Accreditation of Academic Achievements
Please note: The new officer for accreditation for Medical Engineering is Ms Daniela Novac (daniela.novac[at]fau.de)!
In general, all achievements accomplished in a previous university degree program are recognized after switching your study program or university, if there are no decisive differences in content and standards in comparison to the modules offered in the Medical Engineering degree program at FAU. The accreditation process is only initiated upon request of the student. This means that you decide whether you want to file a request for accreditation of modules from previous studies and for which modules you want to file that request. You can also combine the contents of your previous modules and ask for their accreditation of one FAU module.
Achievements that have already been included in the Bachelor´s degree cannot be accredited a second time in the Master’s program, as students have to proof a gain in knowledge with respect to their first degree.
The accreditation process is initiated when a student files a petition for accreditation and hands in the required documents (see “accreditation procedure” below). The decision about accreditation is made by the responsible lecturers of the Medical Engineering program based on the presented module descriptions.
You can submit the request for academic recognition during the whole duration of your studies and even submit different requests during that time. Exception: Exams that you have already passed at FAU cannot be substituted retroactively by an accreditation. The same applies for exams of which you have failed the last attempt.
Direct accreditation (= accreditation of concrete FAU modules)
In order to find out about your chances to accredit achievements from previous studies for a concrete module from the Medical Engineering course catalog, please check the contents of both modules thoroughly and assess to which extent they overlap. We strongly recommend that you have a look at the FAU module description in Mein Portal-Campo (see below) and the description of the external module that you wish to have accredited and mark the contents that they have in common. Please do not just file petitions based on similar module titles! The more extensive the overlap between the module descriptions, the more likely is the accreditation. An 80% of content overlap is considered the minimum overlap for “direct accreditation”. Direct accreditation means that the external module will be accredited under the title of the FAU module and with the same amount of ECTS credits as the FAU module.
You can find an overview our Master´s degree program in Medical Engineering and the course catalogs here:
The module descriptions can be found in Mein Portal-Campo.
Accreditation as 'place holder' (= accreditation for a module group)
This option is especially suitable for academic achievements rendered during a semester abroad.
Accreditation of electives (Free Choice Uni)
Accreditation under 'Additional Subjects' not possible anymore
Academic achievements acquired at FAU, that you cannot or do not want to use as part of your regular Master’s degree and Master’s certificate, can be listed in the “Additional Subjects” section of your Transcript of Records. For modules that you have completed outside FAU or VHB (hence, at a university abroad or at another university in Germany), this is not allowed anymore since October 2018. However, you can still submit proof of these external achievements to your future employer by handing in the Transcript of Records by the respective university together with your job application.
- 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
- Transcript of Records/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, Ms Daniela Novac (daniela.novac[at]fau.de). 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 statement from the professor.
If the achievements accredited in one semester sum up to 30 ECTS credit points, you will automatically be upgraded to a higher semester. The same applies for 60, 90 ECTS credits, etc. (upgrade of 2 or 3 semesters). If you have applied for a leave of absence during your stay abroad and have more than 29 ECTS credits accredited after your return, your leave of absence will not be revoked, but you will subsequently enter a higher semester.
Accreditation of vocational education and conversion of foreign grades and credits
The accreditation of foreign achievements converts grades and credits according to the following formulas, unless you provide other official conversion tables:
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
Zero-credit accreditation (only for Master's students studying according to study regulation 2018 and onward)
If you started your studies in winter term 2018/19 or later, i.e. you are studying according to the study regulations (FPO) version 2018, 2019 or 2022, you have to prove to our Examinations Office that you completed certain mandatory modules when registering your Master’s thesis. These mandatory modules (which are also marked with footnotes in your module catalog ) are the following – they are not to be confused with conditional subjects!
- Fundamentals in Anatomy and Physiology for Engineers (module group M1, all English-taught branches of study)
- Pattern Recognition (module group M2, branches of study “Medical Image and Data Processing” and “Health & Medical Data Analytics and Entrepreneurship”)
- Pattern Analysis (module group M2, branches of study “Medical Image and Data Processing” and “Health & Medical Data Analytics and Entrepreneurship”)
- Robotics 1 (module group M2, branch of study “Medical Robotics”)
If you have already covered the contents of these modules in your previous degree please contact the responsible person for accreditation with the above-mentioned documents (see category “Accreditation procedure”) and ask for an exemption from the obligation to complete them again at FAU. If the exemption can be granted you are free to skip these modules and choose other modules from the same module group instead. Important: As the modules from your previous studies counted towards your first degree they will be accredited with 0 ECTS credits and without a grade, hence not be counted for your Master’s degree. Please note that you can only file a petition for the zero-credit accreditation of a mandatory module if you have not started to take exams for the same module yet. Once you have had your first exam attempt (may it be successful or not) you are not allowed to file an accreditation for the module anymore.