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Application Procedure

The International Master's Programme in Geophysics accepts applications for winter term 2022/2023 starting from 04 November 2021. The following deadlines apply:

application deadline deadline final grade1
German and EU citizens, Bildungsinländer:2,3 15 July 2022 06 October 2022
Non-EU citizens: 28 February 2022 15 July 2022

1 If you do not have a final grade for your bachelor at the time of application you can hand in proof of it later up to this deadline; you must, however, still submit your application before the end of the application deadline.

2 Citizens of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, as well as family members of EU citizens which are themselves not EU citizens but with residence in Germany, also belong to this category.

3 For purposes of application you count as "Bildungsinländer", if you hold a bachelor's degree from a German university; a master's degree does not count here!

Where to apply?

non-German citizens

In order to become a student in the International Master's Programme in Geophysics you must

  • submit one application with the Geophysics group of the Faculty of Geosciences. This application must be done online through the corresponding application portal of LMU.
  • If you are neither a German citizen nor a "Bildungsinländer" (i.e. you hold a bachelor's degree from a German university; master's degrees do not count here!) you must also in parallel direct a second application to the International Office of LMU (deadline also July 15th)

In the following we will describe the details of application #1 (directed to Geophysics) which is required by all applicants. For details on the other application please visit the webpages of the International Office.

Documents Required

Besides completing our online form you must submit the following documents as PDFs:

  1. standard CV including all biographical information, complete academic background, professional experience and practical trainings
  2. proof of proficiency in the English language (for details see Language Requirements below)
  3. an essay (for details see Essay below)
  4. your degree certificates (for details see Degree Certificates below)


The International Master's Programme in Geophysics of LMU and TUM is a research oriented programme with a strong focus on modelling and simulation. As such we expect our candidates to possess above average skills and knowledge in at least one of the following fields and a sound background in at least one other:

  • physics and theoretical geophysics
  • mathematics
  • simulation and data processing
  • tectonics and sedimentology

In your essay please describe in detail

  • why and how you meet the above criteria
  • what you expect to learn and gain from our programme; present and discuss your academic and career objectives, being as specific as possible with regard to your particular research interests within the field of Geophysics and why you intend to pursue your graduate studies with us
  • how this relates to your accomplishments in your previous academic studies

The essay forms an integral part of the evaluation of your application. Thus, it should be well crafted.
Please also note the following:

  • The essay must have a length between 700 and 1,000 words.
  • All external sources used in its preparation and any ideas by other people must be fully and correctly cited.
  • The essay can only be submitted as PDF.

Degree Certificates

As part of your application you need to provide proof that you hold a bachelor's degree or a corresponding equivalent university degree. For this you must submit in a single PDF the following documents

  • Degree certificate(s)
  • Transcript(s) of Records

Additionally we need

  • Your Diploma Supplement(s) or, alternatively your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR), which incorporates the European Diploma Supplement
  • If your degree was issued from a university outside of the European Union, and your transcript of records does not list the grading scheme used, you must supply an official document listing information on the grading scheme that was employed at your university at the time of your studies.
  • Applicants from People's Republic of China, Mongolia and Vietnam need to additionally submit the original certificate from the Akademische Prüfstelle (APS) of the respective German Embassy.

Please also note the following:

  • The requested documents are only needed from institutions of higher education. Please do not upload in our online portal school leaving certificates, etc. These are without any relevance to us.
  • Documents must be provided in their original language and additionally as certified translations into either German or English, if this is not their original language.

Language Requirements

The International Master's Programme in Geophysics is an English language programme. No proficiency in German is required for the programme itself. To be eligible for our programme you need to provide proof of your very good mastery of the English language. The required level is C1 (or better) in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Preferably this is documented by a standardised test:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); specify code 4464 to select score recipient
  • International English Language Testing Service (IELTS)
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE); grade A or B
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE); grade A or B

Alternate proofs might be accepted by the selection committee, if a corresponding application is made (via the online portal). A decision on alternate proofs is made on a case-by-case basis. In general a standardised test is preferred. Alternate proofs might e.g. be

  • English being you native language
  • a higher education entrance qualification from an institution with English as language of instruction
  • a degree from an higher education institution with English as language of instruction

Decision Process

Each application is evaluated by two members of our selection committee. These will individually grade the application based on the following three criteria:

criterion maximal points
Field of your bachelor's degree 25
Grade of your bachelor's degree 25
Contents and quality of your essay 50

The points for the three criteria will be summed up and an arithmetic mean of the grades by the two reviewers will be computed. Based on this mean the application is categorised and decided upon:

sum of points category consequence
0 - 64 not qualified application gets rejected
65 - 74 ambiguous candidate gets invited to an interview
75 - 100 qualified letter of qualification will be issued

We will perform an interview with candidates whose application cannot be decided upon by the three criteria above. The interview will be conducted by the two reviewers and will form the basis of the final decision of our selection committee.

von Marcus MohrZuletzt verändert: 03.11.2021 15:29
Ausgedruckt am 09.12.2021 09:38