FAQ BSc Biological Sciences


We have collected frequently asked questions and have answered them here to the best of our knowledge and the current state of affairs. However, this information is subject to change - only the information in the Study Regulations that apply to you is legally valid.

Table of Contents for this page:
Beginning your Studies
 | Bachelor’s thesis | Examinations | Transition to Master´s

Topic: Beginning your Studies

Question: How do I know what I can study?

Answer: To get to know the structure of your course of study, you should download the Study Regulations from the Internet and read them before you do anything else. Information on the individual courses as well as a sample study plan is located at the end of the Study Regulations. Details on the time and location of every course are given in the University Calendarof the Goethe University. The first dates, generally preliminary discussions in which are details are explained, are important.

Question: I am a first-semester student and need a preliminary orientation.

Answer: You will find the necessary information on our WebPages and you should attend the information sessions organised by our Bioscience Student Association und by our lecturers.

Question: I arrived in Frankfurt later (succession procedure), what can I do?

Answer: To register for the examination, please use the Registration Sheet for the Bachelor’s Examination, which you then put in the Examination Office’s letter box. Please read the Study Regulations that apply to you completely! Comply with the Class Schedule for the first semester! Please contact Dr. Markus Fauth for information on Module 1. Dr. Elke Schleucher and Dr. Peter Thalau provide course guidance for first-semester students. Please ask your fellow students, what takes place when and what has to be done so that you will not miss out on anything else. Please read up on the examination requirements.

Topic: Bachelor’s Thesis

Question: When do I decide on the subject of my Bachelor’s Thesis?

Answer: Nearly all university instructors in the Faculty have agreed only to assign topics beginning in November of the 5th semester of a particular degree course. You can already obtain information on the research orientation of the work groups in the scope of the “Research in Frankfurt” lecture series in the 4th semester or on the Pages of the university instructors.

Question: May I be paid for the work that develops from my bachelor’s thesis?

Answer: No, you may not be paid for the preparation of your bachelor’s thesis because it is part of your examination.

Question: Can I also write my bachelor’s thesis in English?

Answer: Yes, that is possible and must not be additionally applied for. If you have started your studies in WS 2016/17 or later, you have to apply for a thesis in English when you will register for your bachelor thesis (same form).

Question: How much time do I have to complete my bachelor’s thesis?

Answer: The bachelor's thesis must be submitted to the Examination Office within a period of three months at the most. When you register, you will be given a corresponding deadline for submission by the Examination Office.

Question: I would like to write an external bachelor’s thesis. What must I do to be able to do this?

Answer: According to the Study Regulations, it is generally possible to complete a bachelor’s thesis outside of the Bioscience Faculty, in another faculty of the Goethe University Frankfurt, or at another institution. You are studying biosciences; consequently the contents of the bachelor’s thesis must be biological in any case.
If you desire to write an external bachelor’s thesis, you must perform the following steps:

  • Find an external supervisor and agree on a biological topic with him/her.

  • Write a project description (approx. 3 pages) and discuss this project description with your external supervisor.

  • Locate a second, topic-appropriate supervisor in the Biosciences Faculty, who accepts your project and agrees to be your second supervisor.

  • Write a letter (informal) to the Examination Office in which you apply for the external thesis and explain why you cannot complete it in Faculty 15.Sign this letter.Have the external and internal supervisors certify their approval of the project and its supervision with their signatures.

  • Send the application together with the project description to the Examination Office.

  • The application will be considered by the Dean of Study Affairs, and you will be informed of the result.

Topic: Examinations

Question: Do I have to report to the test (first attempt) or can I decide for myself whether I avail myself of a test date?

Answer: In order to answer this question, first determine the Study Regulations (StO) which apply to your curriculum.

StO of 12.02.2007 (valid version published on 23. October 2009) Sect. 29: In the BSc Biosciences Modules 7-11, the Faculty offers one written examination and one re-examination. Only those students who took the first written examination, but did not pass it, have the right to participate on the re-examination. This means that you cannot report to the re-examination as your first examination date in the Modules 7-11. Otherwise, as far as biological subjects are concerned, it is your choice.

StO in the version of 17.09.2010 (published on 9. October 2010) Sect. 24 Para. 1: For the two partial examinations in Module 1, reporting to the respective first examination date is mandatory. If you do not report to the first examination date, you have failed the examination.
The examinations or re-examinations of the subsequent modules should be taken in the semester in which you registered for the course. Thus, reporting for the examinations of Module 1 is mandatory; subsequently you decide for yourself when you report for an examination for the first time.

StO in the version of 22.02.2016 (published on 22. June 2016) For the first Module 1, reporting to the first examination date is required for the second part of the practical course in this module. The examinations or re-examinations of the subsequent modules should be taken in the semester in which you registered for the course, but you decide for yourself when you report for an examination for the first time.

Question: I did not pass one of the examinations. Do I absolutely have to report to the next examination date (re-examination date or the date in the following year)?

Answer: Yes. The following applies to all students in the Biosciences B.Sc. Programme: „A module examination or module partial examination which was not passed is to be repeated at the next examination date.” Sect. 29 Para. 5. If you do not report for the following date, you are considered as having failed the examination.

Question: How often may I fail an examination?

Answer: “Failed module examinations or module partial examinations can be repeated twice“. This information refers to the biological fields of the BSc. Biosciences Study Programme. Anyone who has not passed an examination after the third attempt will be exmatriculated!

Question: Must I register for the examinations?

Answer: You register once at the start of your studies in the Examination Office for the Bachelor’s Examination (Registration Form). Thereafter, you don’t have to register for any examinations in the biological modules. For the modules of other faculties (Chemistry, Physics), registration might be necessary - please inform yourself on the relevant webpages and ask the head of the module (how to register, starting when, up to when, and the deadline for the rescission option).

Question: What are the re-examination regulations with references to the chemistry and physics modules (Modules 2-4)?

Answer: In subsidiary subjects, the regulations of the respective faculty, which offers these subjects, apply. Please inform yourself by reading the respective study regulations or by asking the appropriate module head.

Question: Where will the results of the examinations be posted?

Answer: In the Internet under Faculty 15, Studying in the Faculty, Study Programme, Biosciences Bachelor’s, Biosciences, Examination results.

Question: Where can I look at my current grades?

Answer: You access the Transcript of Records in your Internet account; the grades are recorded there. Sometimes the grades of an examination which you have just written will be missing; this is due to the fact that a certain processing period is required.

Question: How can I take a look at my examination?

Answer: You submit an informal written letter of application (not via email) to the Examination Office within two weeks after the examination results have been announced. In the process, state your study programme and the examination which you would like to see. Your email address must be included in this application in legible form. The instructor responsible for the examination will inform you as to where and when you can see your examination.

Question: How is the written examination inspection organised?

  • The time allocated for the post-exam review lasts at least 60 minutes.

  • The registered students can come and go as they please in this period.

  • Scripts, transparencies, note paper and books are allowed.

  • Only pencils may be used for making notes.

  • Mobile phones and cameras are not permitted.

  • Comparison and exchanging the examinations and discussion with your fellow students are allowed.

  • Errors and changes which cannot be immediately discussed with the instructors (PhDs) there are to be communicated to the respective examiner in written form.

Question: If I am ill on the examination date, what should I do?

Answer: If you must take the examination on that date to avoid failing, go immediately to your doctor, get a "sick note" from him/her and send the attestation immediately ("as soon as possible") to the Examination Office.

Topic: Transition to the master’s degree

Question: I need a certificate of academic achievement for my application to a master’s study programme, what should I do?

Answer: Please contact the Examination Office regarding this certificate.

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BSc Bio - Subject Specific Student Advice 

Dr Elke Schleucher
Study Dean Consultant

Biologicum, Campus Riedberg
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