Master's program "Geobiology and Paleobiology"

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Application Procedure


For the admission to the Master Program in Geobiology and Paleobiology (MGAP) all applicants have to demonstrate:

  1. Fundamental knowledge in Geobiology, Paleobiology or related fields such as Geology and Biology.
  2. A B.Sc. degree in Geology, Biology, Physical Geography or a related subject completed before the start of the Master's program and (in case of international students) recognized by the LMU as equivalent to a German Bachelor's degree.
  3. English language skills in writing and speaking - suitable for communicating scientific topics and problems.
  4. Basic German language skills.


There are two deadlines, one for international students with Bachelor degrees from non-EU countries (31 March), and one for students with with Bachelor degrees from Germany and states of the European Union (31 May). Courses usually start in mid-October.

Applications have to be submitted via an online system, which will be open from December 2019 for non-EU applicants, and from April 2019 for EU-applicants. Other forms of application cannot be accepted. A link to the online system will be provided during the application periods.


Application procedure in detail

The first step is the online submission via an online system, in which the documents listed below have to be provided. A link to the system will be provided here when the next application period starts. Other forms of applications will not be considered. An admission committee will review your application after the submission deadline. It is possible that you will be invited to an (online) interview.

Required documents:

  • CV in English including contact details (address, telephone, email).
  • Certified copy of your B.Sc. degree (either in Geology, Biology, Physical Geography or a related subject). If the B.Sc. is not finished at the time of application, provide a transcript of records of at least 150 ETCS (in English or German). The transcript of records (in English or German) must include an explanation of your University's grading system (highest/lowest possible mark). The copy of the B.Sc. degree has to be delivered as soon as possible.
  • Essay of 750 - 1.000 words in English in which your motivation, your scientific background and your competences for participating our Master's Program is explained in detail. Consider this letter as the most important documents of the application procedure. This motivation letter has to be written by the applicant himself, unaided, with all necessary references being cited correctly. Plagiarism will result in the rejection of the application.
  • Proof of English language proficiency of level C1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), for example by the following language certificates:
    • TOEFL (iBT) (Test of English as a Foreign Language, internet-based): at least 95 points. 
    • IELTS (International English Language Testing Service): minimum 7.0 points, and no part less than 5.0 points. 
    • Cambridge CAE (Certificate in Advanced English): Mark "A" or "B". 
    • A university degree in Geology, Biology or Physical Geography or related subject from a study program held in English language.
  • Proof of German language profiency of level A1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). If the proof cannot be provided at the time of application, it has to be handed in latest one year after beginning the studies in the program.

The originals of the same documents have to be presented at the time of actual enrolment.

Please note


  • International students: After acceptance, you will be asked to send certified copies of the afore mentioned documents, together with a certified copy of your highschool degree. These documents will be evaluated by the International Affairs Office. If your documents are not in German, English or Spanish, please send certified English or German translations together with your documents.

For additional questions, please contact the MGAP-coordinator

You find the full and official version of the admission regulations here.