Beginning your studies

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 preliminary internship

Recognition of the preliminary internship takes place at the beginning of October in the entrance hall of the Department of Mechanical Engineering's building in Garching each day between 8:30 am and noon.

Please attend on the appropriate day (the day is determined by the initial letter of your surname):

  • Monday, 07.10.2019 A - F
  • Thuesday, 08.10.2019 G - L
  • Wednesday, 09.10.2019 M - S
  • Thursday, 10.10.2019 Sch - Z

Should you on account of a compelling reason not be able to attend on the appropriate day, please bring your documentation on one of the other days.

Please bring with you:

  • proof of internship (original company confirmation, together with a photocopy. The original will be returned to you),
  • work reference (the original and a photocopy. The original will be returned to you),
  • a report as laid down in the guidelines.

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.

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 20 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.

Beginning your Master Degree Course

Student orientation event for 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 2019

Information from previous years

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.