Examinations and Credit Points

Each module is completed with an examination, the form of which may vary (oral exam, exam written in class, exam to take home, written paper analysing a topic or a case, presentation etc.). For each successful exam a certain number of credit points (CP) according to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) will be awarded.

A total of 60 CP can be earned; the credit points are allocated to the different elements of the Master Programme as follows:

  • basic modules: 15 CP,
  • modules of the elective specialisation field: 25 CP,
  • internship: 5 CP, and
  • master thesis: 15 CP.

The successful passing of an examination requires the minimum grade ‘sufficient’ (4.0); the same applies to the master thesis.


In case of successful completion of all relevant modules and a master thesis marked at least with a grade of ‘sufficient’ (4.0), the University of Hamburg awards the degree of ‘Master of Arts (M.A.)‘.
The degree ‘Master of Laws (LL.M.)‘ can only be obtained by students who possess a law degree before taking up their studies at the Europa-Kolleg Hamburg. Furthermore, the award of the degree ‘Master of Laws (LL.M.)’ calls for predominantly legal studies.

Language of Instruction and Examination

It is possible to participate in the Master Programme in English entirely, as English is the main language of instruction and examination.

You may find detailed information on how to provide proof of the required language proficiency in our Leaflet ‘Admission Requirements’.