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Application for the degree program

The application can be found at the following link:https://movein-uni-bielefeld.moveonnet.eu/movein/portal/studyportal.php

A complete application must contain the following documentation:p>

  1. Diploma from a past degree plus corresponding documents (transcript, transcript of records, diploma supplement, etc.)
  2. If a diploma from a past degree is not yet available, a provisional final document shall be submitted with a provisional average score and / or a current transcript of records or meaningful documents, as defined in Approach a).
  3. Results of the subject-specific admissions exam

Application deadlines

Each year from June 1st to July 15th

Admission to the degree program

The admission?s process begins after a review of the application documents. Following the determination that all requirements have been satisfied, the administration will check whether the number of applications exceeds the number of available spaces for the degree program. If this is not the case, all applicants will be admitted. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of spaces, a ranking system will be implemented. Points will be awarded for the (provisional) final score of the first qualifying exam and for the result of the subject-specific admissions exam. Admission to the program is based on the total combined score for both exams. Applicants are informed about the results of the admission process via an electronic message from the Student Registry Office.

A maximum of 24 points can be awarded for the (provisional) final score of the first qualifying exam, in accordance with the following table:p>

Final score of the first qualifying exam: 1,0 24,0
Final score of the first qualifying exam: 1,1 23,8
Final score of the first qualifying exam: 1,2 23,6
Final score of the first qualifying exam: 1,3 23,4
Final score of the first qualifying exam: 1,4 23,2
Final score of the first qualifying exam: 1,5 23,0
Final score of the first qualifying exam: 1,6 22,8
Final score of the first qualifying exam: 1,7 22,6
Final score of the first qualifying exam: 1,8 22,4
Final score of the first qualifying exam: 1,9 22,2
Final score of the first qualifying exam: 2,0 22,0
Final score of the first qualifying exam: 2,1 21,8
Final score of the first qualifying exam: 2,2 21,6
Final score of the first qualifying exam: 2,3 21,4
Final score of the first qualifying exam: 2,4 21,2
Final score of the first qualifying exam: 2,5 21,0
Final score of the first qualifying exam: 2,6 20,8
Final score of the first qualifying exam: 2,7 20,6
Final score of the first qualifying exam: 2,8 20,4
Final score of the first qualifying exam: 2,9 20,2
Final score of the first qualifying exam: 3,0 20,0
Final score of the first qualifying exam: 3,1 19,8
Final score of the first qualifying exam: 3,2 19,6
Final score of the first qualifying exam: 3,3 19,4
Final score of the first qualifying exam: 3,4 19,2
Final score of the first qualifying exam: 3,5 bis 4,0     19,0

Subject-specific admissions exam

A maximum of 20 points can be awarded for the subject-specific admissions exam. The test comprises an assessment of skills in both theory and methods. It is intended to ascertain whether the applicant will be able to successfully complete the Master?s program in the designated period of study.

The subject-specific admissions exam consists of an approximately 10-page description of a health science/public health project and will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  1. Development of a question of public health relevance
  2. The theoretical rationale for the question
  3. The methods for addressing the question

Please direct any inquiries to mscph.studienberatung@uni-bielefeld.de

The evaluation is conducted by two examiners. Each examiner awards between 0 and 3 points for criteria 1 and 3, and 0 to 4 points for criterion 2.The sum of the points forms the score of the subject-specific admissions exam.

Admission to the degree program will be determined on the basis of the total combined score for the first qualifying exam and the subject-specific admissions exam. In the case of a numerical tie, the score of the first qualifying exam will take precedence. Should it still not be possible to determine a clear sequence, a decision will be made by lottery. Admission will be granted based on the ranking order by the Admissions Office. Applicants are informed about the results of the admission process via an electronic message from the Student Registry Office.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

+At what date can I apply for the Master of Public Health?

The Master in Public Health starts every year in the winter semester, i.e. in October. The application period for the online application lies between 1 June and 15 July of each year.

+How can I apply for the Master of Public Health? (online-portal)?

The application for the Master of Public Health is possible online via the application portal of the Bielefeld University. From 1 June, interested applicants can apply using the following link: Online-Application-Portal of the Bielefeld University

Please note that applicants without a German university degree must also send their documents by post to the International Office.

+Which documents do I have to upload with my application (online portal)?

The relevant application documents to be uploaded to the online application portal are :

  1. The diploma of a previous degree and the associated documents (Transcript, Transcript of Records, Diploma supplement, etc.)
  2. In the absence of a financial statement certificate from a previous financial statement, a preliminary financial statement document shall be presented, showing a preliminary average grade and/or a current transcript of records or meaningful documents within the meaning of paragraph (a).
  3. The subject-specific study ability test.
+What are the prerequisites for the Master of Public Health?

The admission requirement is a successfully completed university or technical college degree with at least 6 semesters of standard study time or 180 LP. The Public Health Master's programme is also explicitly aimed at "non-subject" graduates; therefore preparatory courses or comprehensive knowledge of our modules are not required.

In order to apply for the MPH at Bielefeld University, it is also necessary to submit a study ability test / project draft of approx. 10 pages. The formal quality, coherence and health scientific relevance of your submitted project draft (study ability test) are also decisive for admission to the MPH. On the basis of the final grade and the project design, the Master's places will be granted.

+Do I have to have studied certain modules in the Bachelor's programme to be able to apply for the Master's programme in Public Health?

The Public Health Master's programme is also explicitly aimed at graduates from other disciplines, which is why preparatory courses or comprehensive knowledge of our modules are not required.

+Do I have to prove certain language skills for the Master of Public Health?

Applicants with a German university access qualification do not have to prove any language skills.

Applicants with an international degree must prove their language skills by means of certificates such as TestDaF or DSH before beginning their Master's studies. Applicants must contact the International Office of the Bielefeld University to have the certificate confirmed.
Contact form of the International Office

Most lectures of the Master's program in Public Health are held in German. Comprehensive knowledge of German is therefore necessary.

+Is there a Numerus clausus (NC) for the Master of Public Health?

There is no classical NC for the Master Public Health at the Bielefeld University. This is due to the fact that the admission is based on the final grade and the achieved number of points for the study ability test. Points are awarded for the final grade and the test of study ability, which are then added to a total score. The available places (currently 80) are allocated according to this total number of points.

The total number of points sufficient to obtain a place naturally varies from year to year and depends on the number of applicants and their performance.

+Can I apply for the Master's in Public Health even though I do not have a Bachelor's degree at the time of the application deadline, but will probably receive it in the summer semester?

Yes, an application for the Master in Public Health is also possible if no Bachelor's certificate is available at the time of the online application (application deadline ends on 15 July), but it will be received in the course of the summer semester. For the documents to be uploaded in the online application portal, a preliminary final document showing a preliminary average grade and/or a current transcript of records or meaningful documents in the sense of a final certificate are then sufficient. In the case of admission to the Master's programme in Public Health, the final Bachelor's certificate (in certified copy) must then be submitted subsequently.

+How is the enrolment after a Bachelor's degree at Bielefeld University after a successful application for the Master's programme MPH?

For enrolment in the Master's programme, a provisional certificate of successful completion of the Bachelor's programme (the so-called "4.0 certificate") must be submitted by 15.11. of each year at the latest. The final Bachelor's certificate (certified copy) must then be submitted later in the course of the semester.

You can find a schedule for the transfer in the Registrar's office of the Bielefeld University

+How do I apply as an international student?

For applicants with an international degree, it is necessary that the equivalence has been confirmed by the International Office at our university (Dept. II: io@uni-bielefeld.de) with at least 6 semesters of study including a final examination at a German university or university of applied sciences. Please contact the International Office of the Bielefeld University.

Applicants with a foreign degree must send the required documents (officially certified) together with the application form by post. This should be done by the end of July of each year at the latest. The address to which applicants must send these documents is printed at the top left of the application form.

If admission is granted, applicants will receive the relevant admission notice and will then be informed whether or not the place is accepted.

Registration is possible until 30 September. If applicants are unable to meet this deadline, they should contact the International Office or the Faculty of Health Sciences. There is then the possibility of extending the deadline (15 November at the latest).

The necessary documents have to be submitted once and do not need to be submitted again for enrolment. If documents are missing, the admission will require the submission of these documents.

For enrolment the health insurance (possibly corresponding documents as a condition) and possibly a copy of the passport/visa (for non-EU students) must be submitted.

+In which language are the courses held?

Most courses of the Master's programme Public Health are held in German. Comprehensive knowledge of German is therefore necessary.

Applicants with an international degree must prove their language skills by means of certificates such as TestDaF or DSH before beginning their Master's studies. Applicants must contact the International Office of the Bielefeld University to have the certificate confirmed.
Contact form of the International Office

+What exactly is the study ability test?

By preparing the test of suitability for study, applicants should demonstrate that they are able to explain a problem with public health relevance and how they would hypothetically deal with it using scientific methods. A possible discussion of the results (as is often required in classical term papers) is not required.

Project drafts that are submitted, for example, when applying for third-party funding, are therefore a good orientation. Another good source of inspiration for the various scientific research methods are health science papers of all kinds (or method manuals from the social sciences).

Thematically, applicants are completely free in their project design. The applicant can choose from topics that have already been worked on or follow his or her personal interests. The project is purely hypothetical. However, it is not planned to submit already submitted homework, final theses, etc. without any changes, as these usually do not have the character of a project draft.

The study ability test is prepared in advance by applicants themselves and then uploaded to the online application portal together with the other application documents. It is therefore part of the online application. The deadline for this is July, 15th.

+Are there any formal requirements for the study ability test?

There are no fixed format templates for the study ability test. Applicants can therefore use standard format templates which they already know from their bachelor studies. Cover pages and directories are not included in the given frame of approx. 10 pages.

+Who can I contact if I have further questions?

By mail to the student advisory service Master Public Health: mscph.studienberatung@uni-bielefeld.de

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