Subject-Specific Programme and Examination Regulations  for the
Bachelor’s Programme in Engineering Science and the Master’s Programme in Engineering Science: Defence Systems both taught in English
at the Helmut Schmidt Universität / Bundeswehr Universität, Hamburg
 The English translation is for information purposes only. In cases of doubt or differences of interpretation, the German version shall prevail over the English text.
Based on Section 112(1) and (3), first sentence, of the Hamburg Higher Education Act (HmbHG) as of 18 July 2001 (Hamburg Law Gazette, HmbGVBl., p. 171), as amended, in connection with the Notification of Transfer issued by the Hamburg Departmental Authority of Science and Research on 23 October 1978, revised edition of 5 July 2007, these Subject-Specific Programme and Examination Regulations for the Bachelor’s Programme in Engineering Science and the Master’s Programme in Engineering Science: Defence Systems, both taught in English, were
adopted by the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering on 18 October 2018,
adopted by the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering on 18 October 2018,
endorsed by the Academic Senate on 8 November 2018,
approved by the Ministry of Science, Research and Equalities of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg on 23 November 2018,
approved by the Federal Ministry of Defence on 30 November 2018
and published in the University Gazette No. 11/2018 on 18 December 2018.
Table of Contents
I. Supplementary Provisions
These Subject-Specific Programme and Examination Regulations will supplement the General Examination Regulations of the Helmut Schmidt Universität / Bundeswehr Universität, Hamburg, for Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes as amended.
I. Supplementary Provisions
(1) 1Objectives of the Bachelor’s programme in Engineering Science include imparting fundamental technical, methodological and general professional skills enabling students to enter a related profession or study for a Master’s degree. 2As an interdisciplinary scientific course of study, the programme conveys the basics of mechanical and electrical engineering to enable students to carry out scientific work and make informed judgements on general issues in the field of engineering science and also imparts specialist knowledge that is necessary to fully understand complex technical interactions and to analyse technical systems while working in an international environment. 3The intention is to also equip students with the abilities they will need to complete a subsequent Master’s programme.
(2) 1The Bachelor’s degree examination, if passed, is the first professional and academic degree. 2This is how students demonstrate that they have achieved the programme objectives in accordance with paragraph 1. 3The Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Faculties will jointly award the academic degree of »Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)« to those who have passed the Bachelor’s degree examination.
(3) 1Knowledge and skills acquired previously will be consolidated and extended in the Master’s programme. 2As a result, students will obtain a second professional and academic degree. 3The objective is to enable students to grasp the contexts of their subject and to work independently according to scientific methods and on the basis of scientific findings. 4The Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Faculties will jointly award the academic degree of »Master of Science (M.Sc.)« to those who have passed the Master’s degree examination.
Re Section 4(1):
1The programmes consist of modules in the fields of mechanical and electrical engineering as well as of modules to develop general professional skills. 2The chronological sequence of the various modules as well as type, admission requirements, duration and weighting of examinations have been enclosed as annexes. 3Courses will be taught in English and examinations will generally be held in English, too. 4Courses and examinations in compulsory elective modules of the Master’s programme may be offered in German. 5Further information on programme content and structure is provided in the module handbook as amended.
Re Section 4(4):
1The programmes integrate interdisciplinary studies in the form of the technical modules specifically described in the annexes. 2In the Bachelor’s programme, students must, in addition to providing evidence of English language skills required for admission to the programme (see the Supplementary Provisions on Section 5(4), first sentence), complete additional foreign language training accounting for 12 credits. 3Foreign students without advanced German skills above the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages have to undergo German language training.
Re Section 5(4), first sentence:
1Applicants for the Bachelor’s programme must not only meet the general admission requirements, but also have sufficient knowledge of the English language to successfully complete the programme and the examinations. 2A Standardised Language Profile (SLP) of 3332 as certified by the Federal Office of Languages or an equivalent examination will be accepted as proof of this knowledge. 3Applicants whose first language is English will be exempted from this obligation.
Re Section 5(4), second sentence:
1The subjects of the Bachelor’s programme specified in these regulations or of other Bachelor’s degree studies equivalent in content are relevant to the Master’s programme as defined in Section 5(3), first sentence. 2The provisions of Section 9 will apply mutatis mutandis. 3In cases of doubt, the Examination Committee will decide whether there is equivalence in content. 4The Committee may admit to the Master’s programme graduates who have completed programmes not equivalent in content subject to certain conditions.
Re Section 5(5):
1The admission interview will take 15 to 30 minutes. 2Participants will include the examinee and one full-time professor each from the Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering Faculties with one of them taking the minutes. 3The admission interview may also take place in a group of several examinees if all examinees have given their consent in writing. 4The examinees will be informed about the results right after the admission interview. 5A positive result will only result in admission to the Master’s programme if the other conditions are met as well. 6The admission interview should take place as soon as possible after the overall grade of the Bachelor programme has been determined.
Re Section 7(2):
1The Examination Committee comprises the following members involved with the programmes:
1. one professor from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering,
2. one professor from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering,
3. another professor from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering or the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering,
4. two students from the Bachelor’s or Master’s programme in Engineering Science.
2The Faculty Council of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering will elect the members in accordance with the first sentence, No. 1, and one of the members in accordance with the first sentence, No. 4, as well as their deputies. 3The Faculty Council of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering will elect the members in accordance with the first sentence, No. 2, and one of the members in accordance with the first sentence, No. 4, as well as their deputies. 4The Faculty Councils of the Faculties of Electrical Engineering and of Mechanical Engineering will take turns in electing the member in accordance with the first sentence, No. 3, depending on their terms of appointment. 5The Faculty Council of the other Faculty will elect the deputy.
Re Section 10(3):
1Students generally must attend laboratory exercises as part of their technical studies. 2Regular attendance of laboratory exercises means that students did not miss any classes or caught up on all missed classes on alternative dates offered.
Re Section 10(6):
In cases where students fail to apply for admission in accordance with Section 10(1) No. 4, they will still be admitted to the forthcoming examinations in the compulsory modules of their subject-related term and their chosen compulsory elective modules if they meet the criteria specified in paragraph 1 Nos. 1 to 3.
Re Section 11(3):
The admission requirements for module examinations, the type and scope of required examinations and the credits assigned to each module are specified in the annexes to these Regulations.
Re Section 11(4):
At the request of the examiners, the Examination Committee may determine that a written examination be resat as an oral examination.
Re Section 11(5), first sentence:
1First-time examinations in modules whose courses end in a spring term will take place during the programme or no later than six weeks after the beginning of the following term; the latter will not apply to the fifth term of the Master’s programme. 2In the compulsory modules, written examinations other than second re-examinations must be taken during the programme within three examination periods per year assigned to each of the three terms. 3The date of an examination – or of the last course examination if an examination consists of course examinations – will be within the examination period assigned to the term in which the courses of the module end. 4The examination periods will follow the university-wide dates of the beginning and end of the teaching period. 5The examination period in the autumn term will begin two weeks before the end of the teaching period and will end in the week when the lectures of the following term start. 6The examination period in the winter term will begin two weeks before the end of the teaching period and will end on the day before the beginning of the teaching period of the following term. 7In contrast to the above, the examination period of the eighth term of the Bachelor’s programme will begin ten weeks and will end six weeks before the end of the teaching period. 8The examination period of the spring term will be divided into two parts. 9The first part will begin one week before the end of the teaching period and will end one week after the end of the teaching period. 10The second part will begin two weeks before the beginning of the teaching period of the following term and will end on the day before the beginning of the teaching period of the following term; in the fifth term of the Master’s programme this will be 30 September. 11Where justified, the Examination Committee may grant exemptions.
Re Section 11(5), third sentence:
Examinations in the compulsory modules must be assessed within six weeks of completion; examinations in the first part of the examination period during the spring term must be assessed by 30 September.
Re Section 12(2), third sentence:
Interdisciplinary studies within the programme (see the Supplementary Provisions on Section 4(4)) are not subject to Section 12(3) to (7), but are subject to the provisions of the General Examination Regulations (APO) and these Subject-Specific Programme and Examination Regulations (FSPO) applicable to the other technical modules of the programme.
Re Section 13(1):
The following types of examination are admissible:
(1) 1Written, invigilated examinations are not open to the public and involve set tasks to be completed by the student independently and only using the aids permitted by the examiner. 2When assessing written examinations, previous achievements reached by students during the programme may be taken into account to a limited extent. 3The type of previous achievement and the scope of crediting will be announced by the examiner at the beginning of the course and specified in the module description.
(2) 1Oral examinations are examination interviews between examiners and examinees. 2Descriptions, illustrations and calculations performed by examiners or examinees in the course of oral examinations may also be outlined in writing. 3Oral examinations will last 15 to 45 minutes per examinee.
(3) Talks are oral presentations of work results taking up to 30 minutes with a subsequent discussion and question and answer session.
(4) Project papers are contributions documented in writing and presented in a talk of up to 20 minutes designed to solve project tasks within no more than 30 hours in total multiplied by the number of credits of the module.
(5) 1Internship reports are written records documenting problems, possible solutions and results concerning tasks performed during internships. 2The total time spent on internship reports is 10 to 20 hours.
(6) 1Laboratory exercise reports are written records documenting problems, possible solutions and results concerning tasks performed during laboratory exercises. 2The time spent on laboratory exercise reports is 10 to 20 hours per task.
Re Section 13(2):
Written examinations may, in whole or in part, take the form of multiple choice examinations.
Re Section 14(5):
(1) 1The Bachelor’s thesis is worth twelve credits and must be completed within ten weeks. 2The Master’s thesis is worth 30 credits and must be completed within four months.
(2) 1Part of the module credit is a presentation of the thesis of up to thirty minutes’ duration; the presentation will account for 25 % of the supervisor’s assessment of the final thesis. 2The presentation is due shortly before submission of the final thesis. 3The latest permissible time for the presentation will be two weeks after submission.
(3) Preparation of the final thesis at a non-university facility must be approved by the chairperson of the Examination Committee.
Re Section 14(6):
If the Bachelor’s thesis is not accepted by 1 November of the seventh term, the grade “unsatisfactory” will be awarded in accordance with Section 17.
If the Master’s thesis is not accepted by 1 April of the fifth term, the grade “unsatisfactory” will be awarded in accordance with Section 17.
Re Section 14(7), second sentence:
1As a general rule, final theses must be submitted in English or, with the consent of the supervisor, in German. 2An abstract in the other language must be added.
Re Section 14(10), third sentence:
The examiners’ written reports on final theses should be forwarded no later than 4 weeks after submission of the paper.
Re Section 15(4), second sentence:
For modules specifically described in the annexes and whose module examination consists of several course examinations, each course examination must be passed.
Re Section 15(5):
For the foreign language modules as well as for the modules specifically described in the annexes, the student will only be awarded the grade “pass” or “fail”.
Re Section 16
Re Section 16(3):
(1) 1First re-examinations in the compulsory modules must be taken in the next examination period in accordance with the Supplementary Provisions on Section 11(5), first sentence. 2Notwithstanding this, first re-examinations in compulsory modules from the first part of the spring term examination period must be taken as early as in the second part of the same examination period, if dates have already been determined. 3First re-examinations in modules whose courses end in the seventh term nevertheless will take place within the first six weeks of the following term.
(2) 1Second re-examinations in compulsory modules conducted as written examinations will take place no earlier than six weeks after the date of the first re-examination and no later than the date of the first-time examination for students of the following year. 2Second re-examinations in compulsory modules conducted as oral examinations will take place no later than six weeks after the final result of the first re-examination has been announced. 3If the first re-examination was taken in June or July, the second re-examination can be scheduled by 30 September of the same year.
(3) Re-examinations in compulsory elective modules must be taken within four months of the first-time examinations or first re-examinations.
(4) Second re-examinations in the technical studies will take place in the same form as the first exam or as oral examinations of 20 to 60 minutes’ duration, notwithstanding paragraph 2 of the Supplementary Provisions on Section 13(1).
Re Section 16(4):
1If the first re-examination in a compulsory module is a written examination, the examinee may apply for admission to an additional oral examination if he or she failed the examination with a grade of 4.3. 2The request must be submitted to the Examination Office no later than two weeks after the announcement of the result and the examination must be taken within another four weeks. 3The oral examination is subject to paragraph 2 of the Supplementary Provisions on Section 13(1). 4Before taking the oral examination, the examinee must be allowed to view to his/her examination scripts. 5The grade of the module examination is the arithmetic mean of the grade of 4.3 and the grade received in the oral examination.
Re Section 16(7):
If the resubmitted Bachelor’s thesis is not accepted by 1 April of the third academic year, it is graded “unsatisfactory” in accordance with Section 17.
1If the resubmitted Master’s thesis is not accepted by 15 August of the fifth term, it is graded “unsatisfactory” in accordance with Section 17. 2If the first-time Master’s thesis is graded “unsatisfactory” on the basis of paragraph 2 of the Supplementary Provisions on Section 14(6), its resubmission must be accepted by 31 May in the fifth term, otherwise the resubmitted thesis will also be graded “unsatisfactory”.
Re Section 22(2):
Failing a compulsory elective module may be compensated by passing alternative modules with the required minimum of credits.
Re Section 23
Certificate, Diploma and Diploma Supplement
Re Section 23(5):
In consultation with the Examination Committee, the Examination Office will decide on how to record the relative performance taking into account statistical and data privacy requirements.
Students who have completed their Bachelor’s programme in accordance with the Subject-Specific Programme and Examination Regulations for the Bachelor’s Programme in Engineering Science dated 19 November 2015 / 19 May 2016 (University Gazette No. 08/2016) and who are participating in the Master’s Programme in Engineering Science: Defence Systems are not allowed to choose compulsory elective modules whose content corresponds to those they had already chosen in their Bachelor’s programme and which have been part of the Bachelor degree.
These Regulations will enter into force on 1 October 2018. They will apply for the first time to students who have taken up their Bachelor’s studies in the 2018 autumn term or their Master’s studies in the 2019 winter term. At the same time, the Subject-Specific Programme and Examination Regulations for the Bachelor’s Programme Engineering Science dated 19 November 2015 / 19 May 2016 (University Gazette No. 08/2016) as first amended on 19 October 2017 (University Gazette No. 02/2018), will expire with the reservation that they continue to apply to students who had already taken up their studies before the 2018 autumn term.
Letzte Änderung: 16. August 2019