Information on the Workload Survey

Purpose of the Survey

Since spring semester 2015, the School of Social Sciences is conducting an online-survey on student workloads among Bachelor and Master students. The School of Social Sciences would like to obtain information on the actual workload situation in the bachelor's and master's degree programs.

What is "workload"?

The student workload is measured in clock hours. It includes all clock hours spent on activities directly related to the degree you are pursuing. This includes all activities under the supervision of university teachers, such as lectures, seminars and exercise courses. It also comprises the time required for personal studies, term papers, compulsory internships, preparation for exams and the required examination time.

For each degree program, the workload is expressed in ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System). One ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 25 to 30 hours. Students should obtain 60 ECTS credit per academic year, 30 ECTS per semester respectively. Thus, the workload corresponds 750 to 900 hours per semester, or 1.500 to 1.800 hours per year. Assuming that the time for studying amounts to 45 weeks (excluding 7 weeks of holidays) per year, the average weekly workload is about 33 to 40 hours.  

Data Protection

Students' data will be treated confidentially. It will only be analyzed in line with strict regulations on data protection and only with regard to this survey. Moreover, the results will be presented in a way that does not allow for identification of individual participants.

Participation in the Workload Survey

Participation in this survey is of course voluntary. There will not be any consequences if a student decides not to take part in the survey.


Results of the study are published here.

Contact in case of further questions

If you have questions on the Workload Survey, please contact Ms. Maria Petrova, Accreditations Manager of the School of Social Sciences.