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An Interdisciplinary Programme of the University of Bayreuth

Development Studies (M.A. Programme)

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Application & Admission

Admission requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from the University of Bayreuth in Applied African Studies, African Culture & Society, International Economics & Development, African Development Studies in Geography, Philosophy & Economics, or Geography (final grade “2.5” or better), or an equivalent degree awarded by another university (see FAQ page)
  • At least four weeks of practical experience abroad dealing with development
  • English language skills (C1) and – for international students – demonstrated skills in the German language

Applicants who do not hold a university degree for a programme conducted in German will be asked to proof language skills at level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference until the end of the first year of studies.

Start of the programme:

  • Each winter semester (October)

Application for admission

The application period opens in April.

All applicants are asked to submit the required documents by 1 July in order to facilitate the administrative process. Foreign applicants (except for “Bildungsinländer”) need to submit the required documents by 1 July. The date of application before this date will not affect your chances for admission. However, international students who have to expect a rigorous visa application process for entering the European Union are advised to apply by 1 May. Admissions are only valid for the application year. 

Please read all of the following information carefully before you proceed!

All applications must be submitted via the online application tool "CampusOnline". Change the language with the 'DE/EN' button (two speech bubbles) in the upper right corner of the CampusOnline homepage and create a basic account first. Afterwards, you can login and begin with the application process.

You will be asked to upload the following documents.

  • Transcript of Records
  • Bachelor's Degree Certificate
  • School Leaving Certificate
  • Internship Proof (You need to provide an acceptance letter for an internship that will take place within the next year if you cannot provide a proof upon application.)
  • Language Skill Certificates

If you are unable to provide one or several of the documents now but you are sure that you can present them upon inscription in early October, please upload a very short declaration instead of each of the documents that you cannot submit. A transcript of records is absolutely indispensable to process your application.

If you are an international student you are additionally required to upload a CV. 

If you already hold a Master's degree that you believe comes closer to the study programmes listed above, please submit the Master documents instead of your Bachelor documents.

In addition to the proofs and certificates, you must upload two administrative documents which you can download in advance in order to prepare the files for uploading:

Partial applications will not be considered. Application forms that have been downloaded before 6 April 2018 will not be accepted any longer. New forms have a white heading box.

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