Frequently Asked Questions

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What is a module?

A module is a grouping of courses within which the grades are averaged based on the weight of the ECTS points.

Where can I see which courses are grouped as a module?

The modules are visible in the appendixe of the respective study plan:
Anhang zum Studienplan Chemie und Molekulare Wissenschaften (pdf, 6.4 MB)
Anhang zum Studienplan Biochemie und Molekularbiologie (pdf, 381KB)
Anhang zum Studienplan Pharmazie (pdf, 843KB)

Can exams be repeated?

The exams can be repeated once. Passed exams cannot be repeated.

Do exams have to be taken at the first offered date?

Yes, as the repetition exam dates (2nd dates) for the courses from chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacy and biology are only offered to those students who failed the first exam, were sick or in the military service or had another exam for an elective or another mandatory course at the same time. Therefore, it will be verified if registered students fulfill these conditions and you might have to show prove that you were not able to participate at the first exam date. Therefore, please always register for the first exam date.

Can I view a corrected exam?

Yes, you have the right to view a corrected exam. Please contact the responsible lecturer within 30 days after the publication of the grade. Also note that a grade correction cannot only be made upward, but also downward, in case during the exam viewing a correction mistake to the disadvantage of the student is noticed.

How is the overall grade of a module calcualted?

The grade of the exam of a course will be multiplied with the ECTS of this same course. All such ECTS weighted grades of a module will be added up and the total will be devided through the sum of the ECTS of this module.

When does a module count as passed?

When the ECTS weighted average grade of the module is ≥4.0, then the module counts as passed. In addition, there are not more than 3 insufficient grades allowed in the first year of study.
If you want to accept some insufficient grades for a module, you have to compensate them via KSL yourself through the menu point "compensate grade".

Where can I see my grades?

In the electronical examination management tool of the University of Bern "KSL". As soon as a lecturer has entered the grades for an exam in KSL and the dean's office has released these grades, you will receive an automated e-mail from the system to let you know about the grade entry in your planning view.

Where can I find some help regarding KSL?

Under the following link you will find a video introduction for students: KSL-Einführung für Studierende
There is also a KSL handbook available

How do I know if I have to repeat an exam?

All bachelor students in chemistry and biochemistry, who started their studies before fall 2024 and all bachelor students in pharmaceutical sciences that started their studies in the fall of 2023 or later, must repeat any failed first exam. Compensation is only possible, when the insufficient exam has been retaken. For the compensation, the grade of the second exam counts. Keep in mind, that the average of a module must be 4.0 or higher in the end.

Bachelor students in chemistry and biochemistry, who started their studies in the fall of 2024 or later, can compensate insufficient grades from the 2nd and 3rd year of the study program already after the first attempt as long as the grade is not below 3.0 and the affected module achieves a sufficient average in the end.

What are electives?

Electives are courses of your own choice from the lecture list in KSL of the University of Bern, that you actually have to obtain. A list of recommended, and eligible elective courses for the 3rd through 6th semester can be found with the lecture schedules:
Wahlveranstaltungen Biochemie
Wahlveranstaltungen Chemie
Wahlveranstaltungen Pharmazie

This list contains suggestions that are currently listed in KSL as electives and that are eligible.

I have attended a language course at the University of Bern. Can I have this course accredited as well for my studies?

No. After a decision of general principle of the vice rector for teaching (Nov. 2007), language courses can generally not be accredited to a bachelor or master's program, not even as an elective. However, the successful conclusion of such a course will be shown seperately as extra-curricular merit on the "Diploma Supplement".
All concerned courses are listed on the website of the Department of Linguistics of the University of Bern under Language Courses or the website of the Language Center with link to the courses offered for Academic English (AE).

Change of university: Can I enroll at the University of Bern before I know whether I have successfully completed my studies at the previous university?

This is possible. The admissions office needs your pre-registration including a request for late registration two weeks before the start of the fall semester at the latest. (Infos betr. Anmeldefristen).

The documents for enrollment (Original of qualifications, copy of ID, exmatriculation confirmation, level of entry confirmation from the dean's office when requesting admissions to a higher level or to a master's program) have then to be submitted by the end of September at the latest. (Application and Admission Information)

Where do I find more information on the topic of military service and studying?

On the following page Universität-Militär.

I thought about distributing the first year’s ECTS over two years in order to have enough time and focus for everything. Is this possible?

Yes, it is possible. The regular period of study is 3 years; however, it is possible to extend this to max. 4 years without having to submit a request. It is only necessary to apply for an extension of the study duration starting from the 9th semester.

Of the courses that I see in the timetable for first-year students, which would be best suited to do right at the start, which subjects are more labor-intensive and which could be done well during the next year?

The biochemistry study program is a full-time study program. The first year serves also to bring all students to the same level. The courses build on one another. You can see the number of hours per week and the ECTS in the appendix to the study plan or in our digital lecture plan:
General chemistry, mathematics, physics and statistics are certainly more time-consuming.

The information above also applies to chemistry and pharmacy. The extension of the study duration can be very individual, depending on the reason for the extension (work alongside studies; more time to learn for certain subjects, etc.). You are welcome to compile a possible timetable and present it to the student administration office of chemistry or pharmacy for discussion.

What materials do I need for my studies?
What do I need for the laboratory work?
What literature do I need? What could I buy now to look at over the summer? 

These questions will be communicated to you in the first lecture or internship. In some cases, the textbooks needed for a certain course are mentioned in the KSL (CTS).

Where can I get them and what costs for studying (besides the matriculation fees) will I have to pay (working materials, field expenses, etc.)?

We have made a short list of the costs. It is a bit older, but can still serve as a guide:
Bachelor_Kosten.pdf (PDF, 42KB)

What about the exams?
Are there courses that are only examined after the second semester, in the sense of module exams I + II, or can I assume that all courses attended during the fall semester will be examined in January? This would also be important to know for my planning.

The only module exam in the biochemistry study program concerns Microbiology in the second year. There, Microbiology I + II and the internship will be examined in June.
In the second year of study in pharmacy, Biochemistry I + II are examined after the spring semester (at the same time, however, separate grades). In the third year, the exam for the internship in Pharmaceutical Biology takes place in the spring semester over both parts.
In chemistry, all compulsory courses are examined directly after the corresponding semester.


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