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Master's Seminar (KM)

Module PH1061

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Module version of WS 2011/2

There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.

Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.

available module versions
WS 2018/9WS 2011/2

Basic Information

PH1061 is a semester module in German or English language at Master’s level which is offered every semester.

If not stated otherwise for export to a non-physics program the student workload is given in the following table.

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
300 h 30 h 10 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH1061 in the version of WS 2011/2 was the Dean of Studies at Physics Department.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


The Master's seminar is part of the research phase in which the students work on a current topic in the field of physics of condensed matter. Possible areas of research are based on the main research areas of the Department of Physics and the special offer of the professors. Topics are e.g. nanomaterials and nanotechnologies, magnetism and spin phenomena, semiconductor physics, energy materials, physics of soft matter, physics of correlated systems, surface and interface physics, quantum technologies, correlated quantum dynamics or multi-particle phenomena. Both experimental and theoretical topics are possible, ranging from the physical basics to physical issues in manufacturing and measurement processes.

The Master's seminar is an induction to the area in which the students want to write their Master's thesis. It provides a deepening of the knowledge within the scope of a further professional specialization. The students get an overview of the current state of research in the selected topic area.

Learning Outcome

After passing the Masters Seminar, students are able

  •  to understand the current state of art of the research in a limited field of condensed matter physics.
  •  to evaluate the position of his intended Master's thesis in the field of research,
  •  to analyse different methods from its research area and their possibilities (advantages and disadvantages).


Recommended: Theoretical physics, relevant for the respective subject

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

Learning and Teaching Methods

A major part of the Master's seminar is spent on independent literature studies, in particular current scientific publications. On the basis of literature named and made available to them by their supervisor, they also do their own literature research. At the same time, students are involved in a research group, which gives them the opportunity to discuss directly with their supervisor or with other members of the research group and clarify any questions of understanding that arise .
The current work of the students is presented and discussed in the weekly group seminar. In this way, the students also get to know the neighbouring topics in their research area and are able to establish cross-references.


supplementary literature, scientific publications, presentations and discussions.


Current scientific publications on the specific topic - detailed information from the respective supervisor

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

During the Master's seminar, students are integrated in a research group. The assessment and advancement of learning progress takes place through frequent meetings and discussions with the supervisor, in which it is checked to what extent the students can understand and classify the current state of research in the selected field. Students receive direct feedback on the topics in which they still need to deepen theye knowledge. A presentation of approx. 30 minutes in a group seminar concludes the evaluation.

The module will take the form of an ungraded academic achievement.

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.

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