Aptitude Assessment Process

After we receive your application, two members of our selection committee will rate it on a scale of 0 to 100 with 0 being the worst score and 100 being the best score.

  • Motivation letter (up to 30 points)
    • Verbal skills (up to 15 points), showing that you are able to express yourself precisely and comprehensibly in the English language.
    • Interest (up to 15 points) explain the connection between personal interest and the interdisciplinary and international character of the programme of study in a structured way.
  • Subject-specific coursework and examinations from the bachelor's programme or an equivalent programme of study (up to 50 points) with curricular analysis being based on competencies rather than schematic comparison of the modules
  • Interdisciplinary Study skills (up to 20 points), e.g. supplementary studies, courses attended abroad, language courses, or other courses beyond the scope of the curriculum of the applicant's subject area.

If during this first aptitude assessment you have received

  • 70 points or more, you will directly get a confirmation signed by the chair of examiners of having passed the aptitude assessment process
  • 50-69 points in total and > 30 points with regard to Subject-specific coursework and examinations, you will get an interview invitation
  • 50-69 points in total but < 30 points with regard to Subject-specific coursework and examinations, you are not involved in the remainder of the process
  • < 50 points in total, you are not involved in the remainder of the process

If you are invited for an interview, you will receive the date for your interview at least one week in advance. If you cannot visit us in Bayreuth, we will arrange a Skype interview. The interview lasts between 20 to 30 minutes and will be held in English. Two of our committee members will interview you. You can achieve a maximum of 30 points.

  • Verbal skills (up to 15 points), showing that you are able to express yourself precisely and comprehensibly in the English language, appropriately explain statements using arguments and suitable examples and to provide appropriate responses to questions asked.
  • Motivation (up to 5 points), showing that you display a specific aptitude for the programme of study such that a level of performance is to be expected that considerably exceeds the level of your previous degree.
  • Subject-related aptitude (up to 10 points), showing that you are able to analyse fundamental issues in Environmental Sciences in an appropriate manner

The overall score will be calculated from the subject-specific coursework and examinations (up to 50 points) and the interview (up to 30 points). You will be admitted if you have at least 55 of these 80 points.

For all legal questions, especially regarding rejections, please refer to the regulations for the Aptitude Assessment Process.