How to apply
Outstanding graduates are invited to apply for the summer term 2024. Application Deadline is July 15, 2024! (winter term 2024/25)
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.
Master’s degree applications are submitted online via the campo portal.
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 (following application via campo portal).
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 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.
- 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
What type of certification is required for the documents?
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.
Which type of funding opportunities for international master students are available at FAU?
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: www.bayhost.de 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 www.btha.cz/de/
2) The German Academic Exchange Service offers several different stipends. A monthly payment of 861 EUR is possible. Visit: www2.daad.de for all the various application prerequisites.
3) The Fulbright Commission offers US citizens up to 1200 EUR for studies in Germany. Visit: fulbright.de for more information.
I studied xyz. Am I eligible to apply?
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. An answer to this question can only be given after full application via www.campo.fau.de
Is the number of applicants restricted?
The number of applicants is not restricted. However, typically <30 students satisfy the requirements for admission.
Is the program taught in English? What are the minimum language requirements?
The MSc ILS is an international master program, i.e. the teaching language is English, all mandatory modules and most elective modules are taught in English. Applicants must produce evidence of English language proficiency equivalent to Level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Native speakers or applicants with a German university entrance qualification who can produce evidence of six years of English tuition at a German grammar school are exempt from this rule.
Can I also be admitted for the summer term?
Students are admitted both for the winter and summer term.
When are the application deadlines?
Application deadline for the winter term is July, 15, and for the summer term January, 15.