FAQ

EXAMS: WHAT DO I DO WHEN I FALL ILL?

All students who turn up for an exam declare themselves capable of sitting the examination. Should a student fall ill during the exam or feel incapable of completing the exam, a medical certificate must be issued by a medical officer on the same day. Medical certificates issued later than that will not be recognized by the Examination Board. Students who are incapable of taking an exam must submit a request for withdrawal in writing to the chair of their degree program’s Examination Board immediately (not at the Examination Office!). Your request for withdrawal must include an explanation as to why you were unable to take the exam in question. You are also obliged to enclose a medical certificate. The medical certificate must be based on a medical examination carried out on the day for which you wish to claim incapacity.

HOW DO I REGISTER FOR AN EXAM?

TUMOnline -> Study Status/Curriculum -> select study program -> select course -> select green flag -> click on the green P -> click on the register button -> Finished.

I MISSED THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR AN EXAM: WHAT DO I DO?

Apart from exceptional circumstances, it is not possible to register for an exam after the registration deadline. You have to register for the same exam in the next possible examination period. In cases of exceptional circumstances, please contact someone at examination management.

WHERE CAN I FIND MY EXAM RESULTS?

TUMOnline -> Exam Results

CAN I DEREGISTER FROM AN EXAM?

You can deregister from an exam up to three days prior to the exam. After that, it is no longer possible. If you do not take the exam you will receive a fail. In the statistical analysis for examinations this refers to the column ‘5.0X‘. Click here for more information.

WHAT IS GOP? WHICH SUBJECTS ARE PART OF GOP? BY WHEN DO I NEED TO PASS GOP? HOW MANY ATTEMPTS DO I GET?

GOP stands for the Fundamentals and Orientation Examinations (Grundlagen- und Orientierungs Prüfung). You need to pass these exams within a certain period, otherwise you might be disenrolled from the university. Subjects forming part of GOP:

  • Technische Mechanik 1
  • Höhere Mathematik 1
  • Darstellende Geometrie
  • Werkstoffe im Bauwesen 

WHEN DO THE REPEAT EXAMINATIONS TAKE PLACE?

In our department, repeat examinations are always set for the following examination period, which means students can take each exam only once per semester.

DO I NEED TO PASS COURSE REQUIREMENTS TO TAKE AN EXAM?

No, course requirements are a separate exam component, which are not tied to the written exam. You need to pass both exams independently of one another. (§43 FPSO 2014)

WHAT HAPPENS IN CASE OF DECEPTION?

In case of deception or non-compliance pursuant to § 22 APSO, the exam counts as a fail and can be repeated only once.

WHICH EXAMS CAN I TAKE DURING MY SEMESTER OF LEAVE?

Students studying abroad during their semester of leave are entitled to have up to 21 credits recognized. If students wish to claim more than 21 credits, their semester of leave is converted into a semester of enrollment in their current degree program. Students who keep to the 21 credit point limit are permitted to take an unlimited amount of repeat examinations at TUM within that semester. Students doing an internship during their semester of leave are not affected by any credit point rules and may take as many repeat examinations as they wish.

HOW OFTEN CAN I REPEAT EXAMS, THE BACHELOR’S OR THE MASTER’S THESIS?

The Fundamentals and Orientation Examinations (GOP) can be repeated only once. Failed module exams in either a required module or a required elective module must be repeated, as a rule, within a period of six months after receiving your exam results. You need to achieve at least a pass in your required or required elective modules. BT: If the bachelor’s thesis was not graded with at least "sufficient" (4.0) it may be repeated once with a new topic. You must then renew your registration for the thesis module no later than six weeks after receiving your grade. MT: If the master’s thesis was not graded with at least “sufficient” (4.0) it may be repeated once with a new topic. You must then renew your registration for the thesis module no later than ten weeks after receiving your grade.

HOW MANY CREDITS DO I NEED AND BY WHEN DO I NEED TO HAVE THEM?

You are required to achieve the following benchmarks during the course of your degree program (see APSO §10):

Bachelor's programs:
  • a minimum of 30 credits by the end of the third semester of enrollment in the bachelor’s degree program
  • a minimum of 60 credits by the end of the fourth semester of enrollment in the bachelor’s degree program
  • a minimum of 90 credits by the end of the fifth semester of enrollment in the bachelor’s degree program
  • a minimum of 120 credits by the end of the sixth semester of enrollment in the bachelor’s degree program
  • a minimum of 150 credits by the end of the seventh semester of enrollment in the bachelor’s degree program
  • a minimum of 180 credits by the end of the eighth semester of enrollment in the bachelor’s degree program
Master's programs:
  • a minimum of 30 credits by the end of the third semester of enrollment in the master’s degree program
  • a minimum of 60 credits by the end of the fourth semester of enrollment in the master’s degree program
  • a minimum of 90 credits by the end of the fifth semester of enrollment in the master’s degree program
  • a minimum of 120 credits by the end of the sixth semester of enrollment in the master’s degree program

WHAT GUIDELINES ARE THERE FOR SPECIALIZATION IN THE MASTER’S PROGRAM IN CIVIL ENGINEERING?

Here, you will find further information on the guidelines for specialization.

HOW CAN I WITHDRAW FROM UNIVERSITY?

Students need to request withdrawal at the Admissions and Enrollment Office. You can find the relevant application in your TUMonline account under the menu item ‘printouts for students’. Request for withdrawal usually occurs at the end of the semester, unless you have a valid reason for applying for withdrawal with immediate effect. In this case your request for withdrawal will take effect on the day of application.

BACHLOR’S THESIS WHEN EXACTLY DOES THE 12 MONTH PERIOD BEGIN, WITHIN WHICH I HAVE TO COMMENCE WORK ON MY THESIS?

It depends on the meeting of the Examination Board responsible for the degree program in civil engineering. Grades are valid from that day onwards with which the time period begins.

HOW MANY CREDITS DO I NEED TO HAVE EARNED BEFORE I CAN COMMENCE WORK ON MY BACHELOR’S / MASTER’S THESIS?

To start with your bachelor’s thesis, you need a minimum of 120 credits gained from module exams in degree requirements, required electives and elective studies. A corresponding grade report serves as notice of admission to the thesis stage. For the master’s thesis you need a minimum of 75 credits. The Examination Office will provide the required notice of admission to the thesis stage.

I WANT TO SWITCH MY SPECIALIZATION. WHAT DO I DO?

Please fill out the form Notification of Areas of Specialization and put it in the mailbox of the Student Service Center, room 1701

WHICH COMBINATIONS ARE POSSIBLE IN CROSS DISCIPLINARY SPECIALIZATION?

For cross disciplinary specialization, areas of specialization in civil engineering can be combined with one another, or with areas of other TUM schools and departments, such as architecture, engineering or business administration. Subjects should be chosen with regard to professional field and interests. Subjects chosen are meant to complement the other areas of specialization. Your choice of areas of specialization must be approved by a supervisor in the Chair of your major subject and be recorded in writing.

External applicants:

CAN YOU CHECK MY DOCUMENTS IN ADVANCE TO ASSESS MY CHANCES OF ADMISSION TO THE DEGREE PROGRAM?

Checking documents in advance is not possible. Students can apply only online. After reviewing all submitted documents, a special committee decides whether to offer a student an admission to study. This depends on the student’s achievements to date.

DO I NEED GERMAN LANGUAGE SKILLS / CERTIFICATES WHEN APPLYING?

The bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in civil engineering are held mainly in German, as well as the exams. You must therefore submit a verification of language skills with your application. A certificate cannot be acquired during the application process to be submitted at a later date, even if the student has already attained a lower level of language competence.

ARE THERE ADMISSION RESTRICTIONS / NUMERUS CLAUSUS?

The bachelor’s degree program in Civil Engineering has no restrictions for admission, but you need to provide proof of passing the Fundamentals and Orientation Examinations (GOP). See GOP. A special committee considers each application for the master’s degree program in Civil Engineering.

WHEN AM I ADMITTED TO APTITUDE ASSESSMENT? WHEN DOES APTITUDE ASSESSMENT TAKE PLACE?

Please refer to attachment 2 to the FPSO.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS WHEN I TRANSFER TO TUM FROM ANOTHER DEGREE PROGRAM OR UNIVERSITY/ UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES?

Depending on the credits earned to date and the area of specialization, external students may be required to fulfill additional requirements as a condition of admission to the master’s program in order to ensure that they have the same basic knowledge as those students who have received a bachelor’s from TUM, on which they establish their subjects of specialization. Students must pass these additional requirements within the first two semesters. However, grades for these requirements are not calculated into the overall grade for the master's degree program.

WILL CREDITS I HAVE ALREADY EARNED BE RECOGNIZED?

The Chairs offering the different modules are responsible for recognizing credits earned at other institutions. It is also their decision whether the contents and scope of the modules correspond to the modules offered at TUM. For the bachelor’s program, please list all modules for which you would like to receive credit recognition. You will find a list for this purpose in room 1701.

WHEN AND WHERE CAN I APPLY/ENROLL?

For further information regarding application and enrollment please click here.