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How does our program work?

In the winter semester of 2006/2007, LMU Munich started to introduce its Bachelor and Master programs. This switch from its former Diplom degree to the new internationally oriented degrees came in conjunction with the harmonization of education systems in Europe known as the Bologna Process.

The Bachelor's and Master's degrees:

With your Bachelor of Science in Physics degree, you will already have a professional qualification as a physicist. You can also follow it up with a Master's degree in which you further immerse yourself in specific fields of Physics and complete a Master's thesis (the extent of your studies at this point would equal the former Diplom degree). Or you can enter into other Master's programs with your Physics Bachelor's degree. Good grades for your Master of Science degree also qualify you for PhD studies.

The Physics Bachelor Programs:

At the Faculty of Physics at LMU Munich you have the choice between two Bachelor's programs, the "Bachelor in Physics" and the "Bachelor in Physics Plus Expanded Minor". For the "Physics plus" bachelor more emphasis is placed on the minor, while for the normal Physics bachelor, you hear the same lectures as the Physics plus program but in more in-depth versions.
The Faculty of Physics currently offers the "Bachelor in Physics plus Meteorology", with one third of the overall workload on meteorology as a minor. Furthermore, within the Bachelor of Physics program, you can choose to specialize on Astronomy.

The Physics Bachelor programs encompass six semesters:

  • The four-semester lower-division work, or Grundstudium, is for learning Physics fundamentals, the Mathematics they require, Quantum Mechanics and, finally, the structure of matter. In Physics plus you also attend lectures in your minor.
  • During a two-semester orientation phase, in addition to the broad range of lectures in modern Physics, you can specialize in a particular field (Physics) or decide to pursue a minor (Physics plus)
  • You complete your bachelor's degree with a ten-week theoretical or experimental bachelor's thesis.

The Master's Programs:

With a Bachelor's degree in Physics you can pursue a Master's degree in Physics, Astrophysics or Meteorology at LMU Munich. These four-semester Master's programs consist of two semesters of more-in-depth lectures, lab courses and seminars and a subsequent two-semester Master's thesis.

Furthermore, you can enroll in the Elite Master Course "Theoretical and Mathematical Physics", which is a joint Master's program with the Technische Universität München within the framework of the Elite Network of Bavaria.