Please note: The restructuring process has just started and many details will only be harmonized and clarified in the coming weeks and months. Therefore, the FAQs on this website will be updated continuously.

FAQs – doctoral qualification in the context of the restructuring of TUM in schools

What is the TUM AGENDA 2030 and what kind of transformation process does it entail?

By implementing the TUM AGENDA 2030, TUM starts a restructuring process during which the previous departments are merged into schools. The transformation process affects the entire university. TUM provides information on fundamental questions, background information and the current status of the school transition in its own wiki: https://wiki.tum.de/display/schools/TUM+Schools

To access this wiki, you need your TUM ID. If you do not have a TUM ID, your supervisor’s chair can usually apply for a guest ID in TUMonline for you.

How will the transformation affect doctoral research and qualification?

With regard to doctoral research and qualifications, the restructuring will mainly affect the administration of doctoral procedures. In the future, the institutions awarding the doctoral degrees will be the schools (see wiki). The administration of the doctoral processes, which is currently being carried out in the individual departments and integrative research centers, will be carried out centrally at the respective school. The graduate centers of the respective departments and integrative research centers will also be merged, i.e. in the future there will be one graduate center per school.

The supervisory relationship itself as well as the content of the respective doctoral research project are not affected by the restructuring.

Which regulations and requirements for the doctorate will apply? Will there be any changes?

Regardless of the restructuring, doctoral candidates will continue to be subject to the doctoral regulations on the basis of which they were entered in the doctoral list, including the mandatory elements defined in the respective doctoral regulations, as well as the minimum requirements of the institution awarding the doctoral degree or the respective graduate center applicable at that time.

In the course of the consolidation of the graduate centers, however, the respective requirements and qualification offers will be harmonized and, if necessary, adjusted, which will then be decisive for newly registered doctoral candidates at the school.

What will change for doctoral candidates if a school receives the status "in formation"?

As part of the restructuring, some schools will be founded earlier, others later. If a school receives the status “in formation”, there will not be any immediate changes for doctoral candidates or for doctoral procedures. For the time being, the current dapartments or the integrative research centers will remain the institutions responsible for the doctorate.

In the course of the formation phase of a school, however, there will be changes to the administrative structures. As soon as the necessary structures have been established and processes have been coordinated at the respective school, doctoral procedures should be transferred to the new organizational units. The respective schools will inform doctoral candidates and supervisors as soon as the coordination process has ended and reliable information can be provided or as soon as the doctoral candidates’ or supervisors’ activity is required.

Who can I contact with questions about the restructuring and the effects on my doctorate?

General questions about the restructuring of TUM are addressed in the mentioned wiki.

The employees in the graduate centers and dean's offices will of course continue to be available to doctoral candidates if they have any questions about a doctorate. However, the Graduate Centers and Dean's Offices may not be able to conclusively answer all of your questions at this time, since many details are currently being discussed and harmonized.