Examinations and projects

Examinations, deadlines and projects

Here you will find all the important information about registering for examinations and how to cancel your registration if necessary. Please note the differences between oral and written examinations. You will also find everything you need to know in order to register your projects.

Registering for examinations in TUCaN

To register for examinations, you are required to register for modules and events. It is important to first gather information about the area to which a module/examination is assigned (e.g. Master's Elective Courses I-III, Studium Generale, etc.).

In rare cases, it is possible that a course can be categorised in multiple areas. Please note that it is not possible to change which area it is categorised under once the examination has been taken.

Registration for examinations is done via TUCaN. We recommend that you check your registrations. To do so, please proceed as follows:

  • In your TUCaN account, click on the menu item Examinations.
  • Select the subsequent subitem My examinations
  • Examinations that are not listed there will not be registered.
  • A tutorial with screenshots can be found here.

Important: Registration from the course catalogue

If you register for examinations from the general course catalogue, these are automatically assigned to the additional credits. It is not possible to change which area it is categorised under once you have taken the examination! Please contact the examination management of the MechCenter in advance if there are any discrepancies.

Registration and withdrawal deadlines for examinations

Fixed and legally binding registration and withdrawal deadlines apply for each examination. You can see these in the examination details in TUCaN. Departments can set individual registration deadlines in accordance with the General Examination Terms (APB).

Written examinations in mechanical engineering

The most important information at a glance

  • Registration via TUCaN at least four weeks before the examination date
  • Withdrawal via TUCaN up to seven days before the examination date without giving any reasons
  • Withdrawal less than one week before the examination is only possible with a doctor's note

Written examinations offered by the Department of Mechanical Engineering must be registered in TUCaN at least four weeks before the examination date. The individual registration deadline for each examination can be viewed in the examination details in TUCaN.

You can withdraw from an already registered examination in TUCaN up to seven days before the examination date without giving any reason. After that, withdrawal is only possible by presenting a doctor's note. It must specify the inability to take the examination (not a standard sick note) as well as the beginning and end of the illness. The doctor’s note must be submitted to the MechCenter no later than three calendar days after the date of the examination. Please state the name of the examination and your matriculation number on the note so that the MechCenter can correctly file it.

If the submission deadline falls on Saturday, Sunday or a public holiday, the submission will be postponed to the next following workday.

For more information please visit the TUCaN information pages.

Oral examinations in mechanical engineering

The most important information at a glance

  • First arrange an appointment with the institute, then register in TUCaN
  • Register via TUCaN at least eight days before the examination date
  • Both the TUCaN and the institute registrations are mandatory
  • Pay attention to notices from the institutes in lectures, on the institute’s homepage and in Moodle
  • You can withdraw via TUCaN up to seven days before the examination date without giving reasons
  • You can withdraw less than one week before the examination if you present a doctor's note
  • If you withdraw from the examination you must also inform the institute

Oral examinations offered by the Department of Mechanical Engineering require an individual appointment to be made with the relevant institute. As soon as this date has been confirmed by the institute, you must register for this date in TUCaN. The TUCaN registration is mandatory and must take place at least eight days before the date of the examination.

You can withdraw from an examination you have already registered for up to seven days before the date of the examination without giving any reason in TUCaN. You must also inform the institute about your withdrawal from the examination. After this deadline, withdrawal is only possible by presenting a doctor's note. This must state your inability to take the examination (not a standard sick note) as well as the beginning and end of the illness. The doctor’s note must be submitted to the MechCenter no later than three calendar days after the examination date. Please state the name of the examination and your matriculation number on the note so that the MechCenter can correctly file it. In this case you must also inform the institute in good time that you cannot take the examination.

If the deadline falls on Saturday, Sunday or a public holiday, the submission will be postponed to the next workday.

For more information please visit the TUCaN information pages.

Advanced Design Projects (ADP) and Advanced Research Projects (ARP)

The most important information at a glance

  • Registration for Advanced Design Projects (ADPs) is possible as soon as the signed task for the project work is available.
  • Registration must take place no later than the start date of the ADP.
  • It is sufficient if one member of the group registers the project work. Send the signed assignment with the form to and and include your fellow students in the CC of the email.
  • All students to be registered should be noted on the task description with their matriculation number.

If there is a need for clarification regarding the task, your supervisor can contact the management of the MechCenter.

Please note the following parameters regarding ADP:

  • An ADP has a workload of 6 CP = 180 hours.
  • The projects can be offered full-time or spread out across the semester.
  • The group should consist of a minimum of four and a maximum of eight people. If your group consists of more or less people, please contact the MechCenter before starting the project.
  • You may only complete one ADP (or ARP) with the examiner whom you would later like to write your Master's thesis with.
  • If you are studying the Master Aerospace Engineering, please remember to pick at least one ADP from this subject area.
  • For further questions, please contact .
  • You will find interesting ADP topics here.

Note: With the introduction of the new Master's programme “Maschinenbau” in 2021, the previous distinction between Advanced Research Projects (ARPs) and Advanced Design Projects (ADPs) has been abolished. All future projects will be offered as ADPs regardless of their orientation.

Advice for study and examination issues

If your studies and examinations cause you any difficulties, the MechCenter will be happy to invite you to the open consultation hours of the academic support services or to an individually arranged consultation appointment.

Before a second repeat examination, the Department of Mechanical Engineering also offers in-depth study guidance. The aim is to identify individual study difficulties and to find solutions.

Please contact the academic support services at the MechCenter early on.