European Union Postgraduate Entry Requirements


Information about applying for postgraduate study for students from Germany.

Our German community

Currently, there are 321 postgraduate students from Germany studying at the University of Edinburgh.

Academic entry requirements for masters degrees

To be considered for admission to any of our taught masters programmes, 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. 

Typically, the minimum entry requirement for our masters programmes is the international equivalent of a UK 2:1 honours degree. However, entry requirements vary between degree programmes, and some may require the equivalent of a First Class degree or previous study in a specific subject.  

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.

You should check you have the necessary qualifications before applying. Find the specific entry requirements for your chosen programme in our degree finder.

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.

Personal statement guidance

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.

Degree Finder

Find a PhD supervisor

Research proposal guidance 

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.

English Language advice

Applying from the EU

The latest information for prospective students from the EU can be found on our dedicated microsite.

The University and Europe


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.

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