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Research Phase and Master's Thesis in the M.Sc. Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics

During the last year of the Master's program Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics you will have the unique opportunity to work on exciting research topics. During this so-called research phase, you can choose from an extensive number of thesis supervisors and current projects.

 Aliaksandr Bandarenka and a Master's student in his group discuss about their research. Foto: TUM.PH/Eckert. The research phase constitutes one thematic block, culminating in the dissertation of the Master's thesis.

Research Phase

The build-up of the research phase

To the scope of the one year research phase (60 ECTS) belong firstly, the development of the necessary special knowledge within a cutting-edge research line and secondly, the acquisition of the corresponding experimental or theoretical skills, that are necessary for the realization of the research project within the frame of the Master's thesis. Each of these steps conforms a module, the Master's seminar and the Master's training. Both modules belong intrinsically together and account in total for 30 ECTS. Subsequently, the independent research project can be carried out as part of the Master's thesis, which corresponding module comprises 30 ECTS. The research phase is completed with the Master's colloquium, the defense of the Master's thesis, within this module.

During the research phase, the fulfilment of an independent scientific work is tighly connected with the acquisition of additional skills, such as project management, team work as well as the depiction and presentation of scientific results.

ModuleDescriptionCredits (CP)PL/SL*
Master's seminar Literature research and specialization 15 S
Master's training Methodology and project planning 15 S
Master's thesis   30 P
*: P="Prüfungsleistung", graded exam,
S="Studienleistung", non graded exam (pass/fail)

Finding a topic

To find a topic, please contact the possible thesis supervisors yourself.

The thesis supervisors have the possibility to advertise topics (supervisors see "Access for supervisors" on the right). However, not all possible topics are advertised here, so it is advisable to ask the thesis supervisors directly. Other topics may also arise during the discussion.

Furthermore, it is advisable to start searching for a suitable topic early, about one semester in advance. In a personal interview, you can quickly see whether a topic appeals to you and whether you feel comfortable in the group. We discourage you from simple e-mail exchange, as it is usually not successful.

Filtering in the offers for possible theses

You can search through the offers of Master’s thesis topics at the Physics Department.

Offers of Master’s thesis topics

X-ray diffraction imaging at a compact synchrotron source Pfeiffer
Selbstorganisationsprozesse bei der Organbildung Bausch
Rekonstitution von aktiven Zytoskelettsystemen Bausch
Rapid kV-switiching K-edge imaging with a compact synchrotron source (topic is not available any more) Pfeiffer
Quantitative X-ray dark-field imaging Pfeiffer
Quantitative phase-contrast imaging at highly brillant X-ray sources Herzen
Pre-clinical evaluation of spectral photon-counting detectors for chest X-ray cancer and tuberculosis screening Pfeiffer
Optimierung von Dual Energy CT in der Kleintier-Computertomographie am MRI Wilkens
Machine Learning (AI)-based denoising of limited angle, sparse sampling CT post-processing for head and chest CT applications Pfeiffer
High-resolution phase-contrast tomography at a rotating anode x-ray source (topic is not available any more) Herzen
Evaluation of spectral photon-counting detectors for improvements in 3D (cone-beam CT) dental imaging applications Pfeiffer
Evaluation of spectral photon-counting detectors for improvements in 2D (panoramic) dental imaging applications Pfeiffer
Evaluation of limited angle, sparse sampling CT algorithms for head and chest CT applications (topic is not available any more) Pfeiffer
Biophysik der Nahrungsaufnahme im Darm Alim
Application of Machine Learning / AI-based image processing to X-ray dark-field imaging (topic is not available any more) Pfeiffer
AI/machine learning algorithms for the automated detection of respiratory diseases in chest CT scans Pfeiffer
Advanced processing algorithms for X-ray dark-field CT reconstruction Pfeiffer
Advanced material decomposition using clinical dual-layer spectral CT (topic is not available any more) Pfeiffer
Advanced image processing for clinical darkfield chest X-ray applications Pfeiffer

Registering the research phase

The registration to all modules belonging to the research phase is done at once in the Dean's Office (Dekanat), normally at the beginning of the third Master's semester. When doing this, the certificate of mentor counseling has to be included. After agreeing on a topic with the future supervisor, students can print out the registration form in the student access.

After six months the Master's thesis should begin. Passing the Master's seminar and the Master's training will be recorded in TUMonline and you are officially alowed to start the thesis.

Handing in the thesis and getting the grade

Before handing in the Master's thesis, you must fill in the final titel of the thesis in the database (student access) and upload an electronic copy (PDF-file). Afterwards, you have to hand in two printed versions in the Dean's Office (Dekanat). You have to hand in the thesis at the latest on the deadline, please keep this on mind.

Extension of the deadline is only possible for good reasons. See FAQ on Thesis extension.

The Master's thesis will be evaluated by the supervisor and a second examiner. The second examiner is appointed by the examination board on suggestion of the supervisor (after official registration of Master’s thesis).

The supervisor and the second examiner will also grade the Master's colloquium, which completes the research phase.

Re-enrollment during the research phase

For any examination you must be enrolled as a student of TUM. Hence you need to re-enroll for one semester more e.g. if you hand in your Master’s thesis or your Master’s colloquium takes place after the current semester ends.

With a due date for your thesis or a scheduled date for the colloquium e.g. in October, you should not forget to re-enroll for the winter semester and the corresponding deadline would be August 15.

Organization of the colloquium

The Master’s colloquium is organised and conducted by the supervisor together with the second examiner. The Master’s colloquium takes approximately 60 minutes, consisting of a 30 minutes talk and 30 minutes examination. Naturally, the inclusion of the colloquium in a group seminar is possible.

Completing your Master studies

At the end of the semester in which you reach the necessary 120 ECTS in your Master's degree program and passed all required exams you will be exmatriculated (according to §13(1) enrolment rules of TUM). In most cases the Master's colloquium will be the last exam to reach this point.

Taking further exams and final documents

You are principally allowed to take further exams after reaching the 120 ECTS, i.e. to replace previous results in the catalog of the focus areas with better results. Therefore it is generally not possible that the final documents are generated before you are exmatriculated. In case you need the final documents (or even preliminary documents) earlier, you have to request for it explicitly. See the Remarks on end of studies and final documents for further information.

Deriving the final grade

The final grade is the ECTS-weighted average of the graded exams.

ModuleCPca. %
PH2001 Biomedical Physics 1 5 6,25
PH2002 Biomedical Physics 2 5 6,25
Fokus area 40 50
Master’s Thesis 30 37,5
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