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Assessment criteria


  • The study programme, course of study, examination requirements and the prerequisites for admittance including the regulations for compensating disadvantages of handicapped students are documented and published.

Equal opportunity

  • Regulations are provided for compensating disadvantages of handicapped students;
  • The interests of handicapped students are taken into consideration throughout the study process;
  • Compensating disadvantages of handicapped students with regard to time-related and formal guidelines in the studies as well as in the final performance tests and those during the studies is ensured;
  • The concepts of the Higher Education Institution for gender justice and for the promotion of equal opportunities of students in special situations such as students having health impairments, students having children, foreign students, students with migration background and/or from so-called educationally disadvantaged classes are implemented at the level of the programme.

Formal requirements regarding the length and content of studies

  • The standard period of study for full-time study amounts to four, three or two semesters for Master’s programmes;
  • A Master’s qualification requires 300 ECTS credits including the preceding programmes for the first qualification for entry into a profession. This requirement may be waived in special cases where students can demonstrate that they are suitably qualified;
  • Master’s programmes require a dissertation, the purpose of which is to demonstrate the ability to deal independently with a problem in the relevant subject area on the basis of academic methods within a set period of time.
  • The Master’s dissertation should range from 15 to 30 ECTS credits.
  • A module (which may comprise content taught within one semester or academic year, or extend over several semesters) is generally concluded with one examination and should account for at least five ECTS credits.

Formal requirements regarding consecutive or further education programmes

  • Master’s programmes should be assigned to one of the categories “consecutive study courses” or “study courses providing further education”.
  • Consecutive master’s programmes are to be structured as study courses which consolidate or extend knowledge, are multi-disciplinary or cover a different subject.
  • Further education programmes require qualified practical professional experience of, as a rule, no less than one year.
  • The content of the Master’s programmes providing further education should take professional experience into account and build on it.

In case these requirements might prevent the accreditation of the joint programme, because they are contrary to other (sub) national accreditation requirements, the German Accreditation Council can allow an agency not to take into account the conflicting requirement. The board of the German Accreditation Council takes this decision after a formal request by the relevant agency.

Assessment procedure

There are no additional elements that need to be included in the assessment procedure.