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How to apply to an MSc program in Bonn

Students who want to attend an MSc program either in Physics or Astronomy at the University of Bonn can apply within the application times (see below for deadlines) via our online application procedure.

The online application portal is currently open for applications for our BCGS Scholarship Program (with stipend), see here.

Note to German and other EU applicants: We kindly ask all candidates to apply via our online application portal in order to facilitate an efficient processing of the applications. Nonetheless, candidates from BSc programs within the EU can still apply via post to the BCGS office or via e-mail to gradschool.physics(at)uni-bonn.de by submitting their transcript (or an equivalent list of BSc courses and examinations, so we can check whether the admission requirements according to our MSc examination regulations are met) and BSc degree. If you do not have your final degree yet, please note that you will have to complete all remaining BSc examinations by September 30th (include a list with your application) and hand in your degree within the first semester of your MSc. Candidates with a German BSc do not need to submit an English language certificate.


  • For a MSc with a stipend (BCGS Scholarship Program), see here: 1st of December (for the following year WS)
  • Non-EU students (without stipend): 1st of May (for the upcoming WS)
  • EU students (without stipend): 1st of July (for the upcoming WS)
  • - The application portal opens about 4 weeks prior to the respective deadline -

Documents required for the online application:

Candidates should upload the following documents to our online application portal as pdfs:

  • Statement of purpose
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Certificates / academic records and transcripts. Please be aware that in case of acceptance you will need to provide the copies of all degrees/academic records and transcripts, all certified by the respective authorities.
  • Proof of English language proficiency: TOEFL (80 points, internet-based) or equivalent, e.g. IELTS (score 6.5), or an official document stating the language of instruction issued by the university of the candidate
  • Furthermore, we require 2 recommendation letters. Once an application is submitted via our online application tool, corresponding referees will receive automatic e-mails with an upload link through which reference letters can be submitted. Please make sure that your referees provide these documents as pdf files within the deadline.

Admission requirements for the MSc programs in Bonn:

To be admitted to our MSc programs at the University of Bonn, a BSc degree (or equivalent) in Physics (or related fields) is required. In particular, we require applicants to have successfully completed the following coursework:

  • In experimental physics: Courses in atomic, molecular, solid-state, nuclear, and / or particle physics corresponding to at least 15 Credit Points in total, as well as
  • Lab courses corresponding to at least 15 Credit Points in total;
  • In theoretical physics: Courses in quantum mechanics and statistical physics corresponding to at least 15 Credit Points in total.

In case it is not evident from your transcript that you fulfill these criteria (e.g. due to additional coursework), please address this in your application.