Find out more about exams in the introductory phase and the specialization phase as well as about exam regulations.

  • Examinations during the Introductory Phase

    Depending on your track of study, you must take either three or four modules during the introductory phase of your program.

    Examination Dates

    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.

    Exam Registration

    You will automatically be registered for all module examinations that take place during the introductory phase. You cannot withdraw from these examinations.

    Re-sit 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.

  • Examinations during the Specialization Phase (Economics track)

    The specialization phase of your program begins in the second semester.

    Examination dates

    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.

    Exam registration

    You should register for your exams within the official registration period. You can choose from the examination dates displayed in the student portal (default case for most lecture courses). If the examination takes place before the start of the registration period and you are therefore unable to register via the portal at the Student Services before the examination, you are registered bindingly as soon as they accept the task of the examination from the examiner (this is the default case for seminar courses). Please note that an examination can be any task that you have to complete to receive credits for a module. This means that you may 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.

    Late registration

    Late registration for an exam (for the regular (first) or alternate (second) examination date) is possible up to three days before the regular examination date via the portal. 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 most examinations of the specialization phase up three days before the regular examination date.

    Unexcused and excused absences

    If you do not attend an examination you are registered for without valid reasons (unexcused absence), the exam will be graded as „failed (5.0)“. If you cannot take an examination because of valid reasons, you are required to submit a request for de-registration to the Student Services without delay (excused absence). Without delay means that Student Services need to receive the documents at the earliest occasion possible without deliberate hesitation. As a rule, you are expected to obtain the medical certificate on the day of the exam as the physician needs to be able to objectively assess the symptoms and how they might affect your performance. Furthermore, you are expected to seek medical emergency services if the attending physician is not available on that day.

    Re-sit examinations

    You have two attempts for examinations in elective courses. If you de-register from the regular examination or you do not pass the regular examination, the Student Services will automatically register you for the alternate examination. You have to possibility to withdraw until three days prior to the examinations.

  • Examination Regulations

    For more information, please read the Examination Regulations.