Advantages of the new degrees
Key innovations of the Bachelor and Master:
- By now, Bachelor and Master are generally accepted unified European higher education degrees that increase flexibility within the European education system and at the same time are recognized outside Europe.
- In only three years, students receive their first professionally qualifying degree.
After the Bachelor's in Physics, you have more flexible options for your future career or education:
- Direct entry into a career as a Physicist with a Bachelor's degree.
- After a period of professional experience or right after the Bachelor's, embarking on a Master's degree in the same subject as the bachelor's, a so-called consecutive master program.
- Right after Bachelor studies or after a certain time in the workplace, pursuing a non-consecutive Master's degree, i.e. in a subject other than the Bachelor's degree.
- After a longer professional phase, taking up Master's studies as in-service education.
- With both the focused Physics and "Physics plus" Bachelors, the Faculty of Physics at LMU Munich offers two different Bachelor programs.
- The Faculty of Physics offers Master's degree programs in Physics, Astrophysics, Meteorology, and Theoretical and Mathematical Physics (TMP)
- The modularization of the programs and the mutual recognition of coursework make it easier to study abroad or transfer schools.
- Accompanying exams spread the workload more evenly across the whole period of studies and thus promotes degree completion.
Diplom vs. bachelor and master program
Beginning in Winter Semester 2006/2007, the Faculty of Physics has converted its program entirely to bachelor and master, giving a clear signal that the new degrees provide considerable advantages over the previous Diplom degrees. When designing the new bachelor course structures, however, we consciously drew on experience with other bachelor programs already introduced in order to ensure a problem-free conversion.
The bachelor program is meant to provide the first professionally qualifying degree. This does not mean that the previous contents of the first six semesters of the Diplom program can simply be transferred but rather that some courses did have to be eliminated from the study plan. Whereas the focused bachelor's in physics does without a minor in favor of more in-depth physics courses, "physics plus" puts more emphasis on a basic physics education, similar to the older Lehramt teaching credential program, supplemented by a minor which can take up to 33 % of the total workload. Physics plus in particular offers an attractive alternative to the previous Diplom programs, particularly in light of the job market's new interdisciplinary demands.
However, potential students were uncertain with regard to the issue of acceptance among employers. In Germany, many companies have come together for the initiative "Bachelor Welcome" and are already actively employing bachelor's degree holders. And, since the number of majors with the new degrees is constantly rising, the willingness of smaller companies to hire bachelor's degree holders will also continue to grow.