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Special and Theory Courses in Physics

Master's students can choose their special courses in physics out of an extensive and dynamic catalog, covering nearly all research topics pursued in our department and affiliated institutions.

For your Master's program in physics you have to pass 40 CP (ECTS) in theory and special courses. 10 CP of these have to be from the theory catalog of your Master's program. Up to 10 CP may (and should) be chosen from the complementary offer (i. e. not from the specific catalog). If you would like to deviate from this rule (if you would like to take less than 10 CP from the complementary offer), this needs to be confirmed by your mentor (by signature on the mentoring form). Modules from the theory catalog of your Master’s program exceeding the 10 CP are counted as specific special courses.

After the second semester in the master you must have passed at least 10 CP of the special courses

The table below lists by default only modules offered in current semester (i.e. SS 2023). You can use the search feature to look for modules from other semesters.

Specific Catalog

In the specific catalog all special courses are thematically assigned to the Master's programs. The assignment is not unique, in many cases a special course is assigned to more than one Master's program. To be specific to the orientation of the chosen Master's program, you have to take special courses in an amount of at least 30 CP from the theory catalog and specific catalog of your Master's program.

Complementary Catalog

To secure the breadth of education, which represents a physics degree, you should choose 10 CP from the complementary courses to your Master's program. A deviation from this rule is allowed when the breadth of education is still met. Thus, if the overall selection of courses selected from the specific catalog is sufficiently broad you may get away with 5 or even no credits from the complementary catalog. But in this case, you have to discuss your choice with your (mentor).

Exams for all special courses from the specific catalog need to be registered in TUMonline within the specific catalog even if you make use of this rule here.

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Module ID Title KM KTA BIO AEP CP Cycle
PH1005 Theoretical Particle Physics T 10 S
PH1006 Theory of Stochastic Processes T T 10 S
PH2001 Biomedical Physics 1 5 W/S
PH2002 Biomedical Physics 2 5 W/S
PH2019 Molecular Dynamics Simulations 5 S
PH2028 Nonlinear Dynamics and Complex Systems 2 5 S
PH2032 Superconductivity and Low Temperature Physics 2 5 W
PH2034 Spin Electronics 5 S
PH2036 Plasma Physics 2 5 S
PH2045 Testing the Standard Model of Particle Physics 2 5 S
PH2047 Polymer Physics 2 5 S
PH2049 Nanostructured Soft Materials 2 5 S
PH2051 Reactor Physics 2 and new Concepts in Nuclear Technology 5 S
PH2054 Physics with Neutrons 2 5 S
PH2059 High Angular Resolution Astronomy 5 S
PH2068 Fuel Cells in Energy Technology 5 S
PH2072 Frontiers of Surface and Nanoscale Science 5 S
PH2074 Astro Particle Physics 2 5 S
PH2080 Introduction to theoretical Astro Physics 5 S
PH2082 Particle Physics with Accelerators and Natural Sources 5 S
PH2114 Observational Astrophysics 5 S
PH2116 Group Theory in Physics 10 ~
PH2136 Theory and Applications of Simple Lie-Algebras 5 ~
PH2145 Applied Superconductivity 2: from superconducting quantum circuits to microwave quantum optics 5 S
PH2154 Physical Chemistry Basics of DNA and Genetic Information 5 S
PH2156 Quantum Field Theory in Curved Space-Time 10 ~
PH2159 Photonics and Ultrafast Physics 2 5 S
PH2166 Physics and Chemistry of Functional Interfaces 5 W/S
PH2172 Two Dimensional Materials 5 S
PH2181 Image Processing in Physics 5 W/S
PH2182 Modern X-Ray Physics 5 W/S
PH2185 Advanced Quantum Field Theory 10 S
PH2187 Elementary Processes in Molecular Systems 5 S
PH2191 Structure Determination, Building Principles, and Synthesis of Crystalline Materials in Two and Three Dimensions 5 S
PH2196 Fusion Research 5 S
PH2197 Photochemical Energy Conversion Artificial Photosynthesis 5 W
PH2206 Extragalactic Astrophysics 5 W
PH2207 Energy Materials 2 5 S
PH2210 Particle Oscillations 5 S
PH2226 Chemistry in Biomedical Imaging for Physicists 5 W/S
PH2233 Applied Plasma Physics: Large Vortices (Zonal Flows and Other Structures) in Fusion Reactors, Jupiter, Climate and Astrophysics 5 S
PH2246 Topology and New Kinds of Order in Condensed Matter Physics 10 S
PH2247 Concepts for Future Hadron Collider Experiments 2 5 S
PH2264 Computational Methods in Many-Body Physics T T 10 S
PH2268 Introduction to Flavor Physics 5 W
PH2276 Cosmology and Structure Formation 2 5 W
PH2277 Physics of Genes 5 S
PH2282 Applied Multi-Messenger Astronomy 2 5 S
PH2283 Topological Electronics and Materials 5 S
PH2290 Semiconductor Quantum Electronics 5 S
PH2296 Concepts of Advanced Statistics and Data Analytics in Particle Physics 5 S
PH2297 Advanced Methods in Quantum Many-Body Theory 10 S
PH2299 Quantum Computing with Superconducting Qubits: architecture and algorithms 5 W
PH2307 Spin Qubits 5 S
CH3335 Quantum Dynamics and Spectroscopy 5 S
NAT3008 Modernes Deep Learning in der Physik 5 ?

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