masters University study programme Cognitive Sciences: Cognition and the Mind. This is an interdisciplinary, research-focused 2-year MSc programme in cognitive sciences with a unique integration of psychology and philosophy, complemented by other disciplines within cognitive sciences. The programme will be conducted entirely in English.

Admission will be for the winter semester, which starts in October 2023. The annual tuition fee for this programme is €1,025 (both for EU and non-EU students). Two-thirds of the first-year tuition fee, €769 (non-refundable) needs to be paid upon receipt of an Offer Letter to secure a place on the programme. The full annual tuition fee needs to be paid by the date of enrolment into the programme. Scholarships for this programme are available as advertised on our official website

Applicants with an undergraduate degree in cognitive sciences or one of the cognitive science disciplines, including psychology, philosophy, linguistics, informatics, biology, biomedicine, and anthropology, are eligible to apply. Applicants with an undergraduate degree in another discipline are also eligible to apply and are encouraged to contact the Selection Committee at or the Head of Studies at early to discuss their eligibility. The Selection Committee will consider eligibility of candidates who have a degree in another discipline on an individual basis and admission to the programme and the committee may require these candidates to complete up to 30 additional ECTS credits.

Applicants who are in the last year of their undergraduate programme can apply. If successful, they will be given a Conditional Offer of Place and Conditional Acceptance. They will have to submit proof of a completed undergraduate degree latest by the time of enrolment in the Masters programme (or by 31 August if the undergraduate degree is from an institution from outside Croatia). 

The standard application deadline is Friday, 24 March 2023. Non-EU students must apply by this deadline. Students wishing to be considered for one of our scholarships must apply by this deadline. For all scholarship options, please visit our official webpage at which is updated regularly.

If places remain, there will be a late application deadline on Friday, 26 May, and an exceptional deadline on Friday, 25 August may be opened if places remain.

Applications, including all requested documents, must be submitted via email to before midnight on the day of the given deadline. In the subject line, please write ‘Application for the Masters in Cognitive Sciences’ and for the body of the email, please insert the following text ‘Please find attached my application to the Masters in Cognitive Sciences: Cognition and the Mind for the academic year 2023/2024.’ and add your name and contact details. Please upload all documents as detailed below as attachments. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. If you have any questions, please contact us before the sending your application/before the application deadline. We will confirm receipt of your application within 24 hours.

Documents needed for the application are as follows:

  1. The filled-out Application Form (available online on,
  2. The filled-out Structured Motivational Letter (available online on,
  3. A copy of the applicant’s CV in English,
  4. Evidence of your undergraduate degree as detailed in the Application Form.

A detailed explanation of the application requirements and procedures are posted on the website and are constituent parts of this call for applications.

Applicants from any country and of any citizenship may apply.

The selection process has two stages. In the first stage, we will shortlist candidates based on their academic performance and motivational letter and will contact all applicants within two weeks after the application deadline. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a short interview. In the second stage, shortlisted candidates will meet with three of our teaching staff online for a short interview through a digital platform. The aim of the interview is to assess proficiency of English and fit for the programme. The interview will involve three questions. The first question will relate to the applicant’s motivation for the programme, the second question will be based around the applicant’s research proposal that they will have submitted as part of the Structured Motivation Letter, and the third question will be a short question about research methods in cognitive sciences. Candidates may find it useful to look through the suggested literature on as preparation for the interview.

Please note that we do not require any official English proficiency exams. There are no costs for the application and selection process to this programme!

The final decision will be made within 14 days after the first interview dates and will be published on the official Faculty webpage. We will also email all candidates. The appeal period is 24 hours after the results are announced.

Enrolment schedule

Enrolment for successful candidates on 28 and 29 September 2023 at the University of Rijeka, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Sveučilišna avenija 4, 51000 Rijeka. All candidates must enrol in person. Enrolment is only valid for one year at a time. There is a standard enrolment fee for each academic year, approximately €40-50. Once this has been set by the University of Rijeka for the academic year 2023/2024, all applicants will be informed of it.

Students from countries outside the European Union should contact their local Croatian Embassy as soon as possible to confirm whether they need a visa to travel to and study in the Republic of Croatia.

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