Program 2019

In the summer semester 2019 the "Preparing for your doctorate" (PrepDoc) program offers eight workshops that can be attended independently from each other. The courses are free of charge and will be conducted in German and English (course titles indicate the language of instruction).

Workshop 1: A good Start – Doctoral Research in Life Sciences

For all interested or undecided students, the Graduate Center Weihenstephan (GZW) offers an information event about a doctorate at TUM School of Life Sciences at Freising Campus.

Course content:

  • How to find a doctoral position
  • How to find a supervisor
  • How to fund your doctorate
  • How to apply for the doctoral candidacy list
  • Being a member in the TUM Graduate School
  • Being a member in the TUM Graduate School's Graduate Center Weihenstephan
  • Training elements and milestones in the mandatory qualification program
  • Overview of GZW services and financial support
  • Q&A session

When: Wednesday, 30.04.2019, 10-11:30 a.m.
Where: Graduate Center Weihenstephan (GZW), Alte Akademie 8a, 85354 Freising

Workshop 2: Recherchieren, Zitieren, Publizieren

In diesem Kompaktkurs für Promovierende und Wissenschaftler/-innen erfahren Sie, wie Sie für Ihr Thema relevante Literaturdatenbanken finden, und lernen Recherchestrategien kennen, um darin effizient zu suchen. Die Kolleg/innen der Universitätsbibliothek geben Ihnen Tipps zur einfachen Beschaffung der Literatur, zum korrekten Zitieren und zum Publizieren auf mediaTUM.

Wann: Freitag, 10.05.2019, 09:00-12:00 Uhr 
Wo: Teilbibliothek Stammgelände – Großer Besprechungsraum 2180
Anmeldung: Bitte registrieren Sie sich hier


  • Suchstrategien in fachspezifischen Literaturdatenbanken entwickeln
  • Literatur zu Ihrem Thema recherchieren und beschaffen
  • korrekt zitieren
  • Ihre Dissertation auf mediaTUM publizieren

Vorraussetzung: Fundierte Kenntnisse in der Literaturrecherche
Zielgruppe: Promovierende, Wissenschaftler der TU München

Weitere Kurse auf Deutsch:

  • Schwerpunkt Bau, Geo, Umwelt
    Wann: 08.05.2019, 10:00-13:00 Uhr
    Wo: Teilbibliothek Stammgelände – Großer Besprechungsraum 2180
    Anemldung: Bitte registrieren Sie sich hier

Workshop 3: How to Choose a Supervisor?

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: Monday, 13.05.2019, 4-6 p.m.
Where: Department of Mechanical Engineering, Boltzmannstr. 15, Courtyard 1, Floor 2, Room 2142 
Registration: Please register here

Workshop 4: Promotionsordnung einfach erklärt

Teilnehmer/innen erhalten einen ersten Überblick über die rechtlichen Anforderungen der TUM an die Promotion und werden über die wesentlichen Verfahrensschritte, die Zulassungsvoraussetzungen und die Zusammensetzung der Prüfungskommission informiert.

Wann: Mittwoch, 15.05.2019, 17:00-19:00 Uhr
Wo: Fakultät für Maschinenwesen, Hof 1, 2. Stock, Raum 2101
Registierung: Bitte registrieren Sie sich hier

Workshop 5: How to Fund my Doctorate?

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 to 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.

When: 16.05.2019, 4-5.30 p.m. 
Where: Department of Mechanical Engineering, Boltzmannstr. 15, Courtyard 1, Floor 2, Room 2101
Registration: Please register here

Workshop 6: Search, Cite, Publish

In the compact course for doctoral candidates and researchers, the TUM University Library will show you how to find literature databases that are important for your field, and 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.

When: Friday, 17.05.2019, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: Munich, Main Campus
Registration: Please register here!

Course Content

  • develop a retrieval strategy,
  • find journal articles and papers in subject-specific literature databases,
  • cite correctly,
  • and publish your doctoral thesis on mediaTUM.

Requirements: Profound information retrieval skills
Open to: TUM Doctoral Candidates, TUM Scientists

Workshop 7: Coaching for Master's Students and Future Doctoral Candidates (German / English)

Course Content

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

Who: Second year master's students and above
When: Wednesday, 22.05.2019, 4-7 p.m. 
Where: Department of Mechanical Engineering, Boltzmannstr. 15, Courtyard 1, Floor 2, Room 2101 
Registration: Please register here

Session in German with Anja Quindeau

Who: Second year master's students and above
When: Wednesday, 22.05.2019, 4-7 p.m.
Where: Stabsstelle Chancengleichheit, Barer Str. 21, 3. Floor, Room 3532
Registration: Please register here

Workshop 8: How to Make the Best out of Your Student Supervisor Relationship?

You found a research topic for your doctoral project and a supervisor? Good! In this workshop we take our time to think about good supervision, your new role as doctoral candidate and employee and also advise what can be done by you and your professor to start a successful and cooperative project right from the beginning.

Course content:

  • Why do you need a supervisor?
  • The roles of a supervisor during your doctoral project
  • Your expectations about good supervision
  • What can be expected by you as a doctoral candidate?
  • Managing and giving feedback
  • Planning (first) meetings with your supervisor
  • Supervision agreement and how to fill it out
  • Intercultural differences
  • Q&A session

When: Thursday, 23.05.2019, 10-11:30 a.m.
Where: Graduate Center Weihenstephan (GZW), Alte Akademie 8a, 85354 Freising