Applying for Master's degree programmes

Submitting your Master's degree application

Application procedure

To be admitted to a Master’s degree programme you must have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent. Here you can find a summary of all of the Master’s degree programmes offered at FAU and here you can find a special overview of all international degree programmes and degree programmes taught in English.

If you want to apply for one of our Master’s degree programmes the most important information regarding the application procedure in general and special admission requirements, application deadlines and admissions examinations for individual degree programmes is available here: Application deadlines and proof of language proficiency for Master’s degree programmes

Current extended deadlines for the winter semester 2015/16:

The application deadline for the following Master’s degree programmes has been extended to 15 September 2015:

  • Arabic, Islamic, and Semitic Studies (MA), full-time and part-time
  • Christian Media Communication (MA), full-time and part-time
  • Gerontology (MSc), full-time and part-time
  • Integrated Life Sciences: Biology, Biomathematics, Biophysics (MSc)
  • Islamisch-Religiöse Studien/Islamic Theological Studies (MA)
  • Materials Physics (MSc)
  • Physics (MSc)

If you want to attend a German language course prior to starting your Master’s degree programme, please follow these instructions to apply:

Use the application form for admission to a degree programme for international applicants and send the required documents to the Master’s Office.

Masterbüro – Referat L4
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)
Schloßplatz 4
91054 Erlangen

Due to the volume of applications which we receive, we are unable to answer questions about the status of your application.

The application process

Master’s degree applications are submitted online via the movein portal.

Uploading documents in the portal is usually optional and skipping this step does not affect the other functions of the application portal.

For the following Master’s degree programmes uploading documents is mandatory:

  • Chemistry
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Materials Physics
  • Materials Physics
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechatronics
  • Molecular Science
  • Nanotechnology
  • Physics
  • Physics
  • Chinese Studies
  • Industrial Engineering and Management


  1. Once you have filled out your full application in movein, go to the upload area in the menu.
  2. Click ‘Durchsuchen’ (browse) to open a window to find your file.
  3. Click on the pdf file that you wish to upload and then click ‘Öffnen’ (open).
  4. This file will then be selected to be uploaded.
  5. Now click ‘Weiter’ (next). The uploaded document will appear in the upload area in the menu.

Each page must be created and uploaded as a separate file (e.g. single page CV) unless the pages belong together (e.g. academic report with several pages). Pages which belong together should be put in one file. All documents must be in pdf format and must not be larger than 2000 KByte.

Once you have filled out the full online application and uploaded the pdf files, you can then submit your online application including the uploaded files by clicking ‘Antrag senden’ (submit application).

Changing uploaded documents

In the upload area in the menu, you can check the documents which you have uploaded by clicking on the files. If you discover that you have uploaded the wrong file, you can replace it with a different file:

Click ‘Ändern’ (change) and start the upload process again.

In addition to applying online, you must send your documents by post to the following address:

Masterbüro – Referat L4
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)
Schlossplatz 4
91054 Erlangen