Formular im SSZ
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Exams in MA Sociology

Information about exams

Registration for course examination

First of all, it is important to distinguish between registering for an exam and registering for a course. If you register for a COURSE in ZEuS, you are NOT AUTOMATICALLY registered for an EXAM.


If you wish to obtain credits in a course, it is compulsory to register for the exam during the registration period. The only exception  is the compulsory internship. For the recognition of the compulsory internship you must follow and complete the mandatory reporting procedure.

The exam registration takes place within the following deadlines: 

Summer semester: 01 May - 15 June
Winter semester: 01 December - 15 January 

An exam deregistration via ZEuS is only possible within this period.


A late registration via the Examination Office (Heike Reinhuber) is only possible twice during your studies and is documented in ZEuS.

Before you start the registration procedure via the study planner with module plan in your ZEuS account, please check beforehand about the correct "exam number" (SOC-XXXX), which you will find for the respective course in the table with the heading "Prüfungsleistung / Studienleistung", as the same course often offers several possibilities to acquire different amounts of ECTS and each possibility has a different exam number.

The ZEuS team provides several useful videos to help you with the exam registration process. If you have any technical questions, e.g. missing TANs, please contact the Student Service Center (SSZ). If you have any questions (e.g. because you are a student of another subject or cannot register for other reasons), please contact the Examination Office (Heike Reinhuber) directly. Please ALWAYS write your matriculation number and the SOC-exam number in your email, otherwise your request cannot be processed.

Examination withdrawal and retake


If you are ill on the day of the exam, you do not have to take it.
You must notify the Examination Office (Heike Reinhuber) of your illness BEFORE the exam by e-mail and provide a medical certificate. Only use this form (see PDF "Withdrawal from exams and extension of theses due to illness (medical certificate)") and send it in advance as a scan by e-mail AND then by post to the Examination Office:

University of Konstanz
Department of History and Sociology
PO Box 13
Examination Office, Heike Reinhuber
D-78457 Konstanz.

The certificate must be issued at the latest on the day of the exam (in the case of longer illnesses also before the day of the examination) and must be valid for the day of the exam. Certificates or others forms issued later cannot be accepted.


Withdrawal due to certain reasons can be approved in some exceptional cases, especially if students are not directly responsible for their inability to attend the exam. Admissible reasons include studying abroad or a sudden death within the family. If such a case arises, please contact the Examinations Office, Heike Reinhuber, explain your reasons for being unable to attend and enclose the necessary evidence.


Unexcused absences from exams lead to the entry NE=not appeared in ZEuS and thus to failure of the exam. If there is a re-examination, you will be automatically registered for it.


According to the general examination regulations for humanities degree programmes, an exam can be repeated once. This must happen at the earliest possible date. If you withdraw from an exam due to illness or if you do not pass the exam, you will automatically be registered by the Examination Office for the next available exam date.
Should you also be ill for the retake exam or should you fail it and another attempt be possible, please register on your own for the retake exam at the next available date. Please note: there is no automatic registration for exams across semesters.

If you also fail the retake exam, you must first submit a request for recognition as a hardship case to the StPA before the possibility of taking a further exam can be reactivated. The request for recognition as a hardship case must be submitted no later than two months after the announcement of the exam result. If a request for recognition as a hardship case is not submitted, the exam entitlement expires. The students concerned are usually contacted, but each student is obliged to contact the student advisor in any case.

If the request for recognition as a hardship case is granted, a final retake of the exam is possible. If the retake is not passed again, you are definitively not able to complete the sociology degree programme as a major or minor subject and cannot continue studying sociology in Germany, as you lose your entitlement to the exam.
The option of requesting a request for recognition as a hardship case can be only used twice within a degree programme.

Registration process for the MA thesis


The last exam of your study programme is typically the written final examination, which is accomplished through a written thesis (Bachelor thesis). To be eligible for registration, specific requirements must be fulfilled (§5 Annex B Examination Regulations 2018), and registration and submission deadlines must be observed. 


In order to be able to register for the Master's thesis, at least half of all required course-related examinations (excluding the Master's thesis) must have been completed (45 ECTS).


  1. Students request the registration documents from Robert Bucifal (Central Examination Office – Zentrales Prüfungsamt, room C 406) at least 4 weeks before the respective registration period:
    – February 1st-15th (start of the 6-month processing period: end of March) or
    – July 1st-15th (start of the 6-month processing period: end of September)
  2. Students need to contact an Examiner who will supervise the thesis and agree on the topic of their Master's thesis. Additionally, students have to propose a second examiner.
  3. Students fill out the registration form (pdf) and send it for signature by mail to the respective Student Advisor (Andreas Romer or Maria Lidola). The Advisor will verify that the prerequisites for registration of the Master’s thesis have been met.
  4. Students send the completed and signed form to Robert Bucifal

Please mind the information and forms for final exams provided by the Central Examinations Office.

When all requirements of the study programme have been met: apply for a final certificate and exmatriculate.

Status: 09.01.2024

Information provided by the Central Examination Office (ZPA)

Current information and forms are provided on the page of the Central Examination Office (ZPA)

Here you will find information on the following topics, among others: 

- Registration for the final examination
- General regulations for submitting final examinations
- Signets of the University of Konstanz
- Withdrawing from examinations and extending final examinations
- Certification of examination documents
- Financial support for final theses

An overview of the contact persons at the ZPA, their responsibilities and office hours can be found here.

List of examiners

A current list of authorised examiners for BA/MA final examinations in Sociology can be found here.