Credit Points in the IMPRS-TP
During their studies, students must accrue credit points (CPs). The IMPRS‑TP program offers a wide variety of graduate level courses in a number of related fields of studies. Any deviation from the official curriculum requires prior approval from the program’s spokesperson and coordinator.
Students need to earn a total of 30 CPs, with one CP being equivalent to one European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) credit point and corresponds to approximately 30 working hours including preparation.
CP are earned for each of the three mandatory Thesis Advisory Committee meetings. Further, a combination of required and optional courses allows students to assemble a curriculum according to their needs and Thesis Advisory Committee’s recommendations.
Students will be informed about the course’s requirements and assignments, whether they will be required to take an exam (and if so, written or oral), present a seminar or submit a final paper. The program’s spokesperson and coordinator decide on the number of CPs awarded for each course. Each year, the spokesperson and coordinator may revise this, however once a student has received a grade in a course, the number of CPs can not change.
The IMPRS‑TP encourages students to participate in international courses and workshops. Students should apply in advance to the program coordinator for CP assessment of external courses. The application should include all relevant information, such as the institution and lecturer, the number of hours, the course syllabus, and the mode of grading. Approval and the number of CPs awarded are at the discretion of the IMPRS‑TP spokesperson and coordinator.
The credit-based system also encourages student contribution. CPs can be awarded for teaching (e.g. organizing a method workshop), project management (e.g. organizing a symposium like the Munich <interact>) or leadership activities (e.g. serving as student representative). Finally, CPs will be awarded for additional curricular activities, such as the participation in transferable skill courses, advanced method training or active participation at scientific conferences.