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Module Exams

-Modules are units of courses that are related in content and are taken within a close time period to each other.

-To complete a module and receive full credit, an exam must be passed.

-A module examination may consist of several partial examinations or it may consist of non-graded assessments within courses.

-It is important to note that all material covered within the modules may be included in the examinations.


Final Exams

-As a rule, modularized degree programs are completed by successively passing module examinations during the course of study until all the modules prescribed for the study program have been completed, including the final thesis (bachelor thesis / master thesis) and the sum of credit points required for the degree has been achieved.

-The final grade is the average of the grades of the individual modules weighted with the credit points.

-In the Protestant Theology (Church Exam/Mag.theol.) course of study this applies only conditionally.

-Here, the entire knowledge and skills acquired during the course will be assessed in the end within a very short period of time.

-If they are not taken during the block examinations, module examinations taken during the course of study only count as intermediate achievements which, although mandatory for the completion of the study, are not included in the calculation of the overall grade.


Examination dates and registration deadlines / withdrawal periods

-For Bachelor's and Master's degree programs, the registration for examinations is always done electronically in BASIS via the function "Register exams / unsubscribe".

-You must be registered to sit an exam – the registration deadline is binding.

-In the degree program Protestant Theology leading towards a church examination or the degree of Magister/Magistra Theologiae for some examinations (philosophy, religious studies + intercultural theology) you need to indicate a field of special interest, for some examinations (intermediate examinations, early intermediate examination, final exam) you need to choose from some options, , which is why the  registration must be made through a paper form.


Examination phases

-For module examinations in the form of written exams and oral examinations, there are two periods each semester within which the examinations can take place, so-called examination dates or examination phases.

-The first phase is at the end of the lecture period of the semester (last week of lectures and the first week of the lecture-free period), the second phase at the end of the semester (last week of March / last week of September).

-Exams under special examination regulations are sometimes only offered in the first phase or have a special examination phase that extends over the entire lecture-free period (for example, Philosophicum, Examination in Religious Studies and Intercultural Theology, early partial examination for the intermediate examination).

-The  registration deadlines for the various examinations are announced by the examination board for each semester by notice and digitally as PDF documents for the Download.

-The registration deadlines are exclusion periods,

-In the case of an application that is received by the examination office after the end of the registration deadline, the examination can no longer take place in the desired examination phase but must be re-registered in the following examination phase.



-As a rule, you have the option to withdraw from the exam without giving any reasons until a special withdrawal deadline that is usually later than the deadline for registration.

- Withdrawals after this special deadline are only possible with a special reason (e.g. illness), for which you need to provide sufficient evidence (e.g. a medical certificate).

-Further details about withdrawal deadlines and acceptable grounds for withdrawal can be found in the examination regulations available at the examination office/Office of Student Affairs.


Exam Retakes

-All exams may be taken again at least once if they are failed on the first attempt. Most tests offer a total of three attempts (initial try + two more attempts) before failure is finalized;

-Individual examinations (especially language examinations) may be taken twice with the possibility to apply for a third attempt if there are extenuating or special circumstances.

-As a rule, the retake must take place by a certain date (in the next exam phase or in the next semester).

-In some cases the registration for the retake is done automatically by the Examination Office, but in some cases a separate re-registration by the candidate is required.

-In principle, passed examinations cannot be repeated, with the exception of the final exam for the Magister Theologiae degree program if it is completed early in the context of a fast-track provision.

-Exact information about the exam retakes can be found in your respective exam regulations.

Examination Forms

Klausur (Written Exam)

-Written exams are supervised written examinations that have to be completed within the time specified by the examination regulations (90 minutes to 4 hours depending on the examination).

-As a rule, several topics / tasks are listed as options, one of which, the candidate may select.

-A task can consist of several subtasks, all of which must be completed (for example, the translation of a biblical text and an essay on a given topic).

-When tools (i.e. dictionary) are allowed, this is announced in advance.


Mündliche Prüfung (Oral Exam)

-Oral exams are exams in the form of a 20-30 minute interview.

-Only a few high-level oral exams (for example, Biblical Basics, language examinations) will have dates set by the Examination Board.

-As a rule, the dates for an oral examination must be individually agreed upon with the examiner within the scope of the days specified by the examination board.

-If an oral examination concludes a module in which a private self-study has also taken place, the contents of the guided self-study will be included in the examination. In this case, the candidate must bring the form which shows the agreed upon literature for the self-study and turn it over to the examiner prior to the exam.

-This form will then become part of the examination documents.


Hausarbeit (Term Paper)

-Term papers are academic papers written within a specified time and using a specified method covering a topic from the module. --The processing time is usually three months, for individual chores only six weeks (one of the two proseminar works in the basic study of the degree program Protestant Theology with degree Church Examination / Magister Theologiae) or two months (preaching work and lesson draft in the main study of the same study program).

-Term papers may be registered at any time. The processing period begins on the day the candidate receives the subject. The topic agreement is made on the form provided, which is available for download after registration in BASIS. Homework may be submitted directly to the examiner or to the Examinations Office Protestant Theology.

-For this form of examination there is a separate leaflet with further details.


Praktikumsbericht (Internship Report)

-Internship reports should be practical training reflections of previously acquired knowledge and study of theories and their applications. For the church internship in Protestant Theology, further details are discussed in the companion course.

-Formally, internship reports are subject to the same regulations as term papers, unless otherwise stipulated by the examination regulations.

-Registration may be at any time.

-The beginning of the processing time, however, is always the day after the last day of the internship, or, if there is a companion course meeting after the end of the internship, the last meeting day for the companion course.

-Together with the internship report and the paperwork form, you must also submit a certificate of internship completion.




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