How to do a MS in Germany in 2020?

Piyush Bhartiya
Modified on 2018-12-15 in Germany
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Source: Bharat in Germany!


Germany has been one of the most preferred countries for students who want to study abroad. It is popular as degrees from its top universities inevitably marks the international student as one of the best, there are approximately 450 universities accredited by the state and some 17,500 programmes for degrees, the German universities generally don’t charge any tuition fees and even if they do the fees incline to be reasonably low, the living expenses in Germany are more rational and reasonable when compared to the other countries in Europe, and there are a wide range of scholarship programmes to finance their studies in the country.

Remember all Overseas University Degrees need to be acknowledged by an association named Association of Indian Universities (AIU), for them to be valid and usable in India. There are certain norms which need to be followed while choosing a Master’s in Science degree program so that one later doesn’t face problems.

How to do a Master’s in Science (MS) from Germany?

The first question that arises when one wants to study in Germany is – How should I apply? So in the order of priority, a list of major steps has been enlisted. The first work is to apply for a passport, this generally takes time so one should try to make one as soon as possible. In the meanwhile, one should be sure with the courses which one wants to undertake, then comes the entrance tests.

German universities widely accept IELTS/TOFEL while some require GRE as well, hence based upon the selection of the universities one wants to apply, the respective entrance tests are to be taken. Based upon the entrance score, one should compare it with the intake eligibility score of the colleges or universities and make a list of colleges which are suitable to apply for.

How to apply for MS in Germany?

  1. The Bachelor’s transcripts and degree certificate are mandatory requirements for any Master’s course but the degree certificate can be excluded if one is still in college. The Curriculum Vitae is another mandatory document listed on every university course requirements list. It is necessary that one creates or updates the CV based on university requirements.
  2. The next task is making of the Statement of Purpose (SOP) which is the one document that one has to create from scratch. This is probably one of the most important documents which have to be sent along with the application, hence a lot of time is vested in making a satisfactory one.
  3. After the SOP, the next important step is the LOR which stands for Letter of Recommendation, which is the positive personal assessment given by one’s chosen or allotted supervisor. LORs have a high hand in letting the application pass; hence 2-3 LORs at least should be collected. After getting all the required documents, now one can start the application process.
  4. Most universities need the applicant to apply online and then send the hard copies of the documents later. There should be a thorough check for suitable scholarships and one should apply for them well in advance. If necessary an education loan is also required to be applied for.
  5. After all of these application processes, one needs to transfer money to a Deutsche Bank Blocked Account, remember this is a mandatory step. One should get one’s travel insured; this insurance will cover the travel and initial days in Germany. The travel insurance will be required during both the Visa Interview and Visa Collection. Before the Visa interview, the last step is to book the flight. Then the final step is to get a Visa.  

What are the best courses to study for an MS in Germany?   

Germany is famous for courses in science and related engineering. Since engineering is much hyped in India, many students wish to take a Masters in Science degree in engineering from Germany. Based on the data provided by the ICEF Monitor, over 300,000 transnational students have chosen Germany as a destination for higher studies. Students habitually compliment on the quality of courses, study facilities, and highly experienced professors. Students are contented with the fact that courses help in their self-development.

What are the top universities in Germany to pursue MS?

According to QS, there are 7 German universities best ranked in the engineering and technology field in 2017: Technical University of Munich, RWTH Aachen University, Technical University of Berlin, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, University of Stuttgart, TU Dresden and Darmstadt University of Technology. From specializations in fields as rare as nanotechnology, media engineering, cartography, climate system sciences to as common as electrical and mechanical engineering; it is noticeable that the diversity of options offered by German universities is so wide that one will be spoilt for choice! Thus it will not be very challenging to find the ideal engineering Master’s programme and specialize in a forte in its field.

Which universities are best for MS in mechanical engineering in Germany?

Now let us discuss briefly on some streams of engineering upon which Master’s in Science degree can be suitable for. Starting with mechanical engineering, the top 5 colleges in Germany are TU Clausthal, Tu Braunschweig, BTU Cottbus- Senffenberg, Magdeburg University, and RWTH Aachen. The popular courses are as simple as just Mechanical engineering too as streamlined as Mechatronics.

Which universities are best for MS in civil engineering in Germany?

The next stream is civil engineering and the top universities are the University of Stuttgart, Technology University of Munich, Braunschweig University of Technology, Dresden University of Technology, Berlin School of Applied Science s, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Technical University of Berlin and RWTH Achen University. The different famous courses under civil are Master in Aviation Management (AVIMA), International Master’s Programme Advanced Computational and Civil Engineering Structural Studies (ACCESS), International Master’s Course in Hydro-Science and Engineering, Sustainable Urban Technologies (MSc), MSc in Water Science and Engineering, Master of Science in Construction and Real Estate Management, to name a few.

Which universities are best for MS in computer science engineering in Germany?

Computer Science has taken the world on a swirl with its ever-evolving technology and courses. Some of the top German universities providing a Master’s in Science degree in this stream are Technical University of Munich, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, RWTH Aachen University, and Technische Universität Berlin. Some of the popular courses are Master in Software Engineering for Embedded Systems, Master in Information Systems Engineering & Management, Master Management & Data Science, Master in Simulation-Based Engineering Sciences – Applied Computational Mechanics, Master in Software Engineering and Management, Master in Software and Service Architectures (SSA), to name a few.

 Which universities are best for MS in electrical engineering in Germany?


Germany is also famous for studies of another core branch of electrical engineering. The top universities include Technische Universität Darmstadt, University of Kaiserslautern, Technical University of Munich, RWTH Aachen University and the University of Ulm.


Which universities are best for MS in automobile engineering in Germany?

A sub-branch a specialized branch of mechanical engineering is automobile engineering. Some of the famous universities in Germany for pursuing a Master’s degree are the University of Bayreuth, Technical University of Munich, RWTH Aachen University and Esslingen University of Applied Sciences.

Which universities are best for MS in chemical engineering in Germany?

Chemical Engineering has been also getting into mainstream engineering with popular MS courses in Germany being Chemical and Energy Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Polymer Technology, and Process Systems Engineering. Top colleges or universities for chemical engineering in the country are Technical University of Munich, Technische Universität Berlin, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, RWTH Aachen University, TU Dortmund University, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Universität Stuttgart, and FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg.


Which universities are best for MS in Aerospace engineering in Germany?

The courses of Earth-Oriented Space Science and Technology along with Aerospace engineering by the Technical University of Munich, Aircraft Propulsion and Power System by Samara National Research University and Aviation Management by Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau.

What are the scholarships available in Germany for MS?    

Coming to scholarships, the German Government itself hosts a huge scale of scholarships for its own students and for students from abroad. The DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst German Academic Exchange Service), controlled by the German Government, is the biggest financial aid organization in the world. The organization supports over 100,000 German and international researchers and students, annually. The Deutschlandstipendium is another programme by which 22,500 students benefit from this national programme created and taken care of by the Federal Government of Germany. The programme is a conglomerate between public and private organizations, in order to prize able students. A few famous non-governmental scholarships for a Master’s in Science degree in Germany include Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Scholarship, Heinrich Böll Foundation Scholarship, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Scholarships, and Bayer Foundations. Some of the specialized scholarships for certain German universities include Hamburg University of Applied Sciences which offers scholarships of up to 400 EUR per month, Leipzig Graduate School of Management suggestions financial aid programmes for scholars who enroll in various MSc. Programmes, ESMT MBA, Ulm University, and RWTH Aachen.

How to study free of cost or with very little cost in Germany?     

Maximum universities in Germany particularly the public universities charge even no tuition fees to a small number of tuition fees to all international students! They actually charge an amount called “administrative fees” of about 100 – 200 EUR/year, which is meant to cover most of the student services including costs such as bus tickets to and from the university and expenses of the student cafeterias.

Can a student apply with low CGPA?

There also arises a question that does a person low CGPA also stand a chance to study in Germany? Well, for doing MS in Germany the least eligibility CGPA is 6.5 and in order to acquire admittance in decent standard university one needs the finest score in IELTS and the CGPA is essential to be around 8.5.

Can a student apply with backlogs?

Students do tend to have backlogs along the duration of graduation, it does decrease the chances of getting selected but that doesn’t mean one cannot get selected due to backlogs. The acceptance of backlogs differs from university to university but no fixed number of backlogs is mentioned anywhere on any official website of the German Universities.

What is the future of the students after doing MS in Germany?   

The future of students who do Master’s in Science from Germany is very promising. According to current figures, Germany has the second highest amount of engineering employees among all the employees in the European Union. Foreigners are permitted to live and work in Germany while on average the salaries for MS postgraduates in engineering and experts are around 46,126 EUR/year.

Is Germany better as an option for studying abroad? Comparison Section    

Now that we are clear of what Germany holds for Master’s in Science, why not compare it with other countries? Starting with the U.S.A. the major difference will be that the cost of living in Germany is pretty less and the courses of Computer Science Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Life Sciences are better taught in Germany. Comparing with Canada, the German Universities do provide cheap education but to become eligible to work there is difficult than in the case Canada. In comparison to India, Germany offers a high quality of life, extensive support, relatively low tuition fees, large-scale scholarship arrangements for international students and decent employment scenarios. It is home to a variety of best universities with global reputations promised in progressive research. It is undoubtedly a popular multicultural center of learning. While comparing with Japan, this country does not have any good account of immigration, and it doesn’t give passports willingly to foreign nationals, whereas Germany due to its association with the European Union is somehow used to dealing with immigrants or non-nationals.

  After all of the analysis done above, one can certainly trust Germany with higher studies. The stay period as well as the future well assured due to pursuing the MS from Germany.

About the Author

Piyush BhartiyaPiyush values education and has studied from the top institutes of IIT Roorkee, IIM Bangalore, KTH Sweden and Tsinghua University in China. Post completing his MBA, he has worked with the world's # 1 consulting firm, The Boston Consulting Group and focused on building sales and marketing verticals for top MNCs and Indian business houses.

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