Qualification Track TUM Science Manager

The Technical University of Munich is among the best universities in Europe. It regularly achieves excellent results in international and national rankings. Our science managers play a key role in ensuring that outstanding performance is achieved in research and teaching at TUM. They assume design, control and management tasks in the schools and research centers, but also in the central departments and functional units. In this way, our science managers create optimal conditions for excellent science.

In the qualification path TUM Science Manager, you will learn about TUM and the academic system in Germany so that you can act competently and professionally within it. You will learn concrete methods and tools that you can apply directly in your work as a science manager. You will expand and deepen your specialist knowledge and your interdisciplinary management skills in order to be able to take on diverse, challenging and responsible activities in science management now and in the future.

Structure of the qualification programs in the TUM Science Manager

In the TUM Science Manager qualification track, we offer two programs in the winter semester 2022/23.

The application for a program is open from 27 June to 24 July 2022.

TUM Science Manager Level 1

For science managers with 1-2 years of relevant professional experience in the coordination or management of (research) projects who have taken the route to science management and want to deepen their competencies in a science-based manner and acquire new ones.

TUM Science Manager Level 2

For experienced (3 years or more) science managers who want to further strengthen their management skills and acquire the competencies required for a leadership role in science management and for successfully dealing with change.

The programs have a duration of at least 12 months, although completion of the content can be extended to a maximum of 24 months. Participation in the courses as well as the job shadowing will generally take place during working hours; in particular, the accompanying qualification elements such as career coaching and peer mentoring may require your commitment outside of working hours.

In the qualification programs, we provide you concrete tools and techniques for effective science management and further develop best practices together with you. Our offers incorporate the latest research findings and at the same time take into account current trends in science management. In this way, we ensure that our qualification programs effectively support you in mastering your interdisciplinary management tasks.

In this way, we prepare you not only for a job at TUM, but also for a promising continuation of your career, for example, in non-university research institutions, science-promoting institutions of the state and the federal government, as well as in research management in industry.

The following elements are part of the qualification programs in TUM Science Manager track:

The course program provides you with the skills and competencies that are relevant for your work as a science manager. Different formats (workshops, keynote/impulse lectures and exchange forums) are offered. The lecturers are researchers and experienced practitioners. The course program comprises about 10 content modules, each with a duration of approximatelly 8 to 12 hours.

In the self-study element, expertise is deepened, current trends and developments are considered and competencies required for current and future challenges are acquired. For the self-study element, among other things, select materials that meet scientific quality standards are made available in Moodle. We support you in reflecting on your learning progress and in effectively designing your own learning process.

The job shadowing element enables you to discover new perspectives and areas of work as well as to get to know best practices for your work. You will also gain a better understanding of cross-departmental and cross-divisional processes. A total of ten days of job shadowing is included in the program. The planning of the work shadowing takes place on one's own responsibility. The work shadowing element takes place within the regular working hours.

In the peer mentoring element, you will meet regularly in small groups. In your peer groups, you share your experiences, give each other advice and support each other in your personal development. Together, you reflect on your (learning) experiences and challenges in your everyday work. In addition, you will receive valuable impulses from different perspectives in the exchange and discussion with the other participants.

Career coaching with a professional coach supports you in planning your personal and professional development. Together with your coach, you will take stock of your current position, plan further steps in your professional development and develop career perspectives. The program includes up to four free one-hour coaching sessions.

In the transfer project, you apply content from the program to current issues from your everyday work and reflect on the training transfer. Structured guidance supports you in this process. The transfer project comprises approximately 40 hours and concludes with a report each semester.


You have questions about the qualification track or want to find out which of the programs is the best fit for you?

Feel free to arrange a consultation appointment with our team: careerdesign(at)lll.tum.de (Subject: Consultation)


For any questions on our course program, please do not hesitate to contact us!

Eva-Maria Knipfer
Program Manager


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