Ranking of Student Cohorts in the Bachelor’s Program Physics

In addition to the ECTS grading table issued after completion of the Bachelor's program Physics, alumni of this program may receive a ranking within their student cohort at the Dean’s Office.

The final documents will be issued by the examination office Garching, including the "grading table", which shows your final grade and predicate in relation to the graduates of the last two years. The "grading table" carries its own page header, is numbered separately and will not be referenced in the other documents.

The Grading Table provides a general overview of the final grades in the B.Sc. Program in Physics. In addition, students in the Bachelor's program can receive a ranking at the Dean's office.

Semester Ranking in the Bachelor’s Program

Starting 2018 we issue semester rankings according to the new TUM default system. At first students of 5th (or 4th) semester in WS 2017/8 may obtain such a ranking, and from SS 2018 on all students of 1st to 6th semester (for a winter semester rankings are available for 1st to 5th semester only).

For rankings of SS 2022 and later, students may download a digital copy directly in the application "Rankings" of the Digital School Services. If you need a paper copy with stamp and signature, contact the student's office in the Physics Department. Please keep in mind that all exams from this semester need to be finalized. Hence, semester rankings for summer semester are available not before mid-November regularly and rankings for the winter semester not before mid-May.

Ranking method

The modules included in the ranking for a semester and the credits expected after the respective semester are given in the following table.

Semesterincluded modulescredits expected
1Modules from GOP part 125 CP
2Modules from GOP50 CP
3all modules included in the Bachelor’s program89 CP
4all modules included in the Bachelor’s program120 CP
5all modules included in the Bachelor’s program150 CP
6all modules included in the Bachelor’s program180 CP

As ranking parameter the average of the included, graded module exams the student passed weighted by credits is calculated. If the student did not achieve the credits expected in this semester in the included modules missing credits are included in the ranking parameter with the virtual grade 4,1.

As reference we use all students enrolled or on-leave in the respective semester at the registration deadline for the first examination period of the semester (15th of January in WS, 30th of June in SS). Furthermore, we add to this reference the singular students with one semester below due to on-leave semester in the past.

Comparison with Rankings in Other Degree Programs and from Other Universities

When comparing rankings from the B.Sc. Physics at TUM with rankings from other degree programs and from other universities, it is important to take into account that in the B.Sc. Physics at TUM, the qualifying Fundamentals and Orientation Examination (GOP) takes place in the first year of study, which all students must pass as proof of their aptitude for the Physics program. In comparison to degree programs without GOP, a irreversible failure in the B.Sc. Physics is therefore decided much earlier in order to allow students to reorient themselves at an early stage. As a result, students in advanced studies hardly ever fail after passing the GOP.

In degree programs without such a GOP or other early aptitude testing, students who will ultimately fail to complete the program are often enrolled into significantly higher semesters. The rankings in the B.Sc. Physics at TUM for higher semesters therefore show the cohort strength of the corresponding starting year (enrolled students in the associated 1st subject semester) - the absolute majority of the students missing compared to the starting year have irreversibly failed the GOP and were therefore exmatriculated. When comparing two rankings from such different degree programs, it is therefore essential to take into account the difference of the student cohorts, e.g. by looking at the rank in both degree programs with regard to the strength of the starting cohort, or by adjusting the current rank in degree programs without GOP/early aptitude test according to the percentage of students expected to actually graduate.

In addition to the grading table, the Physics Department offered students in the first four semesters of the Bachelor's program a semester ranking. This was normalized on the student count at the beginning of the studies.

A semester ranking was only available for students who passed all three required modules of the semester after the second examination period. The grade was the CP weighted average. See the following table.

Semester rankings and included required modules

 Module (CP)Module (CP)Module (CP)
1. FS (GOP1)PH0001 (9)MA9201 (8)MA9202 (8)
2. FS (GOP2)PH0002 (9)PH0005 (8)MA9203 (8)
3. FSPH0003 (8)PH0006 (8)MA9204 (8)
4. FSPH0004 (8)PH0007 (9)CH1104 (6)