How does the ECTS credit system work?

All courses are carried out according to the principle of the credit point system. With this system, credit points (ECTS) are awarded for all services on the basis of a certificate of performance. The following principles apply: No points without proof of achievement. One credit point corresponds to a workload of 30 hours. During this time, presence time, time for self-employment (self-study, solving tasks, etc.) are included. The work for one semester of full-time study (including the semester break) equals 30 ECTS credits.

How many credits do I have to earn? Which period is available to me?

For the grant of the bachelor degree, 180 ECTS credits are required, for the award of the master's degree another 90. This means that the bachelor's degree usually takes six, the master's degree takes another three semesters.

The maximum study time for the Bachelor's and Master's programs is twice the standard period of study, calculated from the beginning of the respective study. Anyone who has not fulfilled the conditions for the acquisition of the Bachelor's or Master's degree within this period can no longer obtain a degree from the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The faculty may grant longer study periods if justified.

This makes it possible, in particular for part-time students, to increase the number of semesters to a maximum of twice the standard study time. Conversely, with some effort, in some cases, the required credits can be acquired in less time.

Can I arrange my credit points as I like?

No. Credits can not be earned with any course. Die Guidelines and the Program regulation provides information on the extent to which courses are compulsory and which can be chosen.

How do I know my ECTS credit score?

Once a semester, you will receive a list of the ECTS credits you have earned so far and, if granted, the marks you have earned. You are obliged to report any discrepancies to the Dean of Studies within four weeks.