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Questions concerning the graduation process

General questions concerning graduation

When must I apply to graduate?

You apply to graduate in the semester in which you plan to complete your studies. You can click the application within a preset period once per semester via the module booking tool.

I have already clicked on the link in the module booking tool by mistake and can no longer activate the link. What should I do?

Send an e-mail to the Service Desk in the Study Dean's Office and let us know which degree program you would like to graduate from. We will send you the link again by e-mail.

I clicked on the link in the module booking tool out of curiosity but do not want to apply to graduate. What must I do?

You can withdraw from the application to graduate by sending an e-mail to the Service Desk of the Study Dean's Office.

When I click on the link using the module booking tool, it takes me to the wrong application (e.g., Master of Law without any specialization instead of Master of Law with Specialization in Public Law). How do I find the right application?

Please check your semester enrollment. If you find that you are enrolled in the wrong degree program, you will only be able to apply to graduate in the next semester. You can only re-enroll during the enrollment period. In this respect, please comply with the   Ordinance on Admission to Studies at the University of Zurich, dated 27 August 2018 (in German only)

I have applied to graduate. Which course must I enroll in for the following semester?

Students in a Bachelor’s degree program enroll for the Master’s degree program. In the event of not passing the Bachelor’s degree, students are automatically relegated to the Bachelor's degree program. The form for applying to graduate must be resubmitted in the following semester. In this respect, please comply with the  Ordinance on Admission to Studies at the University of Zurich, dated 27 August 2018 (in German only)

I would like to apply to graduate this semester but have missed the deadline. What can I do?

To apply to graduate retrospectively, you must make an application in writing to the Legal Department of the Dean's Office of the Faculty of Law, in which you justify why you were unable to comply with the deadline. The Legal Department of the Dean's Office will decide on the basis of your arguments whether you can apply late. If you have any questions concerning the request, please contact the Legal Department of the Dean's Office directly: Legal Department of the Dean's Office

Please address your letter to:

University of Zurich Faculty of Law
Legal Department of the Dean's Office
Rämistrasse 74/2
8001 Zurich

You may, of course, also deliver the letter in person to the Service Deskof the Study Dean's Office during opening hours.

I have not finished the master thesis or failed exams. Is there any way to withdraw from the degree application? What happens then?

You have the possibility to withdraw from your graduation application until the graduation ceremony. Your application will be deleted from the system and there will be no consequences for you. Report a withdrawal from the application to the Service Desk of the Study Dean's Office as soon as possible.

How exactly does the transfer of credit toward the final degree work if there are superfluous modules? Are final degrees with more than 180 ECTS credits possible in the Bachelor? And in the Master with more than 90 ECTS credits? (published 9 November 2021)

The procedure for the transfer of credit for recognized academic achievement toward the final degree is as follows:

1. Credit for academic achievement, which is required for the degree: compulsory modules, core elective modules

If more than the required modules were completed in a module group with core elective modules, the module that was completed first (if only one is required for the degree) or the modules that were completed first (if more than one core elective module in the module group is required) will be taken into account. The core elective modules that are not yet taken into account at this step are subsequently treated as equivalent to elective modules in law (see item 2).

2. Credit for further modules in law (elective modules and core elective modules not yet included in the first step)

If not all of these "further modules in law" are needed to reach the required number of ECTS credits for the final degree (Bachelor: 180, Master RWF: 90), they are considered for a transfer of credit in ascending chronological order. The decisive factor is the semester in which the modules were completed. If the most recently completed modules, of which not all can be taken into account, were completed within the same semester, students choose which of these modules are counted toward their final degree. Each of the chosen modules must be required to achieve the ECTS credits needed for the degree (see the example below).

3. Credit for modules from outside the Faculty, if applicable

Credit for modules from outside the Faculty of Law is only counted toward the degree if the modules from the Faculty are not sufficient to achieve the required ECTS credits. Again, the chronological order applies respectively the students choose (if there are  modules completed within the same semester which could be considered for a transfer of credit).

If, in this way, the credit of the modules counted toward the degree reaches a total greater than 180 ECTS credits in the Bachelor's degree or 90 ECTS credits in the Master's degree, the final degree is awarded with more than 180 ECTS credits or with more than 90 ECTS credits.

Example:

In the Master's study program Rechtswissenschaft (according to the new regulations), in addition to the compulsory modules (42 ECTS credits [including the Master's thesis]) and the required core elective modules (12 ECTS credits from the Foundations of Law module group), students must complete further modules amounting to 36 ECTS credits to reach the required 90 ECTS credits. The student Y. has completed the following academic achievement in addition to the compulsory modules:

  • 1st semester: core elective module A from the module group Foundations of Law (6 ECTS), elective module B from the Faculty of Law (6 ECTS)
  • 2nd semester: core elective modules C and D from the module group Foundations of Law (6 ECTS each), elective modules E (6 ECTS) and F (3 ECTS) from the Faculty of Law, module G from the Faculty of Philosophy (18 ECTS), module H from the Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics (6 ECTS), module J from the Language Center (2 ECTS)
  • 3rd semester: elective modules K and L from the Faculty of Law (6 ECTS each)

Order of consideration for a transfer of credit toward the degree:

1. Credit of compulsory modules (42 ECTS credits)

2. Credit of core elective module A (6 ECTS credits)

3. Credit of core elective module C or D according to Y's choice. (6 ECTS credits) [In the present case, this choice is ultimately irrelevant and would therefore be omitted].

-> Intermediate total: 54 ECTS credits

-> Credit of further modules to the extent of 36 ECTS is required for the final degree.

4. Credit of further modules from the Faculty in ascending chronological order: core elective module B (6), core elective module C or D (6), core elective modules E and F (9), core elective modules K and L (12)

-> Intermediate total: 87 ECTS credits

-> Credit of further academic achievement in the amount of 3 ECTS credits is necessary for the final degree.

5. Credit of modules from outside the Faculty of Law: Since credit of all modules from the Faculty is counted toward the final degree, credit of modules form outside the Faculty is taken into account. These were all completed in the 2nd semester. The credit of module J from the Language Center (2 ECTS) alone is not sufficient to reach the 90 required ECTS credits. However, it cannot be counted together with module G or H either, since it is not required to be taken alongside one of these modules in order to reach the 90 ECTS credits. Thus, Y. has the choice between module G (18 ECTS) and module H (6 ECTS). If module G is chosen, the Master's degree will be awarded with 105 ECTS credits, if module H is chosen with 93 ECTS credits.

The modules completed at the UZH for which credit is not counted toward the final degree can be seen in the Academic Record together with the grade; they appear under the title "Academic Achievement Not Counted toward Degree".

Questions concerning the graduation process

When trying to complete the table in the application, I cannot find the module in the selection, or the module I select in the table does not match the number of ECTS credits on the module I have completed. What can I do?

The tables in the application are linked to the course catalogue. It is important that you pay attention to whether the upper or lower case is used. Modules that are rated differently are listed several times. Modules that are not shown in the course catalogue, such as language modules at the language center, and modules that were completed at other universities are not available for selection. In this case, you can simply overwrite the line.

I have completed the application and sent it off. How can I be sure that you have received it?

You will be sent a confirmation e-mail once it has been sent.

Why have I not received a confirmation e-mail?

The confirmation e-mail is sent to your UZH e-mail address. If you have not received this e-mail, the application does not seem to have been sent. Please check your spam folder first and then contact the Service Deskof the Study Dean's Office.

How do I know whether I have completed the application correctly?

Should there be anything on the application that is unclear, we will contact you by phone during the processing period (fall semester in January/February and spring semester in August/September). Please make sure that your contact details in the module booking system are correct.

(Only for students in a Master’s degree program) I would like to apply to courts and have already done all the work. My Master’s thesis has been registered by the Study Dean's Office and I have not booked any further modules. Can I receive premature confirmation of my degree?

Premature confirmation of a degree is not possible. However, the Zurich court authorities accept a provisional confirmation of degree, which will be prepared by the Service Desk of the Study Dean's Office on request, subject to the following conditions:

No modules have been booked in the current semester, either within the Faculty or outside it.
All credits have been transferred until four weeks before the graduation.
The Master’s thesis has been registered.