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Selection Criteria

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Admission to this Master's Programme is granted to persons who have completed at least the equivalent of a Bachelor's or Diploma degree, and can demonstrate their research skills, their basic knowledge of the natural and/or social sciences, and a general insight in the subject of sustainable development and intervention strategies.

A suitable preparation for natural science tracks might include courses in physics, geology, technical sciences, biology, geography, earth sciences, or chemistry. For the social science tracks, the prospective student might have had courses in human geography, planning, sociology, policy sciences, law, management, or economics.

Please check also the information about the admission and selection process!


Selection Criteria

  • Bachelor Degree or equivalent
  • Previous academic performance (GPA or average mark)
  • Academic background
  • Letter of motivation
  • Recommendation letters


As the entire programme is taught in English, the Selection Committee requires proof of the applicant's proficiency in English. The applicant must submit a recent (not older than two years at the time of admission) one of the following certificates 

  • IELTS (academic module, minimum required score of 6.5 and not less than 6.0 in the writing section)
  • TOEFL (minimum required score 93, internet-based)
  • Cambridge EFL (English as a Foreign Language) presenting one of the following certificates: Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (minimum 180 points; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (minimum score C1).

English-native-speaking applicants and those who successfully completed an English-taught Bachelor's programme do not have to take a test.

Note: it is possible to hand in the language certificate after the application deadline. Please upload the confirmation of application for the English test and indicate the exam resp. result date in the application. The certificate should be available during the selection committee meeting which takes place mid April!

Application to Leipzig University as entrance university

Specific admission requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree focusing mainly on economic, social, earth or natural science and related to sustainability topics (this reference can also be proven by corresponding professional experience);
  • professional experience of usually at least one year after completion of the Bachelor’s degree.

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Application to Hiroshima University as entrance university

If you plan to apply for Hiroshima University as entrance university please check out additional information HERE

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