How to apply


  • Start of programme: early April each year (summer term)
  • Entry condition: two-stage ability assessment passed
  • Application period 2 for remaining places: 11 November 2022 - 1 January 2023. Apply early in the application period. We will conduct interviews from  late November. The later you apply, the later we assess your application, the later the decision about admission or rejection reaches you.
  • International candidates please note: We require each accepted candidate to be on location in Kiel on 2 April 2023. Should you not be able to start your studies on 3 April in Kiel due to long visa processing times, your placement is null and void. We do not accept late comers.

    Visa application processes in many countries take more than 4 months. It is only prudent to inform yourselves whether a visa could be obtained in time and only apply for Medical Life Sciences if a visa could be achieved before April.
  • Duration of prgramme: 4 semesters|Degree: MSc


Procedures - please read carefully

Stage 1: You submit an application in English and as soon as possible. Inform yourself what is required knowledge before deciding whether you should apply. Also check the FAQ section.

To apply, your documents have to be submitted before the deadline. Submit the following documents in the order given below via email as one PDF attachment, not larger than 5 MB, unzipped, with no more than 25 pages in good resolution. Attachments without a coherent email text accompanying your application file are relegated to the SPAM folder for security reasons and deleted.

  • Application form completely filled in: The application form is accessible during application periods. It can then be downloaded from this website. Note:  If you fill it in electronically, make sure your entries have been saved before you send the form. Empty forms cannot be considered for assessment, you will not be notified due to the multitude of applications received. If you fill in the form manually and scan/photograph it, entries need to be legible, watch your file size! Partly filled-in application forms or illegible entries lead to applications not being considered.
  • 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 ALL its parts needs to be there for the letter to be acceptable). Explain why you want to study Medical Life Sciences and why you think you would be a successful student in your own words. Texts copied from the internet or fellow-applicants with adaptations will not be considered. The letter must not exceed two A-4 pages and use those specifications: 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
  • University degree certificate(s) and transcripts: 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 all transcripts up to date. If you have already completed a Master's degree or have done an additional Bachelor's degree, we need all the transcripts and your certificate as well. Transcripts for degree courses you have not finished need to be included.
  • Languages accepted for transcripts, physiology course descriptions and certificates are German, English, Russian, French, Dutch and Spanish (the four latter ones are in order for the application, BUT be prepared to hand in a certified translation into German or English for enrolment should you be accepted).
  • Course description vertebrate/human physiology: Physiology skills need to be proven. Hand in an official course description issued by your university 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. Neither is plant, developmental or cell physiology a substitute for vertebrate/human physiology. Self-written descriptions are not accepted. Not including a vertebrate physiology course description leads to the application not being considered.


Make sure your application

  • is complete
  • is legible (no upside-down scans, no low-resolutions scans, no minimized pages, no low resolution): if we cannot read it, we cannot consider it.
  • not larger than 5 MB
  • has no more than 25 pages
  • follows the required format
  • is not zipped
  • is sent it as one PDF file  with an explanatory email to
  • arrives here before the deadline.

We do not consider any other formats, uploads or hyperlinks.

Applications which are sent without an explanatory email are classified as SPAM emails and will not be considered. Incomplete applications, applications that do not follow the required format or are bigger in pages or MB, applications sent in more than one PDF file or in zipped formats cannot be considered, either. Do not add documents that are not requested, applications containing more documents than requested will also not be considered.

Notification will not be issued in those cases since the number of applications we receive is too large for that.


Stage 2: After evaluating the suitability of each candidate, we invite those candidates whose applications we want to follow up for an interview. The interviews via video conference calls will be scheduled from late November onwards, please be prepared to take part at short notice if you receive an invitation. Because of the many interviews across different time zones we hold and tight schedules of the interviewers, dates and times cannot be shifted.

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.

We also take it for granted that you are informed very well about Medical Life Sciences, your desired study location and what happens in the world currently. We ask questions accordingly.

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.