Any excellent student with a Bachelor's degree may apply for a "fast-track" program. Students start with Master courses and earn their Master's degrees after three semesters of coursework (90 ECTS) and a Master thesis; if permitted, they then go on with their doctoral course work and their dissertation. The fast track program may save excellent and ambitious students up to two semesters. One particular advantage is that their master thesis (30 ECTS) may serve as a research proposal if it is of outstanding quality. After their research proposals have been approved, students start with their dissertation under the supervision of a faculty member.