• 6/10/2013

New Statute:

All new doctoral candidates become members of the TUM Graduate School

As from January 1, 2014, all new doctoral candidates at TUM will automatically become members of the TUM Graduate School (TUM-GS) according to the new statute of the TUM-GS and the TUM’s new doctoral regulations.

TUM Graduate School through window
Starting from January 1, 2014, the wide range of qualifications measures provided by the TUM Graduate School is open for all doctoral students. (Photo: Astrid Eckert)

This also applies to the so-called external doctoral candidates who are employed with a non-university research institution or industry, for example. In future, all doctoral candidates will thereby be able to benefit from the wide range of qualification offers provided by TUM-GS and various measures of support regarding the scope of internationalization.
When starting their doctorates, the candidates will automatically become members of TUM-GS by signing a supervision agreement that helps to schedule the individual steps of the dissertation project and make them transparent. The basic training program of TUM-GS must be completed before a candidate is admitted to the examination procedure. The membership lasts for at least two years. As before, TUM-GS provides a certificate for successful participation in the training program, which will be issued together with the doctoral certificate.

Elements of the basic training program:


  • The kick-off seminar for doctoral candidates aims to make the candidates aware of the most important aspects of their doctoral project. There will be an introduction to the TUM, its researchers and its scientific support institutions.
  • Every doctoral candidate must prove to have participated in specialized courses adding up to at least six semester week hours before completing his/her doctorate.
  • The advisors will help to ensure that a research topic was presented to a wider public.


Voluntary elements:


  • The completion of an international research phase of at least four week is recommended. TUM-GS will provide financial support depending on the availability of funds.
  • A trans-disciplinary qualification program: the TUM Graduate School offers more than 60 personal development and professional qualification courses every year. They are especially tailored to the needs of doctoral candidates and available at all TUM locations – in addition to the seminars offered by our cooperation partners MCTS, WIMES and UnternehmerTUM.


Important information for candidates who have already started their doctoral project:


  • If you are registered on the doctoral list prior to January 1, 2014, you may opt for a voluntary membership with TUM-GS.
  • If you are not yet registered on the doctoral list but are already well advanced regarding you doctoral project, we suggest you to seek advice from your Graduate Center as soon as possible.

Further informations:

infospam prevention@gs.tum.de

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