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
    Period II - 16 Nov.-31 December
  • Duration of prgramme: 4 semesters
  • Degree: MSc
Please note: Should you be interested in applying for Medical Life Sciences as an international student who would need a visa for studying in Germany, we urgently advise to send in your Medlife application documents in the first application period. Should you gain admittance and have to apply for a visa, do not delay: visa application processing times in many embassies are 3-4 months or even more due to high workloads.
Inform yourself on the relevant embassy pages on requirements for visa applications.
Without a valid visa in time before the start of the lecture period, registration at the university will not be possible.


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 lager than 3 MB unzipped.

  • Motivation letter: Explain your motivation in English 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 is only available during the application period. Then it can be downloaded from the website. 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 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. Languages accepted for the transcripts and certificate are German and English (Spanish is 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). 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 in 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 applications 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. 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, 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.