Maximum duration of study and active enrolment requirement

Maximum duration of study

The maximum duration of study indicates how much time you have to complete your degree programme. The maximum duration of study for Bachelor’s and Master’s degree students at Faculty of Natural Sciences and Faculty of Technical Sciences is the prescribed period of study plus six months. The extra semester ensures that you have three opportunities to pass in all enrolled courses. You can see how your maximum duration of study is prescribed in the academic regulations.

You find your academic regulation under 'Teaching' > 'Academic regulations and ministerial orders'.

If you do not complete your degree programme within this time frame, you will automatically be withdrawn from the degree programme.

The withdrawal will be effected irrespective of which and how many courses you have failed to pass, and regardless of whether you have used all your examination attempts within the prescribed period of study.

Your maximum duration of study will always expire on either 1 September or 1 March. You will receive a notification approximately 14 days before the expiry of your maximum duration of study. If you lack a result in the last exams, you must contact If you are automatically withdrawn from the degree programme, you will not receive further confirmation of the withdrawal.

In order to avoid withdrawal due to exceeding the maximum duration of study, we recommend you to be aware of your study progress throughout the whole degree programme. If you are in doubt about how to plan your degree programme best, you are always welcome to contact the Student Guidance.

You can always see when your study programme must be completed at the student self service under 'Enrollments' > 'Show enrollments'. 

Active enrolment requirement

From September 1 2016 and onwards, all students at Faculty of Natural Sciences and Faculty of Technical Sciences must pass 45 ECTS at a minimum per academic year. Since the first-year exam is equivalent to 60 ECTS, the active enrolment requirement does not apply for the first year of the Bachelor’s degree programme.

As a general rule all courses of study must be organised in a way that allows the student to participate three times in exam attempts in each enrolled course. This entails that if you choose to change your course of study - for example by deregistering or moving courses - you may waive the right to three examination attempts in the course you choose to deregister or move.

If you are a first-year student, you will not have the right to three examination attempts as you must pass all exams in the first year of the degree programme within the first academic year.

The consequence of not meeting the active enrolment requirement is that you will be administratively withdrawn from your study.