Curricular Part - Guidelines by the Faculties

Last updated on 17.04.2020

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Wissensvermittlung, Didaktik und Präsentation (transfer of knowledge, didactics and presentation skills) 2–4 ECTS
Personal Soft Skills 2–4 ECTS
Wissenschaftstheorie und Methodik (philosphy and methods of science) 2–4 ECTS
Thematische Wissenschaftliche Vertiefung (topic related curricular part) 6–12 ECTS

Privatissima and seminars for doctoral candidates may together account for 6 ECTS credits at most.

Source (Status 3.3.18):
Since 2018 there is a new Guideline for the doctoral program (german).

Bauingenieurwesen/Civil Engineering

Courses, with 18 ECTS in total, have to be taken from the curriculum for doctoral and master studies that are related to the topic of the dissertation. The courses have to be agreed on with the supervisor and approved by the dean of studies. It is also allowed to complete suitable courses that are held at another university (after approval).

Summer Schools and other ECTS-courses held by universities or conferences must contain a Certificate (german: Zeugniss)  to be considered (german: angerechnet), as well the the dean of study affairs and the supervisor must agree.

Source (Status 3.3.18):

Maschinenwesen und Betriebswissenschaften

VO, VU min. 9 ECTS UE, PR max. 6 ECTS SE, PV max. 6 ECTS

Link to more infos:

Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik

Courses with significant overlap to courses of the previous master or bachelor studies can be problematic. Apart from that, various master and/or bachelor courses are usually fine. While a  strong connection to one's PhD topic is definitely reasonable, it is not a must.  The "Privatissimum für DissertantInnen" (4 ECTS)  and the "DissertantInnensminar" (2 ECTS) are usually included in the curricular part.

Source: personal expirience (Status 2017) and

Technische Mathematik

VO, VU min. 9 ECTS
UE, PR max. 6 ECTS
SE, PV max. 6 ECTS


Geodäsie und Geoinformation

VO min. 5 ECTS
PR, UE, VU max. 10 ECTS
PV, SE max. 6 ECTS


Technische Physik

VO, VU  
SE 2 – 4 ECTS
PV + Workshop bis zu 5 ECTS
PR, LU, UE, PA maximal 6 ECTS


Technische Chemie

max. 6 ECTS SE, PV; laboratory excercises only in special cases; excercise courses are normally not accepted. The dean of studies decided that the ECTS points are 1.5 times the amount of hours on the course certificate in the case of VO and VU and exactly the amount of hours in all other cases, regardless of the ECTS points mentioned on the course certificate.



VO, VU min. 9 ECTS
SE, UE, RU, LU, PA, KU max. 6 ECTS
PV max. 2 ECTS
Soft Skill LVAen max. 4 ECTS
Summer Schools* max. 6 ECTS

Summer Schools can only be accepted if they cover a relevant scientific specialisation. To proof this, a written report and a confirmation of the advisor is necessary.

Source (Status 3.3.18): Verfahrenstechnik.pdf

Informatik und Wirtschaftsinformatik

max. 6 ECTS SE, PV; no PR or UE. The dean of studies decided that the ECTS points on the course certificates are relevant. In case of no ECTS points mentioned on the course certificate, they are calculated by multiplying the hours by a factor of 1.5.
Source (Status 3.3.18): Standard Procedure for Doctoral Program at the Faculty of Informatics