Irrevocable failure of an examination

Irrevocable failure of a module examination

Legal basis: Section 10 of the Examination Procedure Regulations (PVO) (.pdf)

When is a module examination irrevocably failed?

A module examination is irrevocably failed if you do not pass an examination required to pass the module, even at the last resit attempt.

What are the consequences of irrevocably failing a module examination?

If a module examination in a compulsory module is irrevocably failed, this results inevitably in the irrevocable failure of the Bachelor's or Master's examination of the degree programme or the particular part of the degree programme. (Explanation: a double-subject degree programme is made up of two parts = subjects)

Note: By contrast, the irrevocable failure of a module examination in an optional compulsory module does not inevitably result in the irrevocable failure of the Bachelor's or Master's examination in the relevant degree programme or part of the degree programme. This is only irrevocably failed if all the approved optional choices were irrevocably failed. This applies in the same way to irrevocably failed optional compulsory modules of supplementary studies (Profil Fachergänzung), studies in secondary education (Profil Lehramt) and studies in business education (Profil Handelslehrer). More information on permitted options for optional compulsory modules can be obtained from the student adviser for your subject or the relevant Examination Office.

Opportunity to submit an objection:

Even in the case of irrevocably failed module examinations, you have the opportunity to submit an objection against the examination decision or grade.

Irrevocable failure of the Bachelor's or Master’s examination

Legal basis: Section 15 of the Examination Procedure Regulations (PVO) (.pdf)

What are the consequences of irrevocably failing the Bachelor's or Master's examination in a degree programme or part of the degree programme?

If you have irrevocably failed the Bachelor's or Master's examination, you will no longer be entitled to take examinations in this degree programme or part of the degree programme and so you are not permitted to continue studying it.

What happens now?

You will receive notification of the irrevocable failure of the Bachelor's or Master's examination from the Examination Office responsible for the particular degree programme / discipline.

The next step is then de-registration from the degree programme or part of the degree programme (either on your own initiative or at the initiative of Student Services / International Center).

Note: If the irrevocable failure of a module examination in an optional compulsory module does not lead to the irrevocable failure of the Bachelor's or Master's examination in the degree programme / discipline, you receive no notification from the relevant Examination Office and you do not de-register from the degree programme / discipline.