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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 2021 of the KSM and the University of Southampton (as amended).

The following is required for admission:

  • General university entrance qualification (school leavers)

    School leaver applicants should offer an overall Abitur of at least 1.6 / IB of at least 36. Applicants with an Abitur of between 1.6 and 1.9 may be considered if they have evidence of other relevant education or work experience in a health care profession e.g. nursing or paramedic. 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. MScs and PhDs whilst valued cannot be considered in lieu of an Upper Second Class Honours degree.
    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.
    Only one retake of school leaver qualifications is permitted. 

Biology should be taken as an advanced or examination subject and in the last two school years with good to very good achievements (at least 11 points), plus one other science at higher level with good or very good achievements I( 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). 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 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. Students who have not had 10 years of education in the German language in a recognised school or a German Arbitur should offer one of the recognised tests in German Language. An A in A level German (or equivalent) may be considered as a substitute for a recognised test. 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 (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 entry requirements, applicants to the BM(EU) Programme need to prove, that they will have gained relevant work experience in nursing, either within clerkships, volunteer work (e.g. Social Year / FSJ), or an apprenticeship (e.g. “Ausbildung zum Gesundheits- und Krankenpleger/-in”). This year it has been more difficult to secure nursing work experience so other volunteering or informal caring experiences will be taken into account. However unless covered by education and social services, a minimum of 3 weeks clerkship in nursing must be completed prior to the beginning of the course. Please note this is different from work experience with doctors and must include caring responsibilities.

Due to early clinical contact, students must be a minimum of 18 years when they start the BM(EU) programme on 10th September 2021.

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 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.

Since the UK left the EU at the end of December 2020 EU students are classed as international students and will need to obtain a student visa to study in the UK. 
This course is only open to students who are EU/EEA or Swiss nationals. This is because post Brexit the position on visa requirements for applicants from outside the EU to live and work in Germany is unclear. The ability to live, study and work in Germany while enrolled in a UK University is crucial to be able to complete the course. The programme is not open to UK students unless they have dual nationality with Germany or any other EU country.

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