Master's degree programs: Forms and formalities
Get an overview of the formalities in the master's degree programs and download the necessary forms.
Each time the Master's students successfully complete a lecture course, seminar or laboratory course, they are given certificates to document their results. Some professors pass out the certificate directly, some send the to the examination office, where you may pick them up as described here. When taking their examinations, the students are required to submit to the examiner a
into which they have already entered their personal information.
The students must collect the certificates they receive, and hand them in at the examination office for their degree certificates to be issued (see bootom of the page)
Certificate for the Practical Phase
The final year of the Master's studies is devoted to scientific work. This period is divided into a half-year-long Practical Phase 1+2 and another half year that is used for the Master's thesis. Practical phases and master thesis are typically supervised by one and the same lecturer, who is a member of LMU's Faculty of Physics. The successful completion of the practical phase is certified:
Certificate form for the Practical Phase
For an external Master's thesis se below.
Registration of the Master's thesis (Phyics or Meteorology)
Before beginning work on the half-year Master's thesis, students must register the thesis personally at the examination office:
First step: Submit to the examination office the certificate received for parts 1 and 2 of the Practical Phase. The certificate must include either a score or a "passed" (in the latter case, a certificate including a score must be submitted later when handing in the Master's thesis). You will be handed a form called "Bescheinigung zur Durchführung der Masterarbeit/ Confirmation of supervision of Master's thesis".
Second step: Please submit within a week's time the following documents to the examination office:
- the completed form "Bescheinigung zur Durchführung der Masterarbeit/ Confirmation of supervision of Master's thesis", signed by your supervisor to confirm supervision of your thesis
- an actual confirmation of enrollment and one for the semester you conducted the practical phase.
The examination office will record the starting date of work on the Master's thesis and the date of submission, 26 weeks later.
Registration of the Master's thesis (Astrophysics)
Before beginning work on the half-year master's thesis in astrophysics, students must register the thesis personally at the examination office. Please follow the guidelines shown here.
Submission of the Master's thesis
The student must deliver two bound copies (A4, unsewn binding) of the Master's thesis to the examination office within the agreed deadline. The pages should be double-sided printed. The titlepage has to show the titel in German and English language (also two separate german/english title pages are possible). Both copies must include the following declaration, which must be signed in hand-writing:
I hereby declare that this thesis is my own work, and that I have not used any sources and aids other than those stated in the thesis.
München," date of submission
We send a copy of the thesis to the advisor. The advisor sends his report with the file copy back to the examination office. If the certificate for the practical phases does not show a score, the score for practical phase 2 has to handed in with the report on the master thesis.
Additional Formalities for external practical phases and master thesis
If the favored advisor is not a member of LMU's Faculty of Physics, the practical phases and the master thesis have to be approved by the examination committee. You also have to search for an internal advisor from LMU's Faculty of Physics. Please follow the following steps:
- Hand in an informal proposal for the thesis also describing the setting of the supervision for the examination commitee (e.g. as E-Mail to firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Arrange for an E-Mail from the internal LMU advisor to email@example.com, mentioning that he is willing to supervise your thesis.
- Arrange for an E-Mail from the direct advisor (e.g. from another institute/university) to firstname.lastname@example.org, mentioning that he is willing to supervise your thesis.
You find the examination office (Prüfungsamt) in Schellingstraße 4, room H 416. Your primary contact is Mrs Fulgieri, see her office hours.