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

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How to apply

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 documents

Application deadline for the winter term 2021/22 is May 15, 2021.

The application is made via our online application portal.

Please have the following documents ready for your application:

  • CV in tabular form
  • Higher education entrance qualification
  • Bachelor’s/First degree diploma and transcript of records of the final semester
  • If applicable, doctoral certificate or other documents/certificates from other courses of study or degrees

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 apply to the MSc Epidemiology Programme (as described above) and in addition to the International Office of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) in order to get the letter of admission to study at the LMU.

Please, check the dates and documents you have to submit to the International Office of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) on their website.

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 has received both letters.

Acceptance process

The acceptance process is composed of both a written and an oral exam. Both can be done online. The entrance exam for the winter term 2021/22 will take place on:

  • 9 June 2021 (written exam)
  • 21 to 25 June 2021 (oral exam, provided that the written exam has been passed)


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.