Find out more about exams in the introductory phase and the specialization phase as well as about exam regulations.
Depending on your track of study, you must take either three or four modules during the introductory phase of your program.
Usually, examinations are taken during the examination period at the end of the semester (see our academic calendar for more details). Core modules may also include mid-term exams.
If you are taking the Economic Research preparatory courses, completion of module E700 Mathematics for Economists is mandatory in order for you to take other modules during the introductory phase. Module E700 Mathematics for Economists is scheduled for the first four weeks of the semester, with the examination taking place in early October. The other modules in this combination begin once this exam has been taken.
You will automatically be registered for all module examinations that take place during the introductory phase. You cannot withdraw from these examinations.
If you fail a module examination during the introductory phase, you will automatically be registered to retake it on the next available examination date (second attempt).
A third attempt at an examination is only possible for one module during the introductory phase.
If you fail a third attempt, or a second attempt of more than one module examination during this phase, you will be disenrolled from the master’s program in Economics.
If you passed an examination but are unhappy with the grade, you may re-sit one examination of your choice during this phase. In such a case, you must register for the examination by contacting the Student Services office. The better of the two grades will then count towards your grade average.
The specialization phase of your program begins in the second semester.
Written examinations are taken during the examination period at the end of the semester. You may have to complete other assignments that count towards your grade, such as presentations or term papers, during the semester. Elective modules may include mid-term exams.
You must register for your exams within the official registration periods. The dates of the registration periods are published on the Student Services’ website. Please note that an examination can be any task that you have to complete to receive credits for a module. This means that you still have to register for an examination if you are giving a presentation, handing in a term paper, or completing another assignment for a course.
If you miss the registration deadline, you can still register up until around one week before the first examination period begins (the exact date will be published on the Student Services’ website). If you register after the registration period has closed, you will be charged a late registration fee of €10 for each exam. In order to prevent overlaps in the exam schedule, it is very important that you register during the official registration periods. If you register late, we cannot guarantee that your examinations will not overlap.
Withdrawal from Examinations
You can withdraw from any exam up until around one week before the first examination period begins (the exact date will be published on the Student Services’ website).
Unexcused and Excused Absences
If you do not attend an examination you are registered for (unexcused absence), you will fail the exam. If you are sick and therefore cannot take an examination, you are required to submit an application for de-registration and a medical certificate to the Student Services without delay (excused absence). If you do not submit these documents immediately, you will fail the exam.
You cannot re-sit exams in elective modules. If you fail an elective module, you need to take another module (with a different module number) in the next semester.