What are additional credits worth at the university?

(1) The period of study in which the course can be completed is:

  • in the bachelor’s course including the preparation of the bachelor thesis six semesters and
  • in the master’s course including the preparation of the usually 6-month master’s thesis four semesters (standard period of study).

(2) The Bachelor course is divided into two sections, the basic course and the advanced course. The first section consists of a three-semester basic course that ends with the preliminary examination. This is followed by a specialization in one of the five fields of study in the second section Agribusiness, crop production, resource management, animal production or economics and social sciences in agriculture at.
In order to supplement the scientific training, a practical work experience of at least 26 weeks before the start of the course or during the course must be completed as part of the bachelor’s course. The internship regulations regulate further details.

(3) The curriculum and the range of courses are to be designed in such a way that the students can complete the preliminary examination by the beginning of the courses in the fifth semester, the bachelor's examination by the end of the sixth semester at the latest, and the master’s examination by the end of the fourth semester at the latest.

(4) In the master’s course, the six fields of study are used for deepening Agribusiness, Crop Production, Resource Management, Animal Production, Tropical and International Agriculture and Economics and Social Sciences in Agriculture are offered. The courses in the Tropical and International Agriculture program are held in English.

(5) The two courses of study are consecutive. All courses are offered in modules. Modules are one-semester courses with a workload of 180 hours that are combined to a value of 6 credits each. They can be offered in the form of lectures, exercises, seminars, case studies, internships, project work or combinations of these types of events. Modules must be completed with a course-related module examination.

(6) An ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credit consists of a workload of 30 hours. The workload consists of hours of attendance in the courses, time for independent or controlled preparation and follow-up, the preparation of term papers, presentations, etc., the examination preparation and the module examination itself.

(7) The course comprises compulsory and elective modules of the chosen field of study (field-specific elective modules) as well as modules of the students' free choice. The scope of the compulsory and elective modules for the acquisition of the examination performances is listed in parts 2 and 3. The study regulations regulate further details. The total time required for the compulsory and elective modules is 90 credits up to the preliminary examination, a further 90 credits up to the bachelor’s examination and 120 credits up to the master’s examination. In addition, courses with an in-depth character are offered. Participation in the in-depth courses is voluntary for the students. Their scope corresponds to up to 840 LVS in the bachelor's course and up to 420 LVS in the master's course. The proportion of the examination modules in the total amount of time is regulated in parts 2 (preliminary examination and bachelor's degree) and 3 (master's degree). Twelve weeks are available for working on the bachelor thesis, corresponding to the scope of two modules and 12 credits. For the preparation of the master’s thesis, including its factual, methodological and scientific preparation, one year is available in the study program Tropical and International Agriculture and 26 weeks in the other fields of study (usually the fourth semester in the master’s program). In exceptional cases to be justified by the supervisor, the examination board decides on the extension of the master's thesis in the other fields of study. The number of credits with a processing time of 26 weeks is 24; with a processing time of 52 weeks, 54 credits are awarded accordingly. For the colloquium on the master’s thesis 6 credits are credited.