Beginning your studies

We would like to welcome you to our Technical University of Munich. On this page you will find offers to get to know the Garching campus, to network with other students and much more to make your start at our Department of Mechanical Engineering easier. You will also find other offers under "Welcome at TUM".

Please note the current information about the study program on our homepage!

Beginning your Bachelor Degree Course

What does it mean to study for a degree?

A degree course is different from being at school. You will take sole responsibility for attending lectures and tutor lessons, and doing exercises. That means that there is as a rule no compulsory attendance. It is however worth attending this tuition; the lecturers and tutors will not only teach the theoretical fundamentals in each subject, but also answer questions and give useful tips on preparing for examinations. And who knows who you might be sitting next to? New contacts are guaranteed. Make the most of yourself and your degree course!

In the first four semesters of the BSc course you will have a predetermined study plan with compulsory subjects. The compulsory subjects, as at school, are ones laid down by the department. You must pass the examinations in those subjects in order to be able to graduate.

All the different subjects you study are called modules. A module can be made up of several teaching sessions (eg. lectures, practical work, etc.) which, as far as content and timing is concerned, are related to each other.

Please be aware that you must have passed two modules by the end of the second semester. In the BSc Degree Course in Mechanical Engineering these are Mathematics 1 and Technical Mechanics 1. For all other modules you have the possibility to repeat the modules any number of times within the limited duration of study laid down by various regulations. These regulations, known as academic progress checks, will be explained later.

What does “studying” mean?

Studying means:

  • Taking sole responsibility for attending teaching sessions and independently following up on, repeating and practising what has been learnt.
  • Contacting the Student Advice Service should problems arise which have an influence on your studies (if the subject matter is too difficult, illness, family problems, etc.). We will be happy to help you.
  • Being informed about the academic calendar (study plan, examination regulations, deadlines, dates, etc.) in order to avoid formal errors. Do ask us if you need help. We will be happy to do so.
  • Motivating yourself, even if things do not go as you had planned. Do you need some coaching? We can help you with that too.
  • Enjoying learning and researching, and looking for opportunities to apply your knowledge. Have you thought of taking part in a student group?
  • Enjoying life in and outside the university.

Mathematics preparatory course

In cooperation with the Department of Mathematics and the Mechanical Engineering Student Council, the Department of Mechanical Engineering offers a preparatory course in mathematics at the beginning of the degree course (end of September/beginning of October, generally two weeks before formal teaching commences).

You will be informed by e-mail of the date and enrolment during the admission procedure

Recognition of the pre-internship (first-year students from winter semester 2021/2022)

Here you can find all information about the recognition of the pre-internship

 

PC for your studies

During your studies you will use software that works exclusively under Windows. Please take this into account when you get a new device or take care in time to equip your device accordingly.

Fit for TUM - Service fair for newcomers

The service fair Fit for TUM is the perfect place for newcomer students to find information on all topics concerning your student life at TUM. The fair takes place at the beginning of the winter semester in October. You can inform yourself about financial aid, accommodation and living in Munich, sports, university life and much more.

Student orientation event for Bachelor students

The student orientation event takes place on the first two days of the winter semester lecture period in lecture hall MW0001. When coming from the underground station, you will find the lecture hall on the lefthand side inside the main entrance on the ground floor of the department building at Boltzmannstraße 15, 85748 Garching, see plan.

Information on previous events can be found on the Student Council website.

POWER – Personal Orientation Week for first semester students organised by the student council

POWER: During the pre-course the Personal Orientation Week for first semester students takes place. This social program is designed to give you the opportunity to meet nice people, Munich and the university before the official start of the lectures and to have a lot of fun. The student council hope that they can/may be allowed to hold a large part of the events in Munich in the usual way. If not, there will definitely be an online alternative program. Registration is not necessary, the current planning status can be found on the student council website.

Higher Mathematics 1 and Technical Mechanics 1

Please note paragraph 38, sub-paragraph 2 of the Bsc Degree in Mechanical Engineering Examination and Study Regulations (FPSO):

The compulsory modules “Higher Mathematics 1” and “Technical Mechanics 1” must be passed by the end of the second semester. According to clause 1, the failed module examination can only be repeated once within the time limit laid down in that clause. In the case of a failure to not meet deadlines, paragraph 10, sub-paragraph 5 of the general examination regulations (ASPO) will apply.

Should you have not passed both modules by the end of the second semester, you will have to leave the university on account of a definitive failure to achieve the academic standard required. The possibility of further study in a related university degree course will therefore be eliminated. Related courses are as a rule all BSc degrees in mechanical engineering which are offered at universities in Germany and at some universities abroad. Other degree courses at universities, as well as mechanical engineering degree courses at other further education establishments, will not be effected.

Academic progress checks

Please note that the regulations concerning academic progress checks are laid down in paragraph 10, sub-paragraphs 2 and 3 of the TUM general examination regulations (APSO):

Sub-paragraph 2: In BSc and MSc degree courses, it is required that a certain number (as laid down in the FPSO) of module examinations, covering fundamentals of the degree course in question, be passed by the end of the second semester.
Sub-paragraph 3: In addition, in a six-semester BSc degree course modules outlined in the FPSO must be passed to achieve the required number of credits as follows:
1st before end of 3rd semester, at least 30 credits,
2nd before end of 4th semester, at least 60 credits,
3rd before end of 5th semester, at least 90 credits,
4th before end of 6th semester, at least 120 credits,
5th before end of 7th semester, at least 150 credits and
6th before end of 8th semester, at least 180 credits.

If you do not meet this requirement, the academic achievements which have not been completed will be regarded as having been failed definitively. This will mean that you will have to leave the university. After you have been forced to leave, you will be unable to do any related university degree courses, in particular BSc degree courses in mechanical engineering, at least in Germany, as a result of a failure to achieve the academic standard required.

Are you afraid that you might not achieve the number of credits required? If so, please contact us in good time. We will be happy to give you our support.

Study plan

At the student orientation event we will present the degree course to you in detail. You will also get your study plan there. As you will only be studying compulsory subjects during the first four semesters of your BSc course, you will have the same study plan as your fellow first-semester students

The study plan will also be available to download. You will of course be able to access it on TUMonline. Assistance in putting together your personal study plan can be provided by the TUM IT Service.

Key competencies for your start in your studies

This is a course that you will take in the first semester. You will learn, among other things, how to improve your time management, develop appropriate learning strategies and build up a productive self-organization. You will meet your fellow students in small groups and learn important tips and tricks for everyday university life from older students. Registration for the course takes place in the first week of the semester. Further information can be found here on the website of the Center for Key Competencies.

Beginning your Master Degree Course

Student orientation event for Mechanical Engineering Master students

The student orientation event for first-semester students doing MSc degrees in mechanical engineering will take place in the first week of the lecture period. All first-semester students will be notified of the time and place in good time by e-mail.

Current presentation about the beginning of your MSc degree course of the summer term 2020

Information from previous years (scroll down)

Service fair for newcomers – Fit for TUM

The service fair Fit for TUM is the perfect place for newcomer students to find information on all topics concerning your student life at TUM. The fair takes place at the beginning of the winter semester in October. You can inform yourself about financial aid, accommodation and living in Munich, sports, university life and much more.

Academic progress checks

Please note that the regulations concerning academic progress checks are laid down in paragraph 10, sub-paragraphs 2 and 4 of the TUM general examination regulations (APSO):

Sub-paragraph 2: In BSc and MSc degree courses, it is required that a certain number of module examinations (as laid down in the FPSO), covering fundamentals of the degree course in question, be passed by the end of the second semester.
Sub-paragraph 4: In addition, in a four-semester MSc degree course modules outlined in the FPSO must be passed to achieve the required number of credits as follows:
1st before end of 3rd semester, at least 30 credits,
2nd before end of 4th semester, at least 60 credits,
3rd before end of 5th semester, at least 90 credits,
4th before end of 6th semester, at least 120 credits.

If you do not meet this requirement, the academic achievements which have not been completed will be regarded as having been failed definitively. This will mean that you will have to leave the university. After you have been forced to leave, you will be unable to do any related university degree courses, in particular MSc degree courses in similar fields, at least in Germany, as a result of a failure to achieve the academic standard required.

Are you afraid that you might not achieve the number of credits required? If so, please contact us in good time. We will be happy to give you our support.

Study plan

For MSc courses there is no study plan laid down by the department. You will put together your own individual study plan using module lists (or the study “tree” on TUMonline) and the allocation rules to be found in the FPSO for your degree course. To give you a guide as to how many modules must be passed each semester, please refer to the current general study plan for MSc courses.

Assistance in putting together your own personal study plan can be provided by the TUM IT Service.

General information

Where can I get help?

For questions about your degree course, please refer first to our website (eg. FAQs) or to the TUM examination regulations (APSO, FPSO).

You are also welcome to get in touch with the appropriate contact person at any time.

Lecture notes and documentation

Some lecturers provide notes and other documentation to accompany their teaching sessions. These are printed professionally by the Mechanical Engineering Student Council and are sold to enrolled students. Information about what is available and when the lecture notes are sold.

Often lecture documentation is also available on the moodle online platform. Detailed information will be provided by your lecturer in the teaching session.

What is TUMonline?

TUMonline is the TUM campus management system. It is used, for example, for applications and the administration of your degree course (registration for teaching sessions, examinations, etc.). In the FAQs you will find further links.

Which modules can be recognised?

You will find all the information in the FAQ section 'Recognition of Credits'.

Department of Mechanical Engineering Library

Text books, specialist magazines and further specialist literature can be obtained directly from the Department of Mechanical Engineering Library or through the interlibrary loan system.

Accommodation

TUM can help you through various channels in your search for accommodation.

Degree course funding

TUM can advise you on the various different student funding possibilities.

Eating on the Garching campus

Eating and drinking keeps body and soul together – on the Garching campus too.

Student semester tickets

In order to reach TUM's various different locations in and around Munich, it is necessary to use public transport (MVV and MVG). Information on semester tickets for students.

WOmentoring

There is a mentoring program for all students who are new to TUM, whether in the Bachelor's or Master's program. Registration is possible via TUMonline and further information can be found on the website of the Office for Equal Opportunities and Diversity.

Networking meeting for female first semester students

For all female students who are new at TUM, whether in Bachelor or Master, there will be a digital networking meeting on 10 November 2020 at 5:30 pm. Further information and the link will be provided during SET or on request to gleichstellungsbuero@mw.tum.de.