Preparation of study plan and selection of modules

How do I create my personal study plan?

As a student of the Master's degree programme Electrical Engineering and Information Technology you compile your desired curriculum at the start of the degree programme. Therefore, at the beginning of your first semester, you prepare your module selection for the first and also the second semester.

You may choose a curriculum with or without a designated specialisation.The rules for creating your personal curriculum are given in § 7 of the subject-specific Examination Regulations. The rules are visualized in the Annex of the Examination Regulations.

Please find information on the designate specialisations in Appendix B of the Examination Regulations. Within a specialization you are obliged to take certain modules. However, you are still offered a small choice of these compulsory modules. In the case of core and in-depth modules you have to take a certain number of core and in-depth modules assigned to the respective specialisaion. Further core and in-depth modules that have to be taken can be either chosen from the core and in-depth modules assigned to the specialisation or from those core and in-depth modules that are not assigend to the respective specialisation.In the case of seminars, lab courses and projects of a specialisation, you can only choose from the modules assigned to the specialisation.

According to § 7 Clause 2 of the Examination Regulations you should provide the curriculum form “M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology (Examination Order 2019)” at the beginning of your first semester.

Your curriculum may contain optional choices. The number of modules from an optional choice that must be successfully completed (e.g. 2 out of 3) has to be specifically noted. If the curriculum contains an optional choice, only the number of modules that must be successfully completed is taken into account when calculating the total number of credit points (CP) from a category. For example, if there is a "2 out of 3" choice, only the CP of the two modules with the lowest CP will be taken into account. This procedure is illustrated in this example for a curriculum form with an optional choice.

You do not have to complete the required number of 60 ECTS credit points from core and in-depth modules as well as lab courses, projects and seminars within two semesters. You can take more time for this (see also notes in section "How many many ECTS credit points are allowed in one semester?"). If you plan to spread the modules over more than two semesters, please indicate in your study plan in which winter semester and which summer semester exactly which module you would like to take. For example, add "Summer 2021" and "Summer 2022".

 

Where can I find information about the modules of the Master's programme Electrical Engineering and Information Technology?

The module handbook for the Master's programme Electrical Engineering and Information Technology that can be found on the website of the Examination Office for Electrical Engineering and Information Technology provides information on each module, including the content, the responsible chair, the lecturer and whether a module is offered in the winter or summer semester.

Furthermore, you can find information about the modules on the website of the respective chair and in UnivIS (see also section "Information on courses and registration for courses).

 

How many many ECTS credit points are allowed in one semester?

The workload and ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credit point calculation is laid out so that 30 ECTS credit points can be covered within one semester. The calculation is based on a 40 hours per week workload.

Our Master's degree programme is laid out for 3 semesters with 90 ECTS credit points in total: 60 credit points in the first two semesters, in which you can select the different courses, and 30 credit points in the third semester for the Master's thesis.

If you take courses of more than 30 ECTS credit points in one semester, it is on your own responsibility and with the risk to not being able to properly prepare for the respective exams. Consider to attend in the first week of lectures courses with a total scope of e.g. 35 ECTS credit points. Then you can decide in the following weeks which ones you want to continue.

If you decide to take courses of less than 30 ECTS credit points in one semester, it is - as well - on your own responsibility. The consequence of this decision is that your study time will prolong. From the point of view of the Examination Order, there is nothing to be said against a certain prolongation. However, please keep in mind that you are responsible for financing your studies yourself.

 

Do I have to earn a fixed number of ECTS credit points in each category per semester?

No, it is not regulated how many ECTS credit points you have to earn per semester in the four individual categories ('core modules', 'in-depth modules', 'seminars' and 'laboratory courses and projects'). You should select modules with a total scope of 30 ECTS credit points freely from the four categories. This means that you can decide individually whether you want to take modules from all categories or concentrate more on specific categories in one semester.

You only have to make sure that after completing the first two semesters of your degree programme you meet the requirements for the compilation of the modules within the scope of a curriculum to § 7 of the subject-specific Examination Regulations that can be found under the following link.

 

How can I make sure that I can actually take all the modules I choose and that there will be no time overlaps in the timetable?

Courses and the corresponding course times for the coming semester are published in UnivIS about two months before lectures start. Before the start of your first semester you can therefore check whether you can attend the modules chosen for your first semester without overlap.

Accordingly, only about two months before the start of your second semester can you check whether the modules you have chosen for the second semester are free of overlaps. Overlaps may occur. However, if you are unable to attend all the modules you wish to take, you can change your study plan.

In any case, the modules that belong to the same specialization will not overlap.

 

I am admitted to the Master's degree programme under certain conditions and have to make up for some Bachelor’s modules. How are the corresponding modules to be considered in the curriculum?

Often students are admitted to the Master's degree programme under certain conditions, i.e. they have to catch up on some Bachelor's modules. These Bachelor’s modules have to be taken in addition to the Master’s modules. The ECTS credit points earned in the Bachelor’s modules to be made up for do not contribute to the 60 ECTS credit points to be earned in Master's modules for the Master’s degree. However, the Bachelor's modules, which were given as conditions, must be passed before admission to the Master's thesis.

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