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Master's Colloquium (KM)

Module PH1091

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

PH1091 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)
150 h  h 5 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH1091 in the version of WS 2011/2 was the Dean of Studies at Physics Department.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


The Master Colloquium concludes 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 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.

Students prepare on their own a presentation of about 30 minutes in which they present their Master's thesis. The presentation is completed by a disputation on the topic of the Master's thesis, which extends to the further area of study which are connectedto the Master's thesis.

Learning Outcome

In the master colloquium the student shows his/her ability to

  • present the essential elements of the thesis in a scientific presentation,
  • to respond to critical objections
  • to justify the own position and approach towards others. 


Master's thesis

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Learning and Teaching Methods

Preparation of an oral presentation in which the results of the master thesis are explained and summarised, whereby complex information is reduced to its essential core. Visual support with appropriate media and scientific discussion.


Beamer, Slides, Poster, Videos, Handouts


Master's Thesis and references therein.

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

The Master Colloquium completes the research phase. The students give a talk of about 30 minutes about the Master thesis. This is followed by a 30-minute disputation on the topic of the Master's thesis, which extends to the other fields which are connected to the Master's thesis.
The supervisor and the second reviewer of the Master's thesis evaluate the presentation. Among other things, they consider if the students can present and explain the topic, classify and evaluate the solution approaches, discuss and defend the project and the results in a scientific discussion.
A repetition of the master colloquium is possible according to the relevant regulations of the FPSO.

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