Program Structure


​​​​​​​In order to graduate, students must achieve a total of 180 ECTS points. 32 ECTS points must be earned through various curricular activities, whilst a total of 148 ECTS points are awarded for written dissertation and oral defense.

The standard duration of study is 6 semesters, including the oral defense. Under certain circumstances, the PhD executive committee may grant an extension of up to 2 semesters. The period of study may not exceed 8 semesters, including the defense.

The compulsory coursework consists of different modules. Within each module students must successfully attend and complete one or more curricular activities. While most of the modules have a purely scientific content, and are focused on the six key disciplines of the program, others – like transferable skills seminars – offer extradisciplinary training, rounding out the students’ education.

Additionally, all PhD students must attend the kick-off seminar organised by the TUM Graduate School, and the seminar on Good Scientic Practice organised by the TUM Medical Graduate Center.

Attending a seminar on Good Scientific Practice is compulsory (the initial introduction to the topic as part of the kick-off event is not sufficient) for every TUM doctoral student registered in the summer semester 2017 or later. This seminar is centered on TUM guidelines to ensure good scientific practice. These implement the 19 guidelines of the German Research Foundation (DFG), which aim at creating a culture of research integrity at higher education institutions.

PhD program overview

Overview of the PhD program "Medical Life Science and Technology"