FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

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Final Thesis

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
  • You will be informed by e-mail as soon as the formal confirmation is ready to be collected (during normal office hours).
  • The confirmation is valid for 4 weeks and must be handed 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.

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

  • 11 credits = 330 hours of work (= 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

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

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.

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 assessment period be extended?

The answer is yes. Before the date of expiry of the assessment period, this period may be extended for up to one month in case there are compelling reasons or reasons beyond the student's control (inaccessible software, unavailable material, defective machinery). In this case, an appropriate request has to be made to the relevant examination board, using a form that may be obtained from your supervisor or which is available for downloading under Forms. The request must be submitted no later than one week before the original deadline.

In case of illness, the assessment period may be extended by the duration of inability. Please submit a relevant request without delay to the responsible examination board, presenting a certificate from a medical officer.

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).

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).

Where must I submit my final thesis?

Please see under Central Registration of Submission of Scientific Final Theses and Papers.

Are there minimum requirements regarding format?

Please see under Central Registration of Submission of Scientific Final Theses and Papers.

Will my oral defence be included in my final marks?

No.

I was unable to finish my final thesis by the end of the 8th subject semester (Bachelor) or the 6th subject semester (Master). Does this mean I haven't passed?

Right, your first attempt has failed.

  • At the latest 4 weeks before the break of the new semester, please submit to your examination committee a simple request, asking for permission to finish your final thesis dealing with the same topic in the next following semester (Bachelor = 9th Electives semester / Master = 7th Electives semester).
  • Owing to the (automatic) failure after the 8th Electives semester (B.A.) and 6th Electives semester (M.A.), your thesis when submitted in the 9th semester (B.A.) and 7th semester (M.A.) will count as second attempt. Please note that every thesis may only be repeated once.

How do I apply for a Bachelor/Master certificate?

Please see the FAQ section "Certificate".

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

 

Yes, the non-graded thesis lecture should be regarded as part of your course programme. It is therefore important in determining the completion date of your final thesis, if you do not give the lecture before submitting your thesis.

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

 

Do I have to be registered to give my thesis lecture?

In principle, registration is required. However, if your lecture 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 registered for the following semester.

General Procedure

1. Inclusion of a TUM modul in the section "Flexibilization in Engineering Sciences" (starting your master's studies from WiSe19/20)

In the section "Flexibilization in Engineering Sciences", you can take modules with a maximum of 15 ECTS (but if, for example, three modules were each taken with 6 ECTS, 18 ECTS are also possible, but at least 45 ECTS must always be taken from the remaining master module sections). This section is subdivided into

  1. General Master Modules in Mechanical Engineeering ,
  2. Interdisciplinary Master Modules,
  3. Recognized Master Modules.

In the first subsection, you can select all MW master modules that are not included in the other sections of your master's course. In the second and third subsections, you can take modules from other TUM departments/TUM institutions (Interdisciplinary Master Modules) or have master modules from other domestic and/or foreign universities recognised (Recognised Master Modules). The 15 ECTS credits can be earned in one, two or all three subsections.

If you would like to incorporate a module that is not currently included in the second or third subsection, you can apply for inclusion or recognition of this module. You can apply as follows, making a distinction between:

Recognition of an external module (domestic/foreign university) in the subsection 3 "Recognized Master Modules" (see point 4)

and

Inclusion of a TUM modul offered by another TUM Department in the subsection 2 "Interdisciplinary Master Modules" (see the following description):

(You have already successfully passed the module or you will successfully pass the module.)

2. Inclusion of a TUM module in another (master module) section

You have found a module in the TUM's range of courses that fits your MW study program both in terms of subject matter and content. Therefore, you are of the opinion that it should be assigned to a master module section or another section (supplementary subjects, lab courses, ...) of your degree program. You have two possibilities to apply for this:

Inclusion of a TUM modul offered by another TUM Department in the subsection 2 "Interdisciplinary Master Modules" of the section "Flexibilization in Engineering Sciences" (see point 1)

or

Inclusion of a TUM module offered by another TUM Department in another (master module) section (see the following description):

If the Department of Mechanical Engineering agrees to an inclusion and the exporting TUM Department agrees to an inclusion to MW degree programs, too, the module will be integrated into the MW degree programs at the beginning of the semester (01.10. or 01.04.):

  • All Master students now have the opportunity to take the module.
  • If you are enrolled in one of the master's programs, SPO version 20191 (start of studies from incl. WiSe 2019/2020) and if you have already successfully passed the module before or during the inclusion process (as an optional course), please contact the Master Examination Board with your application for recognition of academic achievements at other TUM Departments, which will transfer the module from the section optional course to the correct section of your curriculum.

3. Recognition of an internal TUM module

There are two cases here:

  • You are a student of a Master's program starting from WiSe 2019/2020 and you have successfully passed a module of another TUM Department and already applied for admission to the program (as an Interdisciplinary Master module or as a module in another section), whereupon the admission was approved and the module integrated?

Or

  • You have successfully passed a module of another TUM Department as an optional course and are of the opinion that there is an equivalent module in your degree program?

Yes, then apply to the Master or Bachelor Examination Board for Recognition of Academic Achievement at other TUM Departments.

4. Recognation of an external module (domestic/foreign university) in the section "Flexibilization in Engineering Sciences" (starting your master's studies from WiSe19/20)

In the section "Flexibilization in Engineering Sciences", you can take modules with a maximum of 15 ECTS (but if, for example, three modules were each taken with 6 ECTS, 18 ECTS are also possible, but at least 45 ECTS must always be taken from the remaining master module sections). This section is subdivided into

  1. General Master Modules in Mechanical Engineeering ,
  2. Interdisciplinary Master Modules,
  3. Recognized Master Modules.

In the first subsection, you can select all MW master modules that are not included in the other sections of your master's course. In the second and third subsections, you can take modules from other TUM departments/TUM institutions (Interdisciplinary Master Modules) or have master modules from other domestic and/or foreign universities recognized (Recognized Master Modules). The 15 ECTS credits can be earned in one, two or all three subsections.

If you would like to incorporate a module that is not currently included in the second or third subsection, you can apply for inclusion or recognition of this module. You can apply as follows, making a distinction between:

Inclusion of a TUM modul offered by another TUM Department in the subsection 2 "Interdisciplinary Master Modules" (see point 1)

and

Recognation of an external module (domestic/foreign university) in the subsection 3 "Recognized Master Modules" (see the following description):

(You have already successfully passed the module.)

  • Please complete the application form for Recognition of Academic Achievment NOT carried out at the TUM in full (including a written statement or purpose, see application form for explanation; exception: double-degree students) and submit it to the Master Examination Board in due time (i.e. no later than the following semester).
  • The responsible persons of the Department of Mechanical Engineering examine the applications.
  • If recognition has been granted, the module will be included in your curriculum (subsection 3 "Recognized Master Modules").

5. Recognition of an external module (domestic/foreign university) in another (master module) section

You have successfully passed a module at a German or foreign university and would like to have it recognized?

  • Yes, this is a module that you have successfully completed at a domestic/foreign university during your stay (abroad), then you can have this module recognized as a supplementary course without a substantive examination, provided that the achievement has a scope of at least 3 ECTS and fits thematically into the profile of the degree program. To do this, apply to the responsible examination board for Application for Recognition of Academic Achievement NOT carried out at TUM.
  • Yes, but there is a suitable equivalent, valid module (essentially the same in terms of content) for this domestic/foreign module in your degree program. In this case (recognition of equivalence), a content check must be carried out by the responsible persons at the Department of Mechanical Engineering (subject examiner). For this purpose, apply for Application for Recognition of Academic Achievement NOT carried out at TUM. The procedure is as follows:
    • After receipt and initial examination of your application by the examination board, you will receive forms for the modules which you wish to have recognized and which have not yet been examined in terms of content.
    • You have to use these forms to make an appointment with the examiners (a list of addresses will be handed out for basic examinations from the Bachelor's Degree).
    • You should bring with you the contents of the modules you have completed, extracts from the lecture timetables, etc. for an interview with the examiner.
    • The forms completed by the examiner are sent back to the responsible examination board.
    • You have up to 6 weeks for the recognition procedure.
    • After completion of the procedure, you will be notified of your recognition and of any resulting semester placement.

Please also refer to the list of previous recognitions from other universities.

6. 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.

Frequently asked questions about recognition

When is equivalence recognition possible?

Equivalence recognitions are only made if the modules are equivalent in content. There must be no significant differences. As an indication, you can compare the modules on the basis of the module descriptions.

Here you will find an exemplary list (without guarantee) with recognitions of other universities. The modules listed there have already been checked for recognition in the past. However, this list is constantly updated. The content equivalence of the respective module must be given at the time of recognition. If your module is not listed, our expert examiners will check its equivalence.

Please note, however, that recognized academic achievements are firmly anchored in your curriculum and can no longer be exchanged.

When do I apply for recognition of academic achievements?

  • Before enrollment at the TUM, no examination of the recognition of academic achievments can be carried out.
  • An application for recognition of academic achievments that you have successfully completed before beginning your studies (previous achievements) can only be submitted once to the responsible examination board within the first year of studies (see there for an exception to parallel studies).
  • In the case of the recognition of academic achiements from the Bachelor's program (extradisciplinary acquired) into the Master's program, the application can also be made 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 program. Please note, however, that these achievements belong to the preliminary achievements and that here, too, an application is only possible within the first academic year (together with any other achievements, e.g. from abroad).
  • The date of submission of your application is decisive for compliance with the deadline.

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

Achievements performed at a German university cannot be recognized in general. This is only possible if the academic achievements to be recognized have been completed as part of a study abroad program and have at least 3 credits.

What further documents do I have to submit with the application for recognition?

You will find all information on other documents directly on the application form.

  • Please note that you must submit your original application for recognition to us. If available, we also require the original grade report/certificates. If not, please provide us with appropriate evidence via online verification.
  • Please hand in the completed application form (if necessary with a written statement or purpose, see references on application) directly one of the employees of the examination board or use the letter box in front of their offices.

Who decides on the recognition of academic achievements?

The responsible persons of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, these are

  • exclusively the expert examiner in the case of equivalence recognitions. The examiner decides whether your performed academic achievement is equivalent to the study and examination contents at the TUM Department of Mechanical Engineering.
  • the degree program coordinators in the case of recognition in the "Recognized Master Modules" subsection of the section "Flexibilization in Engineering Sciences". He/she decides whether the module matches your individual qualification profile (Master's program start date from incl. winter semester 2019/2020).
  • student representatives as well as the degree program coordinators in the case of a module from another TUM Department in the subsection "Interdisciplinary Master Modules" of the section "Flexibilization in Engineering Sciences" or another (master module) section.

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

The answer is yes.

  • All valid optional subjects passed in your Bachelor's program can be recognized. Therefore, please always register these courses in your curriculum as "Freifach" / "optional subject".
  • The early modules must be valid in this curriculum at the time of enrollment in your new Master's program.
  • If you already wish to take modules from the Master's program in the Bachelor's program, please inform yourself in advance about the modules offered in the Master's program.
  • After enrollment in the MASTER'S PROGRAM, you can apply to the Master Examination Board for recognition of these modules by the end of the 2nd MASTER semester at the latest (form Application for Recognition of Academic Achievement at other TUM Departments ).
  • Recognition only takes place after the BACHELOR'S degree, but the application can be submitted earlier (e.g. to meet the deadline).
  • Only those modules can be recognized that are included in your Master's program and valid at the time of enrollment. Bachelor modules cannot be recognized in the Master's program therefore.

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

That's right. 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.

Will I be upgraded by my recognitions in the semester?

Up to 21 credits there is no placement into a more advanced semester. From 22 credits on you will be promoted by one subject-specific semester. For each additional 30 credits (i.e. from 52, 82 credits) an additional subject-specific semester will be awarded.

Will I be upgraded in the semester by my recognitions during a leave of absence?

Only if you have more than 21 credits for the leave of absence recognized.

These credits do not include

Can I have my academic achievements recognized during a leave of absence?

The answer is yes.

  • The application for recognition can be submitted during a leave of absence.
  • The application for achievements from a stay abroad must be submitted at the latest in the following semester.
  • Exception: Scientific papers written during a leave of absence, e.g. during a stay abroad, can only be recognized if the leave of absence is revoked.

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.

Can I have academic achievements recognized as optional subjects?

The answer is no.

Only the recognition of academic achievements that are included in your degree program is possible.

Which academic achievements can be recognized in the Master's program?

Only modules that are offered in your current study program and modules that were valid at the time of your enrollment in this program can be recognized. Bachelor modules from our Bachelor's program in Mechanical Engineering can therefore not be recognized in the Master's programs of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Taking a optional subject is always at your own risk because the modules offered for a particular study program can change and therefore there is no guarantee of recognition when changing from a Bachelor's to a Master's degree program.

For the current modules please refer to TUM online.

Recognition of WI modules

Partial recognition is only possible for separate modules, but not for combined modules.

  • In the studies program, you can identify separate modules by the fact that two separate examination nodes are shown under the module name (e.g. WI 100967 'Designing and Scheduling Lean Manufacturing Systems').
  • In the studies program, you can identify combined modules by the fact that only one examination node is indicated under the module name (e.g. WI 001129 'Marketing and Innovation Management (MIM)').

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.
  • If you fail an additional requirement, it may only be resat once within the deadline given above and must be passed. 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.

Parallel Studies

How will my achievements be credited in the case of parallel studies?

After the date of grading, please inform your competent examination committee of your relevant achievements for each semester. To this end, complete the Application for Recognition of Academic Achievement at other TUM Departments.

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 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

How are lab courses granted?

Lab courses are granted via our registration system for lab courses (PAS).

For further information and instructions go to PAS-website.

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)

Please also read the section "Internship Guidelines".

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 14 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')".

Central Registration of Submission of Scientific Final Theses and Papers

The submission of which theses and papers must be registered centrally?

All final theses (Baqchelor's and Master's thesis). Not included are term papers which should be submitted, as usual, to the supervisor who set the task.

How many copies of my thesis must I submit to the examination board?

You must submit two identical bound copies (unsewn/adhesive binding) at the latest by the closing date for submission to the appropriate examination board. One copy will be retained and held in the archive; the second one will be sent directly to the appropriate examiner.

Where and when can I submit the copies of my final thesis?

Please submit the copies to the appropriate examination board office (Bachelor Examination Board MW0011, Master Examination Board MW0011a).

The office opening times for registration of submission can be found on the website "Who to contact at the department":

Should one of the appropriate offices not be open, the Bachelor and Master offices deputise for each other. If the submission deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday, the submission period will be extended to the following working day.

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.

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.

Even if you submit your thesis to the institute/chair digitally, you must also submit two printed, bound copies for the registration of submission to the relevant examination board office by the closing date given.

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.

Where do I have to show my Bachelor's Degree?

For statements from January 2015 presentation of a Bachelor's degree at the Student Admission and Student Advising Division will NOT be necessary anymore, the transmission is then done automatically via TUMonline. You can check the transmission status via your Master´s application view in TUMonline (green checkmark at BU) . If there are problems with your Master´s application status, please contact the Student Admission and Student Advising Division.

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.

Supplementary Subjects

Supplementary Subjects = Subjects?

Supplementary subjects are subjects of no direct relevance to the Bachelor's/Master's degree program. The evaluation and credits for the supplementary Subjects are not relevant for the assignment of marks and thus are not included in the overall number of credits.

Can supplementary 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 supplementary subjects?

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

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

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

Are the supplementary 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 supplementary subjects be recognized as supplementary subjects?

No.