Apply For Integrated MSc-PhD

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The goal of the Integrated MSc-PhD program in Cognitive Science offered by the Centre of Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences (CBCS) is to help students to first develop a foundational theoretical base in Cognitive Science and learn the skills to pursue basic research in the field of Cognitive Science.

CBCS offers multiple exit points in the Integrated MSc-PhD program:

  1. Exit after 1 Year (After completion of coursework of 2 Semesters): Certificate in Cognitive Science.
  2. Exit after 2 Years (After completion of coursework of 4 semesters and Master’s thesis): Master’s Degree in Cognitive Science.
  3. After 5 Years (After completion of all coursework and PhD Thesis): PhD Degree in Cognitive Science.


The Integrated MSc-PhD program shall be open to students with Bachelor’s degree in Science/ Engineering/Medical/Management/Biological/Life Sciences/Psychology/related disciplines such as philosophy, linguistics, neuroscience, physics, mathematics, zoology, biotechnology, and anthropology with at least 55% marks.

Selection Procedure

The admission Rules, process and reservation policy shall be as per University of Allahabad rules. Admission to the Integrated program will be based on a Nation-wide written test and Interview.

(A) Written Test
Admission to the integrated MSc-PhD in Cognitive Science will be based on COGJET and/or GATE. The entrance exam will have two sections. Section 1 will assess general reasoning (MCQs) and Section 2 will be based on objective (MCQs) assessment of knowledge base required for cognitive science with questions from Cognitive Psychology, programming, mathematics, statistics and neuroscience. Candidates with a GATE examination score in relevant disciplines such as biology, zoology, psychology, life sciences, engineering, physics, mathematics, linguistics, and economics could also apply to the Integrated program in The candidates who have qualified for JRF in CSIR/UGC/ICMR or any other equivalent national examination will also need to appear for the entrance test.

(B) The Personal Interview
Focus of the Personal Interview is on the aptitude for Cognitive Science and base knowledge
of the related disciplines. The students enrolled in the integrated PhD program will be able to exit after the completion of the MSc degree. For a student who would want to continue with the PhD should qualify the prespecified criteria* and should have been selected for the integrated PhD program at the time of admission.

How To Apply

Students interested in applying to the Integrated MSc-PhD in Cognitive Science at CBCS, first need to register for COGJET 2023. Applicants can then download the form for the Integrated MSc-PhD program. The application form is available on the CBCS website and COGJET portal. The duly filled form for Integrated MSc-PhD in Cognitive Science, CBCS should be submitted via email to The deadline for the same will be updated on the CBCS website.

There is no separate application fee to apply for the integrated program.

No. of seats – 20 in first year

No lateral entry in this program.

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