Admission requirements for SSE

Sustainability, Society and the Environment

Prerequisites for admission to the Master’s degree programme are:


A first degree (usually a bachelor's degree) qualifying for a professional career with a minimum of three years of studying, 180 ECTS and a final grade of 2.5 or higher.

It is recommended that the first degree combines in an integrative way the following two fields of study:

 Field of study 1: social sciences, economics, media and communication.
 Field of study 2: environmental sciences, natural sciences. 





Assessment of applications ("entrance test")

This programme targets students with a track record of commitment to sustainable development, students with leadership capabilities who are passionate about and committed to promoting sustainable development.Therefore, in addition to the eligibility of your first degree, the examination board will assess your subject-specific achievements and extracurricular qualification in the field of sustainable development within the past five years prior to the application deadline.

Please complete the following questions:

For this assessment please provide information and complete all questions listed below. You will need to provide proof for questions 3-7, for example certificates or letters of reference.


1. Project Outline

The Master Sustainability, Society and the Environment is strongly focused on students undertaking independent projects (modules "Project 1" and "Project 2"). These projects can be either a research project or they can be a change project focusing on social innovation and sustainable development. Please outline a project idea which you would like to implement in Kiel or local surroundings. It should be possible to implement this idea with a small team of students within the module "Project 1". Please note that this is a first project idea; during the master you will develop team projects in cooperation with fellow students.  

The project outline must follow the following structure.

a. Is this a research project or a change project?

b. What is the aim of the project?

c. How would you reach the aim?

d. Which resources would you need to implement the project?

e. Which results would you expect from the project?







2. Voluntary work

Have you done any voluntary work relevant to sustainable development or social innovation? Describe the year and duration of the activity as well as your responsibilities.

Please list only experiences in the past 5 years.


3. Entrepreneurial experience

Have you ever founded a project, a non-governmental organization or a company?


4. Work experience

Have you worked in an area relevant to sustainable development or social innovation? Describe the year and duration of the employment as well as your responsibilities.

Please list only experiences in the past 5 years.



5. International experience

Have you worked or studied abroad during the past 5 years?

Please list only stays of at least 3 months duration.






In the application process you will only have a limited number of characters including spaces to answer these questions.

Language requirements for application

All applicants are expected  to  provide  evidence  of  a  sufficient  command  of  English  in  the  form  of  an  IELTS/TOEFL  test  or  a  comparable  examination.  Please choose one of the following options:

  • IELTS: overall score of 7.5
  • TOEFL (internet-based): overall score of 110
  • Certificate of Proficiency in English of the English Department of the University of Kiel with C1 level in all four categories (1. listening; 2. speaking; 3. reading/grammar; 4. writing)


Please note:

  • No other proof of language proficiency will be accepted for this master's programme.
  • Evidence of proficiency in English will not be accepted after the application deadline.
  • It is not possible to submit any documents after the deadline.
  • Do not send any application documents by post or email as they will not be processed!




The application period for the academic year 2020/21 (start of the programme in October 2020) will be March 1st until March 31st 2020.


Applications must be submitted through
our online application portal
>> here <<


Attachments you are going to be asked for are:
- Scan of passport
- Proof of English language proficiency (i.e. language certificates)
- University degree certificate (bachelor's degree)
- Official transcript of records listing all classes
- Curriculum vitae - max. 1 page!
- Proofs of special achievements and qualifications mentioned in the entrance test (aspects 3-7; see above) (i.e. voluntary work, work experience, scholarships, etc.)
- Applicants from  China, Vietnam and Mongolia only: APS Certificate

Important note: For documents in languages other than English or German you need to provide officially certified translations!

All provided documents must be of high-quality and in the correct order (e.g., transcript of records). All incomplete applications and un-readable copies of certificates will be rejected.

For further information please check: Information for applicants


If you have any questions, please contact the relevant student advisory service.
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