Double Degree with Keio University

A unique cultural experience, which opens simultaneously the doors to two leading world markets, while providing graduate students with excellent competence in advanced science and technology.

International studentsStudents at the Keio University. Photo: TUM.PH/Groß

Keio program coordinator

Professor Shinnosuke Obi

TUM program coordinator

Dr. Maria Eckholt

This program aims at internationally aware and highly motivated students, with an above-average performance in their previous studies (i.e. Bachelor of Science or equivalent).

Flyer "Information for TUM students" (PDF)

Overview

  • The DD with Keio University is a three-year program, consisting of six semesters. Keio students spend three or four semesters at TUM, TUM students spend four semesters at Keio.
  • Tuition is in English.
  • The students are enrolled both at Keio and at TUM, but tuition fees have to be paid only according to the existing regulations at the home university. When staying at the partner university, the students have the full-time student status.
  • The host institution will render assistance to the incoming students in finding appropriate accommodation.
  • The graduates are entitled both degrees: Master of Science in one of the International Graduate Programs on Advanced Science and Technology at Keio and Master of Science in the Master's degree program in Physics (Applied and Engineering Physics) at TUM. TUM students may choose a different Master program (taught in German).

Admission criteria

For admission to the program, the prerequisites for:

  • the Master's degree programs in physics at TUM and
  • the International Graduate Programs on Advanced Science and Technology at the Keio University (DD candidates do not need to present TOEFL and/or GRE)

have to be fulfilled and the student has to be enrolled in one of both universities (i.e. home university).

Application procedure

If your home university is Keio, please contact the Office of Student Services (International) corresponding to the Faculty of Science and Technology.

If your home university is the TUM and you are enrolled in a Master's degree program in physics, you have to apply at TUM. It is possible to apply in parallel to TUMexchange Japan and the application deadline is the first Wednesday in November. The next application deadline will be on 02.11.2016.

Please fill in the online application form of the Physics Department and submit an electronic copy of the following documents (compiled as one PDF) to international@ph.tum.de:

  • letter of motivation in English (min. one page, A4), addressing why you have chosen the DD program and why are you a good candidate for the program. Besides your intererest for Japan and its culture, you should make clear your reasons for choosing the Keio University, including your choice of courses and your prospective research plans in this institution
  • draft of your study plan (see information for TUM students going to Keio)
  • curriculum vitae in English, including a photo, internships, language skills (e.g. A1-C2), social commitment (e.g. fellow program), hobbies, etc.
  • transcript of records (e.g. from TUMonline for TUM students)

A printed and signed copy of the TUM online application form has to be submitted personally to the academic advisor for internationalization in the Physics Department (how to fill in the online application form „Outgoing - Erasmus SMS, Switzerland and Double Degree 2016/17“). When filling out the TUM online application in the Outgoing Portal of our International Center, you will also have to upload the above mentioned documents as well as a document certifying your English language skills (DAAD language test, TUM language course, Abitur certificate, etc.).

Do something nice for someone else - room ready for incomings

To support international exchange students in their accommodation search, our International Center has organized an accommodation exchange platform. Regular TUM students going abroad, can offer their rooms or apartments for sublet. You will find more information at International Center's website. These offers only apply to incoming exchange students coming to TUM for 1 to 2 semesters. If you would like to exchange your room with a double degree student from Keio University, please contact the academic advisor for internationalization in the Physics Department.

In case of successful application at the Physics Department of the TUM, you will be nominated for the program and then you will have to apply for the Keio University before the end of November. The application is only possible, if you have been nominated by our department!!!

Students enrolled at Keio

The student will follow an individual study plan, approved by both program coordinators at Keio and at TUM.

First semester at Keio

Students follow the first semester of the master at Keio.

Second semester and second year at TUM

The student must complete 60 ECTS points accordingly to the first year of the Master program in Applied and Engineering Physics (AEP): 10 ECTS continuum mechanics course, 30 ECTS in special courses (at least 20 ECTS from the AEP specialization), 6 ECTS advanced lab course (at least 4 ECTS from the AEP specialization), 8 ECTS non-physics elective courses, 4 ECTS student seminar and 2 ECTS soft skills. The catalogs for non-physics elective courses, student seminars and soft skills are open catalogs and new courses may be included upon request of a student.

The student will complete 30 ECTS points with extra courses and a short research stay, in a ratio agreed with the student's supervisor at Keio.

Third year at Keio

During their third year, Keio students will complete 6 KRC in graduate research, following as well TUM requirements for the Master's thesis (one year of full-time work, including a written work and a colloquium presenting the final results). The students should produce one final thesis in English, common for both Master's degrees, with abstracts in English and Japanese, which shall be defined and supervised by professors at both institutions and presented at both institutions.

Students have to stay enrolled at TUM during this period, registering and submitting the Master's thesis in the same way regular TUM students do it.

Students enrolled at TUM

The student will follow an individual study plan, approved by both program coordinators at Keio and at TUM.

First year at TUM

The student must complete 60 ECTS points accordingly to thefirst year of the chosen Master program: 10 ECTS corresponding theoretical physics course to the specialization, 30 ECTS in special courses (at least 20 ECTS from the chosen specialization), 6 ECTS advanced lab course (at least 4 ECTS from the chosen specialization), 8 ECTS non-physics elective courses, 4 ECTS student seminar and 2 ECTS soft skills. The catalogs for non-physics elective courses, student seminars and soft skills are open catalogs and new courses may be included upon request of a student.

Second and third years at Keio

The students must complete 20 KC in Master courses and in parallel do a short research stay in one of the groups in Keio University (independent study, 4 KRC). The students will become an official member of the School of Fundamental Science and Technology and conduct research under the supervision of a faculty member belonging to one of the centres of the school (list of the possible advisors and keywords to their research areas).

During their third year at Keio, TUM students will work on their Master's thesis (graduate research, 6 KRC) following the usual TUM requirements (one year of full-time work, including a written work and a colloquium presenting the final results). The students should produce one final thesis in English, common for both Master's degrees, with abstracts in English and Japanese, which shall be defined and supervised by professors at both institutions and presented at both institutions. The Master's thesis is registered and submitted in the same way regular TUM students do it.

Students have to stay enrolled at TUM during the whole double degree studies.

Curriculum

The student will be enrolled at the home university at the beginning of the program. From the moment the student goes to the guest university, (s)he is enrolled in both universities. Keio students spend the second, third and fourth semester at TUM, while TUM students spend the third, fourth, fifth and sixth semester at Keio. Depending on the home university, an overall semester plan is proposed. Here it is depicted for TUM students: TUM students where ECTS stands for European Credit Transfer System; KC and KRC stand for Keio Credits and Keio Research Credits, respectively.

TUM courses available to Keio students

Keio students may choose from TUM physics special courses. As a general rule, courses counting towards the "Applied and Engineering Physics" specialization are taught in English, all others either in German or in English. This list is revised before the start of each winter semester.

Keio courses available to TUM students

Available courses are those belonging to the English-based Programme IGP (International Graduate Programme). All courses are offered in English and are listed in the program's website. Minor revisions of the list take place every year before the fall term.

Please let us know if information is outdated or incorrect by contacting Maria Eckholt.
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