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Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Studies at the Department of Mechanical Engineering

Please note that the following questions and answers can be course-specific!
For further information please contact the SCM.

 

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Examinations

 

 

 

Can the same lecture correspond to different amounts of credit points?

Yes. This depends on each module.

How can I register for the examinations in the Master's academic program?

The registration for the examinations (except for the focus subjects examinations) is carried out online through the study portal.

What needs to be considered in the case of deregistration from examinations due to illness?

The submission of a sick note or the deregistration from an exam is carried out at the examining institute. A medical certificate must be presented to the institute as soon as possible. If a deadline is exceeded, please contact the Examination Board.

Is it possible for the lecturer to evaluate an oral examination in written form and vice versa? Yes, if the evaluation requires an unreasonable effort an oral examination can be evaluated in written form and a written examination can be evaluated in oral form.

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Major Fields

 

 

 

Is it possible to choose the same major field for the Bachelor's as well as the Master's academic program if the subject combination is different?

No. According to the Study Plan, each course and each major field can only be chosen once as part of either the Bachelor's or the Master's academic program.

Is it possible to change the major field combination if it has already been approved by and registered to the Student Service for testing?

Yes, but lectures that have already been passed must also be transferred to the new plan.

How do I register a major field?

Through the machPortal with the help of the electronic major field planner. For further procedures, please refer to the major field planner.

The registrations and authorizations should be completed in good time.

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Study Abroad

 

 

 

Can credits earned abroad  be recognized in the academic program of Mechanical Engineering?

Yes if they are equivalent to the courses of the curriculum.

 

How do I get credits earned abroad recognized in the academic program of Mechanical Engineering?

For this purpose, a Form must be filled for recognition and then submitted to the Examination Board.

Can credits earned abroad be recognized as extra credit in the academic program of Mechanical Engineering?

No. The credit has already been documented by the external University and requires no further documentation.

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Recognition of Achievements

 

 

 

Can credits earned at other universities be recognized in the academic program of Mechanical Engineering?

Yes, if they are equivalent to the courses of the curriculum.

 

How do I get credits earned at other universities recognized in the academic program of Mechanical Engineering?

For this purpose, a Form must be filled for recognition and then submitted to the Examination Board.

 

I have already taken an exam on Mathematical Methods during my Bachelor's study. Is it enough to complete just one Mathematical Methods course for both BSc and MSc or must this module absolutely be taken again during Master's?

There are several Mathematical Methods that can be chosen in different modules. In the Master's academic program, an exam on Mathematical Methods must be taken in any case, even if you have already completed a different course on Mathematical Metehods in the Bachelor's academic program.

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Additional ECTS

 

 

 

What needs to be considered when choosing additional subjects/extra credits in the Bachelor's and Master's academic programs?

Additional subjects must be registered to the Student Service as such. The extra credit will be recorded in the transcripts, but the grades will not be included in the counting of the entire Bachelor's average grade.

 

Can extra credits performed in the Bachelor's academic program be recognized later during Master's?

Yes, if the contents of the course and the examination modalities are identical. The recognition must be organized at the first master's semester.

 

Can extra credits performed in the Bachelor's academic program be recognized later as part of the Master's major field?

Please contact the Examination Board for further information.

 

How do I get extra credits from the Bachelor's academic program recognized in Master's?

For each subject that is to be transfered, a Form must be filled and submitted to the Student Service. For the supplementary courses of a major field, a person in charge of the major fields must have already signed the major field plan. The recognition occurs after enrolment in the Master's academic program.

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Bachelor's / Master's Thesis

 

 

 

Can the Bachelor's and Master's theses both be supervised by the same institute?

Yes. The Bachelor's and Master's academic programs are two independent study programs.

 

How are the Bachelor's and Master"s these registered?

The form for the registration of the Bachelor's or Master's thesis is to be filled like on the explanatory note (see link) and submitted to the Student Service. The then issued "blue note" is to be submitted to the supervising institute.

The form and further information can be found here.

 

Error in SPO (2008): § 11 Bachelor's thesis, para.1 Requirements for the authorization of the Bachelor's thesis.

The reference to § 17 para. 3 is incorrect. It should read § 17 para. 2 instead.

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Application / Admission

 

 

 

Until when can I apply for a place in the Master's academic program?

The application deadlines fall on the end of the semesters respectively (31.03. / 30.09.).

 

How do I apply for the Master's program?

Please apply online.

Can I apply for a place in the Master's academic program if I still have to take exams from the Bachelor's?

 

According to the Admission Regulations (Nov. 2017) § 3(3), the Bachelor's degree must already be successfully obtained. In some cases a conditional approval may be granted. For special or unclear cases, please contact the Studierendenservice.

 

Should I re-register for the Bachelor's program if I have applied for a place in the Master's academic program?

Yes, if you have not completed the Bachelor's program.

 

I already achieved 180 LP, but I'm still registered at the Bachelor's program and have already received the certificate of admission for the Master's program. What do I have to do?

You have to send the confirmation of admission together with the certificate of your exmatriculation back to the Student Service within the stated time. At the same time you should apply the issuing of your Bachelor certificate.

Information on study place allocations

...can be found here.

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BAföG

 

 

 

What do I have to do to get a certificate according to § 48 BAföG (Form 5) at the Bachelor's program Mechanical Engineering?

Please contact the Examination Board for further information.
You will need a current detailed performance record.

What do I have to do to get a certificate according to § 15 Abs. 3/3a BAföG (Überschreitung der Förderungshöchstdauer bzw. Hilfe zum Studienabschluss)?

Please contact the Examination Board for further information.
You will need a current detailed performance record as well as a timetable of the exams, you still have to pass.

What do I have to do to get a certificate according to § 48 BAföG (Form 5) at the Bachelor's program Mechatronik und Informationstechnik?

Please contact the Examination Board of the KIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology for further information.
You will need a current detailed performance record.

Is the professional internship eligible regarding to BAföG?

This could be possible. For further information please contact the BAföG-Amt.

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Re-registration

 

 

 

Is a late re-registration possible after the deadline? The requirement is that all prerequisites for re-registration are fulfilled. The semester fee must absolutely be transfered previously. (for „manual payment“, which means without direct debit, the correct intended purpose must be stated).
Furthermore, you should personally get in touch with the Student Service regarding late re-registrations.
Can I re-register for the Bachelor's program when I have already completed all exams? If you achieved 180 ECTS (excluded the additional ECTS), a re-registration is no longer possible.

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Duration of Studies

 

 

 

How long is the maximum duration of study in the Bachelor's program?

According to §8(3) of the 2015 Study and Exam Regulations, the degree program has to be completed until the end of the examination period of the 9th semester.

According to §9 of the 2008 Study and Exam Regulations, the degree program has to be completed until the beginning of the lecture period of the 10th semester.

How long is the maximum duration of study in the Master's program?

According to §9 of the 2015 Study and Exam Regulations, the degree program has to be completed until the end of the examination period of the 7th semester.

According to §9 of the 2008 Study and Exam Regulations, the degree program has to be completed until the beginning of the lecture period of the 8th semester.

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