Accreditation of Academic Achievements
In general, all achievements accomplished in a previous university degree programme are recognized after switching your study programme or university, if there are no decisive differences in content and standards in comparison to the modules offered in the Medical Engineering degree programme at FAU. In order to be recognized in the Master´s programme, the achievement may not have already been incorporated in the preceding Bachelor´s programme to ensure a gain in knowledge.
The possibility of recognition is decided by the Medical Engineering´s professors in consideration with the module description.
For a preliminary assessment it is recommended to have a look at the module´s description in UnivIS and a description of the module that you wish to have recognized and compare and highlight identical contents and acquired qualifications.
The more extensive the concordance between the module´s descriptions is (80% concordance or more), the more likely a possible recognition is. Once you receive admission for the Master´s programme, you can submit the filled out Form for Academic Recognition, an academic achievement overview of your preceding studies and the descriptions of the modules that shall be recognized at the Office of Recognition of Academic Achievements.
You can find an overview of the classes you must take in Master´s degree programme Medical Engineering and the module handbook with a description of contents and objectives of the individual classes here:
The Form for recognition of academic achievements can be found here
For the accreditation of academic achievements intended for a so called “compulsory electives” during you Master´s the following special provision applies:
You do not have to prove that your academic achievement has been the equivalent in content and academic objective to a module that has been taught in the Medical Engineering degree programme at FAU. A professor of the degree programme must solely verify that the academic achievement is a technical and qualitative to the Medical Engineering degree programme. For that, the applicant must name a professor of the degree programme who works in a field whose subject is similar to the course visited and will provide detailed information on the external module to the accreditation representative (see below). If the professor approves the accreditation, the academic achievement will be registered under its original title (or if part of a foreign module, an English translation will be given) and with its original ECTS credit worth as an obligatory compulsory elective within the corresponding module group.
This opportunity is suitable for academic achievements rendered during a semester abroad.
For the module “flexible budget” (Master) every graded academic achievement is accepted. You do not have to find an equivalent module at FAU.
Academic achievements ,that you can not or do not want to be credited for your regular studies, can be recognized under “Others”. The academic achievement is not included in your Bachelor’s or Master’s examination and does not appear in your final certificate, but in your Transcript of Records as an additional exam. In this way, your academic achievments are officially documented and can be submitted in future applications, etc.
The following documents are required for the accreditation:
- Excel spreadsheet with detailed content description for external modules/academic achievements – not necessary if you have entered a Learning Agreement for accreditation during a semester abroad
- Performance overview/certificate with grades and credits
- Accreditation form – completed and signed.
Please fill the required information in the excel spreadsheet (the pre-existing examples are a visual aid and can be erased) and forward it including your certificate/transcript and accreditation form to the accreditation representative of Medical Engineering. She will forward your request to the professor in charge of the module. If the professor accepts the accreditation for his module, your achievement will be transferred directly to the Examinations Office. If the professor denies your request, you will receive a refusal statement from the professor.
If the accredited achievements exceed 30 ECTS credit points, you will automatically enter a higher semester. The same applies for 60, 90 ECTS, etc. (upgrade of 2 or 3 semester). If you have applied for a leave of absence during your stay abroad and have accredited for more than 29 ECTS credits, your leave of absence will not be revoked, but you will subsequently enter a higher semester.
Academic achievements that were already rendered at FAU (passed or failed) cannot be substituted retroactively by an accreditation.
The accreditation of academic achievement from secondary or vocational education also follows the above mentioned procedures, but is subject to slightly different regulations. If you have questions, please contact your accreditation representative.
If you intend to enter a higher semester after switching your study programme to Medical Engineering, please contact your accreditation representative beforehand and send her all the accreditation documents required. If sufficient achievements are accredited, she will issue a document for you to guarantee a semester upgrade at registration.
The accreditation of foreign achievements converts grades and credits according to the following formulas:
Grade conversion: x = 1+3 (Nmax-Nd)/(Nmax-Nmin)
Nmax= best possible grade
Nmin= minimum grade to pass
Nd= achieved grade
Credit conversion in ECTS: x = Cd (CFAU/CAusl)
CFAU = Credits FAU per semester (30)
CAusl = Credits abroad per semester
Cd = achieved credits per module