1. Find a dissertation topic
The first step towards a PhD is choosing your dissertation topic. You may have your own research idea already, or you may develop it with a researcher at TUM. Writing a research proposal will help you make your research project more specific in terms of objectives and individual steps.
2. Contact potential supervisor
The next step is to find a supervisor for your doctoral project. It is helpful if you can establish a contact while you are still developing your topic. You can then contact the professor or an employee directly with your application materials (CV, cover letter, etc.) and a research proposal for your project. You can find a good overview of potential supervisors on the department web pages or under the TUM professor profiles.
3. Secure funding
You will not be charged any fees for a doctorate at TUM. The costs of doctoral education are covered by the German state. However, you will need to secure your living expenses. An overview of all the funding options can be found on the Funding pages.
4. Contact a Graduate Center
Together with your supervisor, identify the appropriate Graduate Center at TUM and discuss all further (administrative) steps.
5. Conclude a supervision agreement
After establishing that you can be admitted to a suitable Graduate Center, conclude a supervision agreement with your supervisor that specifies the parameters for the planned doctorate. You can find the supervision agreement on the website of the respective Graduate Center. The supervision agreement and mentoring section explains how to conclude a supervision agreement.
PhD candidates apply for entry into the doctoral candidacy list using the online platform DocGS. To apply, you will need a completed, signed supervision agreement. Detailed instructions can be found on the pages for doctoral candidates.
7. Enrollment (optional)
After the entry into the doctoral candidacy list, doctoral candidates may apply for enrollment at TUM for up to 6 semesters. Unlike the entry into the doctoral candidacy list, the enrollment is not mandatory for doctoral candidates. More information on enrollment can be found on the pages for doctoral candidates.
Additional information for international applicants
The TUM-GS Welcome Office can help you with questions about visas, immigration and living in Munich.
Please note the rules for recognition of foreign university degrees!
Applying for a guest doctorate
Application for a guest doctorate
If you are completing your doctorate at another university abroad but are also interested in doing parts of your research at TUM for a limited period, you can apply for a guest doctorate. Guest doctoral candidates need a supervisor at TUM, but they do not have to register via DocGS. However, it is possible for guest doctoral researchers to enroll at TUM (Immatrikulation) for up to six semesters.
In order to enroll as a guest PhD student at TUM, you need to send the documents listed below (as a single copy) to the International Center:
- Online form (choose: "Incoming - Internship / Guest Doctorate")
As program choose “scholarships, other programs / Stipendien, sonstige Programme”. If you cannot find your home university in combination with this program name please send an email to the International Center
- Confirmation of supervision – TUM (Form 1)
- Letter of endorsement – Home Institution (Form 2)
- 1 passport photo for your student card
- copy of your ID-card / passport (if available)
Once you have uploaded all relevant documents to the application platform, you can submit your data to TUM, print the online form and send it together with all other documents by mail / courier to the following address:
Technische Universität München
International Center (incoming)
Further information about the letter of admission, enrollment, Student Cards, and much more can be found at the International Center website.