Credits and prerequisites
You've probably already seen the recommended curriculum for your field of study and know that the standard length of study is 3 years for a Bachelor's degree (6 semesters), 2 years for a Continuing Master's degree (4 semesters). The plan advises students on how to divide the compulsory and optional courses into semesters. However, it is not necessary to follow it.
FI allows its students to tailor their studies and enrol in courses when it suits them. You can spread your courses over 5 or more semesters. You can take a semester off and go abroad or free up time to do an interesting bachelor's thesis in your 3rd semester. In short, you can really tailor your studies a lot if you keep two things in mind:
- Enough credits
- Meeting the prerequisites
To be admitted to the State Final Examination, you need to have obtained at least 180 credits (120 in the follow-up Master's programme).
Each course throughout MU has a certain number of credits assigned to it. This number roughly corresponds to the number of hours a student spends per week preparing for the course.
The recommended number of credits per semester is 30. So, in an average semester, you will spend approximately 30 hours preparing for school (including classes and exam period).
For more detailed information about the credit system, please refer to the Student Catalogue.
There is no upper limit, you can take as many courses as you want, but
you can cancel repeats for courses worth a maximum of 18 credits (12 in the NMgr degree)
during your studies.
If you do not successfully complete a course, you will automatically be enrolled as soon as it is relisted. If you repeat a course and do not successfully complete it, your studies will be terminated (you will not meet the requirements for enrolment in the next semester).
If you do not successfully complete the course and do not want to be automatically enrolled, you can cancel your obligation to repeat the course. This is only possible for elective and compulsory courses.
Also, when selecting courses for the semester, remember that you must successfully complete 20 credits of courses in the past semester or 45 credits combined for the past two semesters to advance to the next semester. Keep a margin in the number of credits.
As an FI MU student, you may enroll in courses from other MU faculties and the credits for those courses will count. (If you have taken a course at another university, you may request credit for it in writing to the Office of Student Affairs.)
The exact rules are set out in the MU Study and Examination Regulations.
A course prerequisite is a condition that must be met in order to enroll in a course.
For example, the State Final Exam is a course that has all the required and required electives in your major listed as prerequisites.
A typical prerequisite is the successful completion of another course. Sometimes courses are so similar that their prerequisite is that you have neither passed nor enrolled in the other one at the same time. A prerequisite may also be the approval of the instructor or being a student in a particular major.
Prerequisites are always listed in the MU IS in the course information.
If you decide not to follow the recommended study plan, check the prerequisites for your compulsory courses. You would not be the first person to have to extend because you scheduled a course last semester whose prerequisite was not met.
For more information about credits and prerequisites, see MU Study and Examination Regulations, Article 6 and especially Article 11.