Max Planck School of Cognition
How is knowledge acquired, how is it adapted or transformed by humans or machines, und what is there to know?
The Max Planck School of Cognition is a graduate program that offers young scientists the opportunity to obtain broadly based insights into the methods and research approaches used in the rapidly developing field of cognitive science. Its goal is to understand and investigate human cognition from a range of scientific perspectives. Disciplines such as psychology, neuroscience, physics, computer science, philosophy, and biology contribute to this endeavor.
The four-year program is international in scope and begins with a one-year orientation phase. In lab rotations, students have the opportunity to experience several research groups in the network.
This is followed by a three-year research phase for the student’s PhD thesis. Acceptance into the School requires a (fast-track) bachelor’s or master’s degree.
Besides the Max Planck School of Cognition, two further Max Planck Schools on life sciences and photonics were initiated as pilot projects in 2018. The three Schools are initially supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research for five years. They are intended to bring together geographically dispersed excellence in thematically focused networks and enable interdisciplinary predoctoral training.
Numerous universities, Max Planck Institutes like the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, the Helmholtz Association, as well as the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft are involved as partners.