If I have too many ECTS at graduation, can I choose which modules are included in the grade calculation?
No, this is how it is decided what grade you get for the Master’s degree:
1. the grades of the compulsory modules are always included in the Master’s grade. Any grades from the interdisciplinary elective area (10 ECTS) have no influence on the Master’s grade.
2. if you have more than 120 ECTS, the grades of the modules that do not fall under point 1 are taken into account in chronological order. If a module is no longer required in this order, it will be listed as “surplus” on the transcript.
3. Of the module grades that remain after point 2, the best module grades are selected.
Example: One has completed 62 ECTS in the compulsory modules, 10 ECTS in the interdisciplinary elective area and in addition 9 modules with 6 ECTS each, which results in a total of 126 ECTS and thus 6 ECTS too many. The module of the 9 modules whose examination was taken last is not included in the calculation of the Master’s grade. Of the remaining 8 modules, the three (= 18 ECTS) with the worst module grades are not included in the calculation of the Master’s grade.
The Master’s grade is then calculated from the remaining five module grades and the compulsory module grades, weighted according to the number of ECTS.
Please note that the actual calculation of the Master’s grade is still somewhat more complicated, as modules may only be included on a pro-rata basis.