Curricular transfer in Master's degree programs
Here you can find an overview of everything you need to know about changing the curriculum version of your master’s program!
Course registration and results
Would you like to attend courses in the Winter or Summer University program, or have you already registered for one of these programs?
You can only participate in the program under the old curriculum, and you can only switch to a new curriculum version after the last unit of the program.
Is it possible to change curricula if some grades are still listed as provisionalin LPIS?
Yes, because the last class/examination has already taken place.
Rules for examination attempts
According to § 77 (2) of the Universities Act 2002 (Universitätsgesetz), examination attempts are to be counted across all degree programs. This means that in the case of a change of curriculum, all attempted courses and examinations that have the same title are automatically transferred and counted across all the relevant curricula.
If the course type changes from course examination (LVP) to continuous assessment (PI) or a lecture with interactive elements (VUE), or vice versa, the number of attempts is reset and each student starts with attempt number one again under the new course type.
If the course type changes from continuous assessment (PI) to a lecture with interactive elements (VUE), research seminar (FS), or workshop-type course (AG), the count of exam attempts is carried over.
When switching to a new curriculum version in a master’s program, almost all exams are automatically recognized for credit transfer. In most cases, you do not have to submit an application for credit transfer, and the grades will appear on your transcript with immediate effect.
In the following cases, however, you do need to submit an application for credit transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org:
Transfer of credit for a course or exam to be counted as a free/complementary elective under the new curriculum version
Transfer of credit for a course or exam completed as part of a different degree program
Credit transfer for master's programs for which automatic credit transfer is not available
If you have already submitted a request for credit transfer in the old degree program (for example for courses done abroad), the request cannot be processed and has to be resubmitted after you have switched to the new curriculum.
If you have any questions about this information, please contact the Credit Transfer team.
After switching to the new curriculum version, it is no longer possible to repeat an examination taken and passed under the “old” curriculum pursuant to § 77 (1) of the Universities Act.
FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to change to a new curriculum version?
No, but depending on your master's program, you may not be able to complete your degree in time under the old curriculum version. Please contact the management of your master's program directly.
What happens if I do not complete my studies by the deadline defined in the curriculum?
You will automatically be switched to the most recent curriculum version, in accordance with the applicable transitional provisions.
How and when can I change my curriculum version?
A voluntary changeover is possible during the admission and re-registration period. Please contact the Admissions Office to request a curriculum change.
If I switch, what happens to the courses and exams I have completed before the changeover?
When changing to a new curriculum version in a master’s program, credit for almost all exams is automatically transferred towards the new curriculum. In most cases, you do not have to submit an application for credit transfer, and the grades will appear on your transcript with immediate effect.
Will the exam attempts I have used up be deleted when I switch the new curriculum? Will I have the maximum number of exam attempts available again for all exams?
No. Please refer to the information under “Rules for examination attempts.”
After switching to the new curriculum version, can I repeat an exam from the “old curriculum” that I have already taken?
No. After the change to the new curriculum, it is no longer possible to repeat an exam taken and passed under the “old curriculum.”
What happens to my course registrations?
Please refer to the information under “Course registrations and results.”
My grade is only listed as provisional. Can I switch curricula nevertheless?
Yes, because the last class/exam has already taken place.
How does a curriculum change affect my student rankings?
Changing your curriculum automatically places you in a new cohort. This means that you will be compared with the other students who switched to your curriculum or enrolled in the program at the same time. A new (second) ranking will be created from this point on; it is not possible to issue a ranking for both curricula.
For more information about your master's program, please see the appropriate master’s program web page.
All curricula from the Master's program can be found here.
Is there any personalized advice I can get to find out whether switching to a new curriculum would be beneficial for me or not, based on my academic progress so far?
In some cases, switching to a new curriculum version may be advisable due to various factors. If you are unsure or have any questions, please contact the Examinations Office.