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Master's Thesis (KM)

Module PH1081

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.

available module versions
WS 2018/9WS 2011/2

Basic Information

PH1081 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)
900 h  h 30 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH1081 is the Dean of Studies at Physics Department.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


The Master's Thesis is part of the research phase in which the students work on a current question in the field of condensed matter physics. 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, 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.

In the Master's thesis, the students apply the knowledge acquired during their studies and carry out the project planned in module PH1071. In the written elaboration, the methods chosen for the project and the results obtained are described and discussed in the context of the subject area based on the current state of research.

Learning Outcome

After passing the Master's thesis, the students are able

  • to independently work on a question from the field of physics of condensed matter within a given period according to scientific methods under guidance and to summarize it in a scientific paper,
  • apply learned theoretical and/or experimental background knowledge to the given problem in order to obtain results on the problem,
  • analyse their own scientific results and classify them with regard to their significance in the subject area.


Admission requirements for the module are the passed modules PH1061 and PH1071 and the certificate of mentor counseling.

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Learning and Teaching Methods

The students carry out a scientific project independently, i.e. they carry out scientific experiments or theoretical calculations, evaluate the results independently, carry out literature research and summarise this in a written paper at the end. They receive the necessary guidance through regular discussions with the supervisor and members of the working group.


Scientific measurement setups, use of own recordings, topic- and discipline-specific media, computers


Current scientific publications on the specific topic, depending on the research area

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

A scientific project will be carried out within a period of 6 months and presented in a scientific thesis. Two university teachers evaluate the work. Formal and contentwise evaluation points may be

  • the content structure of the work
  • the thematic introduction and the presentation of the current state of research
  • the correct description of the theoretical basics
  • the description of the own procedure
  • the description of scientific results of work
  • the presentation of own achievements in relation to preparatory work
  • the quality of the scientific discussion of the results
  • the selection and quality of the figures
  • the linguistic quality of the work
  • the selection and completeness of references
  • the contribution of own scientific ideas
  • Independence in the work execution

A repetition of the Master´s thesis is possible according to the relevant regulations of the FPSO.

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