Schools and Research Centers
Promoting pioneering research and readying talented minds to tackle the challenges of the future: this is why we networked our Schools and research centers across disciplinary boundaries – in a novel matrix structure that fosters innovation.
Seven Schools form the academic foundation of TUM and, with the departments within them, cover the major domains of science. This new structure breaks away from mono-disciplinary faculties. The Schools’ research and teaching focus on furthering sustainable innovation for the good of humankind, nature and society, with transdisciplinary connections forged by Integrative Research Institutes and other scientific institutions.
This is the most extensive reform in our university’s history, which stretches back over 150 years. We are fundamentally transforming the structure of TUM – moving from a faculty-based system to a new, innovation-fostering matrix of Schools and Integrative Research Institutes. The goal? To systematically network experts and students, thereby ensuring our sustained success as a leading university in international competition. This transformation is a crucial part of the TUM Agenda 2030, our future-focused concept from the Excellence Strategy of the federal and state governments.
How does TUM function as a modern scientific enterprise and one of the leading universities in Europe? From the TUM Board of Management to other bodies and central service institutions – get an overview of our university's overall structure.
Situated at the interfaces between our Schools, Integrative Research Institutes (IRIs) tackle future-focused issues with far-reaching implications. They bring together approaches, tools and expertise from research and teaching in various subjects, striving to find novel solutions to system-wide challenges.
We connect our researchers with those from other research institutions, pooling their expertise in high-performance research partnerships. TUM is currently involved in four Clusters of Excellence – researching the origins of the universe and life, sustainable energy supplies, quantum technology and systems neurology.
Transdisciplinary teams made up of leading scientists and talented junior researchers pursue visionary research approaches, uncover potential for innovation at interfaces between disciplines and pool the knowledge and expertise of TUM to tackle decisive issues of human-centered engineering.
Acting independently of our Schools, Corporate Research Centers conduct basic research into decisive, highly specific areas of science, as well as application-oriented research in cooperation with industry.
We offer excellent conditions for research, from our Technology Core Facilities’ (TCFs) outstanding equipment, infrastructure and expertise in high-performance technologies to access to research funding, and numerous other services that promote exceptional science.