Independent Studies give major and minor students the option to gain ECTS credits for their required optional credits (Wahlleistungen) by doing independent projects of different kinds (see examples below). These activities need to be clearly distinguishable from work required for courses or the BA/MA thesis in most cases*, and are to be discussed with and agreed upon by a member of the teaching staff (supervisor) and by the IS Coordinator in advance.
BA: 1-5 ECTS
MA*: 1-5 ECTS
BA: 2-5 ECTS
MA*: 3-7 ECTS
The overall maximum may not be exceeded when doing multiple Independent Studies.
*If you are a combination MA student with an MA Major and a Minor in English, you can get up to 7 (previous study plan) or 5 (Study Plan 2017) ECTS for your major PLUS up to 7/5 ECTS for your Minor. However, you may not exceed 7/5 ECTS in each field of study. For example, if you have completed a 7/5 ECTS linguistics project for your literature major, you cannot do another linguistics IS in your linguistics Minor.
When planning your project, please take into account that 1 ECTS equals 25 hours of work.
Before you start with your project:
During your project:
After you finished your project:
IS projects advertised by English Department staff members:
We consider these to be “mini-internships” in our department and we are happy to give you written confirmation for the work done.
Date collection can, in some cases, be part of your BA / MA thesis.
*Language courses will no longer be accepted for independent studies.