How to apply

  • Start of programme: early April each year keyboard
    (summer term)
  • Entry condition: two-stage ability assessment passed
  • Application periods
    Period I - 1 Sept.-15 October (deadline midnight Central European Summer Time) : concluded for 2020
    Period II - 16 Nov.-31 December (deadline midnight Central European Time): Apply from 16 November for remaining places for the summer semester 2020!
  • Duration of prgramme: 4 semesters
  • Degree: MSc

Please note: Should you apply for Medical Life Sciences as an international student who needs a visa for studying in Germany, we urgently advise yout o inform yourself immediately on the webpage of the German embassy in your country what is required for a visa application. To acquire the documents and proof of financial means may take longer than you assume. Processing times at the embassy  may be more than 3-4 months
Without a valid visa in time before the start of the lecture period, registration at the university will not be possible. We do NOT accept late registrations.


Step 1: You submit an application in English. Please read carefully what is required knowledge before applying. Also check the FAQ section.

To apply, your documents have to be submitted before the deadline. We do not consider late applications.
Submit the following documents in the order given below via email as ONE PDF attachment not larger than 3 MB unzipped.

  • Motivation letter: Explain your motivation in English and to the point, following letter writing conventions (we do request a letter, i.e. the format of a letter with its parts needs to be there). It is important that you state why you want to study Medical Life Sciences and why you think you would be a successful student in your own words. Example texts copied from the internet with adaptations will not be considered. The letter must not exceed two A-4 pages (font: Arial 11 pt, line spacing 15 pt, all margins 2 cm).
  • CV: Provide a current CV in data sheet format  with the following specifics: Font = Arial, font size = 11 pt, line spacing = 15 pt, all margins 2 cm.

  • Application form completely filled in: The application form can be downloaded from the website during the application periods. If you fill it in electronically, make sure your entries have been saved in the form before you send it, otherwise you may send an empty form (which cannot be considered for assessment). If you fill it in manually and scan/photograph it, entries need to be legible. Partly filled-in application forms or illegible entries lead to applications not being considered.

  • Certificates: Enclose scans of your Bachelor certificate and the transcripts for your entire university career; if you have not yet completed your Bachelor's studies, you need to include a current transcript. If you have already completed a Master's degree, we need the transcript and certificate as well. Transcripts for degree courses you have not finished need to be included as well.
    Languages accepted for the transcripts and certificate are German, English, Russian, Dutch and Spanish (the three latter ones are in order for the application, BUT be prepared to hand in a certified translation for enrolment should you be accepted). 
  • Course description vertebrate/human physiology: Physiology skills need to be proven. Hand in an official course description detailing scope, workload and the topics of the vertebrate physiology course you have passed (no other course descriptions, please) issued by the university. An entry on a transcript is not enough. Self-written descriptions are not accepted.
Make sure your application is complete, legible, not larger than 3 MB, follows the required format, and send it as one PDF file  with an explanatory email to Do not ZIP the file. Applications sent after the deadline will not be considered. Send a PDF attachment, we do not consider uploads or follow hyperlinks.
Please note that application files which are sent without explanatory email are automatically deleted/classified as SPAM emails; incomplete applications and applications that do not follow the required format cannot be considered for assessment. Likewise, applications sent in more than one PDF file or in zipped formats cannot be processed. Notification will not be issued.
Do NOT add any documents that are not requested, they will not be considered. Applications exceeding the maximum size will not be considered. 

Step 2: After evaluating the suitability of each candidate, we invite those candidates whose applications we want to follow up for an interview. The interviews will be scheduled shortly after the application deadline, please be prepared to take part at short notice if you receive an invitation. Interviews with students residing outside Germany will be held as conference calls. Interviews with students residing in Germany will be held in person in Kiel. Costs for personal interviews have to be carried by the applicant.

The interview will be held in English. Your language skills will be assessed, the scientific knowledge you need to have acquired during your Bachelor's studies and your Bachelor's thesis or any project work conducted during your studies will be topics.

The decision on suitability will be made by the programme committee (whose members are the convenors of the interviews) and communicated to the respective candidates as quickly as possible.**



** If you pass the assessment and choose not to enrol, you have to submit a new application should you want to take up MedLife at a later point in time.