Program overview

To find out which programs you are eligible and what the requirements are, please check our comparison of the four different programs:

Doctoral program Medical Program Translational Medicine Experimental Medicine Medical Life Science
and Technology
Academic degree Dr. med. (dent.) Dr. med. (dent.) sci. Dr. rer. nat. PhD (Doctor of
Philosophy)
Type of program Structured individual doctoral degree Structured doctoral program Structured individual doctoral degree Course of studies
for doctoral degree with examination rules,
rule book and enrolment
Financial support no guaranteed financial support (individual arrangements possible) 18 months scholarship Doctoral candidates are funded; usually by the working group or external scholarship Doctoral candidates are funded; usually by the working group or scholarship by TUM School of Medicine
Responsible
school
TUM School of
Medicine
TUM School of
Medicine

TUM School of Medicine
and second advisor
from one of TUM
Schools of natural sciences

TUM School of
Medicine
Registration or application
Registration only
(continuous)
Competitive
application process (at
the end of the winter
semester)
Application process
(continuous)
Competitive
application process
(winter and summer
semester)
Start of doctoral
project
Any time, submission
of documents max. three months after
starting the project
summer or winter
semester
Any time, submission
of documents max. 3 month after
starting the project
winter or summer
semester
Required full-time
research
None 1 year (+ 2 years during
studies)
about 3 - 4 years 3 years standard period
of study + max. 2 semester
extra time
Minimum duration
of doctoral degrees
min. 2 years membership
in TUM-GS
min. 2 years membership
in TUM-GS
min. 2 years membership
in TUM-GS
3 years standard period
of study (full-time research)
Official language
(doctoral thesis)
German or English German or English German or English English
Required
qualifications
Medical Studies,
completed before
submitting the doctoral
thesis
Medical Studies,
completed before
submitting the doctoral
thesis
Natural Science
Studies (Master,
Diploma)
Medicine, Natural Sciences,
Engineering Sciences and similar
(Master, Diploma)
Minimum grade of
previous studies
No minimum grade No minimum grade 2,5 2,5 (does not apply for
medical studies)
Further
prerequites
First part of the medical examination First part of the medical examination; Proof of English
proficiency at level C1

For more detailed information, you may also consult the MGC rule book and FAQ (available in German only).