Individual and flexible study structure

Individual and flexible study structure

The modular course structure means that you can study full-time or part-time while working:

Full-time study

Bachelor courses are usually taken over three years. The normal duration of a Master’s degree course is one-and-a-half to two years.

Part-time study

Most Bachelor courses can be taken part-time. The courses then require between eight and twelve semesters to complete and so last four or more years. Part-time study is also an option for some Master courses. According to the particular course, this means that studies can be spread over a maximum of six to eight semesters.


Studying is done in “modules”. These are study units that are self-contained in terms of content and topic. A course is made up of a number of different, partly interchangeable modules, which together form a study programme that is coherent in terms of content.

There are three kinds of modules: compulsory, compulsory elective and optional. Compulsory modules must be taken; compulsory elective modules can be chosen from a range on offer; and optional modules cover students’ further interests. The work for modules is done during contact hours (lectures, exercises) and as self-study (individual and accompanied).

A module is completed with the award of a set number of ECTS credits.


Learning results in the selected programme of study are measured by the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) in terms of ECTS “credits”, as shown below. ECTS is the European system for calculating, transferring and accumulating student achievement.


One ECTS credit corresponds to 30 hours of student work. The workload per student year amounts to 1,800 hours (full-time study).


Student year full time60 ECTS-Credits
Student semester full time30 ECTS-Credits
30 hours of work1 ECTS-Credit
Bachelor course180 ECTS-Credits
Master course90 bzw. 120 ECTS-Credits
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