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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

On this page, you'll find a selection commonly adressed to the student advisory service. Should you do not find the answer to your question, or if you have further questions, you can join us during our office hours, call us or send us an email.

Corona

The corona pandemic keeps impacting the university. 

You can inform yourself about the current situation on the website regarding the pandemic operations at TU Berlin. Regulations regarding exams can be found in the newsletters for students that are linked there or on the German page of the examination office.

 

We are offering online office hours that you can access through our ISIS course and of course you can send us an email. Our email adresses are listed on our website.

Questions before studying one of our degrees

Proof of English proficiency

To be admitted to most of the master programs at Faculty IV, you have to prove that your knowledge of the English language corresponds to level B2 or higher on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). 

For English language level B2 the qualifications shown here serve as the lower limiting value.

I got my Bachelors degree at a different university. How do I apply for a Master at TU Berlin?

Information on how to apply for a Master's degree at TU Berlin can be found on the office of student affairs websites.

The application is done via uniassist. The uniassist fees for Master applications are covered by the TU Berlin.

 

If the application is sucessful is decided in two layers: entry requirements and admission.

The entry requirements check if you are qualified for the master.

  1. Formal requirements
    Bachelor's degree or in some cases an ECTS certificate
  2. Language skills: German, English or both
    If the language of teaching is German you need a certificate in German (See table "Key Information" on the faculty website for the degree). Typically, if the degree's website at faculty level is only available in German this is the case). Additionally most of our Master degrees also require English language skills. These are listed with the subject specific requirements.
    The lists of certificates represent minimal requirements. Other proof of proficiency than the ones listed will not be accepted.
  3. Subject-Specific requirements
    This is about necessary knowledge in the area of your degree, typically given as credit requirements in different areas for example 20 credits in mathematics. The specific requirements for each degree are listed on its webseite.

If the entry requirements are fulfilled, admission is the next step.
In the case of a non-restricted admission everybody who fulfills the entry requirements is admitted.
In the case of restricted admission a ranking of applicants that fulfill the entry requirements is made and offers of admission are sent to the top ranked people according to the available places. Should they not enroll inside the deadline, offers of admission are made to the next ranked applicants. You can check the past cut-off criteria on the central websites.

I am a refugee and want to study at TU Berlin

Refugees are allowed to continue or begin their studies at TU Berlin within the In(2)TU Program. You will be a guest student, so you can complete courses while you have not yet fullfilled all the necessary admission and language requirements. The student counseling is the best place to ask for question on that matter: www.studienberatung.tu-berlin.de/menu/studieren/in2tu_berlin/parameter/en/

Questions while starting in one of our degrees

What are "Fachmentorien"?

"Fachmentorien" are a type of class aimed specifically at students who do not have German as their mother tongue and are open to all students who feel the need for these additional classes. They are additional classes, currently only available for some Bachelor modules and are focused on reducing learning barriers due to language problems.

Further information can be found here.

Tutorials for Moses and ISIS and more

You do not know how to create and/or organise your schedule, how to do the tutorial registration or to enrol in an ISIS course?

And what do Moses and ISIS do, exactly?

So many questions - but you are not alone! Each semester there is a bunch of questions from students about those virtual portals of TU Berlin: what you can use it for and how to use it. To clear this question in the most easiest way, tutorial videos were recorded. They can be found on the TU Berlin YouTube channel

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Examination registration

Currently most exams are registered via MTS on moses. This function is only available if you are logged in.

 

Generally examiners will announce how, when and where to register during the first lecture or in the ISIS course for the module.

Module registration

Typically registration for modules is not required. Should it be necessary, information about the registration process can be found in the modules’ description in the MTS on Moses.

Nevertheless, registrations are needed for most of our tutorials and examinations. Additional information regarding this topic is available in this FAQ and can be found in the ISIS course or will be given to you in the first lecture.

How to select a study area in the Masters degree?

The Master degrees at our faculty are organised in study areas which allow students to specialize. You never officially select a study area. But while choosing (and registering!) your compulsory electives you have to fulfill the requirements in your study regulations.

The study regulations expect a certain amount of credits in one or more study areas and thus enforce a degree of specialization. It is thus very important to spend some time with the study regulations and the module catalogue to make a rough plan and update that each semester so you don't have to take additional modules at the end to fulfill the requirements of your degree.

missed the sign up deadline, what now?

If you've missed a deadline in a module, regardless of whether that's to sign up for the tutorial, the Lab or the exam, talk to the people responsible for the course as soon as possible.

You could for example talk to the professor after the lecture or write an email to the WiMi. Depending on the situation it might still be possible to get you signed up.

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I cannot find my course on ISIS.

There are several possible reasons for that:

  1. The courses might only be made available shortly before the start of the term as the chairs are still working on them. If there's still time, just keep cool and wait a bit. The same is valid for courses with passwords.
  2. The ISIS course title might not match the module title exactly. Try individual keywords from the module title or it's associated courses.
  3. The class might not use ISIS (very rare).

ISIS courses and passwords as far as required are always announced in the first lecture.

Additionally most courses are sorted into a course category. You can find the different categories if you click on "All courses" in the left menue and then scroll down below the news posts. The categories are mostly by organisation structure so you'll find a list of all the faculties and central institutes. Most of your courses will belong to Faculty IV. The individual courses are listed per institute. The module description contains the associated institute in the header.

Courses not in our faculty are economics ones which can be found at Faculty VII. And math courses which can be found under Faculty II at the institute of mathematics. Similarly physics classes will be found at the Faculty II but in the course area "Physics service for engineering and natural sciences".

Language classes from ZEMS can be found under the central institutes at the central institute modern languages. (If you want to use the language course as an electrive, please make sure your language course is usable in your degree - that means, is not a requirement for admission to it.)

You can also go to the website of the chair responsible for the module, some have links to the courses in their teaching section. Or you can try the course catalogue, where sometimes a link to ISIS is included.

If all that failed and the course actually takes place in this semester (some modules are strechted over two semesters, check the module description) - please contact the named contact person or professor responsible for the module.

I cannot find my tutorial on Moses, why?

If there is no tutorial for a module on Moses, there could be several reasons for that:

  • the chair has not entered this module yet, please, check again later;
  • the module does not include a tutorial, this should be usually announced at the first lecture, if this is not the case or if you still have doubts, ask the chair;
  • registration for the tutorial for this module does not go through Moses, take a look on an ISIS-course or wait for the first lecture, because it is usually announced there.

Tutorial registration

Most tutorials use the Moses system for registration.

For more information see Tutorials for Moses, ISIS, LSF etc.

How can I transfer credits from my old university?

This is the responsibility of the examination board. You have to fill out the "Application for Recognition of Previously Obtained Credits (Part B)" and send it in to them. This form is not available in English right now, but can be found here:

http://www.studsek.tu-berlin.de/fileadmin/ref6/Dateien_IA2_3/Antraege/Antrag_auf_Ueberpruefung_bisher_erbrachter_Leistungen__Teil_B_.pdf


The courses of your old uni you want to use have to be equivalent to a course of your study program. This will deemed so (or not so) by the professor teaching said course. They might also be able to help you with filling out the form, but if they can't (or don't want to), you can also send us a mail or visit us during our office hours and we'll help you instead.

If you want to get the courses accepted as part of the free elective area of your program, it does not have to be equivalent to anything and you will get by without talking to professors of TU Berlin (for now).

What is an additional module?

If you want to take modules outside of your current degree program, you can take up to 60 ECTS in additional modules. 

Additional modules have no effect on passing the degree and they do not affect your overall grade.
Modules that have been registered as additional modules can not (ever) be converted into regular modules while in the same degree. They can be used for application requirements or be used in a new degree program.
Upon request additional module results can be listed on your degree certificate.

 

Additional modules should be registered before registering the final exam or your thesis whichever is last. They also need to be completed before you complete your final exam or your thesis.

 

The rules for additional modules can be found in §49 AllgStuPO (General Study and Examination Regulations, currently only available in German). 

Questions during one of our degrees

Repeat exams

Failed modules have to be repeated with the exceptions for first attempts in the first semester in a Bachelor's degree and electives and compulsory electives. The first attempts (per Module) count as free attempts and are as if they were never taken. Failed electives or compulsory electives need to be replaced before failing the last attempt.

 

Each exam can be repeated twice per module. The first repeat exam is registered and taken as usual. The second repeat exam is ususally an oral exam and registered directly via the examination office.

 

Passed exams can not be repeated.

 

These are rules from §70 AllgStuPO (currently only available in German).

Will I be exmatriculated if I fail a mendatory or free elective three times?

Yes! before that happens there may be the option the exchange that module, more on that topic see Exchange Of Modules.

Free attempts due to Corona

Free attempts due to Corona end with exams from the summer semester 2022. The regulations until then can be found on the page regarding examinations under pandemic conditions which sadly lack a complete english translation. Please get in touch with us in case of doubt.

Short version: Failed exams taken between the 1st of April 2020 and the 14th of April 2022 will count as never registered / taken. Not appearing is not covered by this, so please deregister or hand in a sick note. Cheating attempts are not covered either.

The free attempts will appear in your QISPOS list of grades. They should be marked with the tag TFV. These tags are added manually by the examination office staff. If they don't appear even after a long period of time, please get in touch to check the status.

Exchange of Modules

When you fail a Module form the mandatory or free electives you can exchange it for a different one before you fail the final attempt. The exchange has to happen within the deadline to repeat the exam. You can only exchange a module for one that you have not passed yet.

The form to do that can be found here.

Which projects have to be completed in the ISM Master?

You have to complete projects worth at least 12CP combined.
It is possible to, for example, finish one project worth 12CP or two projects that, together are worth at least 12CP.

Degree thesis outside of the faculty

In general, it is possible to complete your Bachelors or Masters thesis at a business. Both the first and second evaluators have to be part of TU Berlin (and at least one of them of the faculty 4). It is often difficult to find an evaluator knowledgeable in your desired subject who is willing to supervise an external project. Just like usual, it is up to students to find evaluators for their thesis.

I want to change my course of study. What do I have to do?

If you want to change to a program offered by faculty 4, you might want to think about if you want to enroll in a higher semester. This is approved by the examination board based on courses you have completed that can considered part of the program you want to change to. This process might take some time and has to be completed before you apply for the new program, so keep this in mind when you go that route.


If you have completed fewer than 30CP worth of modules, you will have to apply for the first semester.

Old terms and rules

"Declaration on Commencing Studies"

The "Declaration on Commencing Studies" previously known as the "Antrag auf Zulassung zur Bachelorprüfung" or "Antrag auf Zulassung zur Masterprüfung" (application to the Bachelor / Master examination) is no longer required as of the winter semester 2021/2022. It was a form that was supposed to be submitted before registering for your first exam.

Deadlines for repeat examinations

Deadlines for repeating failed exams have been scrapped with the new general Study and Examination Regulations of TU Berlin. They are currently only available in the German version (AllgStuPO).

The only deadlines that persist are those that have been set on individual cases by courts.

 

 

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