Registration for Examination performances, study performances and modules

Special features according to module and examination form

On this page you will find the registration and de-registration modalities for exams as well as different module forms. We also provide information on the obligation to submit doctor's certificates. From now on, those certificates can also be submitted via an online form. If you have any questions, please contact the study office at any time.

General information


You must register for your study and examination credits during the registration times stated (see Dates and deadlines ) via the electronic campus management system TUCaN.

Please read this guidance and FAQs about TUCaN!

Please note: If you want to register for an examination or study credits in a module that spans several semesters (e.g. analysis or linear algebra), you may have to wait until you enter the semester in which the module was registered.

For any other questions please turn to the Office for Student Affairs .

Examination withdrawal

It is generally possible to withdraw from examinations up to eight days before the respective examination date. You can withdraw from written examinations online via TUCaN. In the case of oral examinations, you may send a message to the Office for Student Affairs via the contact form . If you do not withdraw in time and do not attend the examination, it will be marked as “failed”.

Bi-lingual modules

Some modules are offered in German as well as in English. It is possible to change the module. Please contact the Office for Student Affairs.

Withdrawal due to illness

If you are ill, you will need to submit a medical certificate that states the onset and end of the illness and your inability to take the examination(!). The certificate must not be handwritten and must include the signature and stamp of the doctor issuing the certificate. Simple certificates of incapacity for work will not be accepted! The certificate must be delivered to the Office for Student Affairs within three days or no later than the following working day (Examination Regulations, § 15, para 2). Submission is possible via the online form .

Additional information on the webpages of the Directorate II

When submitting the certificate please state the following:

  • matriculation number
  • name and date of examination(s)

You can use the withdrawal form (see Download area ) for this purpose and check the option “withdrawal with certificate”.

In order to meet the deadline, the certificate may be scanned and forwarded to the Office for Student Affairs via the online form .

Examination and study achievements for lecture modules

Since the Summer Semester 2014, students have been required to register for study achievements as well as for examination achievements in the respective lecture module provided that the module involves credits. You can discover which modules comprise both study and examination achievements when registering on TUCaN.

As a general rule:

All lecture modules in the Bachelor’s study programme include study achievements.

Lecture modules in the Master’s study programme do not usually include study achievements. The exceptions are (when attending the supplementary area):

  • discrete optimisation
  • non-linear optimisation
  • approximation theory
  • applied geometry

Please note that you must register for study achievements even if the lecturer does not specifically control the work you have done for the credit points (usually x percent of assignments).

Important: Unlike registering for examinations, registering for study achievements is only possible in the semester in which you attend the course.

Once you yourself have registered for the module and the relevant classes, you are not required to additionally register examination credits via TUCaN. Registration is automatic when a pass is entered.

For oral examinations in mathematics please initially register for the exam during the registration period via TUCaN. Please ask your examiner about the time and the procedure in which examination dates are set until the end of the lecture period.

Please differentiate between the following oral examinations for the procedure of scheduling dates.

The specialisation examination in the Master’s programme covers several modules which means you do not have to register for and take individual exams, or accrue credits. In order to be assigned to support groups, however, or be able to use teaching materials, you can apply to the Office for Student Affairs for access to the module.

The specialisation module and specialisation examination (18 CPs) will be registered when you

  • 1. have personally agreed on the examination contents with the examiner (usually specialisation lectures accruing 9+9 CPs, 9+5+5 CPs or 5+5+5+5 CPs). In doing so, you will have to demonstrate to the examiner that the contents covered are different from any others studied during your Master’s or Bachelor’s programmes.
  • 2. have attended the relevant teaching modules


Mathematics students are eligible to make a third attempt at an examination by sitting an oral examination even if oral examinations are not on offer in the respective semester. This is, however, only possible if the examiner is willing to hold this oral examination.

N.B.: In the case of a third attempt (oral), the student forfeits the right to a supplementary oral examination.

Steps to register a third attempt (oral):

1. Registration for written examination via TUCaN

2. Application for a third attempt (oral) at the Office for Student Affairs, so that an extra examination date can be arranged with the examiner.

3. Submission of completed registration, including the date of the extra examination, eight days before the earlier of the following dates at the latest:

  • the standard (written) examination date
  • the actual date of the extra (oral) examination

Registration must be submitted to the Office for Student Affairs; examination registration will then be amended on TUCaN accordingly.

The combi examination covers two teaching modules, so you are not required to register for and take individual exams or accrue credits. The contents of both modules will be examined in a joint oral examination.

You should register for the examination in the combi module during the semester in which the final part of the combi module is taken.

If part of the combi module is recognised (e.g. double degree B.Sc.), please contact the Office for Student Affairs.

You can register and be examined on modules that are not a component of your standard programme of study. On application to the Office for Student Affairs, credits from so-called additional voluntary electives can be included on a separate credit list; the credit points and any grade awarded will not count towards your degree. Normally, you do not have the right to apply for the results of an examination that has been taken as an additional voluntary elective to be recognised subsequently for your ongoing or a later degree.

In order to smooth your path from your Bachelor’s to your Master’s study programme, you can accrue up to 30 CPs for your Master’s programme during your Bachelor’s programme. Any exams you pass for early Master’s credits will be treated exactly as they would if they had been taken during the Master’s programme itself.

  • Example 1: Modules which fall within the Master’s specialisation area can and should be registered via the Bachelor’s compulsory elective areas (especially areas A, B, C, D). The application for the Bachelor’s certificate will state which modules contribute to the Bachelor’s degree and which are being transferred to the Master’s programme.
  • Example 2: All other modules (e.g. subsidiary subject, mathematical specialistation, Studium Generale) have to be registered via the area “Early Master’s credits”.

The registration of early Master’s credits is only possible on the basis of an approved (Bachelor’s and) Master’s examination plan. As soon as an early Master's examination has been taken, only those Master's courses can be studied in which the early Master's examination can be introduced. Therefore, a conscientious Master's programme planning is urgently required before Master's examination achievements are brought forward.

If you have made two failed attempts at an elective module you are not necessarily forced to complete the module; instead, you can replace it with a different module. (The relevant alteration in the General Examination Regulations, 5th amendment, was introduced on 1.10.2015.)

It refers to modules in

  • compulsory electives in mathematics (B.Sc.)
  • compulsory electives in Ü (B.Sc.)
  • the supplementary mathematical area (M.Sc.)
  • Studium Generale (B.Sc./M.Sc.)
  • Elective General Modules (B.Sc./M.Sc.)

To register for modules in the Language Resource Centre, particularly for the module “English for Mathematicians”, please take note of the procedures described on the Language Resource Centre website. You will usually have to take an assessment test before registering.