Information for Applicants

Dear Applicant,

thank you for your interest in the International Master of Science program in Earth Oriented Space Science and Technology (ESPACE) at Technical University of Munich (TUM). In this section, you can find information on the application, admission, enrollment, and financial aspects of your future studies.

Before applying

Please review our website before applying for ESPACE. Please make sure, that the contents of ESPACE fulfill your expectations! It is very important for us, that you are happy with your choice.

Application and admission

Applying to ESPACE is to be done via the TUMonline web portal. To learn more about the online application using TUMonline, follow the steps of these instructions. TUMonline will require you to create a TUMonline account to be able to access and up-date your application information and to submit your personal data (i.e. address, email, etc.) as well as upload certain required documents.

For getting admission to the ESPACE program, it is sufficient to provide the documents via upload in TUMonline.

You can find a detailed step-by-step procedure on how to apply via this link.

Application dates

Start of the application period: 1 January

End of the application period (for all applicants): 31 May

For non-EU citizens, we highly recommend sending the application by 15 March in order to avoid visa issues due to late admission.

Admission requirements

  • Degree certificate

A bachelor degree or diploma from a recognized university in engineering, natural science or a related field as well as very good previous academic performance is required for admission to the ESPACE program at the TUM.

  • Language

The language of instruction is English. German language proficiency is not required to follow the ESPACE program, but basic knowledge of the German language is helpful for everyday life.

  • Competencies in mathematics, physics and computer science

ESPACE applicants are expected to show the ability for profound methodological scientific work. Admission requires a solid mathematical and physics background and basic knowledge in programming.


Please note: You do not have to submit any hardcopies before your application is reviewed and you receive an offer of admission. All documents have to be uploaded via TUMonline. 

For the documents to be submitted, the deadlines and procedures please look here.

Please prepare and submit your application by yourself and do not submit your application through mediators such as educational consultants, agencies, or professors as these will not be considered. Applications or documents of application submitted by fax or e-mail cannot be accepted. Only complete applications with all requested documents will be evaluated.

List of the documents needed for admission:


  • Application for admission document - you need to download and sign it and re-upload it to the application wizard.
  • Detailed, up-to-date curriculum vitae in English language.
  • A short self-written essay (500-700 words) on a scientific topic in the field of Earth oriented space science and Technology (in English). Applicants are free to select the topic. All sources have to be referenced.
  • Statement of purpose (motivation letter) including your reasons for undertaking graduate work in ESPACE at the TUM written in English. Please keep it short - one page is enough!
  • Transcript of records *) (semester mark sheets), listing your subjects, grades and earned credits. If you are still finishing your Bachelor's degree, you can submit the preliminary transcript with at least 140 ECTS. Please note: you have to submit an original transcript with a university seal or a certified copy of it. The seal on the envelope is not sufficient!
  • Recognized English language certificate. If you have acquired at least 30 credits in English modules in your undergraduate studies or if your final thesis in your undergraduate studies was written in English, you should submit a sealed document confirming this aspect. Otherwise, you can prove English language skills by submitting a recognized English test like the "Cambridge Main Suite of English Examinations", the "Test of English as a Foreign Language" (TOEFL) with the minimum requirement of 88 points or the "International English Language Testing System" (IELTS) with the overall band score of 6.5 and higher.
  • ID

Required for certain conditions

  • If you have obtained your qualification for postgraduate studies (usually a Bachelor's degree) outside the EU/EEA or Switzerland you need a preliminary documentation (VPD) before applying to TUM.
  • All applicants with a Chinese, Vietnamese or Indian school or university degree need to provide a valid APS certificate. You need to submit the APS certificate together with the other necessary documents to uni-assist. Additionally, you need to u submit the original APS certificate to TUM for enrollment.
  • GRE General Test *) (recommended but not required)
  • GATE Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering *) (recommended but not required for Indian applicants) in either:
    - engineering (codes XE, CS, EC, EE, IN, IT, ME, MN, AE)
    - mathematics and natural sciences (codes GG, MA, PH)

*) Original document or certified copy required.
IMPORTANT: Please make sure that your documents are certified as required. Otherwise your application has to be refused. Some universities issue their transcripts in a sealed envelope. If no seal is placed in the original document, such a document won't be accepted. You have to notarize such documents by an authority in your country.

Please also check special condition for certain countries.

Please only submit the documents that are required or mentioned as optional. Do not send extra/supplementary certificates that are not required. They will not help you to get admitted!

Application and admission procedure (aptitude test)

After submission of the required documents, an application review is carried out. First, the documents are formally checked by the TUM Enrollment Office on completeness and correctness. Only in this case, your application is forwarded to the ESPACE office. Selection for the Master of Science program ESPACE will be made by the Admission Committee on the basis of the documents of application (Assessment of Aptitude). Admission to the ESPACE program is highly competitive. In some cases, online interviews (e.g. via Skype) with applicants might be necessary. Each applicant can gain up to 100 points (where 100 points is the best possible result) considering:

  1. a)    Average grade from the transcript of records. The original average grade as given by your home university is converted into the German grading system by the TUM Admission Office. The German system reaches from 1.0 (best) to 4.0 (sufficient). The conversion formula maps your grading system onto this scale. Then, the average grade is converted into a point scheme, which is used for ESPACE admission. From the average grade, you can earn 30 points as a maximum. In detail the points are computed as follows:
  • 0 points for grade 4.0 and 30 points for 1.0 (in German grading system)
  • number of points = 50 - 20 * grade     if the grade is ≤1.5
  • number of points = 32 - 8 * grade       if the grade is >1.5
  1. b)    Competence in mathematics (up to 10 points), physics (up to 7 points) and programming skills (up to 3 points). The number of points is calculated as no_of_points = sum_of_ECTS / 1.5, where the sum_of_ECTS is the sum of ECTS completed during the previous studies in mathematics, physics and programming respectively. For computing the competence points the grades obtained in the relevant courses are not taken into accounts, but only the credits. You can earn up to 20 points.
  2. c)    Motivation letter (up to 32 points) and essay (up to 18 points) are assessed with up to 50 points.


  • are directly admitted if they have at least 81 points,
  • are rejected if they have less than 60 points,
  • are invited to an interview if they have a score between 60 and 80 points.

In the interview, the applicants can get up to 50 points replacing the points obtained from item c above. The final score is calculated as a sum of the points from the average grade (item a), competence in mathematics, physics and programming (item b) and the score from the interview (again the maximum score is 100 points). Applicants with the final score ≥ 81 points are admitted, while applicants with the final score ≤ 80 are rejected.

After a successful application process, you need to follow the steps of the enrollment procedure.

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