PrepDoc: Preparing for a Doctorate

Are you considering a doctoral degree from your Alma Mater TUM? Would you like to know how to approach a potential supervisor and learn more about the different paths to a doctorate?

Through the PrepDoc program, the TUM Gradate School offers you a valuable insight into planning for your doctorate, including funding opportunities, how to find a supervisor, research strategies and many other topics you should consider before starting your doctorate at TUM. The program is free of charge and consists of a digital introductory event, a life panel discussion organized together with TUM Junge Akademie, as well as different remote workshops that can be attended independently from each other.

Please visit our website regularly for updates on program details and registration!

Intro event & panel discussion

Intro event

Join us for a virtual introduction by the Management Office of the TUM Graduate School to the unique TUM doctoral model. In addition to the different paths to pursuing a doctorate, we will also present the unique services and offerings of the TUM Graduate School, which is the central service institution for doctoral candidates.

After the introduction, there will be time for your questions.

When: TuesdayMay 2nd, 2023, 5-6:30 p.m.

Where: A zoom link will be sent to registered participants shortly before the workshop

Fireside Chat on May 8, 2023, 6-8 pm.: Global Science, Global Career - or the importance of the proper international personal profile

A panel discussion jointly organized by the TUM Graduate School and the TUM Junge Akademie.

In a globalized world, people with international & cross-cultural experiences are more competitive and successful on the international job market... at least, that’s what plenty of employers from different sectors are looking for in their job advertisements. And nowadays, students and early career researchers, especially in Germany, have plenty of options to gain international experience – be it through student exchanges, research stays abroad, conference visits, or by simply working in an international research environment at their local chairs and research groups. Of course, there are plenty of opportunities outside of study and academia to gain international experience early on, such as a school year abroad, internships, work & travel, au-pair, etc.

However, depending on the career path we choose, not all of our international experiences may be of interest and relevance to future employers. Taking into account the current developments in world politics, some of our previous international experiences, research collaborations, or exchange destinations might even be counterproductive in the long run.

We are very pleased to welcome the following panellists on this topic: 

Join our fireside chat and meet our panelists from different personal and scientific backgrounds. Get inspired by their stories and personal experiences and benefit from their insights on whether there is an ideal international personal profile in their respective line of action.

The session will be moderated by scholarship holders of the TUM: Junge Akademie. Following the discussion, there will be time for questions from the audience as well as networking opportunities.

The event will be held in-person with a limited number of participants.

When: Monday, May 8th, 2023, 6-8 p.m.

Where: TUM School of Social Sciences & Technology, Department of Governance (Hochschule für Politik), TUM Think Tank, Richard Wagner Straße 1, 80333 München, 1st floor

Registration: registration for this event is no longer possible


Program 2023 - Overview

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.

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

Workshop 1    How to choose your supervisor? (in cooperation with the TUM Graduate Council)

Workshop 1b  Coffee Talk: Work-life balance in science

Workshop 2    Coaching for future doctoral candidates (in cooperation with TUM.diversity)

in German and English

Workshop 3    Compact course literature research for your dissertation (in cooperation with the

TUM University Library)

Workshop 4    How to fund my doctorate? An Introduction to doctoral funding at TUM & Internationalization

during your doctorate: TUM-GS mobility programs & funding options

Workshop 5    Beginn und Planung der Dissertation - was ist in der Einstiegsphase wichtig?

Workshop 6    Preparing for a doctorate in Life Sciences: an information event about a doctorate at

TUM School of Life Sciences

Here you will find a detailed description of all courses as well as links for registration