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Master's Programme "Food Quality and Safety" (M.Sc.)

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General FAQs can be found here.

General information

When does the programme start?Hide

Our programme can be started for the winter semester (mid of October) and the summer semester (mid of April), respectively. The exact date will be in your admission letter.

The start of lectures for the winter semester 2020/21 will be postponed from 12 October to 2 November, 2020, and the end of lectures from 5 February to 12 February, 2021.

The official start of the summer semester 2021 is 1 April, 2021. Lectures will start on 12 April, 2021.

Where will the Master’s programme “Food Quality and Safety” be taught?Hide

The programme will be taught in the newly founded Faculty of Life Sciences which is located in Kulmbach (around 25 km away from the main campus of the University of Bayreuth). Kulmbach is home not only to several internationally operating food companies, but also to the Max Rubner Institute, the Bavarian Control Authority for Food Safety and Veterinary Medicine, the State Technical College for Food Technology, the Competence Centre for Nutrition, and the Kulmbach Clinical Centre. All these bodies are involved in various research projects and in the Faculty's teaching activities.

Regarding the current situation with Covid-19, will the assessment and enrolment proceed as planned?Hide

For the moment, we assume that all assessment, the later enrolment, and the start of the summer semester will proceed as planned. We will keep you updated on any changes. Further information and updates on the current situation for students and staff of the University of Bayreuth can be found here.

Are there any tuition fees for this programme?Hide

There are no tuition fees for this study programme. However, in Germany, students at all higher education institutions must pay a semester contribution. This payment (at the University of Bayreuth: about 110 EUR per semester) has nothing to do with tuition fees; rather, it covers your contributions to student services and the student government. At the University of Bayreuth, it includes a "semester ticket" that allows you to use public transport in the region and entitles you to eat at reduced prices in the university canteen.

Where can I find information about typical study contents and job perspectives?Hide

An introductory presentation of the study programme and mini-lectures about typical study contents can be found here.

Admission requirements

Do I need to speak German to attend this programme? Hide

All courses are taught exclusively in English. In addition to your knowledge of English (level C1), you must also prove your knowledge of German for daily life (level A1). If you have no knowledge of German at the time of your application, you have the option of turning this in by the end of the 2nd semester. German courses are offered at the University of Bayreuth’s Language Centre. More language courses in Bayreuth can be found through the IIK or the Volkshochschule.

What type of bachelor degree is required for application?Hide

Applicants should hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology or Biochemistry, or a comparable degree in the field of Life Sciences. Applicants should possess knowledge in mathematics and data analysis, experimental physics, chemistry, human biology, animal and plant physiology, genetics, cell biology, microbiology, ecology, biochemistry, and bioinformatics.

List of possible Bachelor study programmes (depending on their profile):

  • Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Agricultural Science
  • Food Sciences
  • Health Sciences
  • Ecotrophology
  • Bioanalytics
  • Nutrition Science
  • Food Chemistry
I am just finishing my degree and do not have the certificate yet. What should I do? Hide

Please submit your official transcript of records showing that you have completed at least 135 ECTS credits. If you can obtain a confirmation of your university that you have completed your coursework and are waiting for your certificate, you may also submit this as additional document.

How many ECTS credits are required for application?Hide

Applicants must hold an official transcript of records (including subjects and grades) showing that they have completed at least 135 ECTS credits.


How to write a letter of motivation (written presentation of course-specific competences)?Hide

State in max. two pages the skills and expertise that qualify you for the study programme according to the following criteria:

  • Verbal skills: showing that you are able to express yourself precisely and comprehensibly in the English language.
  • Interest: explain the connection between personal interest and the interdisciplinary character of the study programme.
  • Interdisciplinary study skills: study specific professional training or internships, periods abroad, awards such as scholarships etc.
Do I have to apply online? Hide

Yes, please use the following link: https://campusonline.uni-bayreuth.de/ubto/webnav.ini. A submission of printed (certified) copies by mail is not necessary.

Can I send my application by e-mail or mail?Hide

We are sorry, but we can only accept applications through our online portal which is open from April 15th to July 1st (for a start in the summer semester) and from October 15th to January 15th (for a start in the winter semester), respectively.

If I send an e-mail containing my CV, transcript of records, etc. could you please tell me my chances in getting admitted?Hide

We are sorry, but we cannot do any pre-evaluation. Please check out carefully the entry requirements listed at our webpage as well as the assessment procedure. If you think, you fulfil all requirements and would like to be admitted to our programme, please submit all required documents exclusively through our online portal. E-mail attachments cannot be considered for evaluation.

Could you help me with my application in CAMPUSonline?Hide

A brief application guide can be found here. For all other technical problems (unusual error messages, page cannot be loaded, etc.) with CAMPUSonline, please contact the CM Help Team.

I cannot submit all required documents in time. Can I nevertheless apply for your programme?Hide

Yes, of course. Please create an account and submit all available documents before the application deadline (winter semester July 1st; summer semester January 15th). Single documents can be uploaded latest by August 15th (winter semester) and February 15th (summer semester), respectively.

Due to the current situation with Covid-19, I can't take the test for obtaining the ENGLISH C1 certificate. Is it possible to submit the evidence of proficiency in English at a later time point?Hide

Yes, applicants holding an ENGLISH B2 certificate (or an equivalent certificate) can submit the ENGLISH C1 certificate latest by the day of enrolment.

I have applied through the online portal. What is the next step?Hide

After we receive your application, two members of our selection committee will rate it in a 2-step aptitude assessment process (step 1, evaluation of submitted application documents; step 2, interview). We try to assess as many applications as possible already before the application deadline. Interviews will start at the end of June (winter semester) and December (summer semester), respectively.

How will the interviews take place?Hide

Applicants from foreign countries do not have to travel to Bayreuth to participate in the interview. Instead, we will arrange an online interview (preferred) or a telephone interview. Please note that travel expenses such as travel costs, accommodation or food, which arise because of participation in the selection process, cannot be refunded.

Information for newly admitted students

Where can I find information about the visa application procedure?Hide

Click here to find detailed information about visa requirements for your country and tips on applying for a visa.

Where can I obtain a confirmation of compulsory physical attendance in the winter semester 2020/21 for submission to a German mission abroad?Hide

Newly admitted students receive this document together with, or a few days after, admission via CampusOnline. Students who are already enrolled can contact Welcome Services of our International Office to receive the corresponding written statement.

Where can I find accomodation?Hide

Since all lectures will take place at our faculty in Kulmbach, we highly recommend to look for accomodation in Kulmbach. There is a brand-new student dormitory next to the town center. (Furnished) rooms are also offered on the private housing market.

How high are the living costs in Kulmbach?Hide

Prices for accommodation, food and leisure activities are moderate compared to other German student cities. Nevertheless, prospective students should consider early on how they will finance their studies. Students in Germany spend an average of €850 on living expenses. Of course, these costs can vary considerably, depending on your lifestyle and the place of residence. The following information provides an initial overview of the costs that students in Kulmbach will definitely have to pay:


Per Month

Rent (depending on accommodation)

between 300 - 600 €

Health insurance (if you do not have a European health insurance policy)

ca. 105 €

Telephone/ Internet

ca. 35 €


starting at 150 €

Further costs (clothing, copies, leisure activities, medication)

ca. 70 €

In total

starting at 660 €

Until when can I enroll at the University of Bayreuth?Hide

The enrolment deadline is 30 November 2020 but we recommend to enroll as quickly as possible as you need access to the online classes.

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