How many soft skills credits must I earn during my Bachelor's degree course?

Bachelor's degree students require 4 soft skills credits.

As a Bachelor student, it is compulsory for you to participate in the Garching Tutoring System during the first two semesters of your degree course and for this you will receive the requisite 4 soft skills credits. The Tutoring System extends over two semesters. Further information on the Tutoring System can be found here.

When will my credits appear on TUMonline?

Your credits will be entered on TUMonline at the latest by the end of the current semester (last day of the lecture-free period). Please do not make any e-mail inquiries before that date. Should credits not appear on TUMonline by the beginning of the new semester, please contact the lecturer who held the workshop or event.

What types of recognition are there?

Recognition criteria for study carried out by Bachelor students who began their degree course before WS 12/13 and Master students who began their degree course before WS 13/14:

No significant difference is allowed between the competences gained from workshops, seminars or study opportunities which have been attended by the student and those expected by the department, i.e. the competencies gained, with regard to content and level, must be equivalent to those sought by the department in the area of soft skills (see module descriptions). The workshops, seminars and study opportunities, in which the competencies to be recognized have been gained, must use interactive teaching and study methods (no lectures). The content, extent and teaching/study method must be certified in writing. The automatic double recognition of study in various different degree courses (Bachelor, Master) is not allowed. Only those results of study can be recognized which contribute to the level and/or qualification profile of the Bachelor or Master degree course in question. Simply carrying out a duty (e.g. giving additional coaching) cannot be recognized. Please note: pure foreign language courses are not recognized as soft skills!

Recognition criteria for study carried out by Bachelor students who began their degree course with or after WS 12/13 and Master students who began their degree course with or after WS 13/14:

With the introduction of the new Subject Examination and Study Regulations (FPSO) for Master's degree courses in Mechanical Engineering (dated 15 March 2013) and for Bachelor's degree courses in Mechanical Engineering (dated 4 June 2012), study workshops, seminars, etc. must be selected from those offered by the Department of Mechanical Engineering (Center for Key Competencies). Recognition of competence gained is only possible for:

  • Bachelor students who have transferred from a degree course under the old examination regulations to one determined by the new examination regulations
  • Master students who gained soft skills competencies on or before 30.09.13 at the Carl von Linde Academy, in the context of institute co-operations at the TUM Department of Mechanical Engineering or at the Center of Key Competencies.

How do I apply for recognition?

If you wish study in the area of soft skills to be recognized, you must request this as part of the acceptance procedure carried out by the appropriate examination body.

If the acceptance procedure relates to a Bachelor's degree course, please contact the Bachelor Examination Board. If the acceptance procedure concerns a Master's degree course, please contact the Master Examination Board. There you can obtain a form which lists your soft skills study. Please then come to our office (during the office opening hours for recognition procedure which take place once a month) with the form from the examination body and the certificate of attendance for the workshop, seminar or other study opportunity to be recognized, including a description of the study carried out. After your visit to the Center for Key Competencies, we will check your application, inform you of the outcome of the recognition procedure by e-mail and send the results to the examination body which will then, if appropriate, enter your credits on TUMonline.

What happens if I am not able to take part in a workshop, seminar, etc?

It is possible to cancel your registration in good time (as a rule up to one week before the beginning of the study session) on TUMonline. Please note: Due to the imminent examination character of the workshop, seminar or other study opportunity, your registration is not just for participation but also for the examination. If you do not turn up for the examination or do not cancel your registration for it within the deadline, you will be marked as having failed. In the case of illness, a medical certificate is required. Please hand this in as soon as possible to the ZSK Office.

How many soft skills credits do I get as a tutor in the Garching Tutoring System?

By participating in the Garching Tutoring System, you will receive all the credits necessary for your Master's degree course. (The number varies from course to course.)

Becoming a tutor: When will the next training courses take place?

The first part of the training course (Module A) will take place in an external seminar center. Module B, the second part, will be held at the Center for Key Competences in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Module A


Module B

1 week of lectures

As a tutor, you are required to attend all training sessions (Modules A and B). The training course is free of charge.

Becoming a tutor: How many tutees would I look after as a tutor?

A tutor supervises a set group of c. 15 tutees (Bachelor students) for one year.