Frequently Asked Questions
Curriculum Analysis – what is it?
The curricular analysis is an overview of which competencies you have acquired in your previous studies
In accordance with Annex 2 of the Examination and Study Regulations for the Master’s Program, the Commission uses a curricular analysis to assess your aptitude and qualification. This is based on core subject groups of the Bachelor Program at Technische Universität München.
After registration you will receive an automatic email with a code which enables you to start and process the Curriculum Analysis any time.
The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System is an academic credit system based on the estimated workload required for students to achieve the objectives and learning outcomes of a module or program.
Typically, 60 ECTS credits earned at TUM correspond to one year.
A 3-year Bachelor's program therefore usually has 180 ECTS credits, a 2-year Master's program 120 ECTS credits. One ECTS credit point corresponds to 30 working hours.
Conversion of foreign credit point systems
The credits earned at a foreign university are converted by a conversion factor according to the following formula
Conversion factor = 60 / CP/J
into ECTS points. 60 corresponds to the 60 ECTS points that have to be earned by us on average per year. KP stands for the total number of credits of the foreign study program and J is the length of the program in years.
ECTS credits to US credits (usually referred to as credit hour or credit unit) at a ratio of 2:1
ECTS credits to Chinese credits at a ratio of 1:1.5
Since some applicants have not yet completed their studies at the time of application, a certain number of credits (usually 120 credits) must be proven for the application (with a Transcript of Records issued and certified by the responsible examination authority at your university).
If the grading systems of the performance at universities or equivalent institutions of higher education do not correspond to the grading system of TUM, the grades are converted according to the so-called modified Bavarian formula (see APSO §16 (6)). This formula is: maximum grade minus the grade achieved, divided by maximum grade minus the lowest pass mark, the result multiplied by three, plus 1
You can find a tool for converting notes according to the Bavarian formula here https://www.tum.de/studium/bewerbung/bayerische-formel/
How do I convert letter grades?
If the grading system of your university uses letter grades, you can assign a number to each letter grade.
Your grading system is A+, A, B, C, D and E (Fail). A+ is the highest possible grade, and the lowest grade to pass a course is D. So if you assign numerical values in ascending order starting with 1, the input for the grade conversion is as follows:
- A+ equals 1
- A equals 2
- B equals 3
- C equals 4
- D equals 5
- E equals 6
In the conversion tool, you enter 1 as maximum grade (corresponding to A+), and 5 as minimum passing grade (corresponding to D). The value for current overall grade is the numerical value corresponding to your current overall letter grade. The tool will then calculate your grade in the German grading system.
At my university we do not use a credit system. What can I do?
In this case we assume that the courses are equally weighted. You can award one credit for each course. The total number of credits awarded will then be equal to the number of all courses that belong to your study program.
I have studied more than one course of study. Can I indicate courses and grades from both?
For all Master's programs offered at the Life Science Center (except Engineering Ecology and Nature Conservation and Landscape Planning), you are allowed to list all the subjects you have achieved in your previous studies, including Master's programs, as long as you can prove your grades and credits with the transcript of all programs and have uploaded them accordingly in the TUM application portal.
For the Master's programs in Engineering Ecology and Nature Conservation and Landscape Planning, please name only subjects from your basic Bachelor's program.