Overview of the structure of the Master's programme
The Master's programme begins annually in the winter semester (October) and ends with the completion of the summer semester (July or August).
The standard period of study is two semesters. An extension for a third semester is not automatic (only upon application).
To obtain the Master's degree, at least 60 credit points (CP/ECTS) must be acquired in the following composition:
- 45 CP in the performance assessments during the degree programme
- 15 CP for the Master's thesis
The performance assessments during the programme are to be taken in the following modules:
- Compulsory module Comparative Law (4 CP)
- Compulsory module General Part of the BGB (12 CP)
- Compulsory elective module Civil Law (at least 9 CP)
At least 11 CP must be acquired within the elective module Private Law and/or within the elective module Public Law and Criminal Law.
Additional credit points can be acquired with the elective module European Law (7 CP).
During the two semesters, you must provide proof of performance in the lectures you have attended. The lecturer of the lecture always gives the proofs towards the end of the semester. Whether you will be given a short oral examination or whether you will have to take a smaller written examination will be decided by the relevant professors.
The examination consists of a written Master thesis. The candidate chooses the subject in which he/she wishes to write the Master's thesis. The topic is determined in agreement with the supervisor and immediately communicated to the Examination Office at the Head of the Institute of European Law, who officially assigns the topic.
Twelve weeks are available for the preparation of the Master's thesis, which begins with the determination of the topic of the Master's thesis. 15 CP are awarded for the Master thesis.