Germans, EU/EEA applicants and candidates with equivalent admission status
Bachelor's programmes and state examination in law
A prescribed number of study places are available in every restricted-admission subject. After deducting a certain quota of places for hardship cases, second-degree applicants and foreign applicants, 80% of the study places are awarded based on the final grade received in the Abitur (German university entrance qualification), and 20% are allocated on the basis of waiting time. Waiting time corresponds to the number of semesters that have passed since you received your Abitur and were not enrolled at a German university. The number of waiting semesters is calculated automatically based on the data provided in your application.
On the grade ranking list, applicants with the same Abitur grade are ranked further with regard to waiting time, whether they performed civil or military service and, in the case of a tie, the drawing of lots. On the waiting-time ranking list, applicants with the same number of waited semesters are ranked further based on their Abitur grade, whether they performed civil or military service and, in the case of a tie, the drawing of lots. All candidates who apply for enrolment in restricted-admission subjects are ranked according to both their Abitur grade and their waiting time.
The University of Münster allocates study places for all restricted-admission bachelor's programmes and the state examination in law via the Dialogue-Oriented Service Procedure (DoSV). This procedure compiles and compares the ranking lists of all participating universities in order to facilitate faster and more reliable allocation of study places. The procedures also require applicants to comply with specific requirements which are clearly explained in our DoSV flyer [de]. You can find more information on the website hochschulstart.de [de].
Your Abitur grade does not improve as the waiting time increases. Waiting semesters do not lapse. When you apply for admission, the grade awarded on your Abitur certificate and the current number of semesters of waiting time serve as the basis for the admission decision. There is no waiting list for future admission. In other words, if you have not been granted a study place in the current round of applications, you will have to reapply for admission in the following semester.
State examination in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry
There are only a limited number of study places set aside for every restricted-admission degree programme. First, an advance quota of study places is allocated to special target groups (e.g. foreign applicants, rural physician quota, second-degree applicants etc.). All remaining study places are then awarded on the basis of three main quotas, for which all applicants are automatically considered. These are the best Abitur grade quota (30 %), the additional aptitude quota ZEQ (10 %) and the University selection procedure AdH (60 %).
Best Abitur grade quota (30 %):
This ranking list is based on the number of points applicants have achieved on their Abitur (German university entrance qualification), and, to a lesser extent, by any civil or military service they performed and the drawing of lots. In order to calculate this quota, sixteen state ranking lists (one for each German state) are created for purposes of comparison. A special formula is then used to compile these sixteen ranking lists into one national ranking list for all of Germany.
Additional aptitude quota (ZEQ) (10 %):
The ZEQ quota considers such criteria as waiting times, the test for admission to medical degree programmes (TMS) and various recognised vocational training programmes. The following values are used for calculating the quota:
Medicine/Dentistry Pharmacy waiting time *1
2020: 45 points
2021: 30 points
2020: 45 points
2021: 60 points
ab 2022: 90 points
*1 A special point system will be used on a transitional basis from SS 2020 to WS 2021/22 to calculate the waiting times of the ZEQ quota for applicants seeking admission to degree programmes in medicine and dentistry. The waiting time is defined as the total number of semesters the candidate was not enrolled at a German university after receiving the Abitur.
University selection procedure (AdH) (60 %):
The remaining 60 % of available study places are awarded based on the University’s selection procedure (AdH). The following values are used for calculating the quota:
summer semester 2020: 60 points
winter semester 2020/2021: 56 points
summer semester 2020: 34 points
winter semester 2020/2021: 40 points
performed service [de]
summer semester 2020: 5 points
winter semester 2020/2021: 3 points
The last group of candidates considered for admission are those who represent hardship cases and are unable to obtain admission through any of the above-mentioned quotas.
This admission process only applies to EU/EEA applicants and holders of a German secondary school-leaving certificate.
Degree programmes with mandatory aptitude tests
Those who apply for admission to bachelor's programmes in sport (not including human movement in sports and exercise) and bachelor's programmes in music (not including musicology) are also required to pass an aptitude test. Please note that some aptitude tests are administered long before the start of the application phase.
More information on the aptitude test for bachelor's programmes in sport
Institute of Sport and Exercise Sciences [de]
More information on the aptitude test for bachelor's programmes in music (teaching degrees)
Institute of Music Education [de]
More information on the aptitude test for music-related bachelor's programmes with conferral of a Bachelor of Music
University of Music [de]
Study places in restricted-admission degree programmes can only be awarded to candidates applying for higher-semester enrolment if capacity allows. Not every study place is immediately re-allocated when a student drops out. Higher-semester study places can only be allocated when the number of students enrolled in that respective semester, as well as the total number of higher-semester students in the degree programme, falls below the prescribed capacity limit.
If (a few) higher-semester study places happen to become available, these are allocated in the following order:
- Students who are already enrolled at a lower semester in the same degree programme (corresponding subject and degree name) and have earned academic credit for placement at a higher semester in this degree programme
- Transfer students who are already enrolled in the same degree programme (corresponding subject and degree name) at a university located in the EU. If selection falls between several candidates in this group, admission is decided by the drawing of lots.
- Applicants who wish to change majors (lateral entrants) but have never been enrolled in the same degree programme at a university in the EU. If selection falls between several candidates in this group, admission is granted in the following order:
• Students who have already completed a different degree programme at a German university
• Students enrolled in a restricted-admission degree programme/subject in the first semester
• Students enrolled in a restricted-admission degree programme/subject at a higher semester