Aptitude assessment process
After we receive your application, two members of our selection committee will rate it on a scale of 0 to 10 with 0 being the worst score and 10 being the best score.
I. Motivation letter (up to 4 points)
- Verbal skills (up to 2 points), showing that you are able to express yourself precisely and comprehensibly in the English language.
- Interest (up to 1 point) explaing the connection between personal interest and the interdisciplinary and international character of the programme of study in a structured way.
- Special qualifications (up to 1 point), showing that you have relevant qualifications that go beyond the skills and qualifications earned over the course of the first degree programme, e.g. accolades such as scholarships or prizes, internships, stays abroad.
II. Subject-specific coursework and examinations (up to 4 points) from the bachelor's programme in Physical Geography or an equivalent programme (e.g. Geo-Ecology, Landscape Ecology) with curricular analysis being based on competencies rather than schematic comparison of the modules.
III. Interdisciplinary Study skills (up to 2 points), e.g. supplementary studies, courses attended abroad, language courses, or other courses beyond the scope of the curriculum of the applicant's subject area.
If during this first aptitude assessment you have received
- 7 points or more, you will directly get a confirmation signed by the chair of examiners of having passed the aptitude assessment process.
- 4-6 points in total and > 3 points with regard to Subject-specific coursework and examinations, you will get an interview invitation.
- 4-6 points in total but < 3 points with regard to Subject-specific coursework and examinations, you are not involved in the remainder of the process.
- < 4 points in total, you are not involved in the remainder of the process.
If you are invited for an interview, you will receive the date for your interview at least one week in advance. If you cannot visit us in Bayreuth, we will arrange a Skype interview. The interview lasts between 20 to 30 minutes and will be held in English. Two of our committee members will interview you and rate the interview on a grading scale from 1 to 5 with 1 being the best score and 5 being the worst score. You will be admitted if the arithmetic mean of both ratings is 2.5 or better.