The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is one of Europe's top universities for research. One of Germany's first Universities of Excellence, it achieves impressive scores in all international rankings. Its mission is to add value to society. Researchers at TUM believe that an interdisciplinary approach is the key to solving the major challenges of the future: Health & Nutrition ▪ Energy & Natural Resources ▪ Environment & Climate ▪ Information & Communications ▪ Mobility & Infrastructure.

Portrait: The Technical University of Munich – 150 years culture of excellence

The ESA satellite GOCE in orbit around earth.
The TUM Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering played a major role in the ESA's "GOCE" satellite project.Image: ESA/AOES Medialab

Unparalleled portfolio of subjects: The university's focus areas are the engineering sciences, natural sciences, life sciences and medicine, combined with economic and social sciences. Research at the departments

Examination of a rail in the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz neutron source research center
The Heinz Maier-Leibnitz neutron source research center in Garching is a magnet for elite scientists from around the world.Image: Andreas Heddergott/TUM

Interdisciplinary research centers bundle the expertise of the academic departments. These interfaces between different disciplines open up new research prospects for major challenges facing society.  Research Centers

Infrared image of the Helix nebula
This infrared image shows the Helix nebula. It was taken by a telescope of ESO, one of the partners in the ORIGINS Cluster.Image: ESO/VISTA/J. Emerson

In fall 2018, TUM got off to a strong start in the new excellence competition run by the German Government and the federal states. Excellence Strategy

The electric car MUTE is surrounded by journalists at the International Motor Show (IAA)
The electric car "MUTE" at the International Motor Show (IAA): TUM teamed up with industry partners like BMW and Siemens to launch the follow-up project “VisioM” in 2012.Image: Andreas Heddergott/TUM

By cooperating with industry partners, TUM has accelerated Bavaria's transition from an agrarian state to one of the leading high-tech hubs in Europe. Technology transfer has a long history at TUM: The university has been cooperating with enterprises like Siemens and General Electric, BMW, Audi, Wacker, Linde and Clariant for several years. These companies are among the TUM Partners of Excellence. TUM also maintains strong links with external research centers like the Max Planck Institutes and Deutsches Museum. Research Partners

“Welcome, future entrepreneurs!”

Prof. Dr. Thomas Hofmann, Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation, on the meaning of top-level research for strong entrepreneurship: “The interdisciplinary force field between natural and engineering sciences, life sciences, and medicine as well as the economic sciences of our TUM creates a great deal of potential for founding technology-based startups and new options for people with an entrepreneurial bent.”

A student examines a spike in a wheat field
Bringing ideas to life: TUM has supported many successful research projects with third-party funding.Image: Uli Benz/TUM

Many research projects would not be possible without external funding, whether from the EU, the German government and states or private enterprises. Competition for this funding is fierce, so TUM supports its scientists at every stage of the application process. To achieve this, TUM has established the central “Office for Research and Innovation (HR 4)”. Research Funding

Support for Young Scientists

Doctoral candidates pose in front of the Exzellenzzentrum building in Garching
On the cusp of their academic careers: Doctoral candidates at the 2009 inauguration of the TUM Graduate School in Garching.Image: Astrid Eckert/TUM

Talent is our asset. TUM has invested millions in initiatives to help its young scientists kick-start their academic careers. The TUM Graduate School offers structured doctoral qualification programs. It is open to all doctoral candidates. And for postdocs, the university is on hand to offer career advice, support and much more.

How does a robot fit into our world? How do plants regulate their fruit yield? How can magnetic vortices aid data processing? These are just some of the questions inspiring the numerous research projects at TUM – including several collaborative initiatives by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and projects funded by generous ERC Grants. Research Projects