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Magister Artium (M.A.)
Traditional German academic degree, awarded after completion of a Magister course.

Magister examination
Final examination for a Magister course.

Main course
Main subject studied during the one year preparatory course. Depending on the subject that will subsequently be studied and for which they have an appropriate entrance qualification, students attend an M course (for medical, biological and pharmaceutical courses), a T course (for mathematical, scientific and technical courses), a W course (for business and social science courses), a G course (for arts courses and German studies) or an S course (for languages). Some courses combine G and S courses are combined. German is the tuition language for all main courses.

Main study stage
Second section of studies (on conventional courses such as Magister or Diplom), which requires successful completion of the basic study stage and normally involves more in-depth study of selected subject areas (focus areas, fields of study etc.). Depending on the course, the main study stage ends with an internal examination or the state examination.

Master of Arts (M.A.)/Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Academic degree awarded after completion of a one or two-year Masters course. The Masters course is a continuation of a first academic degree e.g. Bachelor or Magister Artium.

Maximum study period
Only applies to subjects that have fixed periods to take the intermediate or final examination. If the maximum study period is exceeded, the student has to leave the institution.

Minimum study time
Minimum number of semesters that need to have been completed before a student can register to take the final examination.

Module
Individual section of a Bachelor or Masters course that ends with examinations and is awarded credit points.

Music college
Trains musicians and composers. To study at a music college, you must be able to demonstrate a particular talent in an aptitude test/audition. Many music colleges also offer courses in associated academic disciplines, such as music education, musicology and music history.

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