How to apply

Outstanding graduates are invited to apply for the summer semester SS2022. Application Deadline is February 28, 2022!

Minimum grade requirement is a Bachelor’s degree with above-average success (at least straight B-) in Integrated Life Sciences, Physics, Mathematics, Biology, Biomathematics, Biophysics, or similar. The master program is particularly aimed at graduates with a strong interest in interdisciplinary biological questions.  

Please note that in the German grading system 1.0 (straight A) is the best mark. For more information on the conversion of grades please check “Modified Bavarian Formula” within our application instructions.

The application and the admission procedures are organized in several steps.

*** Students of the Bachelor program in Integrated Life Sciences have to follow the instructions of Step 2, only. ***

Step 1 (external applicants)

Please send us via email the required application form and the following documents as scanned copies (this step is not required for BSc ILS students of the FAU)

  • your Curriculum Vitae (CV) including a passport picture
  • your secondary school’s graduation certificate and university entrance certificate (certified English or German version)
  • Bachelor’s Degree and Academic Transcripts (certified English or German version)

to the following email address:

Before submitting your application documents or sending requests, please
carefully read the application instructions.

Bachelor students who will graduate before the start of the semester can apply using their transcript of records. These students will be asked to provide their final certificates if they are admitted.

There is no application fee. German language knowledge is not required.

Selected applicants will be invited for an admission exam (personal or video interview, see below). The interview takes up to 30 minutes and serves to assess the background for a successful completion of the ILS program.

  • Application deadline for Step 1:
    There is no deadline for step 1, i.e. applications for the M.Sc. program in Integrated Life Sciences can be submitted via e-mail at any time. For international applicants, we strongly recommend to apply well in advance of the application deadlines for step 2 (see below).

Step 2 (external and internal applicants)

After the screening process in Step 1, you will be informed whether you have been selected for admission to the ILS program or not. If so, you will be asked to hand in your formal application documents to the Online Application Portal for Degree Programs of the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (Campo).

  • Application deadline for Step 2:
    Summer Term: 28th of February. For international applicants we strongly recommend to apply until 15th of January.
    Winter Term: 15th of September. For international applicants we strongly recommend to apply until 31st of May.
  • Following online application: Send application documents to the following address:
    Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
    Referat L4 – Masterbüro
    Schlossplatz 4
    91054 Erlangen

Admission test

If there is no clear equality of the Bachelor of the applicant with the Bachelor of Integrated Life Sciences, or if the mark of the BSc is 2.6 or worse, the applicants have to pass the Admission test.

The test shall show if the applicant is able to reach the goal of the  study course independently and responsibly on a scientific base. It  will test for the basic required knowledge in Biology, Mathematics, and Physics. (We do not supply applicants with questions asked during the exam or literature beforehand.)

The test will be held by the admittance committee of the ILS program. The examination date will typically be announced at least one week prior.

The applicants have pay the occurring costs.

The test will receive a mark of „passed“ or „failed“. The admittance committee can impose additional requirements  for the admittance.

You can repeat the test one time within a year. A second repetition is not possible.

Language requirement

  • The required English level is “Vantage or upper intermediate” level (B2) according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, or an equivalent score in an internationally recognized test, eg. IELTS 5.5, TOEFL pbt 552. Six years of English at a German Gymnasium also suffice. Applicants whose native language is English do not need to submit any such certificate.


Subject advisor and degree program coordinator

Prof. Dr. Rainer Böckmann



Formalities for certification

An official certification and possibly translation must include the following:

  • a statement specifying that the copy corresponds to the original (this statement must be written in German, English or French)
  • a signature on behalf of the authority issuing the certification
  • an official stamp

The official stamp should usually contain an emblem – a stamp showing only text is not sufficient. If a copy has several pages, it must be shown that each page is part of the same certificate. It is sufficient for the statement and signature to be included on only one page provided that all pages are placed on top of one another, stapled together and stamped in such a way that part of the official stamp is visible on each page. Each page may also be certified individually. If this is the case, please ensure that your name is specified on each page of the original document. If this is not the case, it should be included in the statement. Statements must also include a comment on the type of certificate.

If a page is printed on both sides and the content of both sides is relevant, the statement must refer to both sides (for example: ‘Hiermit wird amtlich beglaubigt, dass die vor-/umstehende Kopie mit dem Original übereinstimmt’ or ‘It is hereby certified that the copy above and overleaf corresponds to the original’). If this is not the case, both sides must be certified individually.

If the original document contains an embossed seal, this will usually not be visible on the copy. In this case, the statement should also specify that an embossed seal is present on the original certificate.

Documents cannot be accepted if the certification does not meet the requirements. For further details check the University information on certification and translation.

Unfortunately, unlike in some countries, German universities do not have any funding available to support international students with their living costs. For this reason, international students usually receive scholarships from their home country or use their own funds to finance their studies. However, there are some exceptions as shown below:

1) Graduates from Middle-, East- and Southeastern Europe are eligible for certain stipends. Visit: to find out more and access the application documents for the BayHost scholarship. Students from the Czech Republic, please go straight to the Bavarian-Technical Higher Education Agency (BTHA) at

2) The German Academic Exchange Service offers several different stipends. A monthly payment of 861 EUR is possible. Visit: for all the various application prerequisites.

3) The Fulbright Commission offers US citizens up to 1200 EUR for studies in Germany. Visit: for more information.

This type of question is hard to answer, if at all. Degree programmes differ quite dramatically between different countries, but also between different universities of the same country. For an answer to this question please follow the above 2-step application procedure.