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Differences between the new subject-specific regulations (FSO) and the old study and examination regulations (SPO)

Master program IBA

The following overview displays the fundamental differences between the new subject-specific regulations (FSO) and the previous study and examination regulations for the master program IBA. We do not claim this information to be exhaustive.

Every student is required to read the new subject-specific regulation (FSO) in connection with the new general study and examination regulations (ASPO) thoroughly, previous to a possible transition into the latter. If any questions arise, the student should make use of the guidance offered at faculty.

Overview of the assignment and accreditation of study and examination performances in case of a transition from the previous SPO into the new FSO

  new FSO old SPO
Types of modules
  • T-Module (generally 6 Credits)
  • Research-Module, R-Module (generally 6 Credits)
  • S-Module (generally 3, 6, oder 9 Credits)
  • Language certificate (18 Credits)
  • Master thesis (21 Credits) with concluding colloquium (3 Credits)
  • T-Module (7 Credits)
  • E-Module (6 Credits)
  • G-Module (5 Credits)
  • S-Module (i.d.R. 5 Credits)
  • Language certificate/s (20 Credits)
  • Master seminar (7, 14 oder 21 Credits)
  • Master thesis with colloquium (25 Credits)
Master thesis
  • Working time: 16 weeks
  • Working time: 20 weeks
Study option [1a]
  • T-Modules and R-Modules (amounting to 78 Credits, including R-Modules of at least 18 and 30 Credits at the most. T-Modules and R-Modules amounting to at least 60 Credits, including R-Modules of at least 12 Credits from the same track)
  • S-Modules (amounting 18 Credits)
  • Master thesis (21 Credits) with concluding colloquium (3 Credits)
  • acht T-Module, all from the same track (56 Credits)
  • zwei E-Module (12 Credits)
  • zwei G-Module (10 Credits)
  • zwei S-Module (10 Credits)
  • ein Masterseminar (7 Credits)
  • Master thesis with colloquium (25 Credits)
Study option [1b]
  • T-Modules and R-Modules (amounting to 78 Credits, including R-Modules of at least 18 and 30 Credits at the most. T-Modules and R-Modules amounting to at least 60 Credits, including R-Modules of at least 12 Credits from the same track)
  • Language certificate (CEFR level C1) in Polnish or French (18 Credits). Aside from Polish and French, other languages may be permitted by the responsible examination board upon request.
  • Master thesis (21 Credits) with concluding colloquium (3 Credits)
  • eight T-Modules, all from the same track (56 Credits)
  • two E-Modules (12 Credits)
  • Language certificate (CEFR level C1) in Polnish or French or one language certificate (CEFR level B2) in Polnish and French (20 Credits). Aside from Polish and French, other languages may be permitted by the responsible examination board upon request.
  • one master seminar (7 Credits)
  • Master thesis with colloquium (25 Credits)
Study option [2a]
  • T-Modules and R-Modules (amounting to 78 Credits, including R-Modules of at least 18 and 30 Credits at the most.)
  • S-Modules (amounting 18 Credits)
  • Master thesis (21 Credits) with concluding colloquium (3 Credits)
  • eight T-Modules, from at least two tracks (56 Credits)
  • two E-Modules (12 Credits)
  • two G-Modules (10 Credits)
  • two S-Modules (10 Credits)
  • one master seminar (7 Credits)
  • Master thesis with colloquium (25 Credits)
Study option [2b]
  • T-Modules and R-Modules (amounting to 78 Credits, including R-Modules of at least 18 and 30 Credits at the most.)
  • Language certificate (CEFR level C1) in Polnish or French (18 Credits). Aside from Polish and French, other languages may be permitted by the responsible examination board upon request.
  • Master thesis (21 Credits) with concluding colloquium (3 Credits)
  • six T-Modules, from at least two tracks (42 Credits)
  • one E-Modules (6 Credits)
  • four S-Modules (20 Credits)
  • Language certificate (CEFR level C1) in Polnish or French or one language certificate (CEFR level B2) in Polnish and French (20 Credits). Aside from Polish and French, other languages may be permitted by the responsible examination board upon request.
  • one master seminar (7 Credits)
  • Master thesis with colloquium (25 Credits)
Internships omitted Requirement for the admission to the master thesis
Evaluation of final grade The final grade for t the master’s examination consists of the average of all track-, research- and support modules necessary for the final degree, the language certificates in case of study variations [1b] and [2b], as well as the master thesis and the concluding colloquium. The final grade is the weighed average (weighted arithmetic mean) of all grades corresponding to the number of credits. The final grade of the master’s degree consists of the average of all individual performances as stated in Art 24 and 25 SPO. The written grade for the master thesis is weighted fourfold in the final grade, the colloquium just once. The grades for track modules and the master seminar are weighted double.
Study period Students failing to gain the number of ECTS credits required for successful completion of their degree course by the end of the second semester following the end of the standard period of study [...] and to provide proof to the examination office that they have earned the required number of ECTS credits within this time limit, will be deemed to have failed the master degree [...] concerned for the first time. [...] Students failing to gain the number of ECTS credits required for successful completion of their degree course by the end of a further semester [...] and to provide proof of the ECTS earned to the examination office by this deadline, will be deemed to have finally failed the master examination.
(The exact wording can be found in Art 7 ASPO)
In case that at the end of the 4th semester not all study credits are turned in, the Master Exam is counted as not passed for the first time. In case that at the end of the 5th semester not all study credits are turned in, the Master Exam is counted as finally not passed.
(see Art 30 SPO)