Information about applying for postgraduate study for students from Germany.
We welcome applications from well qualified students from Germany. Currently, there are 424 postgraduate students from Germany studying at the University of Edinburgh.
To study at postgraduate level and join our community, you must first meet our academic and English language requirements.
Academic entry requirements for masters degrees
You must normally hold a bachelor degree/Diplom/Magister Artium/Diplom (FH) in an appropriate subject from an accredited university or university of applied science, with an excellent or very good classification (equivalent to first or upper second class honours in the UK):
|UK Bachelor Degree Classification||German Bachelor Degree Classification|
|First Class (1st)||1.5/5|
|Upper Second Class Honours (2:1)||2.5/5|
For those applying for Law, the First Examination in Law is also required with a final overall grade of 8.
Entry requirements vary between degree programmes and you should check you have the necessary qualifications before applying. Find the specific entry requirements for your chosen programme in our degree finder.
Each application is considered individually as the personal statement is also an important part of the application. Where relevant, work experience may also be considered.
Academic entry requirements for PhD degrees
Typically, entry to PhD study is based on a masters degree in an appropriate subject.
Entry requirements vary between degree programmes and you should check you have the necessary qualifications before applying. Find the specific entry requirements for your chosen programme, as well as contact details for the relevant School/Institute, in our degree finder.
We recommend you contact potential supervisors and discuss your intended research before you apply. You will probably have to write a research proposal to apply for your PhD. Talk to your supervisor about whether you need to do this.
English language requirements
If your first language is not English, you will also have to meet English language requirements to apply.
English language requirements vary between degree. Find the specific language requirements for your chosen programme in our degree finder.
Please note, you do not have to take a language test before you apply. If your application is successful you will receive a conditional offer requesting you provide your English language test results before the start date of your programme.
We host a variety of events throughout the year, either online or on-campus, as well as attending events across Europe. These events are a great opportunity to find out more about postgraduate study at Edinburgh and how to apply to us.
Get in touch
Our representative for Germany is Doug Thompson. Doug will help you with admissions advice and support.