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Master application - for prospective students from Germany and EU countries

Master's application - for prospective students from Germany and EU countries

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To be accepted on a Master’s degree programme, candidates must have earned an undergraduate degree that should usually be of relevance for the chosen degree programme. It is not always possible to definitively stipulate in advance whether a certain degree complies with the subject of interest. Where applicable, compliance is checked during the application procedure by reviewing the candidate’s academic achievements.


Application procedures may differ from university to university. The following applies at Leibniz Universität Hannover for applicants from Germany and the EU:

  • Application dates
    You must apply within the specified application period.
    Attention: Not all Master's programmes at Leibniz University have the same application deadlines. Please check if there have been any recent changes to the application deadlines for your desired study programme.

  • Online application:
    Please apply directly to Leibniz Universität Hannover for a place on a Master’s degree programme. Applications are made via the online application portal. There is an application portal for Master’s degree programmes delivered in German and a separate one for Master’s degree programmes in English.
  • Minimum grade / entry grade:
    There is no minimum grade / entry grade for the Master's application. Notwithstanding the currently valid admission regulations for Master's programmes, the minimum grade of 2.5 is no longer applied. The admission regulations will be revised in this regard.


  • Documents required
    After applying online, send your written documents (e.g. a certified copy of your Bachelor’s degree) by post to Leibniz Universität. Any additional documents that you may need are listed in a PDF file at the end of the online application. Please print out this PDF file, sign it and send it together with your supporting documents to Leibniz Universität.
  • Allocation of places: 
    First of all, your documents will be formally reviewed. The actual selection procedure then takes place. This involves the individual examination of each application by an admissions committee, i.e. a group of professors and staff from the degree course concerned, which then decides which candidates will be admitted.

    • For master's degree programmes with unrestricted admission, all applicants who fulfil the admission requirements will be admitted a university place.
    • For master's degree programmes with restricted admission, places shall be allocated according to the university’s own selection procedure, if there are more applicants fulfilling the admission requirements than there are places available.

  • Requirements
    You must usually submit proof of having completed a Bachelor’s degree in a related subject. In case of doubt, the admissions committee will decide whether or not the Bachelor’s degree is related to the subject concerned. Some degree courses call for specific requirements, such as a letter of motivation, an expert opinion or internships. You can find out which supporting documents are required for the Master’s degree you wish to take in the relevant Admission Regulations or at the end of the online application.

  • Language certificates
    Please note: We need the language certificates as a certified copy. Please do not send us any originals!

    • Evidence of adequate knowledge of German
      Applicants who have a German higher education entrance qualification (e.g. Abitur) need not provide evidence of their German language proficiency. All other applicants need to obtain level C1 for enrollment (exception: B2 for M.Sc Mathematics, Meteorology, Nanotechnology and Physics)
    • Evidence of adequate knowledge of English
      Some postgraduate degree programmes may be pursued in either German or English. Applicants must provide evidence of proficiency in either English or German, depending on their chosen strand. For the application for an English-language Master's programme, only English language skills (and no proof of German language) have to be provided.

    Which language certificates do I need for my desired study programme?

  • After applying: 
    Once the selection procedure has been completed, you will receive a written notification of acceptance or rejection. If you are offered a place, you must accept the place within a specified period and subsequently submit any documents that may be missing. Only then will you be enrolled on the Master’s degree programme.
When does the next application period start?

Summer semester 2020

  • The application deadline for a Master's programme expired on 15.01.2020.

Winter semester 2020/21

Summer semester 2021

  • For the upcoming summer semester, the application is possible from 01.12.-15.01.2021 for all  Master's programmes, that accept applications for the summer semester.

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