Institute for medical information - processing, biometry, and epidemiology (IBE)

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Admission requirements

1. Applicants require a completed university degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in a health-related discipline such as:

  • Health science
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Natural sciences
  • Nutritional science
  • Psychology
  • Social sciences
  • Statistics
  • Sports science
  • Physical therapy
  • Economics or Business administration
  • Law
  • Communication science

...or another health science-related discipline.

2. Good knowledge of mathematics and statistics

3. Advanced competency in English

4. Passed written and oral entry exam (in English)

Application process

Applications are possible via our online application portal from 1 March until 15 May each year. Please mind this deadline!

You are requested to have the following documents ready for your application:

  • CV in tabular form
  • Bachelor’s/First degree diploma and transcript of records of the final semester
  • Motivation letter

International Applicants

For international applicants, who did not receive their first degree from a German university, the process of applying consists of two separate parts. You need to 1) apply to the MSc Epidemiology Programme, as described above, and 2) additionally to the International Office of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) in order to get the letter of admission entitling to study at the LMU.

Please submit your application by 15 July via their Application Portal, open between 15 May and 15 July each year.

In order to complete this process, you also need to upload our letter of acceptance. It will be sent via email around 8 July after having successfully passed the acceptance exam.

More detailed information about the application can be found on the LMU website. A short overview can be downloaded here.

In case you fulfil all requirements and pass the entrance exam you will receive two letters, one from the MSc Epidemiology programme (letter of acceptance) and one from the International Office (letter of admission). Enrolment at LMU is only possible if both parts of the application process have been successful and the applicant can present both letters.

Acceptance process

The acceptance process is composed of both a written exam and an oral exam, provided that the written exam has been passed.

Both parts are held online on following dates:

  • 11 June 2024 11:00 am - 12:30 pm, local time (written online exam = multiple choice test over 90 minutes)
  • 18 to 25 June 2024 (oral exam = 30-minute interview via Zoom)


Written exam

The written exam is a multiple choice test. It lasts 90 minutes, in which we test the applicants’ knowledge of and abilities in the following topics:

  • Basic knowledge of mathematics and statistics
  • Critical interpretation of scientific literature and information in the media
  • Principles of scientific work
  • Important basic concepts in epidemiology and Public Health
  • Current issues relevant to epidemiology


Oral exam (interview)

The oral exam is conducted in form of a 30-minute admission interview. The following topics will be discussed to assess the abilities of the applicant:

  • Knowledge in mathematics and statistics
  • Motivation for the master’s programme
  • Realistic perception of career prospects
  • Ability to outline how the master’s programme will complement the knowledge and skills obtained in previous studies
  • Problem solving and decision making abilities
  • Ability to critically evaluate scientific findings
  • Communicative competences

Recommended literature for preparation

1. Basics of Calculus:

  • Numbers and basic mathematical operations
  • Algebraic Expressions, Equations
  • Ratio & Proportion

Preparatory literature:

2. Functions and their Graphs:

  • Linear Functions, Quadratic Functions, Polynomials
  • Logarithms and Exponential Function and Rules
  • The Shape of Curves; Slope and Curvature
  • Derivatives and Integrals of Functions
  • Optimising Functions
  • Area under a Curve

Preparatory literature:

3. Basics of Chance, Probability Theory and Statistics

  • Types and Scales of Variables
  • Notation
  • Computing Probabilities and Rules of Probability
  • Theory of sets, “And” vs. “Or” and other operators and symbols
  • Venn Diagrams
  • Contingency Tables
  • Factorials, Permutations and Combinations
  • Bayes Theorem

Preparatory literature:

4. Basics of Matrix Algebra

  • Types of Matrices, Transpose Matrix
  • Matrix Operations and Matrix Properties, Inverse of a Matrix

Preparatory literature:

5. Trigonometry (OPTIONAL)

Preparatory literature:

6. Further Reading

Study regulations

Enrolment and tuition


The enrolment of national students at the Studentenkanzlei takes place via an online application for registration and a subsequent registration by post mail. All documents must be received within the specified deadlines.

Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1
80539 München

The enrolment of international students at the International Office takes place via an online application for registration and a subsequent registration by post mail. All documents must be received within the specified deadlines (exact dates will be stated in your notification of admission).

International Office – Zulassung
Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1
80539 München

Semester fee

There are no tuition fees for this programme. There is, however, a semester fee for each student comprising a student services contribution and a basic fee for public transportation. More detailed information on the semester fee is available on the LMU website.