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General entry requirements

We operate a devolved admissions system and all admissions decisions are made within academic Schools. Admissions staff for individual courses reserve the right to judge the relevance and acceptability of any qualification or subject.

Our admissions staff assess each application holistically and judge whether the content and demands of the qualifications presented have sufficiently prepared you to progress on to the course you are applying for. Entry requirements will vary from one course to another and compulsory subject requirements may apply. Please refer to the specific entry requirements for your chosen course.

General requirements for undergraduate courses

Student studying the German Abitur/Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife, Zeugnis der Fachgebundenen Hochschulreife or Zeugnis der Fachhochschulreife with a good overall score between 1.5/6 (gut–sehr gut – very good) and subject grades of at least 11-13/15 will be considered for entry to the first year of our undergraduate degree programmes.

Please refer to the information below as guidance for grade comparisons to A-level entry requirements:

  • A*AA: 1.4-1.5 overall in the Abitur
  • AAA: 1.5 -1.6 overall in the Abitur
  • AAB: 1.6 -1.7 overall in the Abitur
  • ABB: 1.7-1.8 overall in the Abitur 

General requirements for postgraduate/research courses

Students who have obtained a bachelor’s degree, a Magister Artium, a Diplom or an Erstes Staatsexamen from a recognised university would usually be considered for entry to master’s courses with a minimum overall grade of at least 2.3 or gut overall.

Students who have obtained the Master would usually be considered for entry onto our PhD courses.  

English language requirements

All applicants to the University (from the UK and overseas) are required to show evidence of English language proficiency.

For further information about our English language admissions policy, including a list of the most common English language qualifications we accept, please visit our English language requirements page.

Some Schools ask that the appropriate score has been met before you apply for a course, while other departments give conditional offers subject to applicants achieving our general entry requirement level of English Language proficiency before starting the course.

Other entry requirements

Please note that this is generic information only. Faculties and academic Schools have different entry requirements and some qualifications may not be acceptable for certain courses, so it is important to check with the School directly before you apply.

Some courses have additional entry requirements such as previous work experience, submission of written work with the application or previous study of a particular subject.