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Physics Master Programs

Our Master programs build the natural continuation to our Bachelor program in physics. All four Master programs convey the academic width which is typical for a physicist. Thus it is assured that our Master graduates are outstandingly qualified for the various tasks in research, development and industry.

The four Master programs

have the same structure. They differ in the specific contents of the elective module catalogs and the formal instruction language – only the Physics (Applied and Engineering Physics) is defined as English language program and thus guarantees the possibility to study without proficiency in German. This page gives an overview of the curriculum and links current informationen for students.

Curriculum

All four Master programs have similarly structured curricula: a first year mostly with advanced lectures and lab courses, while the second year concentrates on research in the framework of the Master’s thesis.

KTA

Semester 7 and 8 - Advanced studies

ModulesWorkload
Theory Elective Nuclear, Particle, and Astrophysics 10 CP
Physics special courses KTA 20 CP
Physics special courses non-KTA 10 CP
Non-Physics elective courses 8 CP
Advanced Subject-Specific Key Qualifications in Physics
  • Student Seminar
  • Advanced Lab Course
10 CP
General-education subjects 3 CP

Semester 9 and 10 - Research phase

ModulesWorkload
Master’s Seminar 10 CP
Master’s Training 14 CP
Master’s Thesis 30 CP
Master’s Colloquium 5 CP

KM

Semester 7 and 8 - Advanced studies

ModulesWorkload
Theory elective Condensed Matter Physics 10 CP
Physics special courses KM 20 CP
Physics special courses non-KM 10 CP
Non-Physics elective courses 8 CP
Advanced Subject-Specific Key Qualifications in Physics
  • Student Seminar
  • Advanced Lab Course
10 CP
General-education subjects 3 CP

Semester 9 and 10 - Research phase

ModulesWorkload
Master’s Seminar 10 CP
Master’s Training 14 CP
Master’s Thesis 30 CP
Master’s Colloquium 5 CP

BIO

Semester 7 and 8 - Advanced studies

ModulesWorkload
Theory Elective Biophysics 10 CP
Physics special courses BIO 20 CP
Physics special courses non-BIO 10 CP
Non-Physics elective courses 8 CP
Advanced Subject-Specific Key Qualifications in Physics
  • Student Seminar
  • Advanced Lab Course
10 CP
General-education subjects 3 CP

Semester 9 and 10 - Research phase

ModulesWorkload
Master’s Seminar 10 CP
Master’s Training 14 CP
Master’s Thesis 30 CP
Master’s Colloquium 5 CP

AEP

Semester 7 and 8 - Advanced studies

ModulesWorkload
Continuum Mechanics 10 CP
Physics Special Courses AEP 20 CP
Physics Special Courses non-AEP 10 CP
Non-Physics elective courses 8 CP
Advanced Subject-Specific Key Qualifications in Physics
  • Student Seminar
  • Advanced Lab Course
10 CP
General-education subjects 3 CP

Semester 9 and 10 - Research phase

ModulesWorkload
Master’s Seminar 10 CP
Master’s Training 14 CP
Master’s Thesis 30 CP
Master’s Colloquium 5 CP

During the advanced studies students take a theoretical physics course from the elective catalog and a number of special courses from the comprehensive offer. These special courses deal with selected topics of modern physics and reach the frontiers of current research – here the diversity of the research activities of our Physics Department is visible and accessible to the students. A student seminar, the advanced lab course and the non-physics elective courses, which give an insight into related sciences of the student's choice (e.g. chemistry, mathematics, informatics, engineering sciences), complete the profile.

The research phase brings the students directly in contact with current topics of research in physics. After a period of vocational adjustment (Master’s seminar and Master’s training) students work on their own research project for the Master’s thesis. An intense supervision during the whole research phase is assured by the large number of senior scientists at the campus Garching and students benefit from the excellent research environment with a broad national and international research network.

„Direct Track“ from a Master Program to a Ph. D.

Talented students can continue the Master’s research phase seamlessly with a doctoral project, speeding up their academic career. Already during your Master’s research phase (Thesis) you may become a member of the Department Graduate Center and hence participate in the training program of TUM Graduate School.

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