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(in order to contain the proliferation of SARS-CoV-2, the PrepDoc Program cannot take place on campus)

Program 2020

In the summer semester 2020 the "Preparing for your doctorate" (PrepDoc) program offers several workshops that can be attended independently from each other. The workshops are free of charge and will be carried out in English and/or German.

Workshop 1: A good start – Important information about doing a doctorate at TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan (English) (UPDATED!)

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

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

ATTENTION! Unfortunately, due to the current Covid19 situation this PrepDoc workshop had to be cancelled without substitution. Please see the website of the Graduate Center Weihenstephan for specific information about pursuing a doctorate at the TUM School of Life Sciences

Workshop 2: “Search, Cite, Publish” (English/ German) (UPDATED!)

- in cooperation with the TUM University Library - 

In our compact course we show you how to find literature databases that are important for your field and how to develop targeted search strategies for literature. You 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: Friday, 24.04.2020, 9-12 a.m.
Where: registered students will receive a link to the virtual conference room via email

Other workshops for doctoral candidates:

Der nächste fachspezifische Kurs in deutscher Sprache (subject-specific workshop in German) findet am Dienstag, 05. Mai 2020, 09.00-11.00Uhr statt:  

Workshop 3: How to choose your supervisor? (English) (UPDATED!)

- 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?

We are now happy to offer you a pre-recorded presentation prepared for you by Raoul Rothfeld, one of the members of the Graduate Council. At the end of the presentation you will find find Raoul's contact details, if you happen to have individual questions regarding the topic of his workshop.

Workshop 4: Promotionsordnung einfach erklärt (German) (UPDATED!)

- in Zusammenarbeit mit Hochschulreferat Studium und Lehre - Rechtsangelegenheiten - 

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.

Aufgrund der Covid19-Situation musste der Präsenzworkshop abgesagt werden, daher freuen wir uns, Ihnen jetzt eine digitale Version in Form von einer kommentierten Präsentation anbieten zu können, auf die Sie jederzeit zugreifen können. 

Hinweis: Bitte denken Sie daran, die Präsentation ablaufen zu lassen statt die einzelnen Blätter durchzuklicken, damit Sie die Kommentare hören können.

Workshop 5: How to fund my doctorate? (English) (UPDATED!)

We are happy to present you a new, pre-recorded presentation, which you can now view at your leisure instead of the on-campus workshop that had to be cancelled due to the Covid19 situation.

How to Fund my Doctorate? An Introduction to Doctoral Financing at TUM

In this presentation you will learn about the various funding options for financing a doctorate in Germany. Both the administrative implications for scholarships and employment contracts will be discussed 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 presentation 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?

Workshop 6: Coaching for Master's students and future doctoral candidates (English/ German) (UPDATED!)

- in cooperation with TUM.diversity - 

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 auf Deutsch mit Anja Quindeau

Wann: Mittwoch, den 17.06.2020, 16-19 Uhr
Wo: angemeldete TeilnehmerInnen erhalten den Link zum virtuellen Seminarraum via E-Mail
Registrierung: Coaching (Deutsch)

Session in English with Dr. Stephanie Hann

When: Monday, 15.06.2020, 4-7 p.m.
Where: registered participants will receive the link to the virtual conference room via email
Registration: Coaching (English)

Workshop 7: Doctorate in Humanities and Social Sciences (English/ German) (UPDATED!)

Dear Students of TUM GOV, MCTS, TUM EDU,

Are you considering a doctoral degree? Would you like to learn more about how to find a doctoral position, a suitable supervisor, funding options, about doctoral education at the TUM School of Governance, the School of Education and the Munich Center for Technology in Society?

When: Tuesday, 26.05.2020, 10-11:30 a.m. (zoom meeting)
Where: registered participants will receive the link to the virtual conference room via email
Registration: please register via

Workshop 8: Promovieren in Medizin (German) (UPDATED!)

Eine PreDoc-Veranstaltung für interessierte Medizinstudierende vom TUM Medical Graduate Center

Die verschiedenen Promotionsprogramme des TUM Medical Graduate Centers werden vorgestellt und deren Besondereiten erklärt. Im Anschluss sprechen die Doktorandenvertreter wichtige Themen rund ums Promovieren an, auch gibt es genügend Zeit für Fragen des Publikums.

--> die Veranstaltung findet online statt <--

Topic: DocTUMed: Promotionsinfoveranstaltung SoSe2020
Time: Jun 17, 2020 03:00 PM Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna

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