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Master of Science in Physik mit Schwerpunkt Astrophysik /
Master of Science
in Physics with main focus on Astrophysics (M.Sc.)

Curriculum for the Master of Science in Physics
with main focus on Astrophysics
at the Faculty for Physics of the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich


 

Prerequisites for Students 1. Qualified Bachelor Degree in Physics or Astrophysics
Start Winter Term or Summer Term
Duration 4 semesters including a master thesis implemented during the last two semesters
Credits The Degree "Master of Science in Physics"  comprises 120 ECTS-Credits


       Schedule of Studies / Übersichtsplan:

1st Semester

2nd Semester

3rd and 4th Semester

Courses of Astrophysics / Elective Lectures

Preparation for Master’s Thesis
and Master’s Thesis

A: P4

CP

A: P5/P6/P7

CP

A: P8/P9

CP

ELA Astrophysics I L4+SWS 2
        (P4.0.1+P4.0.2)

9

ELA Astrophysics L2+SWS 2
        (P4.0.3+P4.0.4)

6

TW research project
preparation phase
 26 weeks work

30

 

 

ELA Astrophysics L2+SWS 2
        (P5.2.3+P5.2.4)

6

 

 

ELA Astrophysics L2+SWS 2
        (P6.0.3+P6.0.4)

6

 

 

P Laboratory A/B/C SWS 2+2+2
        (P5.2.7+P6.0.7+P7.0.7)

3+3+3
=9

Courses of Physics

A: P10

CP

P: P1/P2/P3

CP

P: P5

CP

TW research project
production phase
 26 weeks work

 

30

 

CLP Advanced Experimental
        Physics (P1) L4+SWS2

9

CLP/S Physics – Qualification II
           (P5.1)
SWS2

3

CLP Advanced Theoretical
        Physics (P2) L4+SWS2

9

 

 

CLP Physics – Qualification I
           (P3)
SWS2

3

 

 

Total Number of CP

30

Total Number of CP

30

Total Number of CP

60

 

         Notation:

 

CLA = Course Lecture Astrophysics   A = Astrophysics

 

ELA = Elective Lecture Astrophysics   P = Physics

 

CLP = Course Lecture Physics   SWS = Number of weekly hours (the unit is 45 min)

 

ELP = Elective Lecture Physics/Mathematics   L = Lecture Duration (the unit is 45 min)

 

E = Exercises   CP = Credit Points based on the ECTS-system

 

P = Practical Work (Laboratory)   TW = Thesis Work

 

S = Seminar        

 

              Notes of astrophysics courses in Semesters 1 and 2:

Courses of A:P4 - Basics of advanced Astrophysics I

Winter Term 1st or 2nd Semester

CP   

ELA  Astrophysics I (Matter, Radiation, Hydrodynamics, Plasma, Stars, Planets) L4
E      Exercises SWS 2
  (P4.0.1+P4.0.2)

9

        Total Number of CP

9

 

Courses of A:P5/P6/P7 - Basics of advanced Astrophysics II

Summer Term 1st or 2nd Semester

CP

ELA  (lecture group 1)) L2
E      Exercises SWS 2
   (P4.0.3+P4.0.4)

6

ELA  (lecture group 1)) L2
E      Exercises SWS 2
   (P5.2.3+P5.2.4)

6

ELA  (lecture group 1)) L2
E      Exercises SWS 2
   (P6.0.3+P6.0.4)

6

P   Astrophysical laboratory A with exercises SWS 2   (P5.2.7)

3

P   Numerical laboratory      B with exercises SWS 2   (P6.0.7)

3

P   Instrumental laboratory   C with exercises SWS 2   (P7.0.7)

3

         Total Number of CP

27

Remarks: 1) Subject area of lecture group:  Planets, stars and star formation / Interstellar Medium and atmospheres /
                    Structure and evolution of galaxies / Cosmology and large scale structures /
                    Theoretical and numerical methods of astrophysics / Experimental and observational methods of astrophysics    
 

          Overview of the final grades:
          (for an obligatory  documentation see:
Study and examination regulations)  

kind

duration

  credits (CP) | gf   weighted individual grades
  
1.0...4.0 * (gf /total gf)

individual 1st year

individual

60 7) | 60  

1.0...4.0 * 0.500 = 0.500...2.0

individual 2nd year

individual

      30 7) | 15  

1.0...4.0 * 0.125 = 0.125...0.5

TW

refereed

  30 | 45

1.0...4.0 * 0.375 = 0.375...1.5

Total Number of CP | total gf 8)

 

        120 | 120

 

Final grade = sum of weighted
                      individual grades

 

 

                            1.0 .... 4.0

                  Remarks: 7) Individual examinations to each course are held by the professor delivering the corresponding course yielding 90 CP.
                                      
8) gf = Grade Factors

          Individual grades:

International

A+

A

A-

B+

B

B-

C+

C

C-

D+

  D

  D-

E

FX

F

German

(0.7)

1.0

1.3

1.7

2.0

2.3

2.7

3.0

3.3

3.7

4.0

(4.3)

(4.7)

 5.0

(6.0)

                  Remarks: Grades in parentheses are not admissible ratings at the LMU (see: Study and examination regulations for the Master of Science program in Physics ).


Last updated January 2016 by A.W.A. Pauldrach uh10107@usm.lmu.de