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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 2019). 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

To export the schedule of courses associated with the selected modules (default group, normally this is only the lecture and not the exercises).

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