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Assessment of Applicants to the Master's Programs in Physics and Astrophysics

This page provides a detailed description of the procedures used for the assessment of applicants to the LMU's Master's programs in Physics and Astrophysics. The information is based on the official documents which were released by LMU on June 29, 2009 under the titles “Satzung über das Eignungsverfahren für den Masterstudiengang Physik an der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München” and “Satzung über das Eignungsverfahren für den Masterstudiengang Astrophysik an der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München”. Please note that the information provided on this web page is not legally binding. For verification of the information gained from this web page you are asked to refer to the legally binding official documents, which are published on the German website of the Faculty of Physics. 

Purpose of the Assessment

The purpose of the assessment processes - there is a separate process for each Master's program - is to determine whether the candidate, in addition to the attainment of the first degree, is suitably qualified to meet the specific requirements of the Master's program to which he or she is applying.

Program-specific requirements are: 

  • Applicants to the Master’s program in Physics need to have knowledge equivalent to that gained from a first degree program in Physics, in particular in atomic and molecular physics, nuclear and particle physics, solid-state physics, quantum mechanics, electrodynamics, statistical physics, as well as mathematical-analytical skills and the ability to work scientifically.
  • Applicants to the Master’s program in Astrophysics need to have knowledge equivalent to that gained from a first degree course in Physics or Astrophysics, in particular in atomic and molecular physics, nuclear and particle physics, quantum mechanics, electrodynamics, statistical physics, as well as mathematical-analytical skills and the ability to work scientifically.

Application for Admission to the Assessment

Please find details at Application for Admission to the Assessment.

Application Documents

Please find details at Application Documents.

Selection Committee

The assessment procedure is conducted by a selection committee, which is appointed by the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Physics.

Applicants to the Master's program in Physics are assessed by four university teachers of Physics, candidates for the Master's course in Astrophysics are assessed by four university teachers of Physics or Astrophysics

. The selection committee members appoint one among them as chairman or chairwoman. The women’s officer of the Faculty of Physics has an advisory role in the selection committee. The members of each selection committee are appointed for one year, and can be reappointed. This also applies to chairwomen and chairmen.

Admission to the Assessment; Pre-selection

(1) A precondition for admission to the assessment is that the complete application documents are received within the stated deadline (see Application for admission to the assessment and Application documents).
(2) In the first step of the assessment procedure, the selection committee makes a pre-selection among the valid applications. To this purpose two members of the selection committee assess the essay accompanying the application (see Application documents). An applicant’s eligibility can be determined solely on the basis of the pre-selection results if both assessors agree that the applicant is either eligible or not eligible. If the assessors do not agree, the applicant will be invited to an interview (see Second step of the assessment procedure).
(3) The applicant will be informed of the pre-selection results in writing. The notification has to be concordant with the stipulations stated below (see Statement and Announcement of the Results).

Second Step of the Assessment Procedure

(1) Applicants qualifying for the second step of the assessment procedure will be invited to a structured assessment interview. They will be notified in writing of the date of the interview at least two weeks prior to the interview.
(2) The assessment interview lasts approximately 30 minutes. It includes questions relating to the candidate's previous academic career, his or her knowledge in Physics (see program specific requirements), and experience in autonomous scientific work. Focus is the assessment of the applicant's ability to conduct scientific work.
(3) Two members of the selection committee will evaluate the performance of the candidate during the interview. The candidate’s eligibility is established if both assessors agree that the candidate is eligible; otherwise the candidate is not eligible.
4) Candidates who do not appear for the interview at the stated date (see section one) are not eligible. If the candidate cannot appear at the appointed date due to circumstances beyond his or her control, reasons to justify the absence must be made credible and presented in writing to the chairman or chairwoman of the selection committee prior to the set date. If the reason is accepted an alternate date for the interview will be scheduled. The stipulations stated in the previous three sections shall apply accordingly.
If the candidate can  immediately document that his or her failure to appear for the interview at the first issued date or the alternate date was beyond his or her control, an invitation to an interview for the next application round can be issued on request, whereby the results of the pre-selection process will be credited.
(5) Should the applicant try to influence the result of his or her performance, by deception or by utilizing unauthorized resources, the applicant is deemed ineligible. Applicants disrupting the procedures of the selection process can be excluded from the continuation of the selection process and are equally deemed ineligible.

Equal opportunity ruling

(1) Applicants with disabilities should file a request to the selection comittee, stating the exact nature and extent of their disability. Based on the severity of their disability the duration of the assessment interview can be extended by up to a quarter of the general duration, in certain cases an extension of up to 50 percent of the regular duration is possible. In addition or in lieu of the extended timeframe other adjustments may be granted.
(2)The request must be filed no later than when the application for the assessment is submitted. Disability claims must be sufficiently documented. The selection comittee may require the applicant to supply a medical certificate.

Minutes

Minutes of the selection procedure will be prepared, stating time and date of the assessment, its duration, the names of the applicants, the focus of the topics as well as the judgments of the members of the selection comittee, including the basis of their decision-making.

Statement and Announcement of the Results

(1) The applicants will be notified of the results of the selection process in writing.
(2) The approval will have to be supplied for enrollment in original and copy, together with the other required documentation, in particular the first degree certificate. The approval letter should contain a clear statement that it is notifying the applicant of the results of the assessment procedure, and that the enrollment for the Master’s program is conditional on proof of the applicant's qualification being supplied by his or her first degree certificate, and that there are no other hindrances to the enrollment. A negative reply needs to be justified.

Retaking the assessment

In case of an unsuccessful assessment, the assessment can be retaken only once, however not earlier than for the next enrollment date. The approval of the prior pre-selection cannot be credited; the stipulations stated in the last sentence of section (4) in "Second Step of the Assessment Procedure" remain unchanged.