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Master's degree programs: Forms and formalities

Munich, June 7, 2018

Deadlines

  • Registration and delivery of your Master thesis (see below) is possible only till march 15th (winter term) and till september 15th (summer term).
  • You may submit your certificates (Scheine) only till march 15th (winter term) and till september 15th (summer term).

Certificates

Each time the Master's students successfully complete a lecture course, seminar or laboratory course, they are given certificates to document their results (so called "Scheine"). 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   certificate form   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 Phases

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 Phases 1+2

For an external Master's thesis see below.

Registration of the Master's thesis (Physics or Meteorology)

Ahead of beginning the master thesis the Students have to register the master thesis personally at the examination office.

For the registration  the students have to submit the certificate for the Practical Phases 1+2 , the Bescheinigung zur Durchführung der Masterarbeit (Confirmation of supervision of Master's thesis) and an actual Immatrikulationsbescheinigung (confirmation of enrollment) and one for the semester you conducted the practical phases. Here you will find the forms:

Certificate for the Practical Phases 1+2 and Bescheinigung zur Durchführung der Masterarbeit (two pages)

The examination office will check your eligibility and 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.

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:

  1. 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 pruefungsamt@physik.uni-muenchen.de).
  2. Arrange for an E-Mail from the internal LMU advisor to pruefungsamt@physik.uni-muenchen.de, mentioning that he is willing to supervise your thesis.
  3. Arrange for an E-Mail from the direct advisor (e.g. from another institute/university) to pruefungsamt@physik.uni-muenchen.de, mentioning that he is willing to supervise your thesis.

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. (In an English title use capitalization for all the main words but not for connecting words such as "a, the, or, and" etc. (compare the Oxford dictionaries). In a German title follow the rules of German capitalization as in a standard sentence (compare the Duden).) Both copies must include the following declaration, which must be signed in hand-writing:

  Declaration:

  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

  Author's signature

We send a copy of the thesis to the advisor. The advisor sends his report back to the examination office.

Examination office

You find the examination office (Prüfungsamt) in Schellingstraße 4, room H 416. Your primary contact is Mrs Fulgieri, see her office hours.