The structure of degree programs is determined in the respective examination regulations and the program’s module catalog. First semester courses and modules impart basic knowledge. The courses over the remainder of the degree then gradually enhance, deepen and expand this knowledge. The study schedule provides students with an exemplary model of how to structure their degree so as to ensure that all the necessary requirements have been fulfilled in the previous semester.
In theory, students can and should map out the course of their degree independently. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to prevent recommended courses from overlapping. This mainly affects teaching degree students due to their combination of subjects. In such cases, we recommend that you postpone one of the courses affected by an overlap to a later semester. Make sure you pay attention to the fact that some courses are only offered once a year. Long-term planning is therefore recommended.
Of course, students can choose to complete their degree program quicker than normal and arrange their courses in a way that deviates from the exemplary model. This approach, however, runs the risk of overexertion and can lead to poor exam results and even failure. If you fail the exam you will have to retake it six months later. This can be problematical due to the fact that you will also be focusing on other exams and courses from the current semester.