Tuition Fees for International Students

In principle, studying at TUM is free of charge. All you have to do is pay the semester fee for the student union.

For international students from third countries, i.e. from countries that do not belong to the European Economic Area (EU + Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway), tuition fees will be charged from the winter semester 2024/25. All information about fee levels, waivers and scholarship programs can be found on the tuition fees for international students website.

Application Requirements and Procedure for the Master's program Quantum Science and Technology

The online application procedure through TUMonline is managed centrally by TUM admissions office. Application for the Master's program Quantum Science and Technology is possible only for a start in the winter.

An important admission requirement is to have completed a Bachelor’s degree of at least six semesters, in Physics or another suitable subject area, or an at least equivalent degree in an engineering or natural science-oriented degree program, at a German or foreign university. The suitability of the university degree will be judged by an admissions comitee which grants or declines acceptance based on the competencies acquired – details may be found below. Applicants from the Bachelor Degree Program in Physics at TUM and LMU also have to take part in the general application process.
The online application procedure through TUMonline is managed centrally by TUM admissions office. In addition to the information given here, please also read carefully the information about the web-based application procedure of TUM to apply for the Master's program.

Application periods

For a start in winter semester
  • January 1 to May 31

The closing dates are absolute deadlines, i. e. the online application has to be completed in TUMonline. All necessary documents have to be uploaded by then.

For the 'Early Bird' option, please see ' section Early application to avoid visa problems.

Selection procedure schedule

First stage

The results of the first stage of the aptitude assessment are published approximately eight weeks after the application deadline.

Second stage

Applicants who are not directly admitted in the first stage will be invited to a selection interview. The dates will be determined following the announcement of the results of the first stage. Individual dates will be arranged with the applicants.

Admission is based on documents uploaded online. Certified copies must be submitted for enrollment only after admission. It is important that all documents relevant for admission are uploaded, otherwise the application is not considered complete. This also applies to TUM-internal applications!

Which documents are necessary in your case will be specified during the online process. Please also consider the information given by TUM Student Admission Office.

Some additional information on some of these documents is provided below.

  • CV

Please provide a curriculum vitae without chronological gaps up to the time of your application at TUM. Please feel free to use the template from the European Union (europass).

  • Statement of reasons (Motivation letter)

The written grounds (in English) for selecting the desired Master's program of the TUM should not be longer than two DIN A4 pages. In this, explain

(1) why you are suitable for the program (reference to admission requirements), and

(2) which reasons led to select this degree program at the TUM (objectives, envisaged specialization fields).

The statement of reasons letter has to be connected to the chosen Master's program, a general statement about your interest in the subject is not sufficient. It must be written independently and without outside help and the ideas taken from outside sources must be identified as such.

  • Verification of successful completion of a module in quantum mechanics

Please make clear in the documentation submitted for this purpose which module(s) are to be examined for evidence of a Quantum Mechanics module. Just uploading the transcript is not enough.

  • Academic Records

You have to hand in your transcript, diploma and degree certificate. If the original language of the documents is other than German or English, you must submit your documents (i) in the original language and (ii) in certified translations into English or German.

You are required to submit the academic records from each university or college you have attended, including the official transcript of records (mark sheets) and evidence of all degrees awarded.

If you are applying before graduation, please send us the official transcript of records together with a list of the courses to be completed by the time of graduation and provide us with your degree certificate as soon as possible, latest one year after starting your studies at TUM (see also the remark at admission in advance).

  • Analysis of your curriculum

The curricular analysis is an overview of the skills you have acquired in your previous studies and how you think you meet the required subject-specific prerequisites. Please carefully compare the modules of your Bachelor's curriculum point by point with the required modules and use the program-specific analysis of your curriculum form for your self-assessment.

  • Module catalog / curriculum

The Module catalog contians Module descriptions with information about the contents and competences taught in your studies. At least the contents and the learning outcomes of your courses should be included, if possible also the workload or teaching hours.

If your university does not provide descriptions in English or German, but only in the local language, you have to translate the descriptions yourself and submit them together with the original descriptions (weblinks to the corresponding place on the official website of your university is sufficient).

  • Language certificate

Undergraduate students whose native language or language of instruction in university is not English, according to §36 (1) S. 2 of the exam regulations have to provide a proof of adequate knowledge of the language in order to be admitted to the English language Master's program Biomedical engineering and medical Physics.

The certificates accepted for English language skills are institutional at TUM.

In addition to these certificates, it will also be accepted if at least 10 ECTS in your underlying Bachelor's degree program were taught and examined in English. This can be provided e.g. as an English-language Bachelor's thesis. For this proof, compile the English-language modules in a list using the provided PDF. And do not forget the proof that these modules are in English. Please note that proof of language skills must be available by the application deadline.

German language skills in English-taught programs?

Although knowledge of the German language is not relevant for your admission in English-taught programs, the Bavarian State Government requires all international students to acquire at least a basic level of German during their studies (CEFR Level A1 or higher). Therefore, applicants not providing proof of German language skills can only be granted admission on condition to complete one module providing them with integrative knowledge of the German language within the first two semesters of their studies. For this purpose, you may take language German courses before leaving your home country or do so during your studies. The offer of German language courses at TUM is limited to availability of places, please check out regular offer of TUM Language Center.

If you already have German language skills at level A1 or higher, please submit the proof of proficiency together with your application (if applicable, under "Evidence of non-school activities").

  • Special conditions for certain countries

For individual countries, special requirements apply regarding the documents to be submitted. You do not need a GRE for this program.

The academic requirements for admission to the Master in Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics are:

The procedure is divided in two stages:

  1. In the first stage,the admission board rates the submitted documents on a scale from 0 to 200 points, where 200 points is the best possible result and the following scheme is applied:
    • The qualifications' score comes from the review of above-mentioned competences. The maximum possible awarded points are 120.
    • Final grade on your Bachelor’s degree: graded exams with 130 CP in total are averaged; if at time of application a grade report with more than 130 CP is available, the best possible grades with a total of 130 CP are used. For every one-tenth of the grade above 3.0 (German grading system), two points are added (max. 40 points). For international degrees, the grades will be converted.
    • The letter of motivation is graded on a scale from 0 to 40 (maximum value) by two members of the board. The average of these two values is added in full points. The grading is done by the following criteria
      1. Discussion of your qualification with respect to the QST program requirements (max. 20 points),
      2. Discussion of your anticipated goals within the QST program; Which modules/courses from the QST program are of special interest to you? (max. 20 points).
    The total points will be the sum of the three components.
    Applicants reaching at least 160 points have passed the selection procedure.
    Applicants reaching less than 137 points will not be accepted
  2. If the total awarded points is between 137 and 159, the applicants come to the second stage, in which they will be invited to an interview (duration of 20 to 30 minutes). Based on this, our admission board decides if the applicant would be able to successfully complete our Master’s degree program. The interview will help also to discuss the applicant's motivation, ground technical knowledge and its own personal assessment. The dates for the interview will be announced with the invitations to it. The interviews will take place from end of July to mid of August.

In the case that you do not have finished your Bachelor's program or you do not have received your final documents yet, you can get admission when you have reached at least 130 CP in your underlying Bachelor's program (according to a 180 CP Bachelor's degree program). According to the study regulations early admission is possible on reasonable request for students who are enrolled in a Bachelor's degree course which fulfills the admission requirements (see above). You must then prove this Bachelor's degree at the latest two semesters after the start of the Master's program. A request can only be justified if the successful completion of the Bachelor degree is (at least) theoretically possible until the end of the first semester of the Master studies. With an application, the request is considered implicitly made.

TUMonline shows at first that the final documents of the Bachelor are required. You may hand in the final documents of your Bachelor until the end of the second semester. However, the deadline for this will only be noted in TUMonline once all other enrollment-relevant documents except the final documents have been submitted on time.

Usually, admission remains valid for a future application for the same program. For detailed information, please see here.

Possible problems

The provisional admission does not guarantee that studying a Bachelor's and a Master's program in parallel is possible. It is your own decision to accept the place of study. Therefore, you take the responsibility to manage possible conflicts.

Starting the Master's program in advance makes sense, when you have already finished the Bachelor's degree, but you did not receive the final documents yet. If you still have to take exams for your Bachelor's degree, it is not recommended to start the Master's program, especially if you have to take the exams in another university.

Admission to Master's programs usually takes place about eight weeks after the application deadline, i.e. July/August. According to our experience, for some countries it is then no longer possible to obtain a visa in time for the start of the lecture period. For the international degree program M.Sc. Quantum Science & Technology there is therefore the possibility to be informed early about an admission.

Apply right at the beginning of the application period in TUMonline. If your application is complete by March 15 at the latest and your application documents have been reviewed by the Admissions Office (status ok for all required documents incl. VPD via uni-assist if you need for this; excl. the verification of successful completion of a module in quantum mechanics which is reviewed as part of the aptitude assessment), your application will be reviewed early by the Admission Committee. You will probably receive the information about the admission at the end of April.