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Admission criteria

In addition to good educational achievements, the applicants are expected to have personal qualities that will enable them to successfully complete their studies and to perform the medical profession in an empathetic and professional manner. These include teamwork, thirst for knowledge, joy in dealing with people and empathy.

Students are selected in accordance with the Selection Policy of the KSM and the University of Southampton (provided in the download section below).

The following is required for admission:

  • General university entrance qualification (school leavers)

    School leaver applicants should offer an overall Abitur of least 1.8 / IB of at least 34. Applicants with an Abitur of between 1.8 and 2.1  may be considered if they have evidence of completed other relevant education in a health care or medical profession with good to very good results. These will be reviewed on an individual basis. Qualifications of an equivalent standard to Abitur/GCSE and A levels as approved by the University of Southampton may be acceptable.


  • good to very good higher degree (graduates)

    Applicants who are about to complete their studies or who already have a university degree can also apply. Applicants must have achieved or be predicted at least an Upper Second Class Honours degree (in any subject) in their first degree (good or very good). Applicants who have achieved or are predicted a Lower Second Class degree or below will be rejected. Only classified honours degrees are accepted.Applicants are expected to complete their first degree within the standard timeframe for that degree. Applicants completing their first degree outside of the standard timeframe will be considered on an individual basis, considering the circumstance(s) involved in their extended length of study.

    Graduates must offer an overall Abitur grade of at least 1.9 with at least one science subject at higher level with good or very good achievements. Applicants with other school leaver qualifications will be expected to have achieved an equivalent level of qualification.

Biology or Chemistry should be taken as an advanced or examination subject and in the last two school years with good to very good achievements (at least 13 points), plus one other science at higher level with good or very good achievements (at least 11 points). If chemistry is not an advanced course or exam subject, then you must have successfully completed the chemistry class with at least good to very good grades (at least 11 points) and at least year 10 (G8) or 11 (G9). Evidence of other science education (eg pre-med courses) will be considered.

Applicants who have achieved at least 11 out of 15 credit points in English as a full-time course or examination subject in years 11 and 12 (G8) or 12 and 13 (G9) do not have to pass a language test. The same applies to graduates of schools and universities where only English was taught. Please note that your graduation degree as a language certificate cannot be older than 2 years at the time of application. If this is not the case, we require a language certificate. Please note that your English language certificate cannot be older than 2 years at the time of application. We give priority to the IELTS (academic). In each subsection and in the overall assessment, a result of at least 7.0 is required. The IELTS test is offered several times a year at 14 locations in Germany. More information can be found online. If applicable, other tests in which at least the equivalence level to C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) has been achieved may also be recognised. For specific questions, please contact the University of Southampton by e-mail.

Applicants who can not provide a German Abitur or have not completed 10 years of school in German need to supply a recognised German language certificate. We give priority to German as a foreign language (TestDaF) level TDN 4, the C1 certificate of the Goethe-Institut or the DSH-2 (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang). An A in A level (or equivalent) may be recognised as a substitute.

Please note that your German language certificate can not be older than 2 years at the time of application.

In addition to academic admission requirements, the selection also includes non-academic criteria. The motivation letter (English, maximum of 600 words, PDF Document), which is also part of the application form, should be used by candidates to demonstrate how well they meet these criteria. Please reflect on your previous personal experiences and prove with examples that you:

  • are self-motivated and resilient

  • have reflected on, and learnt from, life experiences (this may include work experience, paid employment and personal experience, both in and outside health and social care settings)

  • can communicate effectively

  • are able to interact successfully with others

  • can demonstrate an understanding of the values of the NHS constitution

In addition to the academic admission criteria applicants need to support evidence of having gained relevant work experience in nursing. As common in German medical study programs they will be expected to have completed a 3 months (90 days) of nursing internship or the apprenticeship as a nurse before commencing but definitely by the time they start year 3 in Kassel in order to ensure registration in Germany. At least one part of this internship should be in a 3 week continuous block. The remaining internship days can be achieved more flexibly over time.

All applicants must be a minimum of 18 years when they start the BM(EU) programme in Southampton (deadline as stated in the Selection Policy).

The successful participation in one of the online selection days is mandatory for the shortlisted candidates. Suitable applicants will be invited to one of the online Selection Days. On the day of the selection a written assignment and an interview with two examiners must be completed. The selection interview and writing tasks are always in English. Applicants whose native language is not German are required to complete a part of the interview as well as a part of the writing assignment in German.

After the United Kingdom has left the European Union EU students will be considered international students who need a student visa in order to study in Great Britain.

All applicants for the BM(EU) Programme must be able to meet the requirements to be able to live, study and work in both the UK and Germany. Applicants who cannot meet this requirement are not eligible to apply.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide proof that they have satisfied the requirements to be able to live, study and work in Germany for the entire duration of the studies (including any repeat or suspended years) and foundation year. The applicant will need to provide evidence of this when they apply.

For accepting study contracts we require a German police certificate (document type N) and the Criminal Record Disclosure (CRD) for the induction days in Southampton. The CRD will be applied for once you have arrived in Southampton during the induction days.

Please note: 

Most University of Southampton teaching hospitals have special vaccination regulations, including a tuberculosis (BCG) vaccine and measles immunity. If necessary, get medical advice for your vaccination status. In addition, all medical students are required to perform a health examination prior to enrolment. Detailed information is available upon admission to the course.


Marion Rothbart

Studiengangsbetreuung & Pastoral Support

Marion Rothbart

Studiengangsbetreuung & Pastoral Support

Sibylle Ullrich

Lead Administration

Sibylle Ullrich

Lead Administration