How to apply

  • Start of programme: early April each year (summer term)
  • Entry condition: two-stage ability assessment passed
  • Application periods: August/September, November/December (exact dates will be publlished in time)
  • INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS should apply as early as possible in the first application period: Student visa applications often take 4-6 months to be processed. Potential admissions are null and void should candidates not be on location at the start of the lecture period.
  • Duration of prgramme: 4 semesters
  • Degree: MSc.


Procedures - please read carefully

Stage 1: You submit an application in English. Inform yourself what is required knowledge before applying. 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 3 MB unzipped, no more than 30 pages in good resolution. Attachments without a coherent email text accompanying your application file are treated as SPAM for security reasons and deleted.

  • Application form completely filled in: Application forms are only accessible during application periods. They can then be downloaded. Note:  If you fill them in electronically, make sure your entries have been saved in the form before you send the form, otherwise you may send an empty one(which cannot be considered for assessment). If you fill it in manually and scan/photograph it, entries need to be legible, i.e. resolution and size need to be presentable. 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). 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 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 a current transcript. If you have already completed a Master's degree or have done an additional Bachelor's degree, we need the transcripts and certificate as well. Transcripts for degree courses you have not finished need to be included.
    Languages accepted for the transcripts 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 descriptionissued by your university 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. 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.

Please remember:

Make sure your application is complete, legible, not larger than 3 MB, has no more than 30 pages, 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 any other formats, uploads or follow hyperlinks.
Please note that application files which are sent without an 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 in those cases since the numbers of applications we receive is too large for that.
Do NOT add any documents that are not requested, applications containing more documents than requested will not be considered. Applications exceeding the maximum size or page number cannot be considered, either.
We do need precise information and receive many applications, thus our specific instructions. Not following the instructions leads to exclusion from assessment.

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 will be scheduled from late September onwards, please be prepared to take part at short notice if you receive an invitation. Interviews will be held as conference calls.

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 in general about Germany since you want to study here.

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.**

Notifications about not having reached stage 2 of the ability assessment will only be issued if applications could be considered for stage 1 of the ability assessment.
Sending incorrect, incomplete or illegible documents lead to being left out of the assessment procedure.



** 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.