Admission requirements and application

General requirements

A Bachelor’s degree (BSc) with a grade “good” (German grading at least 2.5) or higher in agricultural science or equivalent academic and examination achievements in related disciplines with particular relevance to dairy science. The Bachelor’s degree will be the basis for your application to this Master’s degree program.

Language requirements

As all classes are held in English, a good level of English (written and spoken) is mandatory. Students must provide evidence of proficiency in English.

Accepted as proof for language proficiency are the following:

  • IELTS: overall score of 6.5 (with at least 6.0 in each of the four components) or
  • TOEFL® ITP (Paper-based test): overall score of 580 with a Test of Written English score of 5.5 or
  • TOEFL® iBT (Internet-based test): overall score of 90 with component scores of at least 20 pointes or
  • Cambridge certificate of Advanced English (CAE): grade A or
  • Cambridge certificate for Proficiency in English (CPE): grade B
  • Für Bewerber*innen mit deutscher Hochschulzugangsberechtigung (HZB) eine Bewertung im Prüfungsfach Englisch im Abitur von mindestens 11 Punkten oder der Note 2,0

Subject-specific entrance criteria

Additionally to the academic and language requirements, subject-specific entrance criteria assessed by the examination board must be met. When applying, you are required to describe and provide proof of the aspects stated below, and include information on relevant knowledge and training skills. Please ensure you respond to these aspects as completely as possible, including details of why you have applied to study this program, and details of how your experience and skills are relevant.

You need to consider the following aspects:

  • Do you have any work experience relevant to livestock science or dairy production? Please describe the employment as well as your responsibilities and indicate the respective period(s).
  • Are there any academic achievements relevant to livestock / dairy science that are not reflected in your degree certificate, for example: scholarships, awards, scientific publications or research funds which you have raised?
  • How will these academic and/or work experiences particularly qualify you for this master's program?
  • What are your professional aims after finishing the master's program and how will the master's program help you to achieve your professional aims?

In the online application process you will have a maximum of 4.000 characters including spaces to answer these aspects.

Please note that relevant work experience and/or academic achievements relevant to livestock science are mandatory if your Bachelor's degree did not cover sufficient aspects of livestock science or dairy production.


The application period for the academic year 2021/22 (start of the program October 2021) starts February 1, 2021 and closes April 30, 2021 (deadline for submission of the application is April 30, 2021; 23.59 CEST)

Applications will be processed in May.

In June you will receive a notification on your application success.

Please refrain from enquiries before mid June. Due to the high number of applications, we will not be able to reply to enquiries.

Applications must be submitted through our online application portal, available here.

Please do not send any application documents by post or email as they will not be processed!

Attachments you are going to be asked for:

  • Scan of passport
  • CV (curriculum vitae) - max. 2 pages!
  • University degree certificate
  • Official transcript of records listing all classes
  • Proof of English language proficiency (i.e. language certificate)
  • Proof of special achievements mentioned in your personal declarations (i.e. work experience, academic achievements, scholarships, etc.)
  • APS Certificate: applicants for China, Vietnam, Mongolia and Taiwan


All provided documents must be of high-quality and in the correct order (e.g. transcript of records). All incomplete applications and unreadable copies of certificates will be rejected. Accepted applicants will later have to provide the originals for enrollment at the University of Kiel.

Important note: For documents in languages other than English or German you need to provide officially certified translations!


German applicants who have not yet received their final BSc certificate please visit this webpage (only available in German):,


For further information please contact the program coordinator



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