For intrested parties
Thank you for your interest in a doctorate at the TUM School of Life Sciences.
We would like to give you an overview of the most important points for a successful start into a doctorate with us.
General information on starting doctoral studies at TUM can be found on the TUM Graduate School homepage and in the Presentation: Doing your Doctorate at TUM & TUM Graduate School.
Please also note the important information on the "Welcome Office" page.
Am I eligible for a doctorate?
The most important question is whether your degree qualifies you for a doctorate at TUM. To do so, you must have an above-average degree in a recognized degree program. You can find further details on the TUM Graduate School homepage.
For international degrees, we urgently recommend that you have your degree verified in a pre-check.
Pre-Check of an international degree
Attention: In the case of international degrees, it is hardly possible for applicants to determine for themselves whether recognition is possible or not, or whether there are conditions to be met. However, this point should be clarified before you sign a contract or even move your place of residence to Germany/ Freising.
Therefore, your International Degree can be pre-checked as soon as you are shortlisted by a potential supervisor.
Please make sure that your future supervisor sends the following documents by email to the GZW for verification (gzw[at]wzw.tum.de):
Scans of your BSc and MSc certificate documents
Your curriculum vitae
Unfortunately, we are unable to answer inquiries for qualification recognition. Your potential supervisor will usually receive a result within a few days.
The recognition is quick and non-bureaucratic (straightforward), but without any obligation.
Legally binding is then the decision that is issued after your application for entry on the doctoral list and the associated recognition procedure. Further information on this can be found under the menu item 'Start your Doctorate' and 'Entry to the Doctoral Candidacy List of the TUM School of Life Sciences'.
How do I find a supervisor for my doctorate?
To be eligible for a doctorate at the TUM School of Life Sciences, you must first be willing to have one of our professors supervise your work. Therefore, please ask directly with one of the professors who are willing to supervise your work:
You can apply for a position currently advertised with the respective professor (see their websites), but also an unsolicited application with or without a concrete project can be worthwhile.
Please also have a look at the TUM job portal, where there are also many current vacancies.
Living and research in Freising
Freising is a small town with about 50,000 inhabitants in the north of Munich. The city is characterized by an open society, sustainability and fair trade. Every place in the town can be reached easily and safely by bike or on foot. Many stores specialized in sustainable and ecological alternatives and in 2011 Freising was officially designated a Fairtrade town.
The Isar floodplains, the surrounding forests and many small parks, as well as various theaters, concerts, art exhibitions, the city library and a diverse restaurant and pub culture offer a high recreational value.
The modern campus of the TUM School of Life Sciences is located in the Weihenstephan district. Here, high-ranking TUM scientists from the life sciences conduct research in the fields of molecular and ecosystem research as well as engineering. Around 150 dissertations are completed annually and contribute highly to international research. At the campus, among other things, the large university library, a Makerspace, mensa and cafeterias, university sports facilities and childcare facilities can be found.
Munich's city center can be easily reached in 30 minutes by regional express or 45 minutes by S-Bahn. The Garching research center can be reached by S-Bahn and bus in half an hour. In addition, Freising has excellent transport links via the freeway and the nearby airport.
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