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The degree programme Medical Engineering is highly interdisciplinary, meaning that you will not only take classes at various departments at the School of Engineering (Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Material Sciences and Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering), but also at the Schools of Science and Medicine. Therefore you will conduct your studies on the South Campus, as well as at the Medical Faculties (city centre). You can reach every location within 15 minutes by bike or bus (we do not recommend taking your car, as there is a constant lack of parking spaces), but you cannot find an apartment that is directly next to your sole lecture building. The majority of your lectures will take place on the South Campus, the city centre, however has advantages for student living and is closeness to the clinics which are important for your Medical Engineering studies.

You have been accepted to the Master’s programme under the condition that you pass one or more conditional subjects within the first year (i.e. from the 1st of Oct to the 30th of Sept or from the 1st of Apr to the 30th of Mar). This means you have to take certain classes in addition to your regular Master’s workload of 120 ECTS credits, usually “Engineering Mathematics” and/or “Advanced Programming Techniques”. You can find them in our information system UnivIS if you search the lecture list for the course title. The conditional subjects will usually not appear in your Master’s certificate, only in your Transcript of Records. You have the option, however, to have them counted for the module group “Flexible Budget” if you wish to. As soon as you pass the exams for your conditional subjects you have to communicate this to our examinations office (Mrs. Jahreis: helga.jahreis[at]fau.de). If you don’t pass the conditional subjects within one year you cannot continue your studies!

“Advanced Programming Techniques” is only offered in the winter semester (WS), so please make sure to attend the class then. If you fail the exam in winter you can take a repetition exam in summer (if this is still within your one year deadline!). Is it highly recommended to prepare for “Advanced Programming Techniques” before you start your studies. Please use this C++ primer tutorial.

“Engineering Mathematics” is only offered in the summer semester (SS) but you can get access to the lecturer’s slides, study on your own and take the exam in winter, too. Ask your study advisor about this option.

No. During the first lecture after semester start you will be given the information, where, when and how you can register for a class´ tutorial. You will also be informed about your selection possibilities and as to how much your desired date can be taken into account. You are not formally entitled to a certain tutorial date, especially since a certain maximum capacity (20-30 participants, depending on the room capacity) cannot be exceeded and certain dates are very popular among students. There will be, however, enough spots available for every student

All Exams can only be taken once per semester. They either take place in the first exam period (=first two weeks of the holidays) or in the second one (last three weeks of the holidays-the second exam period partly coincides with the beginning of the new semester). Exams will only be offered in one of those two periods. You have to register for exams via the MeinCampus-system. It is only open for registration for three weeks during lecture period. Your lecturers and study advisor will let you know when the exam registration starts. Attending a lecture doesn’t mean that you have to take the corresponding exam or are automatically registered for it. You have to register for every exam you want to take otherwise you cannot participate!

If you fail an exam you have to take the repetition exam in the following semester and are automatically registered for it. You generally have three attempts in total for each exam (exception: only one year, i.e. max. two attempts for conditional subjects, see above).

If you have registered for an exam and don’t feel well prepared you can de-register via your MeinCampus-account until 3 working days (Mon-Fri) before the exam day. After that deadline you can only deregister with a medical certificate, which you have to send to our examinations officer Mrs. Jahreis (helga.jahreis[at]fau.de).

The best grade in the German academic system is 1.0, the worst passing grade is 4.0:

1.0/1.3 – very good

1.7/2.0/2.3 – good

2.7/3.0/3.3 – satisfactory

3.7/4.0 – sufficient

4.3/4.7/5.0 – unsatisfactory

You can cover the module M6.2 Research Laboratory/Forschungspraktikum (5 ECTS) with an internship in the industry. Please be aware, however, that you have to organize it all by yourself. One option is to apply for an internship at a firm first. Once you get accepted, you have to find a supervisor at one of the chairs involved in the Medical Engineering Programme, who is willing to take academic responsibility for your internship project. You have to make that contact yourself by assessing the research field your internship is linked to and then asking for supervision at a corresponding chair. Another approach would be to contact a specific chair about the Research Laboratory and ask whether they have connections with companies.

In any case, your internship has to fulfil the requirements stated in the module description (see info for “Research Laboratory”). Your supervisor has to fill out the Forschungspraktikum form in the German version, but you can use an English translation as a help for yourself. If you need a confirmation that the Research Laboratory is an obligatory module in your study plan your study advisor can issue such a document for you.

The regular workload per term is 30 ECTS points. You can find the recommended distribution of credits per term in the module catalogue (see “Information for current students”). However, you don’t have to stick to the exact same study plan, you are free to make your own choices within the compulsory module groups. Students with conditional subjects have to take those in addition to the normal 120 ECTS workload, unless they want to use them for the “Flexible Budget” module. The regular study time of 4 semesters can usually only be extended by one semester. We therefore strongly advise you to stay on track with the 30 ECTS-rule

VHB stands for “Virtuelle Hochschule Bayern” (Virtual University of Bavaria), an online study platform (www.vhb.org) that FAU students can use without any costs. Please click in the top right corner of the VHB page for the English version. You have to register once (please select “Gesundheitstechnik” as your study program/”Studienfach”) and get access to several online courses, some of which are in English, too. Exams are mostly taken online, sometimes there is a regular written examination. Please note: VHB-exams which are taken online at your home computer (i.e. without supervision by an examiner) cannot be accredited for the study program!

Yes, the university’s language centre offers free German courses during the semester and intensive courses (with a fee) during the holidays. Please check the German department’s website for more information. You can also use your language courses for the “Flexible Budget” module (M 7). If you prefer learning German in an informal atmosphere and making new friends at the same time you should consider registering for the language partner platform “Sprachduo”: http://www.sprachduo.de/start&form_lang=2.

For this module (10 ECTS), you can take any technical or non-technical course offered at any faculty of FAU or at Virtual University of Bavaria(see above), e.g. language courses, politics, economics etc. The only condition is that you have to receive a grade in that course. Just browse through UnivIS and select “English” as the course language. In case you don’t feel inspired we can recommend Nailing your Thesis” (by Prof. Dirk Riehle).

Possible classes include for example language courses, classes in Business Administration or Psychology, and module of the School of Engineering or the Medical Engineering degree programme itself (under the condition that the class is not counted for other module groups).

You can also render several achievements for the module that are slightly higher than the required 10 ECTS points. The surplus in points becomes void, however the grade of the module in question is always valued due to its full ECTS value (see FAQ Average total grade calculation on MeinCampus).

If you render significantly more achievements than needed for “Flexible Budget” and do not state any preference at the Examinations Office, it will select the best possible combination when issuing the certificate

If you take classes outside of the School of Engineering, it is possible that the exam registration cannot be conducted via MeinCampus. In this case, please contact the lecturer and ask them to register your exam manually.

Yes, but only some of them – according to the following rules:

  • For module M3 you can use max. 5 ECTS points from the module groups M2, M3 and M5 of your own study branch and the others branches (which are in German!)
  • For module M5 you can use max. 5 ECTS points from the module groups M2, M3 and M5 of your own study branch and the other branches (which are in German!)

Yes. All lectures can be complemented by additional exercises and practical courses in order to increase their ECTS value.

The Examinations Office automatically selects the best achievements from the module group while issuing the certificates for the Bachelors and Masters. The remaining achievements will not count. If you want to decide for yourself which subjects should be accredited for your Bachelor´s/Master´s certificate, please contact the Examinations Office in due course before the certificate´s issuing. The remaining achievements will not be listed in the certificate but in the transcript of records under the category “Sonstiges” (miscellaneous).

Yes. You can find an overview of student groups and initiatives here (most of the information is in German). Moreover, ‘Volunteers for Internatinals (VFI)’ ist a group for and organized by international students. You are welcome to join!

If you only render the ECTS points required for the module group, the individual module grades are weighed according to the average grade. The grade will be calculated not by rounding it, but only takes the first decimal into account.

Example: Flexible Budget of Master degree programme (10 ECTS points):

  • Achievement of 5 ECTS points: grade 1.0
  • Achievement of 2.5 ECTS points: grade 1.0
  • Achievement of 2.5 ECTS points: grade 2.0

Average grade: (5 x 1 + 2.5 x 1 + 2.5 x 2) : 10 = 1.25

–> The average grade of 1.2 weighs 10 ECTS points into your final Master grade. The calculation of the total Master grade is based on 110 ECTS points, because of module group M6 being ungraded.

If you render more than the ECTS points required for a module group, the Examinations Office will automatically select the best possible combination that fulfils the modules ECTS requirements, when issuing the certificate. Additional module will not be taken into account. Module are always weighed by their full ECTS value. A proportional calculation of ECTS points is invalid according to the General Examination Regulations (APO TechFAK), even if the required ECTS requirement has been met for the module group!

Example: Flexible Budget of Master degree programme (10 ECTS points):

  • Achievement of 5 ECTS points: grade 2.0
  • Achievement of 2.5 ECTS points: grade 1.0
  • Achievement of 2.5 ECTS points: grade 1.0
  • Achievement of 2.5 ECTS points: grade 1.0

Average grade: (2.5 x 2 + 2.5 x 1 + 2.5 x 1+ 2.5 x 1) : 12.5 = 1,25

–> The average grade 1.2 will be accounted for the Master´s grade with 10 ECTS points. The calculation of the total Master grade is based on 110 ECTS points, because of module group M6 being ungraded.

 

If you have rendered more than the ECTS points required for the module group and do not wish for the automatic selection of the best possible combination, you can contact the Examinations Office before it issues the certificate and communicate which achievements should be considered for you Bachelor or Master certificate.

 

First of all, exam registration is only possible during exam registration period (usually three weeks in the middle of the lecture period – you will be informed by your lecturers and your study advisor). For most of your exams you will be able to register online via MeinCampus. However, there are some exceptions:

  • For courses offered at VHB (Virtual University of Bavaria: www.vhb.org) you cannot register via MeinCampus. Please read the course information on the VHB website (it’s mostly in German – if you need help ask a German-speaking friend or your study advisor). It will tell you whether you have to register online via the VHB website, via email with your lecturer or not at all.
  • For most courses outside the Medical Engineering curriculum you won’t be able to register in MeinCampus on your own. This may be the case for your conditional subject or for courses which you want to take within the module group “Flexible Budget/M7”. e.g. economics, psychology etc. Please talk to your lecturer and ask them to register you manually (please give them your student number).
  • There are some courses which are part of the Medical Engineering module catalogs but don’t appear in the MeinCampus exam registration. This is mainly the case for seminars. Please ask your lecturer how you can register for their exam. They will usually issue you a paper certificate (“Schein”) after the successful completion of the module, which states your name, the course titel, the amount of ECTS credits and (if any) your grade. Please take this certificate to the examinations office in order to have your coursework registered in MeinCampus.

Sometimes a course achievement (for example for a seminar or a practical course) can not be processed via the MeinCampus platform. In this case your lecturer will issue you a paper certificate stating your name, the course title, your grade and the ECTS value of the course. You have to take this certificate to Mrs. Jahreis at the examinations office in order to have her enter your course achievement in your MeinCampus account.

Yes, during the semester in which you have rendered the 120 ECTS points for the Master’s degree you have the possibility to visit classes for elective and compulsory elective modules to improve your total grade.

Please contact Ms. Jahreis of the Examinations Office (helga.jahreis@fau.de), in order for your certificate to be issued prematurely.

It is however not possible to repeat passed exams

No, if they are the last exams of your studies, you do not have to re-register. You can take those exams even if the dates are in the new semester. You can still see your grades in MeinCampus and have the possibility to take the repetition exams if necessary.

No, you are registered for the entire semester in which you have rendered your last achievement. This also applies if you have already received your Bachelor´s or Master´s certificate. If you wish for an early de-registration (e.g. for job purposes), contact the Student Records Office.

Recommendable, before taking the third-exam attempt, you should contact your student advisor in order to be optimally prepared and to be informed about other possible study alternatives.

If you feel unable to take the exam on the examination day, you must retire from the exam and handle a medical certificate to the Examinations Office, respectively quit immediately the exam and go to a doctor (Vertrauenssarzt). After knowing the grade of the exam, it is not possible to declare it invalid (for example due to illness or personal crises). It will be not accepted by the examination board. Hardship applications will be only granted in the most extreme situations – please contact your student advisory service directly after the exam.

If you have failed your exam in the third attempt, your student advisor will provide further information about changing a major