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Master's Thesis (KTA)

Module PH1082

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

PH1082 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 PH1082 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 topic in the field of physics of nuclear-, particle- and astrophysics. 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. astro- and astroparticle physics, experimental nuclear physics, experimental particle physics, theoretical particle and high-energy physics, as well as fundamental plasma physics. 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 PH1072. 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  nuclear- particle and astrophysics 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 PH1062 and PH1072 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

Within a period of 6 months, a scientific project will be performed and presented in a scientific paper. Two high school teachers evaluate the Thesis. Formal and content evaluation points are, among others,

  • the structure of the Thesis
  • Thematic introduction and presentation of the state-of-the-art
  • the correct representation of the theoretical basis
  • the description of students own approach
  • the description of the scientific results of the work
  • the presentation of own results in relation to preparatory work
  • the quality of the scientific discussion of the results
  • the selection and the quality of the figures
  • the linguistic quality of the work
  • the selection and completeness of the references
  • the contribution of own scientific ideas
  • independence in performance of the work

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

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