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Frequently asked questions

Examinations

The registration deadline in HISinOne for all examinations ends one week before the examination.

The responsible lecturers decide whether students are allowed to take the examination, even if they have missed the registration deadline in HISinOne. Contact persons are the respective lecturers themselves or the respective secretary's office, if available. If the responsible lecturer agrees, the examination may be taken. After the examination date, the result is given to the Examination Office by the research group. It will be entered manually in the Examination Office as soon as time permits.

Certificates must be submitted to the Biology Examination Office no later than one week after the examination date missed due to illness. Please use the "Form for the assessment of illness-related inability to take examinations", which you can find under Forms.

Joker: Once in a degree programme, a student may be permitted to repeat an examination that has been definitively failed or passed upon written application (also possible by email) to the responsible examination board (Examination Office). This does not apply to the Bachelor's or Master's thesis and if an examination has been definitively failed due to cheating. A retake is not permitted without the prior consent of the Examination Board.

  1. Repeating an examination that has been definitively failed: In the case of a definitively failed examination, the application to repeat the examination must be submitted by the end of the following semester at the latest after the module grade has been announced.
  2. Repeating a passed examination to improve the grade: The application to repeat a passed examination must be submitted no later than one week after the announcement of the result of the last examination taken during the course of study. Otherwise, the entitlement to the application of Section 14 (3) expires one week after the announcement of the last course-related examination. In the event of an objection, the deadline is extended by the time of the objection procedure. The best grade of the attempts shall apply.

You must register for examinations on other degree programmes via "Registration / deregistration (external! examinations)". This also applies to examinations in your own subject that you would like to take as additional work and for examinations that you need for your enrolled degree programme from the interlinking area with other degree programmes.

Please note: You may not take (and therefore not register for) examinations that are offered for degree programmes in which you are not enrolled and that you do not need for your current degree programme, e.g. due to elective areas, unless you are explicitly admitted to the examination by the examiner. If you have not been admitted, you are not entitled to an assessment even if you take the examination.

Final theses

Registration is possible as a pdf via e-mail (pruefamt-bio@uni-osnabrueck.de), by post or printed out during our student consultation hours. The credit points required for admission must be credited in your account at the time of registration.

Here you will find forms for registration

Please submit the following documents to the Examination Office for registration:

  1. The completed "Admission requirements" form, depending on the examination regulations,
  2. the completed registration form - please include the signature of both reviewers and the start date of your thesis. One reviewer must be habilitated, the other must have held a doctorate for at least 3 years. The list of authorised examiners can be found on our website under Resolutions. If the first examiner is not authorised to examine at Osnabrück University, please provide proof that they have held a doctorate for at least 3 years, unless they are habilitated.

Here you will find the required forms

External theses must be registered in writing with the Examination Office in advance. The external supervisor is simultaneously the first examiner. The second examiner must be authorised lecturer at Osnabrück University.

The examination board decides on admission.

Authorisation will be refused if

  • the authorisation requirements are not met or
  • the documents are incomplete or
  • the Bachelor's or Master's examination in a biology degree programme at a university or equivalent institution of higher education has already been definitively failed.

Please note: The letter of admission from the Biology Examination Office is a formal notification. Therefore, the topic of the thesis must correspond exactly to the topic of the letter of admission when it is submitted. If there are any changes to the title during the work, please send an informal written request for a change of title (also possible by e-mail) to the Biology Examination Office.

Please register for your thesis at the Examination Office in due time. There must be at least one month between submitting the application documents to the Examination Office and the submission date of the thesis. Without written authorisation from the Examinations Office, your thesis will not be accepted at the Examination Office.

You must be enrolled at the time you submit your thesis.

Please note: The letter of admission from the Biology Examination Office is a formal notification. Therefore, the topic of the thesis must correspond exactly to the topic of the letter of admission when it is submitted. If there are any changes to the title during the work, please send an informal written request for a change of title (also possible by e-mail) to the Biology Examination Office.

When submitting your thesis, you must declare in writing that you have written the thesis - in the case of a group thesis, your appropriately labelled part of the thesis - independently and have not used any sources or aids other than those specified. This declaration must be signed by hand.

Since 01.04.2023, the "special regulations due to significant impairment of university operations" (§26a of the APO) no longer apply. The final theses must be submitted in 3 bound copies to the Biology Examination Office by the submission deadline. They can be submitted to the Examination Office or sent by post. The date of the postmark counts. Three copies of the thesis must also be submitted to the Examination Office if the thesis is written externally. Please do not send it directly to the first examiner!

Please hand in the "Laufzettel" (certificate that you have left everything in order) - signed by the AG, possibly Mrs Wolf (caretaker - transponder) and Mrs Bernhardt or Mr Gelwer (have the originals placed in the IT mailbox by the AG) - to the Examination Office. Only then will you receive your degree documents.

Bachelor of Science Biology:

  • 155 CP in the mandatory programme,
  • the two reviews of the examinors.

Master of Science Biology:

  • 90 CP in the mandatory programme,
  • the two reviews of the examinors.
  • completed form for the presentation of the Master's thesis, see under Forms,
  • Minutes of the oral examinations for project work I and II, see under Forms. As with all other examinations and coursework, the grades are entered into HISinOne by the respective research group.

The final documents can only be issued if the completed "Laufzettel" (certificate that you have left everything in order, see above) has been submitted to the Examination Office. The transponders must be handed in either to the secretary's office of the research group or to Mrs Wolf, the caretaker.

A certificate of graduation can only be issued when all achievements and the reports (in the master programme also the completed form with the date of the presentation) have been submitted.