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Research Phase and Master’s Thesis in the M.Sc. Quantum Science & Technology

During the last year of the Master's program Quantum Science & Technology, you will have the opportunity to work on exciting research topics in the unique research of the Munich Center for Quantum Science and Technology. During this so-called research phase, you can choose from an extensive number of research groups and current projects.

Young researchers at Max-Planck-Institute for Quantum Optics (MPQ). Photo: MCQST.
Young researchers at Max-Planck-Institute for Quantum Optics (MPQ). Photo: MCQST.

Research Phase

The structure of the research phase

The one-year research phase (60 ECTS) involves three modules. The first module, called Master’s seminar, is devoted to gathering the specialized knowledge needed for a cutting-edge line of research through a detailed study of the relevant research literature. The second module, called Master’s training, focuses on acquiring the technical skills, experimental and/or theoretical, needed for conducting the research project of the Master’s thesis. The first two modules form an intrinsic unit and together account for 30 ECTS. The Master’s thesis forms the third module and accounts for 30 ECTS. It involves completing an independent research project, submitting a written Master’s thesis, and orally defending it in a Master’s colloquium.

During the research phase, the completion of an independent scientific project also involves the acquisition of additional skills such as project management, team-work, and the 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

Students have to take contact by their own with the working groups and potential supervisors, in order to agree on a topic for the research phase/master thesis. Additionally to this, supervisors have the option to announce topics in the section below (supervisors see "Access for supervisors" on the right). However this possibility is not used by all institutes and not all topics are listed. Therefore it is recommended to ask the professors or in the institutes for topics.

Furthermore, it is recommended to start early (at least one semester in advance) to search for an appropriate topic. Having face-to-face interaction with the group, you can see if you like the topic and if you feel comfortable in the group (you will be working one year there!). 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 in our database.

Offers of Master’s thesis topics

Breitbandiges dispersives Auslesen von supraleitenden Qubits Gross
Characterization and fabrication of superconducting multi-qubit devices Filipp
Charakterisierung des Prototyps für ein Quantum Local Area Network (Q-LAN) Deppe
Elektronenspindynamik in einer stark koppelnden Umgebung Hübl
FPGA-basiertes Rückkopplungsverfahren für die Mikrowellen-basierte Quantenkommunikation Gross
Herstellung von verlustarmen Josephson-Kontakten für Quanten-Bauelemente Deppe
High frequency optomechanical devices for quantum optomechanics Poot
Kalibrierung von Frequenz und Nichtlinearität in einem Bose-Hubbard-System Gross
Kernspintomografie auf der Mikrometer-Skala (topic is not available any more) Reinhard
Langlebiger supraleitender Quantenspeicher in Hufeisengeometrie Deppe
Optomechanics with Single Photons Poot
Oxidische Heterostrukturen für Experimente mit reinen Spinströmen (topic is not available any more) Gross
Qualifizierung von Piezo Motoren by kryogenen Temperaturen für das MADMAX Experiment zur Suche nach dunkle Materie Axionen Majorovits
Quantum Optics on a Chip Poot
Simulation und Aufbau einer Überhöhungskavität für hohe optische Leistungen Kienberger
Strong electrostatic effects in optomechanical devices Poot
Untersuchung der Signalantwort des MADMAX Experiments zur Suche nach Axionen als dunkler Materie Majorovits
Vermessung der optischen Eigenschaften des PEN-Szintillatormaterials für LEGEND200 Majorovits

Registration for the research phase

Registration for all three modules of the research phase is done simultaneously in the Dean's Office (Dekanat) of TUM Physics, usually at the beginning of the third Master’s semester. Registration requires a signed certificate of mentor counseling. After agreeing on a topic with the future supervisor, students can print out the registration form from the student access website.

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.

Submitting the thesis, obtaining a grade

Before submitting the Master’s thesis, you must enter its final titel in the database (student access) and upload an electronic copy (PDF-file). Subsequently, you have to submit 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 only 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 the official registration of the Master’s thesis).

The supervisor and the second examiner will also attend and assign a grade for the Master’s colloquium, which completes the research phase.

Re-enrollment during the research phase

To participate in any examination, you have to be enrolled as a student of TUM. Therefore, if you submit your Master’s thesis or give your Master’s colloquium after the end of the fourth semester, you have to re-enroll for one more semester.

For example, if the due date for your thesis or the scheduled date for your colloquium is in October, you should not forget to re-enroll for the winter semester. The regular deadline for re-enrollment in WS is August 15.

The Master’s colloquium

The advisor for the research project organizes the Master’s colloquium and grades it together with the second examiner. The Master’s colloquium takes approximately 60 minutes, consisting of an oral presentation and an examination of 30 minutes each. Naturally, the Master’s colloquium may be conducted in the context of a group seminar.

Completing your Master’s studies

At the end of the semester in which you reached the required 120 ECTS in your QST Master’s 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 be completed to reach this point.

Taking further exams and final documents

In principle, you may take further exams after reaching the 120 ECTS, i. e., to improve your grades with different elective courses. For this reason, the final documents can generally not be generated before the date of your exmatriculation. In case you do need the final documents (or even preliminary documents) earlier, you have to request them explicitly. See the Remarks on end of studies and final documents for further information.

Computation of the final grade

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

PH1009 QST Theory 10 12,5
PH1010 QST Experiment 10 12,5
Fokus area 30 37,5
Master’s Thesis 30 37,5
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