Applying for the post-graduate Master of Science in Epidemiology
We admit 30 students each year.
You must have a four year university degree and at least one year of qualified, professional work experience to qualify for admission.
Courses start in the winter semester in early October.
We look forward to your application!
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Each year, 30 students can be admitted to the Master of Science in Epidemiology. Course work starts in October (winter semester) and attendance is required. Please submit your full application (application form, CV, letter of motivation, Transcript of Records and proof of English language proficiency) as a single PDF attachment by e-mail to student services, tanja.te-gude(at)charite.de.
Once your application has been reviewed by the Board of Admissions, our team will schedule a personal interview via Zoom with you to finalize your application. In the interview, we would like to get to know you better and ensure that this is the right program for you. We will discuss your scientific background, your research proposal, as well as answer any questions you may have about the MSc Epidemiology.
International students: Please check well in advance if you need to apply for a visa to enter Germany. You will find more information below under “Visa and Residency Permit”.
- Early admissions deadline: January 31st In order to give international applicants enough time to apply for a visa and plan for the academic experience, we offer an early admissions process with a deadline of January 31st each year. Applications received by January 31st are processed in February and notice of admission is provided as soon as possible. Please note: we are unable to process applications from students who require a visa to enter Germany after the early admissions deadline.
- Regular admissions deadline: May 15th The regular admissions process requires applications to be received by May 15th with notice of admission provided in July.
- Rolling admissions until September 30th Applications received after May 15th are processed in the order in which they are received and students are admitted as long as places are available. Applications are possible until September 30th of each year. We encourage rolling admissions applications from students who are already within the EU or Schengen Area or incoming from visa-exempt countries. We cannot process students with visa needs after January 31st
- Waiting List: As soon as all available places are assigned, we start a waiting list. All waitlisted applicants will be notified of admission by email as soon as a space becomes available. This is usually after the Board of Admission’s meeting in Mid-September.
We look forward to your application!
Application form and further instructions
The following documents must be submitted in order to apply for the executive Master of Science in Epidemiology. Please send your complete application as a single PDF attachment by e-mail to student services, tanja.te-gude(at)charite.de. Please title the attachment “Your Name_MScEpi”.
Please note: full-time students have a very compact schedule. In order to be able to complete the program's 60 credits in 12 months, it is imperative that you have a clear research idea and access to scientific data that you can use for your Master’s thesis. Part-time students are also required to
submit a research proposal! We will discuss your research interests in the application interview.
- Completed Application form
- Curriculum Vitae (CV) in English (maximum 3 pages)
- Statement of Motivation - why do you want to study Epidemiology and what are your career goals? (maximum 1 page)
- Research Proposal - describe a research area you would like to pursue in your Master’s thesis (maximum 2 pages). Please elaborate on
- The research field you are interested in and your knowledge of it
- Research goal or objectives
- Data sources or data you would like to analyze in your thesis
We look forward to your application!
If you have any questions, please call or email:
Academic Program Coordinator
++49 30 450 570 699
Tanja Te Gude
++49 30 450 570 812
Postal address (no folders or loose-leaf binders please!):
Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Berlin School of Public Health
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Requirements for Admission
1. University Degree:
In order to ensure a high level of scientific quality in the continuing Master's programs, we require the completion of a university degree and at least one year of qualified, professional work experience. The university degree must encompass a minimum of 240 ECTS or equivalent (four years of regular course work). Since the different academic backgrounds of our students and their respective work experience greatly shape the quality of the discussions in our seminars, we look forward to applications from the social sciences, humanities, natural sciences and medicine.
2. Professional Experience:
The program is aimed at students with professional experience (mid-career professionals). At least one year of qualified work experience is required for admission.
3. Knowledge of English:
The official language of instruction of the Master of Science in Epidemiology is English. Therefore, we require applicants to provide documentation of their advanced proficiency in English (at least B2 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)), which is needed to successfully complete the coursework and research activities. Please find further details here.
4. Mathematical knowledge:
The program offers advanced students an interdisciplinary modern educational environment to focus their methodological knowledge in the fields of epidemiology, biostatistics, medical informatics and health data science, expanding their competencies in research. Students are encouraged to have a basic mathematical aptitude and good knowledge of statistics. Students should be willing and interested in learning and using statistical software to analyse health data.
Tuition and Fees
The Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin charges tuition (module fee) and an enrollment fee per semester for participation in the continuing master's courses at the Berlin School of Public Health.
The tuition (module fee) for the entire program, including supervision and evaluation of the Master's thesis, is €10,200. In addition, the regular enrollment fees (matriculation fees) of the Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin are due for every semester that you are enrolled as a student.
Full-time students pay €5.100 in September at the time of enrollment and €5.100 in March before beginning the second semester for a total tuition of €10.200. Part-time students pay €2.550 in September at the time of enrollment, €2.550 in March before beginning the second semester, €2.550 in September before beginning the third semester and €2.550 in March before beginning the fourth semester. In addition, university enrollment fees are due for each semester enrolled and must be paid per semester (about €300). Should you take longer to complete the program, no further module fees are due. Enrolled students recieve a bill for each payment due.
As a financial aid, the Federal Government offers students in advanced education low-interest loans in accordance with the funding regulations of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF):
- More information about Bafög
- More informationen about Bildungskredit
- More information about Bildungsprämie
Furthermore, since January 1st 2003 there has been the possibility of receiving an education voucher from the Employment Agency, provided that all funding conditions have been met. However, it must first be established in each individual case how high and to what extent the educational need exists. More information is available at www.arbeitsagentur.de
Finally, there is also the possibility of a scholarship, which you can find out about on the homepage of the Federal Association of German Foundations (www.stiftungen.org/stiftunssuche).
Scholarships and Student Housing in Berlin
The BSPH, unfortunately, cannot help you find a place to live in Berlin. The home market in Berlin is very competitive. Please check all available websites and online portals for students.
The BSPH, unfortunately, does not provide any financial aid or scholarships. Please try
- German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD): https://www.daad.de/en/study-and-research-in-germany/scholarships/
- The Federal Foreign Office: https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/aamt/zugastimaa/buergerservice/faq/01-stipendien/606688
Please sign up for our mailing list "Vernetzt". We send out all job announcements and student job opportunities that we recieve from our public health network partners through this mailing list.
German students may also be eligible for the following:
- Stiftungssuche über https://stiftungssuche.de/
- Bildungskreditprogramm der Bundesregierung https://www.bva.bund.de/DE/Services/Buerger/Schule-Ausbildung-Studium/Bildungskredit/bildungskredit_node.html
- Programm Bildungsprämie vom BMBF https://www.bildungspraemie.info/
- Förderung von Weiterbildung durch die Arbeitsagentur für Arbeit https://www.arbeitsagentur.de/karriere-und-weiterbildung/foerderung-berufliche-weiterbildung
Visa and Residence Permit
Students from the Schengen Area or a country with visa exemption do not require a visa to enter Germany in order to study. However, upon arrival in Germany, students are required to register with the local residents' registration office for a residence permit via https://service.berlin.de/dienstleistung/305244/en/
- Schengen Area: European Union, European Economic Area, Switzerland
- Countries with visa exemption: Australia, Brazil, El Salvador, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Canada, Monaco, San Marino, South Korea, USA etc. (https://www.visitberlin.de/en/visa-requirements)
Students from all other countries require a visa before entering Germany. It is imperative that you apply for a visa in your home country. Please apply for your visa well in advance since the visa may take several months to issue. Only the German consulate or embassy in your home country can inform you on the exact requirements for your student visa. You will most likely need the following:
- Proof of financial support. You must prove that you are able to financially support yourself while living in Germany either with a bursary, your own funds, or with someone confirming in writing that they will cover all your financial needs.
- Proof of acceptance into the program. Once you have applied to the BSPH and have been successfully accepted, we will issue a letter of acceptance for you that can be forwarded to the embassy. We can issue a provisional letter of acceptance up to one year in advance.