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Admission criteria

In addition to good educational achievements, the students 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 2020 of the KSM and the University of Southampton (as amended).

The following is required for admission:

  • General university entrance qualification (school leavers)

    In the form of an Abitur, A-level, International Baccalaureate, or other equivalent qualifications recognised by the University of Southampton. If the final certificate is not available by the application deadline, the last two interim and school year end certificates and the expected final grade may be indicated. The same applies to other equivalent qualifications. Applicants should also give the expected exam and overall grades here. 

  • Abitur average of at least 1.6 or other high school diploma recognised as equivalent to the standards of the University of Southampton

    Applicants with a lower grade may also apply if additional qualifications, such as a previous semester in medical fields, have been acquired.



  • 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. This university degree is assessed together with the general higher education entrance qualification and thus the average grade is not necessarily at 1.6.

Chemistry or biology as an advanced or examination subject and in the last two school years good to 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 grades) and at least year 10 (G8) or 11 (G9).

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 here. 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 whose native language is German do not need to prove their German language skills. If the mother tongue or second language is not German, we require a language certificate according to the “Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)”. Please note that your German language certificate can not be older than 2 years at the time of application. We prefer the test for German as a foreign language (TestDaF), in which at least the level TDN 4 must be achieved, or the B1 certificate of the Goethe-Institut. 

In addition to academic admission requirements, the selection also includes non-academic criteria. The motivation letter (maximum of 600 words), 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 independent and resilient,
  • have learned and benefited from your experience with people (for example with people in health or social institutions or in association work)
  • are able to express yourself verbally and in writing in the required foreign language,
  • can interact successfully with others,
  • Understand the values of the NHS and can represent them.

Nursing internship (work experience) in a hospital or outpatient nursing service in Germany or abroad. Nursing activities in a senior citizen residence, a voluntary social year in the medical-care sector, etc. may also be recognised. The internship must be completed by the beginning of the studies in Kassel (introduction days), but can be split. The shortest part should be no less than 3 weeks. An internship less than 15 full working days will not be counted. An exemplary checklist for the nursing internship (valid checklist at Klinikum Kassel) can be found here.

Only applicants who have been classified as “Home” (UK) or “EU” applicants by the University of Southampton in terms of tuition fees may be admitted to the program. This classification depends on various criteria which are reviewed by the responsible body in England on a case-by-case basis during the application period. Please visit the UKCISA homepage for information.

All applicants must have reached the age of 18 at the beginning of their studies in Southampton (deadline in the application year 2020: 21st September 2020).

The successful participation in one of the two selection days in Kassel is mandatory for the shortlisted candidates. Suitable applicants will be invited to Kassel in advance by KSM for one of the two Selection Days. On the day of the selection, a group assignment, a written assignment and an interview with two examiners must be completed. The selection interview as well as the group 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.   

For the induction days in Kassel we require a German police certificate (document type N). For the induction days in Southampton, we require Criminal Record Disclosure. 

Please note: 

Most University of Southampton teaching hospitals have special vaccination regulations, including a tuberculosis (BCG) vaccine. More information about the recommendations for the BCG vaccine can be found here. 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


Marion Rothbart


Sibylle Ullrich

Lead Administration

Sibylle Ullrich

Lead Administration