Application for a second degree

For applicants to undergraduate programmes (in the first subject-related semester) with restricted admissions who have already completed their first degree

Definition second degree

A second degree is defined as a second or further course of study in an undergraduate degree programme or in a second or further consecutive master's degree programme after having obtained a university degree or an equivalent qualification in Germany.

An undergraduate course of study is considered to be an undergraduate course of study if admission to the course of study does not require a previous degree and thus the general (allgemeine Hochschulreife) or subject-related higher education entrance qualification (fachgebundene Hochschulreife) or a comparable qualification is sufficient as an admission requirement for this course of study. A consecutive master's programme builds on a first undergraduate university degree and deepens it, extends it in an interdisciplinary manner or supplements it with other subjects. If a consecutive (advanced) course of study is taken up for the first time (usually with the degree "Master"), it is not a second degree. After successful completion of a consecutive (advanced) course of study, the admission of any further consecutive course of study is the admission of a second degree.

Application deadline

The deadline for applications is

of the respective year.

These are definitive deadlines! This means that applications and/or documents received after this deadline may not be considered.

Special features when applying for a second degree in an undergraduate degree programme with restricted admission (for the first subject-related semester)

Places for second degree applicants for the first subject-related semester are allocated for the respective degree programme exclusively via the quota for second degree (2% of the total number of places set for the degree programme). Your application will not take part in the assignment procedures via the selection of the university or via the waiting period. Admission will be decided exclusively on the basis of this separate quota (see § 6 HZG and § 25 HZVO).

Further information can be found in Annex 1 of the Regulations on the Hochschulzulassungsverordnung (HZVO).


How do I apply for a second degree programme or combination of programmes that are free of admission?

Applicants for degree programmes or combinations of degree programmes for which no admission figures are set are not covered by the legislation on second degree studies. 

You can enrol directly in alma without prior application. 

In the list of degree programmes at the University of Tübingen you can see whether your desired degree programme is free of admission or admission restricted. 

How do I apply for a second degree in the state examination programmes in medicine, dentistry and pharmacy, for which admission is restricted nationally?

For a second degree in the nationally restricted state examination (Staatsexamen) courses in medicine, dentistry and pharmacy, you must apply via the Foundation for University Start (hochschulstart.de). Further information is available on the corresponding website www.hochschulstart.de

Please submit the application for the assessment of scientific reasons for the second degree in medicine to the Faculty of Medicine. For further information click here

I do not have my first degree certificate by the application deadline. Am I still considered a second degree applicant?

If you have not received your official degree certificate from your first degree programme by the end of the application deadline, you are not considered a second degree applicant for the application procedure.

An overview of achievements, a transcript of records or a preliminary degree certificate are not sufficient for an application to a second degree programme.

Information on applying for a second degree programme in a locally restricted admission programme

I would like to apply for a second degree. What do I need to consider before applying?

Have you already successfully completed an undergraduate degree programme at a university (the term "university" also refers to Pädagogische Hochschulen, Fachhochschulen, Duale Hochschulen sowie Verwaltungsfachhochschulen) in Germany?
If so, you can only be selected for undergraduate degree programmes (undergraduate degree programmes are, for example, Bachelor's and Staatsexamen) in the 1st semester for which admission numbers are set (admission restricted) within the context of the second study quota.
Only one online application for a second degree programme per person is possible! If you submit several applications for admission, only the last application submitted will be considered.  

How do I apply for a second degree programme with local admission restrictions?

If you are planning to study a second degree programme with local admission restrictions (starting in the first semester), please follow the pathway How do I apply?

If you select a restricted-admission programme in the alma application portal, you will be asked about your study history. Please enter the relevant details.

How does the evaluation process work?

You will be ranked within the quota for second degree applicants by a calculated number. It is calculated using the result of the final grade of the first degree and the individual reasons for the second degree.

Which reasons for a second degree are considered and how do I state them?

Please indicate in alma at the appropriate point in the application process which of the four reasons most closely corresponds to you. Please choose only one reason. The final decision is made by the university.

You will find more detailed information on the individual reasons below:

  • Reason 1: Compelling professional reason

Compelling professional reasons exist if a profession is being pursued that can only be exercised on the basis of two completed courses of study.

  • Reason 2: Scientific reasons 

Scientific reasons exist if, with regard to a later activity in science and research, a further scientific qualification in another course of study is sought on the basis of the previous scientific and practical activity. For this purpose, a statement by a scientist of the University of Tübingen or of the university where the first degree program was completed must be provided.

  • Reason 3: Special professional reasons

Special professional reasons are, if the applicant's professional situation is significantly improved by the meaningful combination of the previously completed first course of study and the now chosen second course of study. The applicant must also prove that he or she aspires to actively work in this profession. Please provide the appropriate explanation and supporting evidence. Merely aiming for a change of profession by taking up a second course of study will not suffice. A meaningful combination exists if:

- The professional activity sought through the second degree program in conjunction with the first degree program is to be regarded as a combination of two fields of activity specific to the degree program.

- The desired field of work cannot, as a rule, already be performed by graduates of one of the two courses of study.

  • Reason 4: Other professional reasons

Other professional reasons are present if the second course of study is pursued for other reasons, like the applicant's individual professional situation. Particular consideration is given to unreasonable professional disadvantage or possible extensions of professional options based with regards to the first degree. A detailed individual explanation must be enclosed.


If you want to claim one of the professional or scientific reasons for the second degree, you can upload the corresponding proofs as scanned documents in PDF format in the application process. In these cases, be sure to upload a detailed explanation of the reasons for the second degree programme, including information on previous education, professional activity and the intended career goal (max. one DIN A4 page).

Are family reasons also considered?

The second study project of persons who are seeking to reintegrate or re-enter professional life after a family phase can be taken into consideration regardless of the previously mentioned reasons. Consideration can be given if, for family reasons (e.g. raising children), the former professional activity had to be abandoned or the taking up of an adequate professional activity had to be foregone in consideration of family concerns and these circumstances were justified and proven by you within the application period (birth certificate/mother's passport/attestation and explanation).

If you want to claim family reasons for the second degree programme, you can upload the relevant evidence as scanned documents in PDF format at the appropriate point in the application process. You can also upload several documents.

Which documents do I need for the application?

Evidence/documents for the application:

  • Certificate of the completed first degree (e.g. Bachelor's degree), which also shows the final grade
  • Detailed explanation of the desired second degree programme with details of previous education, professional activity and the desired career goal (maximum one DIN A4 page)
  • If necessary, other evidence to support the application for a second degree programme
  • If applicable, proof of family phase (birth certificate, maternity passport, attestation etc. and explanation)

Reference to documents found in previous applications or other university files is not permitted.

Information on tuition fees for a second degree

The universities in Baden-Württemberg will charge tuition fees for a secon degree from the winter semester 2017/18 onwards.

You can find information about this here.

Application for the advanced semester

If you have already earned credits for your intended degree course and would like to apply for admission to a second degree course in a advanced semester, please follow the link Application for advanced semesters.

Application for a second or further master

There is no separate second degree quota for applications for a second or further master's degree. You apply in the same way as all other applicants for master's programmes.