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Application & Admissions

We know applying to university is a lot of work, so we will do everything we can to make it as stress-free as possible. Please read the following information carefully! Also check out our FAQs. If you still have questions afterwards don't hesitate to contact us. But please understand that due to the huge amount of e-mails from prospect students, we cannot answer all e-mails with questions that are already answered on our website.

Basic information about the program

Total credits:

120 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits

Standard course length:

4 semester resp. 2 years

Language of instruction:

English, options in German

Course start:

Winter semester (October), no summer semester entry possible

Application period and deadline

Applications are possible from the end of March until May 15th, every year. This deadline applies to all (EU and non-EU) applicants, including German citizens. Application deadlines are strictly enforced.

Admission requirements

You are in principle eligible for the M.Sc. SSE if you fulfill the following requirements:

  • A Bachelor degree in engineering or science with a total of 180 ECTS and 3 years of duration at least (Asia and MENA regions: usually four years).
  • Outstanding performance! The "cut-off grade" of the M.Sc. SSE is 2.5 on a German scale.
  • 120 ECTS of your bachelor's degree must be engineering- and natural science-related subjects (such as Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Electronics etc.). This precondition is usually fulfilled for example by electrical and mechanical engineers, but may also be fulfilled by graduates of similar programs such as environmental engineering, process (chemical) engineering, materials science, and energy engineering. The admission committee will decide about the suitability of your previous degree (i.e. whether or not it has prepared you well) for the M.Sc. SSE.
  • Advanced English language skills at the level of B2 on the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)

For details, please read the official selection statute in German or English (courtesy translation) as well as the information on certified copies.

German language skills are not required and we only need the documents listed above! Please do not send or upload any other documents like a CV, a motivation letter, letters of recommendation, photos or certifications. They are not relevant to us and we won’t take them into account in the selection process.

Application process

The application process for the winter term 2021/22 will start on March 19th and end on May 15th, 2021. Our application process has changed and will now be completed entirely online. Unfortunately, this aspect is not yet noted in our selection statute (see attachment). In general, as of this year, all documents have to be provided electronically. We won't accept hard-copy versions of applications or any other documents send via mail. Applications via e-mail are also not possible and will be ignored. The application process is carried out by the department and university itself, so you will apply through our online application portal. To apply for the SSE master’s program correctly, all applicants must complete the online application in full and submit it electronically via the application portal. Uni-assist does not process applications for the master’s program SSE! Applicants will be asked to provide electronic copies of their documents. Documents must be color scans of the original. In the case of translations, the original is the certified translation and the guidelines for certification apply (see attachment). All applications (from EU and non-EU students) are due May 15th, 2021. Application deadlines are strictly enforced.

We are trying to go through the application process as usual. However, due to the current situation there may be delays on our side as well. We therefore ask for your understanding and patience. Nevertheless, we expect the admission decision to be made by the end of June.


Use our step-by-step guide to get through the application process online.


Further information on the documents needed:

Proof of English proficiency

The required English proficiency level for the SSE master’s program is CEFR B2. The following language certificates are recognized for that level:

  • Cambridge FCE, (CAE (C1) and CPE (C2)),
  • IELTS (5.5-6.5 points),
  • PTE Academic (59-75 points),
  • TOEFL (72-94 points "Internet" / at least 567 points "paper"),
  • OOPT (60-79 points),
  • telc B2-C1 University,
  • TOEIC (min. 785 points "listening/reading", 160 points "speaking" and 150 points "writing"),
  • Completion of an English-taught undergraduate degree (official confirmation from the examination office is required, confirmation from a professor is not sufficient), or indication "medium of instruction: English" on the transcript of records or in the Diploma Supplement,
  • Official language of the country of origin is English,
  • German and Luxembourgish Abitur (depends on how long English was taken and the level reached according to CEFR ),
  • English as mother tongue



  • We do not accept your proof of English proficiency send from the test center directly to us via mail. Please upload the documents yourself.
  • You can only use valid scores. If your scores have an expiration date please make sure that the scores are at least valid until the application deadline, May 15th.
  • Even if you cannot present your proof of English proficiency by May 15th, you can still participate in the application process.
  • If you are unable to take your test because of the current coronavirus situation, you can still take it during the summer. You need to show your proof of English proficiency during the matriculation process at the latest.
  • If you do not have your test scores yet, upload a document that says which test scores you are waiting for or which test your intend to take.
  • If you cannot upload your proof of English proficiency by May 15th, keep the original document with you and show it together with your other original documents during the matriculation process. It is not possible to upload documents after the deadline. Also do not send it to us or the university via mail or e-mail.
  • Important: If you cannot show your original proof of English proficiency during the matriculation process, you will not be able to matriculate!

Grading and credit system at the respective university

We use the so-called "Modified Bavarian Formula“ to convert grades earned in countries other than Germany. In order to do so we need specific information about how the grading system in each country works. For this, we need the maximum grade you can get at your university as well as the minimum in order to pass.

We also need information about the credit system (work load & credits) at your university, respectively in your country, in order to transfer your credits into ECTS credits.

Ideal would be a document of your university with an explanation of the grading and credit system. Probably you are not the first one who wants to convert grades given in your country into the German system. Therefore, you will surely find something at your university or at other official institutions. If not, try to explain it as well as possible and hand in your explanation.