PrepDoc: Preparing for a Doctorate

Are you considering doing a doctorate at the TUM ? Would you like to know how to approach a potential supervisor and learn more about the different paths to a doctorate? The TUM Graduate School PrepDoc Program is exclusively designed for TUM master's students who would like to gain insights into doing a doctorate at TUM.   

Introductory event & Panel Discussion

Introduction Event - The TUM Doctoral Model 

On 21.06.2021 we cordially invite all TUM master's students to join us for a pre-recorded presentation by our Graduate Dean Prof. Hans-Joachim Bungartz where he will introduce the unique TUM doctoral model along with the different paths to pursuing a doctorate at TUM. He will also describe the unique services and offerings of the TUM Graduate School, the central service institution for doctoral candidates. After his presentation there will be time for a live Q&A session with colleagues from the TUM Graduate School Management Office.

When: The event took place on Monday, 21.06.2021, 4-ca. 4:50 p.m.

Format: Zoom webinar

Contact:  TUM Graduate School Welcome Office 

Panel Discussion

Join us for a live exchange where our Graduate Dean Prof. Hans-Joachim Bungartz together with the winner of the Supervisory Award 2020 Prof. Dr. Dimitrios Karampinos as well as two doctoral candidates from TUM will discuss topics like doctorate in general and at TUM specifically as well as doctoral supervision. The session will be moderated by TUM Graduate Council.

When: The event took place on Monday, 21.06.2021, 5-6:30 p.m.

Contact:  TUM Graduate School Welcome Office 

Program 2021 - Thematic Workshops

Participation in the thematic PrepDoc workshops is open to all TUM master’s students, with the objective of preparing and informing you on the application and main components of pursuing a doctorate at TUM.

You can participate in the workshops independently from each other. The workshops are free of charge and will be carried out in English and/or German.

Workshop 1: Coaching for master’s students and future doctoral candidates (English/ German)

- in cooperation with TUM Equal Opportunity

Coaching is an interactive process of guidance and attendance incorporating career contents. Questions like “Should I do my doctorate or not?” are essential parts of the workshop. In our intensive workshop we will support you how to develop a professional biography strategy concerning to your strengths and weaknesses.

  • Session in English with Dr. Stephanie Hann (The event took place on Tuesday, 22.06.2021, 4-6 p.m.)
  • Session auf Deutsch mit Anja Quindeau (The event took place on Mittwoch, 23.06.2021, 14-16Uhr)

Workshop 2: How to choose your supervisor? (English)

- in cooperation with the TUM Graduate Council

The relationship between doctoral candidates and supervisors is special in several ways. For many doctoral candidates, their supervisor isn’t merely an employer, but also plays a significant role in introducing them to the scientific and academic world. Due to this important relationship, choosing a supervisor for your doctoral research should be a conscious decision. In this workshop, we will discuss various questions relating to supervision, such as:

  • What are the factors to take into account when considering a scientifically well-respected supervisor?
  • What is the difference between supervision at large chairs and small chairs?
  • How is the supervision agreement implemented into your daily research life?

After a short presentation, the workshop will be driven by questions from the participants. Representatives from the TUM Graduate Council will share their experiences and provide first-hand insight into the daily interaction between doctoral candidates and supervisors.

When: The event took place on Wednesday, 23.06.2021, 4:30-6 p.m.

Contact:  TUM Graduate School Welcome Office

Workshop 3: “Search, Cite, Publish” (English/ German)

- in cooperation with the TUM University Library -

In our compact course we will show you how to find literature databases that are important for your field and how to develop targeted search strategies for literature. You will also learn how to access the researched material, quote correctly and publish electronically on our media server mediaTUM.

Course content:

  • Develop a search strategy
  • Find journal articles and papers in subject-specific literature databases
  • Cite correctly
  • Publish your doctoral thesis on mediaTUM

Requirements: Profound information retrieval skills

When: The event took place on Thursday, 24.06.2021, 1-4 p.m.

For other workshops (in German) please consider our website:

Other workshops (not only) for doctoral candidates:


Workshop 4: How to fund my doctorate? (English)

In this seminar, participants will learn about the various funding options for financing a doctorate in Germany. Together, we will discuss both the administrative implications for scholarships and employment contracts as well as the practical ways in which funding affects your everyday work at the department, your relationship with your supervisor and your overall role in the academic environment of TUM. The seminar will offer insights into important questions, such as:

What are my options for doctoral financing at a German university?

How can I increase my chances of finding financing?

What are the consequences of different funding models?

The seminar will follow an interactive format with sufficient time for discussing participants’ individual questions related to doctoral financing.

Optionally, there will also be room for discussing the topic of cooperative doctorates with universities of applied sciences.

When: The event took place on Thursday, 24.06.2021, 4-5:30 p.m.

Contact:  TUM Graduate School Welcome Office

Introductory events of the Graduate Centers

In addition to the program prepared by TUM Graduate School following Graduate Centers are offering introductory events:

Virtuelle "DocTUMed-Promotionsinfoveranstaltung" am 09.06.2021 um 17Uhr vom TUM Medical Graduate Center

Das interaktive Format richtet sich an alle Mediziner/innen, die sich über die Promotionsprogramme am TUM Medical Graduate Center (MGC) informieren möchten:
- Traditionelle medizinische Promotion (
- Translationales Programm (
- PhD-Studiengang Medical Life Science and Technology

Virtual info event Preparing for a Doctorate @ MCTS, TUM GOV, TUM EDU (from October 2021: School of Social Sciences and Technology)

Are you considering a doctoral degree? Would you like to learn more about how to find a doctoral position, a suitable supervisor, funding options, doctoral education at MCTS, TUM GOV, TUM EDU? 
Then please join our virtual info event on July 8, 10-11:30 a.m. (zoom meeting).
Registration via until July 6 (access details will be sent shortly before the event)