The consortium has agreed on a joint degree and joint examination regulations.
The Master examination consists of course-related, program-accompanying examinations. All courses go along with exams, which can consist of several components. The Master examination including Master thesis and its defense should be terminated within three semesters.
Program-accompanying examinations (excluding Master thesis):
Certificates will be issued, which recognize the students achievements program-accompanying examinations being part of the Master examination. Program-accompanying examinations are individual achievement related to single courses. Program-accompanying examinations and its components can be provided by written and oral exams, colloquia, presentations, homework, and reports (including programming).
The teacher of each course defines the components of an program-accompanying examination, and criteria for grading. She/he announces these conditions at the beginning of each course. Within examinations, the candidate has to show that she/he has gained a coherent knowledge of the respective topic and is able to address problems in this specific area. All examinations are in English language.
With the Master thesis, the candidate shows that she/he is capable to independently handle a defined scientific problem within a defined schedule, and in a way that is ready to publish. The editing time of a Master thesis is six months. Topic and scientific problem have to be defined in a way that it can be completed within this schedule.
The thesis topic can be replaced only once within the first month. In exceptional cases, the examination board or Master’s program coordinator can extend the processing time. The volume of the Master thesis is less than 60 pages. It has to be provided in English language.
The Master thesis has to be provided in three original versions each to the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, University of Münster and Universitat Jaume I.
The examiners determine the grades of single examinations and its components. For grading, the examiners have to use one of the national grading systems, which can be transferred to ECTS grades. An examination is approved with an ECTS grade of “E” or better. The overall grade of a Master examination is a weighed arithmetic average of the single modules; the grade of a module is a weighed arithmetic average of the single courses. Weighing is on the basis of the ratio of the credit points of a course examination, respectively module grade, to the overall amount of credit points of a module, respectively Master examination.
A Master thesis is supervised by a thesis board. The thesis board consists of a supervisor and at least two additional co-supervisors. If a student did not attend courses of one of the three partner universities before, one of the supervisors or co-supervisors has to be a member of that university.
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