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Search for Degree Programmes

You can use the search for Degree Programmes to find information about the courses of study offered at the University of Cologne. It is useful, if you are e.g. considering a bachelor or master programme at the University of Cologne or want to change your degree programme.

The courses of study comprise all degree programmes, differentiated by degree, that the University of Cologne offers.

Contents of this Chapter

Search Operators and Parameters

Search Criterion        Description Examples
Case Sensitivity             The search function ignores upper and lower case. Searching for “universität” will find "universität", “Universität” and “UNIVERSITÄT”.
Placeholders

You can use placeholder characters in order to search for text components. The following placeholders are applicable:

  • * or % = placeholder for more than one character
  • ? or _ = placeholder for exactly one character
 
 
  • Searching for "*raum" or "%raum" will find "Seminarraum", "Veranstaltungsraum", "Ausstellungsraum", etc.
  • Searching for "*raum*" or "%raum%" will find "Seminarraumnummer", "Veranstaltungsraumbelegung", etc.
  • Searching for "M?ller" or "M_ller" will find "Müller", "Möller", "Miller", etc.
 
Umlauts ä, ö, ü                         The search will show results for both ä, ö, ü and ae, oe, ue. Searching for "universitaet" will find "Universitaet" as well as "Universität".
"ss" and "ß" The search will show results for both “ss” and “ß”. Searching for "Straße" will find both "Straße" and "Strasse".
Other Diacritical Signs                                  If other diacritical signs are used (e.g. ^, °, ~, `, ´), the search will show results for spellings with or without these accents/signs. Searching for "Andre" will find "Andre" and "André".

Additional Tips for Searching for Courses and Degree Programmes

Search Criterion             Description Examples
Result Accuracy        All used search terms are interpreted as word components as if they were complemented by placeholders. The search for "Arbeit" will find "Arbeiten", "Arbeitsrecht", etc.
Combining Multiple Search Terms             Multiple words divided by blanks are used as multiple search terms combined by AND, i.e. all search terms must be included in the result. Searching for "Deutsch Zweitsprache" will only find results that include both "Deutsch" and "Zweitsprache".
Number of Characters                There is no minimum for the number of characters. A blank search is possible. In this case, all results are listed (taking into account all other given specifications).  

Search Instructions

1. Choose the option “Degree Programmes” by clicking the pull-down menu Search in the upper right hand corner. This opens the page “Search Degree Programmes".

2. Enter the Search Term into the search box. Please follow the instructions above regarding search operators and parameters.
3. Choose the desired Degree by clicking the selection field “Degree”.

Please note: The selection field contains current and discontinued degree programmes. The addition “(alt)” (”(old)”) marks discontinued degree programmes. You can limit your search results by choosing “current” or “discontinued” in the Status search option.

4. The search option Status is preset to “current”.
5. Choose the desired Academic Year.
6. Click the Search button. The results of the query will appear below the search area.

Please note: The search offers only individual degree courses, .e.g. for a multiple subject degree programme you need to search for each of the individual degree programmes.

Example 1:

You are looking for information about a single-subject bachelor degree programme “Educational Science” (“Erziehungswissenschaft”).
1. Enter the Search Term “Erziehungswissenschaft” into the search box.
2. Choose the search option “82 Ein-Fach-Bachelor” in the Degree pull-down menu.
3. Choose the desired Academic Year.
4. Click the Search button. The results of your search are listed below the search area.

Example 2:

You are looking for information about the Master of Education programme for secondary and comprehensive schools (“Lehramt an Gymnasien und Gesamtschulen (M.Ed.)").

1. Leave the search box Search Term blank.
2. Choose the search option “M3 Lehramt an Gymnasien und Gesamtschulen (M.Ed.)“ in the Degree pull-down menu.
3. Choose the desired Academic Year.
4. Click the Search button. The results of your search are listed below the search area.
5. Click on your desired degree programmes’ curricula in the column “curriculum”, e.g. Bildungswissenschaften ("Educational Science"), Biologie ("Biology") and Englisch ("English") (see screenshot).

How to Use the Results

If there are results for your search, you can now view the different degree programmes’ curriculum structures. To open them, click the desired Curriculum in the column “Curriculum”. The window “Curriculum” opens.

 

In the following, you will find information about the structure of a curriculum as well as about the different options that this view offers.

Curriculum Structure

1. You opened the page “Curriculum”. You can now view the Curriculum Structure, depicted in the form of a tree structure.

Please note: Die depiction of the curriculum equals the depiction of the "Curriculum Support" in the application Registration Status. Check the chapter Registration Status for more information.

2. The curriculum lists the individual modules of a degree programme according to the respective exam regulations’ subject specific annotations. By clicking the “+/-“-Symbols you can open or collapse the curriculum structure.

The Columns in the Curriculum View

Column Description
Node Filter Name Curriculum according to exam regulations.
__  
  • : Description of module according to the module handbook.
  • , : Registration for course is possible.
  • : You are registered for this course.
  • , : Registration for exam is possible.
  • : You are registered for this exam.
 
rec. sem. Recommended semester, if specified in the exam regulations.
Credits ECTS credits awarded for completion of module.
Duration Not relevant for students of the University of Cologne.
WF Not relevant for students of the University of Cologne.

Definition of the Node Types in the Curriculum

Node Type           Abbreviation Symbol Definition
Rule Node
(Object)                     
RKN

Rule nodes serve to depict the basic structure of the SPO-version.

Examples:

  • The rule nodes group the structure into sub-trees, that in turn group compulsory subjects, elective subjects or compulsory elective subjects
  • Main nodes of sub-trees that depict main and minor subjects
 
Module Node
(Object)
MKN Main node of the “module trees”.
Exam Node              
(Object)       
PKN Exam nodes list courses or exams that are available for registration

Show Courses in the Curriculum

1. Expand the curriculum by clicking the "+/-“-Symbols until you reach the level where individual courses appear.
2. All allocated courses appear in a table. Apart from the title of a course, the other columns list “Lecturer” as well as “Time” and “Place” of the first date of a specific course.

This table offers the following further options:

  • Click the title of a course to open the window “Course – Detailed View”.
  • Click the name of the lecturer/s to open their personal business card.
  • Click the room information to open the window “Room”, which contains the floor plan (if provided).

Please note: Please do not register for courses using the search function, even if it appears to be possible in this instance. The listed courses are not linked with your degree programme. The chapter The Allocation of Courses provides instructions for the correct registering process.

View Weekly Schedule in the Calendar

1. Navigate the curriculum until you reach the desired element (e.g. area or module) and click the Calendar Icon to the right of the title.

2. The window “Course Timetable” opens.
3. Click the Selection Field in the top left corner and choose “Weekly Schedule”. The weekly schedule appears in the calendar view.

4.    Click the Title of a Course to open the window “Course – Detailed View”.

View the Semester Plan

The Semester Plan is only useful for students of the Faculty of Medicine. It differs from the curriculum view in that respect, that all courses are allocated to a specific semester during which they need to be completed.

1. Enter the Search Term “Medizin” in to the search box.
2. Choose the search option “08 Staatsexamen“ in the Degree pull-down menu.
3. Choose the desired Academic Year.
4. Click  the Search button. The results of your search are listed below the search area.

5. Click the desired Curriculum in the column “Curriculum”.
6. The page “Curriculum” opens.
7. In the navigation area, change the view to Semester Plan. The semester plan opens.