Frequently Asked Questions about the Cognitive Systems Study and Examination Regulations

The general provisions and the subject-specific examination regulations for the MSc Cognitive Systems define important rules about your studies. We expect that you familiarise yourself with the study regulations, but for your conveniance, we summarise some important rules in the form of frequently asked questions (FAQs) here. 

General Questions

  • What does "losing the right to examination" mean?

    Losing the right to examination means that you permanently loose the right to study for any degree programme that is deemed similar to Cognitive Systems in all German universities. In order to not loose the right to examination "by accident'' (not knowing the rules), it is so important that you familiarise yourself with the examination regulations.

Important Deadlines

  • Is there a limit on the study duration for the MSc Cognitive Systems?

    You have to complete your studies by the beginning of the examination period of your 7th semester (usually that is early February). If you fail to do so, you lose your right to examination (see first point). 

    Remark: Due to the Corona pandemic all deadines were extended by two semesters for students who were enrolled in the MSc Cognitive  Systems in both summer term 2020 and winter term 2020/2021 and for one semester for students who enrolled into the programme in winter term 2020/2021. 

  • Are deadline extensions possible?

    Deadlines defined by the rules might be extended (e.g., when you suffer a long-term illness, have certain disabilities, provide child-care or care for elderly relatives). Such exceptions have to be granted by the subject-specific examination board before any deadlines are violated and sufficient proof, e.g., in the form of medical certificates, are to be provided.

  • When do I need to apply for getting study achievements recognised?

    If you want to use study achievements that you obtained outside of the MSc Cognitive Systems study programme within your MSc Cognitive Systems study programme, you need to apply to the the subject-specific examination board for recognition of such study achievements within the first semester after starting your studies or within the first semester after obtaining the study achievements (e.g., when for a stay abroad).

    Remark: You can not use study achievements that were required as entry requierements for the MSc Cognitive Systems (e.g., from your BSc in Computer Science). 

Requirements for Exams or Courses

  • Do I need to register for courses?

    While the first-semester courses do not need a registraton, some courses in the later semester do require a pre-registration. We will inform you about this before the registration deadline. 

  • Do I need to register for exams?

    Yes, you need to register at the latest three (full) days before the exam via our Campus Management System

  • Can I de-register for an exam?

    Yes, you can de-register in our Campus Management System up to three working days before the exam day.

  • What happens when I am sick on the exam day?

    You need to get a medical certificate on or before the day of the exam, stating that you are unable to take the exam. There is an official form for the certificate and this certificate is to be handed-in to the registrar's office. It could be useful to print some forms beforehand, so that you have a copy ready when needed. The exminer enters a "not passed" grade, which is then annotated with a "withdrawal with attestation" (in German: Rücktritt mit Attest - RAT).

  • Can I repeat a failed exam?

    Yes, exams can be repeated twice (MSc thesis only once).

  • What happens if I fail an exam for the third time?

    You loose your right to examination (see first point for an explanation of what that means). There is no difference between failing in an elective and in a mandatory course. 

  • May I use work or help of others in my assigments?

    Well, there are several aspects to this. The subject-specific examination board provides plagiarism guidelines, where this is addressed in detail. 

  • What happens if I only choose courses in one Special/Applied Subject?

    Even if you have enough credits in the Special or Applied Subject, your degree is incomplete if all the credits are within one area. You will need to take at least one course from a second area to finish your studies. 

MSc Thesis

  • Is there a deadline for registering/starting the MSc thesis?

    You have to register your MSc thesis no later than three months after taking the last module examination. If you fail to do so, your master’s thesis is graded as not passed in the first attempt.

  • When is the earliest possibility to start the MSc thesis?

    Before you can register your MSc thesis, you have to pass all courses in the basic and in the interdisciplinary subject and you need at least 60 credit points.

  • Can I do my thesis externally or have an external examiner?

    Yes. One examiner, however, has to be from the current list of examiners for Cognitive Systems. Any examiner not on the list needs to be approved by the subject-specific examination board before you can register the thesis.

  • What shall I do if I can't finish my MSc thesis in time?

    Please check the website of the subject-specific examination board for extension reasons and for the procedure.

  • Can I register a new thesis topic in case I don't like my current one?

    You can return your topic once within the first month of registering your thesis. You then need to register another thesis within six weeks. Contact the registrar's office for this (and your thesis supervisor).

  • Can I repeat a failed MSc thesis attempt?

    You can repeat the MSc thesis module once. If you also fail the second attempt, you loose your right to examination (see first point for what that means).