Courses of study

Diploma, Bachelor, Master, State Examination and Postgraduate Programmes

Diploma (German Diplom)

Subject Duration
Physics 10 semester
Chemistry 10 semester
Biology 10 semester
Electrical Engineering 10 semester
Mechanical Engineering 10 semester
Computer Science 10 semester
Comercial Information Technology 10 semester

Diplom (Graduate Diploma)
Courses of study such as Natural Sciences, Engineering Sciences, Economics and Social Sciences are generally completed by a Diplomprüfung (examination leading to a Graduate Diploma).
These examinations are based upon the Diplomprüfungsordnungen (regulations for examinations leading to a graduate diploma.) During your studies these regulations put the major emphasis on one single subject. If they include any additional subjects, the latter have to be based on the requirements for the main subject.
The Diplom-Vorprüfung (intermediate examination towards a diploma) covers all basic subjects of your studies concerned. In general you should take the intermediate examination until the fourth or fifth semester. The subject-specific examinations include the Diplomarbeit (thesis for a degree) as well as the Diplom-Hauptprüfung (final examination leading to the diploma).

Bachelor and Master

Subject Duration
Physics (continued study, only Master of science)
The Master students from physics can already specialize in the topic "Physics of New Materials" within the international curriculum (in English) and shortly also within the german curriculum
4 semester
Chemistry (Bachelor + Master of science) 6 + 4 semester
Information Technology/ Technical Computer Science
(Bachelor + Master of science)
6 + 4 semester
Medical Biotechnology (Bachelor of science, started in 2005
corresponding master will follow in 2007)
6 semester
Biology (continued study, only Master of science)
A specialization in Biosystems Technology for the master students of biology is being developed.
4 semester
Computational Engineering (continued study, only Master of science) 4 semester
Bioinformatics (continued study, only Master of science) 4 semester

Bachelors and Masters Degree
As two-stage degrees
In order to keep pace with the international globalization, Germany has introduced Bachelors and Masters degrees to their universities some time ago. These academic degrees have been adopted from the Anglo-American educational systems in addition to the German Diplom and Magister degrees so that an international compatibility could be obtained in most subjects. This was meant to encourage mainly foreign students to study in Germany but also to make it easier for German students to study abroad and to start their career at an international level.
After six or seven semesters you may attain a Bachelors degree. After three or four additional semesters you may be granted a Masters degree which is equivalent to a Diplom degree.

State Examination (Staatsexamen)

Subject Duration
Medicine 12,5 semester

State Examination
In some courses of study every step you take will be supervised by the State, from your first lecture to your final examination. E. g., if you like to become a lawyer, a teacher or a doctor, you will be studying at a university and you will complete your studies with a State Examination. The responsibility of the State Examination will be taken by specific commissions supervised by the State of Germany. Courses of study leading to a State Examination are usually two-stage courses. This means that once you have passed the First State Examination as a future teacher or lawyer, you will have to go through a preparatory programme (traineeship) which will lead you to the Second State Examination. Upon passing both examinations (and only then!) you will have the full legal eligibility for practicing your profession. State Examinations equally serve as examinations for a civil service career.

Postgraduate Programmes

Programme Duration
International Postgraduated Programmes (IPP)
Science and Engineering of New Materials
Three years of course and research work

Study focus of IPP
The study focuses on the science and technology of new materials which is an area of modern research and development concentrating on the synthesis, characterisation and application of atomic and molecular units all the way to nano-structured materials and composites.
At Rostock University this research is supported in a broad interdisciplinary effort by the Faculties of Natural Sciences, Informatics and Electrotechnics and Engineering and by the Leibniz Institute of Organic Catalysis (IfOK). This programme is the nucleus of a Postgraduate School at Rostock University covering also various other research topics (see Interdisciplinary courses and seminars, guest lectures, summer schools and workshops offer a stimulating scientific atmosphere.
For detailed information about IPP please look here.

Further informations: Central List of the Academic Programmes