FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Final Thesis

Can a final thesis be written outside the department?

For Master students

  • Yes, but the issuance and initial advising must come through an expert examiner who offers master modules in your degree program. This excludes expert examiners from the section "Flexibilization in Engineering Sciences".
  • Eenrolment up to and including summer semester 2019: Yes, but the issuance and initial advising must come through an expert examiner who offers modules in your degree program.

For all Bachelor students

  • Yes, but the assignment and initial advising must come through a professor from our TUM Department of Mechanical Engineering and the ongoing advising in coordination with industry.
  • Exceptions: Only Professors Herzog, Rigoll and Wagner (Department of Electrical Engineering), Professor Große (Institute of Non-Destructive Testing) and Professor Gaderer (Straubing Center of Science, Associate Professorship of Regenerative Energy Systems).

May work on term papers, dissertations and theses be carried out at a company?

Student research projects (term papers, dissertations and theses) may in principle be worked on in co-operation with companies. However, such work is a university academic assignment and the student's scientific qualification should always be at the forefront. For this reason, student research projects may only be assigned by institutes and departments, and not by companies.

Should you be offered an interesting research subject by a company, please get in touch in good time with the appropriate institute/department. Only in this way can possible adjustments to the subject matter be discussed and agreed by both parties. Please note that such projects are usually published, as they represent scientific research, and therefore restrictions on publication are not allowed. Qualified supervision, which meets the standards of the university, can only be assured if the subject is incorporated in the research field of the appropriate institute.

Students are not entitled to supervision for work carried out externally.

May a term paper, dissertation or thesis contain a publication restriction?

Term papers, dissertations and theses may not contain a publication restriction or any other provision, which goes beyond usual confidentiality and duty of care provisions. Bilateral agreements between a student and a company, which do not effect the process of writing the paper, are as a rule not effected by this provision (Faculty Board in force as of WS 17/18).

What is the expected scope for my final thesis?

The scope of work involved in an academic paper is reflected in the credits involved.

Bachelor's Thesis

  • 12 credits = 360 hours of work (= about 2,2 months of full-time work)
  • Processing time: 6 months

Master's Thesis

  • 30 credits = 900 hours of work (= 6 months of full-time work)
  • Processing time: 6 months
  • A Master's Thesis may be handed in at the earliest after 4 months of processing time.

See the examination results in your TUMonline account for the obligatory submission date.

Can I submit final thesis during a leave of absence?

No. Please also read the separate FAQ section "Leave of Absence".

The exception is for a leave of absence related to pregnancy or parental leave (including for men).

What are the regulations for the thesis regarding the academic progress?

Please contact your Examination Board regarding the regulations the regulations.

How do I apply for approval to begin my final thesis?

Before students can begin with their final thesis, they require formal confirmation that they have fulfilled the relevant requirements.

Approval to begin your Bachelor's Thesis:

  • In order to obtain approval to begin your final thesis, you are required to have earned at least 120 credits (for a degree course beginning with or after WS15/16, at least 105 credits must have been earned from compulsory modules of the basic study program). In addition to that you need to have the recognition for a pre-university internship starting with the course plan 2017.
  • To apply for formal confirmation of acceptance for the Bachelor degree thesis, simply send an e-mail to the following address: bachelorarbeit@mw.tum.de
  • If the admission requirements are met, you will receive notification from the Mechanical Engineering Bachelor Examination Board on how to proceed.
  • The confirmation is valid for 4 weeks and must be handed (digitally) signed to your supervising institute before starting work on your thesis.
  • In order for your application to be valid, the formal confirmation, together with the application form, must be sent back to the Bachelor Examination Body by your institute.

Approval to begin your Master's Thesis:

Discontinued Master's Program

  • Master students require only a transcript from TUMonline showing that not less than 80 credits have been earned and the additional requirements have been passed.
  • Once the required credits for approval have been proven to your thesis supervisor before the issue date or before starting work, he or she can register the final thesis at the responsible Examination Board.
  • With the Master it is no longer necessary to request an approval form from the Examination Board - as was previously required for the German 'Diplom' title.

New Master's Programm (enrolment from winter semester 2019/2020 onwards)

  • Master students require only a transcript from TUMonline showing that not less than 80 credits have been earned and the additional requirements have been passed. Applications for admission to the Master's Thesis with missing competences (< 80 credits, but all additional requirements have been passed) will be rejected by the Examination Board. If, however, already published, not yet validly set examination results have been entered (grade is published, but the credits have not yet been credited), which would have allowed students to reach the required competence limit, an admission for revocation can be issued on application by the students.
  • Once the required credits for approval have been proven to your thesis supervisor before the issue date or before starting work, or the stamped admission for revocation can be proven, he or she can register the final thesis at the responsible Examination Board.

Can I give back a final thesis which has already been registered?

Yes you can. In any case, the topic of a thesis may be given back only once and only within the first third of the assessment period (i.e. within 2 months) provided there are valid reasons and an appropriate request has been made to the competent examination board.

Can the processing period be extended?

Yes. The appropriate form is available to your thesis supervisor or is available to students under Forms. The request must be submitted at least one week before the submission date.

When is an extension of the processing period possible?

  • Upon application with confirmation of the thesis supervisor on the application form, an extension of the processing period by max. 1 month is possible without proof.
  • In justified cases, according to §18 APSO, an extension with proof can be granted up to a maximum of 3 months. Extensions beyond this cannot be granted.
  • In case of illness, the processing time can be extended. In case of illness, please contact your Examination Board immediately to find out how to proceed.

Are there minimum requirements regarding format?

Yes, this is a brief summary:

  • Binding: an unstitched adhesive/perfect binding (ring- or spiral-binding are not allowed)
  • Spine: the name of the author must be printed on or permanently attached (eg. text secured with a broad, transparent adhesive tape) to the spine)
  • Language: information on the cover should be in the language (German or English) in which the thesis has been written. For German-language theses, the title should also be given in English.

See also Minimum Requirements for Formatting, Sample Cover Sheet and Sworn Statement for Theses.

What happens if an institute / chair states requirements other than those of the examination boards?

Please note that you must comply with the minimum requirements regarding binding, the title page (first printed page inside) and the sworn statement. As previously, the cover of your thesis may be designed in cooperation with your supervising institute / chair.

Which theses are affected by the digital submission?

All final theses (Bachelor's and Master's thesis). Not included is the research practice (team project, term project, practical research course) which should be submitted to your supervisor.

How do I submit my thesis? (valid from March 2021)

The submission is initially made electronically until at least 30.09.2021 to the respective examination board (Bachelor thesis: bpa@mw.tum.de or Master thesis: mpa@mw.tum.de). Please send us your final version of the thesis as a PDF file, stating your name and matriculation number, within the deadline. Please note that the electronic version must be digitally signed by you and actually be sent as an attachment to the email.

There is no automatic confirmation of receipt.

Upon receipt and examination, we will forward your thesis by email to your thesis supervisor for binding correction. This replaces the stamp of the examination board.

You will also receive the email for forwarding.

Do I still have to submit a printed version? (valid from March 2021)

Yes, please note that the respective examination board still requires a bound copy of your thesis. This copy must be identical to the electronic submission of the thesis (also information concerning the date must be identical).

Please submit the original copy of your thesis promptly (this can also be done after the deadline) together with the signed declaration of authorship - a digital signature is not sufficient - by mail or hand in your thesis directly at the post office in the building of the Department of Mechanical Engineering (NOT in the mailbox between the office doors of the Bachelor and Master examination boards).

As soon as we have received your written thesis including original signature, you will receive a short feedback from us.

Will my oral presentation be included in my overall grade?

The oral presentation of the final thesis is to be considered as a pass/fail credit requirement but it is obligatory. However, the oral presentation of the final thesis is not included in your overall grade for the final thesis.

Is my oral presentation relevant when determining the completion date of my final thesis?

Yes, the oral presentation is a pass/fail credit requirement and is as part of your course program. It is therefore important in determining the completion date of your final thesis, if you do not give the oral presentation before submitting your thesis.

The 4.0 confirmation can only be issued, if your thesis has been submitted and the oral presenation has been given.

Do I have to be enrolled to give my oral presentation?

In principle, enrollment is required. However, if your oral presentation is going to take place in the period up to and including the first week of the lecture period in the following semester, it is not necessary for you to be enrolled for the following semester - if in your study program only the oral presentation for the final thesis has to be completed. 

You must be enrolled in order to submit your thesis. For further questions concerning enrollment please contact to the TUM Center for Study and Teaching - Admissions and Enrollment Office, studium@tum.de.

How long may the correction of the thesis last?

According to § 18 para. 11 APSO the thesis shall generally to correct within a period of two months.

How do I apply for a Bachelor/Master certificate?

Please see the FAQ section "Certificate".

Recognition of Credits

What is a recognition of credits?

If you have completed examinations from a previous degree course that are equivalent to the achievements of your current degree course, you can have it checked whether recognition is possible. The prerequisite for the recognition of credits is that there are no "significant differences with regard to the acquired competencies (learning outcomes)" (BayHSchG, Art. 63, Lisbon Convention Art. V1).

I would like to have credits recognized. What are the possibilities?

There are several ways to do this:

  • You can apply for recognition (equivalence recognition).
  • Credits from a stay abroad can be recognized as supplementary subjects (no equivalent module in the degree course required).
  • Inclusion of modules in master's degree programs in the section "Flexibilization in Engineering Sciences". 

How long does it take to process a recognition request?

The processing of an application for recognition usually takes about 12 weeks. During this time, we ask you to refrain from inquiries about the processing status. When processing is complete and your recognitions have been entered, you will see them in your TUMonline transcript of records.

How many applications for recognition of credits can be submitted?

According to APSO §16 para. 4, an application for recognition of credits from previous studies (= prior achievement), can only be submitted once within the first year of study to the responsible examination board.

Further applications for recognition can only be made for credits that you achieve during your current studies (e.g. credits from a stay abroad).

How can I have credits recognized?

Apply to your examination board (Master or Bachelor) for recognition of credits ( Antrag auf Anerkennung von Prüfungsleistungen). Please note the information on the application and the applicable deadlines!

Submit a completely filled out, signed application for recognition including a transcript of records (not necessary if you achieved your credits at TUM). Submit everything in one PDF file by mail to the respective examination board. If necessary, original documents can be subsequently requested by the Examination Board.

What are the deadlines?/When do I apply for recognition?

No application for recognition of credits can be made prior to enrollment. Likewise, no check in advance is possible.

The submission date of your application is decisive for meeting the deadlines.

Recognition from previous studies (= prior achievement)

Please notice §16 para. 4 sentence 3 of the APSO:

„Ein Antrag auf Anerkennung von Prüfungsleistungen aus früheren Studien kann nur einmal und zwar innerhalb des ersten Studienjahres an der Technischen Universität München beim zuständigen Prüfungsausschuss gestellt werden.“

This first year refers to your current studies for which you are applying for recognition. Any credits you have achieved prior to your current studies (e.g. additional credits (free subjects) in the Bachelor, credits from a stay abroad, etc.) and which you would like to have recognized, must be submitted together in one single application.

Recognition of free subjects/additional credits from the bachelor's degree

In the case of recognition of free subjects from the bachelor's program into the master's program, the application can also be submitted even if the bachelor's certificate has not yet been issued. However, this can only be processed and completed after completion of the bachelor's degree. Please note, however, that these credits belong to the prior achievements and here, too, only one application in total is possible within the first year of study (together with any other credits, e.g. from abroad).

Recognition from stay abroad

The application for recognition of credits from a stay abroad which you completed during your current studies and for which you were granted leave of absence must be submitted in the following semester at the latest.

Recognition from a Leave of Absence

You are on leave of absence from your current studies and are completing credits (e.g. during a stay abroad, internship, etc.). In this case, the application for recognition can also be submitted during the semester of leave. The application for credits from a stay abroad, for which you were on leave, must be submitted in the following semester at the latest, as already mentioned above.

ATTENTION: Theses written during a leave of absence, e.g. during a stay abroad, can only be recognized if the leave of absence is withdrawn.

Recognition of an Internship

Please read the information about "Internship (at a company)".

Will I be upgraded by my recognitions in the semester?

If you have credits up to and including 21 ECTS recognized, you will not be upgraded. If you have 22 or more credits, you will be upgraded by one semester. For each additional 30 credits (from 52, 82 ECTS, etc.) you will be upgraded by one additional semester.

This does not include credits you get through 

  • the recognition of the internship (at a company) and/or
  • through repeat examinations

during/after a leave of absence.

Can I have modules from other universities recognized as supplementary courses?

Yes, but only if the credits to be recognized are part of a study abroad program and are at least 3 ECTS. Credits made at a German university cannot be recognized general as a supplementary course without equivalent.

Who decides on the recognition of credits?

The persons responsible for the module evaluate whether the competences already acquired are equivalent to the module applied for regarding the skills and abilities acquired (equivalence check). However, the application is made directly to the examination board. Its decision on recognition is based on the evaluation of the persons responsible for the module.

Can I have modules from the Bachelor's program recognized for the Master's degree?

The answer is yes. All valid free subjects passed in your Bachelor's program can be recognized if they are part of your future master's program. Therefore, please always register these modules in your curriculum as "Freifach" / "free subject".

Bachelor modules can therefore not be recognized in the master's program.

Therefore, please be sure to register for the exam planned for the Master's program as "Free Subject". After your enrollment in the Master's program, you can submit an application for recognition of these modules to the Master's Examination Board by the end of the 2nd Master's semester at the latest. Please note that you can only submit one application for all previous credits within the first (Master's) year. Recognition will then only take place after the Bachelor's degree, but the application can be submitted earlier (e.g. to meet the deadline).

Why don't I see my recognitions in the overview of my exam results?

The reason for this is that a recognition is not an examination. Your recognition is marked with "*)" in the grade report. In the curriculum, you will find your recognition at the section you have chosen.

Can I have credits recognized as free subjects?

No. Only the recognition of credits of modules, that are part of your degree program is possible.

Can I have recognized my additional requirements?

The answer is no. Your pre-study modules have been taken into account in your application and cannot therefore be recognized.

I am studying several degree programs at the same time, how can I have my credits recognized mutually?

Once you are enrolled in more than one degree program at the same time, any credits you wish to "transfer" are a Supplementary Benefit, not a recognition.

I have passed a module. Can I have the credits recognized in my degree program?

Recognitions are only possible if an equivalent module is part of your degree program (exception: recognition as a supplementary subject from a stay abroad). You can apply for the inclusion of a module in the section "Flexibilization in Engineering Sciences" of your Master's degree program.

I would like to recognize credits from another domestic or foreign university. Is that possible?

There are several options here:

Registration

Please see the FAQ section "Registration for Examinations".

Medical Certificates

Please see the FAQ section "Withdrawal from Examinations".

Additional Requirements ('Auflagen')

By when must I have passed the additional requirements?

  • You must pass all additional requirements by the end of the 2nd semester (a leave of absence does not extend this period!), otherwise they will be marked irrevocably as a fail and the admission to this Master's degree program will be withdrawn.
  • Please note that it is not mandatory to offer a retake option for additional exams. 
  • Additional requirements will not appear in the transcript of records, only in your performance record and account statement (as a separate enclosure). Explanation: Additional requirements are not part of the degree itself but are required for admission to a Master's degree program.

Leave of Absence

How to request leave of absence for one semester

Taking off a semester is regulated by §§ 11 & 12 of the TUM Statutes of Matriculation, Reporting Back, Leave of Absence and Withdrawal ('Immatrikulations-, Rückmelde-, Beurlaubungs- und Exmatrikulationssatzung') which apply in conjunction with Art. 64, sections 2 to 4 of the Bavarian Higher Education Act (Bayerisches Hochschulgesetz).

Please refer to the above regulations for the following details:

  • reasons for leave of absence
  • duration and
  • dates
  • procedures

For additional information please go the TUM-page Leave of Absence.

You can download your request for leave of absence on TUMonline under 'Printouts for Students'. Please submit your request to the Student Admission department (formerly Registrar's Office).

How do I get the statement of the department?

If you want to request a leave of absence for an internship, it requires the statment of the department:

  • In the case of a mandatory internship, please contact the internship office, praktikumsbestaetigungen@mw.tum.de.
  • In the case of a voluntary internship, please contact a chair considered suitable in terms of the internship contents. Ask for a statement confirming the relevance of this internship for your study program. Templates and specifications for this letter are not available.
  • In the case of a voluntary internship abroad please contact the advice on study abroad.

Can I sit my first official examination attempt during a leave of absence?

No.

The only exception is parental leave. Please see the FAQ sections on "Parental leave/maternity leave".

Can I repeat an examination during a leave of absence?

Yes, you can repeat an examination.

Is there a limit on the number of credits I can earn from repeat examinations during a leave of absence?

No. There will also be no placement in a higher semester.

I cannot register via TUMonline for examinations during my leave of absence (or parental leave), what do I need to do?

Registration for repeat of examinations should be possible. If you are experiencing problems with this please contact the responsible Examination Board immediately.

Can I submit/start semester and final thesis during a leave of absence?

No.

You may not perform any of the actions indicated above during a leave of absence. You must first conclude the semester/final thesis prior to the leave of absence, or can only begin once the leave of absence is complete (Exception: parental leave)

Can the working time for my academic paper (semester or final thesis) be suspended during a leave of absence?

No, this is not possible. Academic papers must be started AND completed prior to the leave of absence or started AND ended after the leave of absence.

Can I have examination results recognised during the leave of absence?

Please read the FAQ section "Recognition of credits".

Will I be bumped up a semester toward my degree during my leave of absence?

In most cases no.

Do I have to pay tuition fees during my leave of absence?

Fees to the Studentenwerk etc. will also have to be paid during the semester you are on leave of absence. For binding information please turn to the Semester fees and scholarships department (formerly Registrar's Office).

Can I apply for leave of absence, if I have not obtained the required number of credits in the previous semester?

No, this is not possible.

  • In accordance with Paragraph 10 of the Study and Examination Regulations (Allgemeine Prüfungs- und Studienordnung – APSO), study progress monitoring takes place at the end of the semester.
  • If you have not achieved the required number of credits by the end of the assessment period, you will be removed from the register of students at the end of the semester in which the ENB (irreversibly failed) notification was sent (usually the following semester)
  • It is therefore no longer possible to continue studying or to take leave of absence. If you have already applied for leave of absence, it will be null and void as a result of removal from the register.

Application

How do I apply for a degree program at the Department of Mechanical Engineering?

All information about the application process, required documents, dates and deadlines can be found on the homepage of our department and on the homepage of TUM.

Do I get an admission at the Department of Mechanical Engineering?

Bachelor application:

The regulations on aptitude assessment describe in detail how your Abitur grades are converted into points. Based on your score, you will either be admitted directly, invited for an interview or rejected directly. The TUM will only calculate your score after you have applied for the program.

Please understand that due to the large number of applications we are unable to carry out any preliminary checks.

Master application:

Whether your technical knowledge is sufficient is determined by the Aptitude Assessment Commission. The prerequisite for admission is the closest possible equivalence of your skills acquired in the bachelor's program compared to those of our bachelor's program in mechanical engineering. The process of the aptitude assessment for the Master's programs is shown on the page of the program and described in the corresponding examination and study regulations (Appendix 2). In the latter, you will also find the modules relevant for the examination of technical knowledge.

Please understand that due to the large number of applications we are unable to carry out any preliminary checks.

What certificate or which proof of language proficiency is required?

Since the language of instruction of all of our degree programs is German, you need a German language certificate or another proof of language proficiency accepted by the TUM.

Do I have to submit a proof of internship with my application?

Bachelor application:

No, the pre-degree internship will be recognized if you have received admission to the program and have enrolled, usually at the beginning of October. Further information on the pre-degree internship can be found on the page of the Bachelor's program in Mechanical Engineering and in the internship guidelines.

Master application:

The proof of an industrial internship of at least 8 weeks can optionally be submitted with the application. If you have not yet completed an internship, you will receive the "Additional Requirement ("Auflagen") Industrial Internship" after admission to the degree program. You must then complete such an internship during your Master's program in accordance with our guidelines

How do I fill out the grade and credit history (Master application)?

This form is available to you for download during the online application!

Please complete this form on your own to the best of your knowledge. If necessary, compare the module descriptions of the compulsory subjects laid down for the TUM B.A. Degree in Mechanical Engineering with the module descriptions of the subjects you have studied.

Questions regarding correlation will not be answered!

We trust you, as an M.A. Degree applicant, to know best, which subjects you have studied belong in which subject groups. When deciding if a module, you have studied, can be credited, it is not the name of the module used by your university that is decisive but whether the competence you have acquired is comparable to that taught in the TUM module in question. In addition, the content, extent and depth of the subject matter will be considered.

Please include the following information:

  • exact name of the module (if you wish to list more than four modules, insert a new row),
  • grade (please use the formula given on the form of the TUM Bavarian Formula calculator),
  • credits (include the credits you have received at your university for having passed modules),
  • weekly hours per semester (at TUM one SWS (Semesterwochenstunde) is equivalent to 45 mins. per week; a lecture with two SWS is therefore equivalent to a 90-minute course which takes place every week throughout the semester. If necessary, convert your hours during the semester per course),
  • credit-weighted average grade (please calculate this using the formula given on the form, without rounding up or down, simply cutting off after the first decimal place),
  • final grade (if your previous degree course (e.g. the B.A. degree course with which you wish to make your application) has not been completed when you make your application, please indicate the current average grade at the time you apply).

I am already studying. How can I change to a degree program of the Department of Mechanical Engineering?

Please refer to the information on "Change of Degree Program".

I am a student/graduate in the Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering at the TUM. Which documents do I have to submit?

Department-internal applicants must also upload all documents required for an admission. Instead of the module handbook (curriculum) of the bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, you can upload a file with the information that you are studying/completing the bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Do I have to submit a GRE or GATE with my application?

No.

I have some questions about my submitted documents, can I change them?

If you have any questions regarding the formal admission criteria, please contact the TUM Center for Study and Teaching (TUM CST) directly via studium@tum.de.

I had already applied for a degree program at the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Do I still have to upload all documents again?

Yes.

Parallel Studies

Benefits supplement in parallel studies

The crediting of achievements in parallel studies (two Bachelor's degree programs enrolled at the same time or two Master's degree programs enrolled at the same time) is not equivalent to a recognition. This is why it is referred to as a benefits supplement.

Parental Leave/Maternity Leave

How long can I take parental leave?

According to the Statutes of Matriculation, Reporting Back, Leave of Absence and Withdrawal ('Immatrikulations-, Rückmelde-, Beurlaubungs- und Exmatrikulationssatzung'), parental leave may be granted for up to six semesters (per child). During this time credits can be earned at the TUM.

Which regulations are in place for parental leave/maternity leave?

As per the APSO (3/2011) § 20 it is possible to sit examinations despite a leave of absence; a second sitting of examinations is possible but not mandatory.

Withdrawal from University?

Please also see the FAQ section on "Enrolment/Withdrawal from University".

Changes in Specialisation and Module Catalogs

Where do I find out about changes in the Specialisation Catalogs / Module Catalogs?

Please refer to your studies program in TUMonline. Any changes to the Module Catalogs are directly included in the program. Changes are also published on our website.

NOTE: However, any such changes will not be entered in your studies program until the beginning of the new semester (October 1 and April 1).

Research Practice

What is research practice and where can I find topics?

In the master's programs (enrollment in winter semester 2019/2020 or later), you can choose in the area of research practice between

  • a term project
  • a team project and
  • a practical research.

For information on the content etc. please have a look at the respective module descriptions. On the homepages of the chairs and the database of the mechanical engineering student council you can search for topics, for example.

What is the workload of my research practice?

The workload of a scientific thesis is reflected in the credits.

You can either complete a term project, a practical research course or a team project. All three options are assessed with 11 credits = 330 working hours each (equivalent to 2 months full-time work).

The processing time is 6 months in each case.

Can I give back a research practice which has already been registered?

The answer is no.

A topic return is only possible for the final thesis (see "Final Thesis").

Can the assessment period be extended?

The answer is yes. This period may be extended for up to one month. In this case, an appropriate request has to be made using a form that may be obtained from your supervisor.

In case of illness, the assessment period may be extended by the duration of inability. Please submit a relevant request to the master examination board, presenting a certificate from a medical officer.

Can the research practice be written outside the department?

Yes, but the issuance and initial advising must come through an expert examiner engaged in instruction in your degree program. This excludes expert examiners from the section "Flexibilization in Engineering Sciences".

 

Can I submit/start the research practice during a leave of absence?

No, see also "Leave of Absence".

Exception: leave of absence due to pregnancy or parenthood (also for men).

Optional Subjects

See FAQ section "Supplementary Subjects".

Voluntary Internship

I wish to do a voluntary internship and require a statement from the department in order to apply for leave of absence.

Neither the Internship Office nor the Industrial Placement Office is responsible for confirming voluntary internships. Instead, please contact one of the department's institutes directly for the determination of relevance.

Lab Courses

What are Lab Courses?

The lab courses serve as an introduction to practical engineering methods, (software) tools and/or procedures and are intended to complement the chosen major(s) in terms of content. In accordance with the major field of study, a further, practically oriented, industry-specific, basic research-oriented or application- or method-oriented focus is thus set. The lab courses usually take place in small groups. Here, students develop solutions to concrete, realistic tasks independently in individual and/or group work and can clarify questions and discuss further topics with their supervisors in individual discussion sessions. In this way, the approach of research-based learning, which was already characteristic of the project seminar in the bachelor's program, is taken up again and deepened in the lab course in the master's program.

What is the work load of a lab course?

For the completion of the module you usually get 4 credits, since the workload of the lab course usually consists of an course with 4 weekly hours per semester (corresponding to 60 on-campus attendance hours or 2 credits) and 60 independent study hours (or 2 credits).

What lab courses do I need to complete?

All master students of the Department of Mechanical Engineering choose their lab courses from a common module catalog, which currently includes about 150 modules. Students are free to complete their lab courses in the semester of their choice. You can find the module catalog directly in TUMonline in your curriculum. There are no mandatory stipulations on the part of the curriculum.

When can I complete the lab courses?

Attention! Only a few internships are offered in the summer and winter semester. Some can also be completed as block courses.

How do I register for a lab course?

Lab course places are allocated in TUMonline on a semester-by-semester basis through central registration procedures. There are three different registration procedures:

  • Registration procedure for block lab courses in the winter semester (March 1st - March 31st. 2021),
  • Registration procedure for lab courses during the semester (semester-long summersemester 2021),
  • Registration procedure for block lab courses during the summer semester (block April 1st - September 30th 2021).

To get to a registration procedure, you can search for any internship or the dummy internship (Practical Courses) in TUMonline under "courses" in the correct semester. By clicking the button "course registration" you will get to the respective registration procedure and can now select your favorite lab course within this registration procedure.

After the registration deadline (usually about 3 weeks later), the students receive their course places according to the following ranking criteria:

  • Master before Bachelor
  • Completed semesters of study
  • Lot

Subsequently, the remaining places are allocated by lot. Students will be informed about all deadlines in advance by e-mail.

Who do I contact with questions?

Please contact hochschulpraktika@mw.tum.de .

Enrollment/Withdrawal from University

Where can I go for assistance if I have questions regarding enrollment or withdrawal?

For all queries concerning enrollment or withdrawal, please contact the Student Admission department, Arcisstrasse 21, 80333 Muenchen, studium@tum.de

What are the reasons for withdrawal?

Please go to the site Withdrawal from University

When will I be officially withdrawn from the university following completion of the degree programme?

If you do not apply for withdrawal from the university with the division Application and Admission, you will be automatically withdrawn from the university at the end of the semester (31/03 or 30/09) during which your degree was confirmed. For further inforamtion please refer to the TUM's website Withdrawal from University .

Counselling on tuition fees:

SSZ Service Desk
Arcisstraße 21
80333 München

beitragsmanagement@zv.tum.de

How long must I remain enrolled?

  • You must be enrolled at least up to the point in time where the final credits are earned, or where the final thesis is submitted.
  • It is not mandatory that you still be enrolled while undertaking corrections on your final credits.
  • Please note that the lecture relating to your final thesis is part of your course programme as laid down by the Study and Examination Regulations (APSO). The date of the lecture determines the completion date of your studies, if the lecture is given after the six-month writing period.
  • You must be registered in order to give the lecture.
    Exception: If the lecture takes place in the period up to and including the first week of the lecture period in the following semester (APSO, paragraph 14, sub-paragraph 1).

Internship (at a company)

Where can I find information about the Internship at a company?

Please also read the section "Internship Guidelines".

 

Until when do I have to have the internship (at a company) recognized?

The internship is recognized directly by the Internship Office.

  • You can have your internship recognized by the Internship Office at any time during your bachelor's degree - even after you have completed your bachelor's thesis. 
  • If you received the additional requirement "industrial internship" at the time of admission to the Master's program, this must have been recognized prior to the start of the Master's thesis.

Flexibilization in Engineering Sciences

I would like to take a module from another TUM Department. Is that possible?

If you would like to take a TUM-internal module that is not included in your degree program, you can submit an application for the inclusion of TUM-internal modules to the module administration MW at modulverwaltung@mw.tum.de with the subject "Interdisciplinary Master Modules".

The professors responsible for the program then check the relevance of the content for the program. If they and, if applicable, the exporting TUM Department agree, the module can be integrated into our MW degree programs.

I would like to take a module from another German university or university abroad. Is that possible?

  • Yes, you can apply for inclusion in the section "Flexibilization in Engineering Sciences (Individual Master Module)" of your Master's program. To do so, submit the application for recognition of credits to the Master's Examination Board. 
  • Possibilities for the recognition of TUM-external credits can be found under "Recognition of Credits".

Courses

What are courses?

The TUM explains courses.

How do I register for a course?

See the TUM Wiki for an explanation of how to register for courses.

How is place allocated for courses?

The registration process in TUMonline has been changed for the winter semester 2020/2021. For normal courses, such as lectures, exercises, etc., there is usually no restriction on participation. Anyone who registers can participate in the course.

For lab courses, places are allocated via the registration system in TUMonline according to certain criteria.

Accommodating Disabilities

Please see the FAQ section "Extended Examination Times (PZV)".

Confirmation of an Internship (at a company)

What is an internship confirmation?

An internship confirmation is a document, issued by the Internship Office, which confirms the number of weeks still required to complete a compulsory internship in industry.

What do I need this confirmation for?

  • Companies: Many companies demand a confirmation to prove that an internship is required and still to be done.
  • Leave of absence (Semester off): If you wish to apply for a semester off for your industrial placement you have to submit the above confirmation under the heading 'Statement of the Department'.
  • Be sure to make a copy of the document for your files.
  • Please contact the Student Admission department for information about the application regulations for a leave of absence semester.

I wish to do a voluntary internship and require a statement from the department in order to apply for leave of absence.

Neither the Internship Office nor the Examination Board is responsible for confirming voluntary internships. Instead, please contact one of the department's institutes directly for the determination of relevance (see also "Leave of Absence").

What information exactly is included in the internship confirmation?

Apart from your name and study semester, the confirmation will state the length of time required to complete the internship, as well as the number of weeks which have already been completed and the number of weeks still required to complete a compulsory internship.

It will confirm neither specific internship dates nor companies. It will also make no statements regarding possible future recognition.

The company, where I wish to do an internship, requests that its own confirmation of internship form should be completed.

We are not able to fill out external documents because they often do not comply with the requirements of the Internship Office. Please use the confirmation which has been issued by us.

Who can apply for an internship confirmation and how do I apply?

All students, who are enrolled on Bachelor degree courses at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, may apply for an internship confirmation. Master degree students, who are required under their conditions of admission to complete an internship in industry ("Industriepraktikum"), may also apply for a confirmation after the beginning of the semester in which they enrol in the study course concerned.

Please note: For legal reasons, we are not able to issue an internship confirmation, If you have not yet enrolled at the department. Please contact the Internship Office after you have begun your enrolment semester. Before then, you can consult the appropriate paragraphs of the Academic and Examination Regulations which are publicly available on the TUM website.

To apply for a confirmation, please contact praktikumsbestaetigungen@mw.tum.de and include the following information in your e-mail:  

  • Name
  • Matriculation number
  • Current postal address

Registration for Examinations

How do I go about registering for examinations?

Go the Wiki for central key IT issues for instructions.

How do I register myself for mandatory or Master modules?

The only method is using the degree progress tree in TUMonline!

If there are problems with the allocation or withdrawal of your compulsory elective module (discontinued Master's programs), please contact your responsible Examination Board immediately.

 

How do I register myself for examinations?

The registration deadline within TUMonline is generally as follows:

  • 15 May – 30 June for examinations pursuant to the SS
  • 15 November – 15 January for examinations pursuant to the WS

The precise registration deadlines will be published within TUMonline and are not flexible! For your own security we advise that you print out a confirmation of the successful registration once you have completed it in TUMonline.

How late can I withdraw once registered?

Generally speaking it is possible to retract a registration in TUMonline within 7 days of the scheduled examination.

The following only applies to the discontinued Master's programs:

Please note that once you have withdrawn, the ticked boxes can only be removed by the examination boards. Not removed hooks can lead to errors or wrong assignments.

Registration during leave of absence or parental leave?

Please also see the FAQ section "Leave of absence".

Is it possible to have my mandatory or elective modules reclassified (only necessary for discontinued Master's programs)?

No.

You register your subjects via TUMonline, and thus in the process select the classification. If a classification was made improperly, then please submit an application (including explanation) to the responsible Examination Board for a reclassification of the subject.

How are my modules assigned (only necessary for new Master's programs; enrollment from winter semester 2019/2020)?

TUMonline automatically assigns your best rated examination performances. If you still prefer other modules, please contact the Master Examination Board directly (mpa@mw.tum.de).

 

Examination Board

Who is my responsible Examination Board?

You can find your contact persons on the website "Who to contact at the department".

Notifications of Official Examination Results

How will I be notified that the official examination results are ready?

  • You will be informed by e-mail by the Central Examinations Office Garching that the results are available online at TUMonline.
  • 3 days after dispatch of the email the decision is considered delivered!
  • From the start of that delivery date you have 4 weeks to contest the results.
    A declaration of dispute must be submitted in writing to the Academic and Student Affairs Office - Legal Division of the Technical University of Munich.
  • If you have any questions about the official examination results, please contact the responsible Examination Board first.

Will the official examination results show the number of times an examination was taken?

The number of times an examination was taken, will only be shown on the account statement which forms part of the examination results. The transcript of records shows only the examinations passed, not the number of times you sat an examinations.

Examination Review

If I am unable to attend the examination review at the date given, can I arrange an alternative date?

f you are unable to attend the examination review at the date given, due to no fault of your own, you may apply for an alternative date. To do this, you must make an application (letter/e-mail) to the Examination Board, at the latest by the original date of the examination review. With your application, you should send copies of documents indicating the reason for your being unable to attend (e.g. research abroad, industrial internship, illness, etc.).

After your application has been received, it will be checked and, if a review at a later date is approved, it will be sent to the relevant examiner.

Please let the Examination Board know that you agree to your personal details (e-mail address) being passed on to the relevant examiner, so that he/she may contact you to arrange an alternative date.

In addition, please note: Personal reasons (e.g. holiday arrangements) cannot be taken into consideration.

Can I authorise someone to represent me at the examination review, if I am unable to attend?

No, it is not possible for someone to represent you at the examination review (unless there are pending appeal proceedings or a legal dispute).

Official Examination Results

How will I find out my examination results?

  • Checking your account on TUMonline
    All results are listed there (for review by student)
  • Transcript of Records (Leistungsnachweis) from TUMonline
    This lists only successfully passed examinations.
  • Official transcripts Bachelor/Master exclusively available at:

Central Examination Office, Campus Garching
Boltzmannstr. 17/III
85748 Garching bei München
+49 (0)89 289 - 14752
praegla@zv.tum.de
www.tum.de/nc/en/studies/during-your-studies/examinations/

Can I request a copy of my written examination if I missed the opportunity of examination review?

All examiners/chairs are obliged to issue copies of written examinations and records only if the student has taken the opportunity of examination review. This is best achieved organizationally by making/issuing copies during the examination review or at similar opportunities. This is the only way of implementing the spirit of examination review under the heading "Learning from mistakes".

Withdrawal from Examinations

What steps are necessary if I cannot sit an examination due to illness/other reason?

Reasons for the missed appointment must be submitted to the responsible Examination Board within three working days.

The application must contain the following items: 

  • Postal address of the responsible Board:
    Technische Universität München
    Bachelor-/bzw. Masterprüfungsausschuss der Fakultät für Maschinenwesen
    Boltzmannstr. 15
    85748 Garching
  • name,
  • addresses,
  • matriculation number,
  • date,
  • missed examination(s) with examination date,
  • signature.

A reasonable justification must be presented. In the event of illness, only certificates from an official medical examiner from the TUM will be accepted.

Who is considered an official medical examiner?

  • For stationary hospitalisations the respective clinic,
  • for psychiatric illnesses, the Clinic and Polyclinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Klinikum Rechts der Isar, Ismaningerstr. 22, 81675 München,
  • for other illnesses, the official medical examiners of the TUM (a list of the medical examiners can be found in an PDF-file) ,
  • for dental illnesses, an extensive certificate from your dentist.

Outside Munich, the following are considered legitimate substitutes to the aforementioned medical examiners:

  • Government health offices
  • Public medical officers

Examination Dates

When and where will the examination dates be published?

As soon as the schedule has been determined, the preliminary/final dates will be posted

  • in the public notice boards,
  • on the this homepage and
  • on TUMonline.

We ask for your understanding that we cannot respond to individual queries regarding the examination dates!

Extended Examination Times (PZV)

Who is eligible for extended examination times (PZV)?

APSO § 19:

"If students prove that, due to extended illness, permanent physical disability, or chronic disease, they are unable to take an examination or parts thereof in the stipulated form, testing accommodations in the form of extended time or a different examination arrangement may be provided".

  • The application for extended examination times must be submitted to the responsible Examination Board no later than the end of the examination registration period.
  • Please list within the application all subjects for which you've registered.
  • The disability must be documented through an official disability identification card or a certificate issued by an official medical examiner.
  • Examinations, for which an extension of the examination time is required, must be notified each semester at the latest by the end of the examination registration period to the Examination Board.
  • If the board is informed in time, it will in turn notify the institute/chair in question.

In which case are extended examination times not granted?

PZV will not be granted in case of an acute disease or injury.

Who may act as a medical examiner?

  • A hospital, in the case of a stay in the hospital concerned
  • In the case of a mental illness, the Klinik and Poliklinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie, Klinikum Rechts der Isar, Ismaningerstr. 22, 81675 Munich
  • For all other illnesses, the TUM medical examiners (a list of the medical examiners can be found in an PDF-file)
  • In the case of dental problems, a detailed medical certificate from your dentist will be sufficient

Outside of Munich, additional recognised medical examiners are:

  • Local health authorities
  • Public health officers

Ranking

Where can I get an interim ranking?

Interim rankings can be issued to you by the Examination Boards. Please send an e-mail directly to ranking@mw.tum.de and give the following information in your e-mail:

  • degree course,
  • current subject-related semester,
  • registration number,
  • reason for requiring a ranking,
  • current address (due to data-protection requirements, the ranking can only be handed to you personally or sent by post).

Please note that:

  • an interim ranking can only be requested after the winter semester from mid-May onwards/after the summer semester from mid-November onwards,
  • rankings can only be issued after completion of the 2nd subject-related semester and up until the 4th (Master degree) or 6th (Bachelor degree) semester has been completed,
  • it is not possible to issue a ranking during the current semester (evaluation only possible for the completed semester after the closing of grades),
  • when calculating the grades for the Bachelor's program, the examination results from each semester are taken into account in accordance with the planned curriculum,
  • that 30 ECTS per semester are taken into account when calculating the grades for the Master's program,
  • too few credits are weighted with a grade of 4.1 in the ranking,
  • after successful completion of the degree course, a ranking, together with a certificate from the Central Examination Office, will be issued automatically.

Term Paper (relevant for students of the discontinued Master's programs)

What is the expected scope for my term paper?

 

The scope of work involved in an academic paper is reflected in the credits involved.
Master's Term paper = 11 credits = 330 hours of work (=2 months of full-time work)

The processing time is 6 months.

 

Can I change the topic on an already registered term paper?

No. The topic can only be changed at the Final Thesis (see section "Final Thesis").

Can I extend the writing period?

Yes. You may apply for an extension of max. 1 month. You will receive an appropriate form from your supervisor. In the event that you take ill you may apply for the writing period to be extended for the duration of the period where you are declared unfit to study. In this case please submit the application to the Examination Board (certificate from an official medical examiner required).

Can a term paper be written outside the department?

Yes, but the assignment and initial advising must come through a professor from our department and the ongoing advising in coordination with industry.

Exceptions: Only the professors

  • Hajek (Department for Aerospace and Geodesy, Chair of Helicopter Technology),
  • Herzog, Rigoll und Wagner (Department for Electrical and Computer Engineering),
  • Große (Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering, Chair of Non-destructive Testing),
  • Gaderer (TUM Campus Straubing, Associate Professorship of Regenerative Energy Systems) and
  • Oksanen (TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan, Associate Professorship of Agrimechatronics)

are allowed for initial advising academic paper at our department.

Can I submit term papers during a leave of absence?

No. Please also read the separate FAQ section "Leave of Absence".

The exception is for a leave of absence related to pregnancy or parental leave (including for men).

Soft Skills

Where can I find out more information about the Soft Skills?

In the Center of Key Competencies (Zentrum für Schlüsselkompetenzen)

What is the process for getting already earned Soft Skills recognised?

See FAQ section "Recognition of credits".

Publication Restriction

Please see the FAQ section "Final Thesis".

Deferment (only relevant for Bachelor students)

What is an application for deferment?

Before study entry, at least eight weeks of the internship in industry must have been completed (pre-study industrial practical = manufacturing internship). In justified specific cases, e.g. stays abroad or Federal Voluntary Service, the placement may be deferred upon request. Just submit your request to the Placement Service, plausibly explaining the reasons preventing you from undertaking the practical before study entry.

Ideally a major part of the practical should be completed prior to study entry, since the semester break is primarily needed for exam preparation.

Important: If deferment has been granted, it will be necessary for you to catch up on the deferred part of the industrial placement in the lecture-free days after the first semester.

Progress towards Degree

I have completed all coursework but have not yet submitted my final thesis. Can I plan in an industrial placement?

Yes. You are always measured based on your progress toward the degree. You must be able to document 180 credits toward the Bachelor after the 8th subject semester and 120 credits toward the Master after the 6th subject semester.

In which case can I apply for suspension of the progress monitoring of my studies?

If you can document (certificate from an official medical examiner of the TUM or other documentation) over a longer period of time (including potentially an entire semester) that there are reasons beyond your control (illness etc) that have prevented you from pursuing your studies in an orderly manner.

The reasons must be reported immediately to the responsible Board.

If you fail to satisfy the progress toward degree requirement, you cannot claim an exemption retroactively based on long-term illnesses or other reasons unless these were reported to the Board in a timely manner.

Suspension is admissible only once by way of exception.

Should your disability continue, you will be required to contact the Student Admission and Student Advising Division regarding possible leave of absence or a break in your course.

Please find out more about the required certificate under the section "Who is considered an official medical examiner?" .

Change of Degree Program

I would like to continue my studies at the TUM. What do I need to know?

A change to a study program of the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the TUM is basically possible, but you should consider the following 2 cases (see figure below):

Which degree programs are (not) related?

Bachelor's program (see FPSO §34, paragraph 3)

There is no related program at the Technical University of Munich to the Bachelor's program Mechanical Engineering. When transferring from another university to the Technical University of Munich, the responsible examination board decides on the relatedness on the basis of the examination/study regulations of the relevant university.

Master's program

The administrative unit Student Admission of the TUM will check during your application whether your current Master's program is related or not.

How and where do I apply for recognition of credits?

Please see the FAQ section "Recognition of credits".

How does the transition from a Bachelor's degree to a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering work?

If you have taken/completed the Bachelor's studies in Mechanical Engineering at our faculty and if you plan to do a Master's degree course here, too, please access Transition Bachelor → Master.

Transcript of Records

What is the Transcript of Records (ToR)?

The Transcript of Records (ToR) lists all modules the student passed and the pertaining credits and examination grades that were awarded (§ 26 (3), P.2 APSO; for the Master see the passage on supplemental subjects in the Bachelor Statutes § 46b (2)).


This includes all supplemental qualifications earned as part of the degree programme, even those beyond the minimum number of credits that must be earned from the elective modules that are recognised as part of a subsequent Master degree programme.


This does not include examination and special remedial requirements that a student has been assigned as part of admissions to the Master degree programme.


As such students have neither a right to apply for the acceptance of supplemental modules in the ToR nor a right to strike earned modules from the ToR.


Recognitions must be denoted as such in the ToR, although no statement of origin is needed.

TUMonline

Where can I find answers to my questions about TUM-Online?

Repeat Examinations

What is a repeat examination?

A repeat examination is an exam for which you were registered and

  •     did not pass or
  •     did not appear (grade 5.0).

Am I automatically registered to repeat examinations?

No.

All students must register for ALL examinations on their own in TUMonline via the curriculum.

How often can I resit an examination?

As per § 38 (2) FPSO, the Fundamentals Exams HM I and TM I must be passed by the end of the 2nd subject-relevant semester and may be resat within his time period only once.

All other examinations can be resat until passed, presuming the necessary progress toward the degree as per APSO § 10 has been made. Exceptions are the Bachelor's Thesis and the Master's Thesis! The final thesis may only be repeated once within the academic progress checks (for more infoamtion please see "Final Thesis").

Please also read the section "Additional Requirements ('Auflagen')".

Certificate Master Development, Production and Management in Mechanical Engineering

Who can get the certificate?

All students enrolled in the master's degree program in Development, Production and Management in Mechanical Engineering who form a specific focus in the program through their module selection have the opportunity to receive a certificate of their focus in addition to their master's graduation certificate.

What are the possible areas of specialization?

Three different areas of specialization are possible:

  • Development and Construction
  • Production Technology and Logistics
  • Management in Mechanical Engineering

For a certificate in Development and Construction, you need at least 25 credits from the master module area of specialization of the same name, including at least 10 credits from the key modules of this area of specialization and at least 5 credits from the additional modules of this area of specialization. The requirements for the minimum enrollment rules of master modules, which are defined via the examination and study regulations for the degree program Development, Production and Management in Mechanical Engineering, continue to apply unaffected by this.

For a certificate in Production Technology and Logistics, you need at least 25 credits from the master module area of specialization of the same name, including at least 10 credits from the key modules of this area of specialization and at least 5 credits from the additional modules of this area of specialization. The requirements for the minimum enrollment rules of master modules, which are defined via the examination and study regulations for the degree program Development, Production and Management in Mechanical Engineering, continue to apply unaffected by this.

For a certificate in Management in Mechanical Engineering, you need at least 25 credits from the master module area of specialization of the same name, including at least 10 credits from the key modules of this area of specialization and at least 5 credits from the additional modules of this area of specialization. The requirements for the minimum enrollment rules of master modules, which are defined via the examination and study regulations for the degree program Development, Production and Management in Mechanical Engineering, continue to apply unaffected by this.

You can also see whether you have completed the 25 credits according to these requirements in your curriculum in TUMonline.

How do I apply for the certificate?

Once you have completed all the work required for graduation, please contact the Master's Examination Board of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and let them know that you wish to apply for a certificate in addition to your degree certificate. The Master's Examination Board will then make all the necessary entries in TUMonline. Afterwards, please print out your Transcript of Records and contact the person at the Chair of Machine Elements (Prof. Stahl), who will take care of issuing the certificate. You will receive the contact details of the contact person in the course of applying for the graduation certificate at the Master Examination Board of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Graduation Certificate

How do I apply for my Bachelor/Master certificate?

Once the marks for your final thesis are officially recorded (presuming your last credits have already been earned), we'll send you an e-mail with the following request:

  1. Please review your transcript for correctness and completeness, especially the title of your academic theses.
  2. If any corrections are required, please return these back to the responsible Examination Board. We need to receive a positive feedback from you even in case no corrections are necessary. Otherwise your certificate data cannot be communicated.

How long does it take for the final degree documents to be completed?

Approx. 4 - 6 weeks after you apply for them at the Central Examination Office (not Examination Board) in Garching. For further finformation and contact persons please refer to the TUM's website for "Final documets/graduating documents".

When is the earliest I can expect to receive my certificate?

Once 180 credits (Bachelor degree programme) or 120 credits (Master degree programme) have been earned as per the respective FPSO.

For registered supplemental fields of study, please contact the responsible Examination Board prior to the issuance of the certification.

What certification documents will I receive after completing my degree programme?

  • Zeugnis = Certificate
  • Urkunde = Diploma
  • Diploma Supplement
  • Transcript of Records
  • Grading Table

I have received notification that my certificate is finished. Where can I pick this up in person?

Central Examination Office, Campus Garching
Boltzmannstr. 17/III
85748 Garching

Hours of operation: Mo, Tue, Thu 8:30 a.m. - 12.00 p.m. and Wed 1:00 p.m. - 4.30 p.m.

Can it be seen on the certificate how many semesters were required to complete the degree?

No.


The certificate does not indicate how many semesters were required.The date of the last credit (submission of the final thesis/the lecture (if it was given after the six-month writing period) or the final examination) is the date of the transcript.

In the case of a Bachelor degree course, the last credit can be the recognition of an industrial internship.

Can it be seen on the certificate how many times I sat an exam?

No. The certificate will only give the grade for your final theses and the overall grade.

Free Subject

Free Subjects = Subjects?

"Free Subjects" are subjects of no direct relevance to the Bachelor's/Master's degree program. The registration as "free subject" means that you do not want the credits for this course to count for your current studies.

Can free subjects from the Bachelor's degree program be recognized for the Master's degree program?

Yes, by applying to the Master Examination Board (see also FAQ section "Recognition of credits").

Do I need to successfully pass the free subjects?

No.
The free subjects are not listed on the certificate, including those which are not passed.

What credits can be listed on the transcript as free fields of study?

All examinations sat at the TUM that are not used to complete the degree programme.

Are the free subjects listed in my certificates and other documents?

Yes. The Transcript of Records (Annex to the Certificate) presents all earned credits in a structured form.

Can free subjects be recognized as supplementary subjects?

No.