TUM Science Manager
Level 2

TUM is undergoing an important transformation process. The structural transformation to interdisciplinary schools and the digitalization of important core processes are particularly challenging for you as a science manager: You initiate, coordinate and manage change initiatives, implement the new university strategy in the faculties/schools and their chairs, in central institutions or in the administration, and for this you have to mediate between many stakeholders and overcome resistance. Our program TUM Science Manager Level 2 for experienced science managers provides you with targeted support in this process!

This program aims to further strengthen the skills of experienced science managers that are central to mastering the complex tasks of science management.

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Target Audience

The program TUM Science Manager Level 2 is open to members of the academic mid-level staff (employed on a temporary/permanent basis in pay group E/A13 or higher) with at least three to five years of professional experience in science management and, generally, with a completed doctorate. The professional experience should have been completed after the doctorate and should include activities in science management or management tasks. If a significant amount of relevant experience has been gained during the doctorate, this can be taken into account.

The target audience is primarily persons in staff and interface functions, persons with design, control and management tasks in the faculties/schools and their chairs or in central (scientific) institutions as well as in academically shaped fields of activity in the administration, who regularly face changes and (want to) actively shape them. There is no age limit for application.

Structure and Content

The program TUM Science Manager Level 2 focuses primarily on management competencies that enable effective initiation, implementation and control of change processes, as well as competencies required for a responsible position in the management of academic institutions and units.

In order to provide participants with insights into the diverse areas of responsibility in science management and to promote mutual exchange across different organizational and structural contexts, the first half of the qualification program with a focus on change management will take place in cooperation with the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft.

With its topical focus on Change Management & Transformation, the program addresses the constantly changing world of science management. Whether due to far-reaching restructuring of entire organizations, digitization initiatives, or developments on a smaller scale, science managers are constantly confronted with changes and not only have to face new circumstances and tasks, but often also shape the change processes as such. The 5 modules in the topic area provide concrete methods and tools, but also current developments in the science system, so that you are optimally prepared to master current and future challenges.

The focus topic Management of Higher Education Institutions imparts the knowledge, methodological approaches and relevant regulatory frameworks to successfully initiate and implement projects and processes in a university like TUM and to be effective as a science manager. Strategic considerations, legal and financial aspects, but also the management of relationships are addressed in the program by experts and discussed with the participants. These factors are central to a sustainable science management.

The content of the modular course program includes:

  • Research Policy & Current Trends
  • Agile Project Management & Design Thinking
  • Organizational Change
  • Negotiation & Change Communication
  • Teamwork & Diversity
  • Strategy & Organization
  • Legal Affairs & Finance
  • Business Process Management
  • Ethics & Conflict Management
  • Elective

Information on the other elements in the qualification program (self-study, career coaching, peer mentoring, transfer project and job shadowing) can be found here.


Please note: If your current position at TUM is financed in whole or in part by third-party funding, we ask you to clarify directly with the funding body whether it is possible for you to participate. A further education to this extent might not be compatible with the purpose of the funding commitment for some third-party funders. If you are unable to clarify the matter yourself, please contact us again.

Selection Process and Criteria

The selection process is intended to ensure that this qualification program is a good fit for you.


CareerDesign@TUM Presentation

Letter of Recommendation


Information for Supervisors

Self Assessment

Technical University of Munich

TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning

Eva-Maria Knipfer, M.A.
Program Manager 

Arcisstr 21
80333 Munich


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