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Bachelor's degree at the Physics Department

Physikstudium an der TU München

At TUM's Physics Department, we offer one bachelor's degree in physics. This ensures the necessary depth and broadness in the formation as a physicist. After common basic studies for all physics students, they focus during the 5th and 6th semester in a direction, corresponding to the orientation of one of the consecutive master's degree programmes. However, it is possible to choose then a programme with a different orientation.

Application and Admission (also lateral entry)

Applicants should refer to the online application. Admission is only possible for the winter semester and has to be done until July 15th. Fulfilling the conditions, each applicant receives guarantee a place!

Further information, also on lateral entry into higher semesters, can be found under Application.

In the summer semester 2011, the special programme TUM twoinone Physics will be offered.

General studies and examination systems

The Bachelor's degree is modularised. To each module corresponds a certain number of ECTS points (see Curriculum), which reflects the workload it implies. When an examination is passed, one receives the corresponding number of ECTS points. The degree is given once all required and elective ECTS points are obtained, i.e. all associated examinations to the modules have been passed by the student.

More information can be found in the section Studies overview.


The Basic studies cover the first four semesters and have the same contents for all students.

The subsequent Specialisation covers the 5th and 6th semester with a first focus, culminating with a bachelor thesis which lasts for 12 weeks. The possible areas of specialisation are Nuclear, Particle and Astrophysics (KTA); Condensed Matter Physics (KM); Biophysics (BIO); and Applied and Engineering Physics (AEP).

Mentoring programme

The Physics Department promotes strengthening the direct contact between teaching staff and students. With this aim exists a mentoring programme starting from the first semester of studies.

Further information about the current mentoring programme can be found under Student Services – Bachelor – Mentoring programme.

Going abroad

Already during the Bachelor's degree, it is possible to make a stay abroad.

Either inside or outside Europe, going abroad for the studies is not recommended during the first two year of the Bachelor. However, internships and intensive courses can be done at any time, and even the preparation of a Bachelor thesis is also possible abroad. There are special scholarships for an additional one-year stay in the U.S.A. during the studies.

For details, please see under Going abroad.

Legal regulations

The legal basis of the Bachelor's degree in Physics are specified in the Academic and Examination Regulations (FPSO) and the General Academic and Examination Regulations for Bachelor's and Master's degrees at TUM (APSO).

Remarks and further links can be found in the section Legal regulations.