Start your Doctorate

Before you can start a doctorate at TUM, you first need to find a doctoral supervisor to supervise and support your project. Possibilities and ways to approach this as well as a lot of further information for applicants can be found on the Website of the TUM Graduate School.

Information and process:

To ensure that your relocation to Freising and the start of your doctorate goes as smoothly as possible, the Welcome Office of the TUM Graduate School put together a checklist for International Doctoral Candidates. National doctoral candidates can also find helpful tips here.

The entry in the doctoral candidates list represents the official start of your doctorate. At the same time, your membership in the TUM Graduate School begins.

The following steps have to be taken:

1. Find doctoral mother/doctoral father
2. Find a mentor or still take your time
3. Register on the doctoral candidates list with DocGS
4. Fill-in-help for your supervision agreement
5. Submit all required documents to the Graduate Center of Life Sciences.

Detailed information on registraton in the doctoral candidates list of the TUM School of Life Sciences

The mentor's task is to support you in your dissertation project and in general.

Formally, there are three things to keep in mind:

  1. The mentor must hold at least a Dr. title. If possible, the mentorship should be taken on by independent persons who do not belong to the chair or professorship of the supervisor.
  2. The mentoring relationship is recorded in the mentoring agreement by the signature of the mentor.
  3. The mentor is a member of the TAC and must therefore attend the TAC meetings (at least two in the course of the doctorate).

In addition to searching independently, you are also welcome to use the TUM Mentoring Program to find a suitable mentor.

As soon as you are registered on the doctoral candidates list, you can also enrol voluntarily as a doctoral student and thereby benefit from discounts. This is possible for a maximum of 8 semesters.You can find instructions on how to enrol at TUM on the TUM Graduate School page.

You can find instructions on how to enrol at TUM Graduate School.