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



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

To apply, submit the following documents in the order given below via email as ONE PDF file (do not include documents that are not asked for):

  • Motivation letter: Explain your motivation in English following letter writing conventions (we do request a letter). 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. 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. keep to the format requested.

  • Application form: The form is available during the application periods; it can be downloaded from the website.
  • 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 content description detailing the 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.
  • Make sure your application is complete, follows the required format, and send it in as one PDF file  with an explanatory email to Do not ZIP the file. Please note the deadline for all applications is 31 December. Applications sent later than that date will not be considered for assessment.
  • NOTE: Do NOT add any documents that are not requested. Applications containing additional documents will not be considered. They clog the mailboxes and are too volumnious to be screened, they will be rejected.

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.


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 motivation to study Medical Life Sciences, your Bachelor's thesis as well as general and specific knowledge that you need to have acquired during your Bachelor's 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.