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Master's Work Experience (KM)

Module PH1071

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 2018/9 (current)

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 2018/9SS 2011

Basic Information

PH1071 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)
420 h 150 h 14 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH1071 is the Dean of Studies at Physics Department.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


The Master's training is part of the research phase in which the students work on a current question in an area of condensed matter physics. The topic and methodology characterize the qualification profile of the study program in a special way. Possible topics are based on the research foci of the Physics Department 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, multi-particle  phenomena and many more. Both experimental and theoretical topics are possible, ranging from the physical basics to appklied issues in manufacturing and measurement processes.

The Master's training serves the learning of special subject-specific methods, which are necessary for the realisation of a Master's thesis in the field of condensed matter. For experimental topics, these are usually specific preparation and measurement skills as well as methods for data evaluation. For theoretically oriented topics, students learn the necessary analytical and numerical methods that are necessary for research work in the corresponding focus area.

Learning Outcome

After the Master's Work Experience students are able to

  1. apply the theoretical or experimental methods needed for the chosen research area
  2. to analyse, evaluate and discuss the results of these methods


Admission to the module requires that all additional module requirements that are specified in the letter of admission to the Master's programme in Physics (Physics of Condensed Matter) have been met.

It is recommended that at least 40 ECTS from the modules of the specialization phase in the Master's programme Physics (Physics of Condensed Matter) have been successfully completed.

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

Learning and Teaching Methods

The module consists of participation in the working world of a research group dealing with experimental or theoretical topics. The students learn their special subject-specific methods, which are deepened in supervisor discussions, in discussions and in independent literature studies.


Scientific set up, computer, specific software, simulations


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

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

The module will take the form of an ungraded academic achievement. Students show in the daily use of the technical tools (experiments/software/simulations) as well as by first data analysis and  discussions of the progress with the supervisor that they understand the contects and can apply the subject-specific methods. In a final discussion with the supervisor it will be checked whether the project planned for the master thesis makes sense and is feasible.

Exam Repetition

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

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