Admission decisions are based on an overall assessment of the applicant's academic performance and/or professional experience as well as on the statement of his/her motivation. A detailed description of the selection process can be found on page 11 to 15 of the Examination and Academic Regulations.

Academic background

To be considered for admission, applicants must have completed a three-year bachelor's degree in a natural science or a recognized equivalent from an accredited institution.

The Master in Nutrition and Biomedicine is designed to attract students at a multidisciplinary level. We welcome graduates in nutrition and also encourage students from other natural sciences and related disciplines who share an interest in nutritional and biomedical issues.

However, a thorough understanding of biology, human physiology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and standard laboratory techniques is vital for successful graduate studies at the Study Program Division of Nutrition. Applicants are advised to review the course prerequisites in our module descriptions to decide whether their academic and/or professional careers have sufficiently prepared them for the program. At the beginning of each winter term, a compulsory two-week bridging course will assist students in updating their skills in nutrition and foods.

English language requirements

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to provide proof of English language ability that corresponds to Level C1 of the Common European Frame of References for Languages (CEFR).

TUM recognizes the following language certificates:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Academic format
  • Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) / Cambridge Proficiency English (CPE)
  • English Master's Qualifications Courses - Gateway to English Master's (Sprachenzentrum TUM): English for Academic Purposes, English for Environmental Engineering, Controversial Topics in Science and Technology, English for Civil Engineering, and English for Geodesy
  • Alternatively the English written Bachelor’s Thesis will be accepted as a language certificate for the entry requirement to the Master Program

Skill levels are based on the following scores:

Certificate Minimum requirement
TOEFL Internet based Test (IbT) 88 pts.
TOEFL Computer based Test (CbT) 234 pts.
TOEFL Paper based Test (PbT) 605 pts.
IELTS Test (Academic) 6.5 pts.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) Grade A, B or C
Cambridge Proficiency English (CPE) Grade A, B or C

Please note that a certified hardcopy of the language certificate has to be handed in to the TUM registration office by 31 May 2020.

Applicants who hold a Bachelor's degree from an institution where the sole language of instruction is English are exempt from the language proficiency requirement.