General information on modules, ECTS credit points and the grading system

Course Structure

Most study programmes are Bachelor / Master programmes. Few exceptions are Medicine, Dentestry, Law and Pharmacy which are so called Staatsexamen. Here you find an overview of our current study programmes. On this page you see the main teaching language.

Modules

Legal basis: Section 2 of the Examination Procedure Regulations (PVO)

Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes are modularised, i.e. several thematically related lectures are combined into modules. In the individual modules the skills to be acquired are taught as part of the overall qualification of the particular degree programme. Each module is assigned ECTS credits (in accordance with the provisions of the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS)), which are acquired by attending all the lectures assigned to the module and by passing all required examinations.

Legal basis: Section 2 of the Examination Procedure Regulations (PVO)

Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes are modularised, i.e. several thematically related lectures are combined into modules. In the individual modules the skills to be acquired are taught as part of the overall qualification of the particular degree programme. Each module is assigned ECTS credits (in accordance with the provisions of the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS)), which are acquired by attending all the lectures assigned to the module and by passing all required examinations.

ECTS Credits

ECTS credits represent a unit of measure of the student's average hours of work. Hours of work include attendance at module lectures, preparation and follow-up work on learning material, time required to produce protocols, seminar papers, assignments, etc. as well as examination revision and examination attendance.

1 ECTS credit = 30 hours of work

1 semester = 30 ECTS credits = 900 hours of work

6 semesters (Bachelor) = 180 ECTS credits = 5,400 hours of work

4 semesters (Master) = 120 ECTS credits = 3,600 hours of work

Grading System

Legal basis: Section 13 of the Examination Procedure Regulations (PVO)

The grading scale for graded examinations that have been passed ranges from 1.0 for "very good" to 4.0 for "sufficient":

1 = Very good = an excellent achievement,

2 = Good = an achievement that is well above average,

3 = Satisfactory = an average achievement

and

4 = Sufficient = an achievement that is sufficient despite certain deficiencies.

To differentiate between these grades it is possible to raise or lower each grade by an intermediate value of 0.3. Exceptions to this rule, however, are the grades 0.7, 4.3, 4.7 and 5.3, which are excluded.

A grade of 4.0 or worse is regarded as "not sufficient" (a result that does not meet the requirements due to a significant deficiency). Failed examinations are graded 5.0.

"Calculated" grades can also be raised or lowered by intermediate values other than 0.3. Calculated grades are formed from two or more partial grades for individual examinations, modules, etc. The (degree-specific) Examination Regulations stipulate how the partial grades are incorporated into the module grade, subject grade or overall grade. Only the first decimal place after the decimal point is taken into account here, other decimal places are deleted without being rounded up or down.

The grade is

up to 1.5 = Very good,

from 1.6 to 2.5 = Good,

from 2.6 to 3.5 = Satisfactory,

from 3.6 to 4.0 = Sufficient and

above 4.1 = Not sufficient.