MGC Program Overview


To find out which programs you are eligible for and what the requirements are, please check our comparison table bellow.

Doctoral program Medical Life Science and Technology Translational Medicine Experimental Medicine Medical Program
Academic degree PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) Dr. med. (dent.) sci. Dr. rer. nat. Dr. med. (dent.)
Type of program Course of studies for doctoral degree with examination rules, rule book and enrolment Structured doctoral program Structured individual doctoral degree Structured individual doctoral degree
Financial support Doctoral candidates are funded; usually by the working group or scholarship by TUM School of Medicine
18 months scholarship Doctoral candidates are funded; usually by the working group or external scholarship No guaranteed financial support (individual arrangements possible)
Responsible school School of Medicine School of Medicine School of Medicine and second advisor from one of TUM Schools of natural sciences School of Medicine
Registration or application Competitive application process (winter and summer semester) Competitive application process (at the end of the winter semester) Application process (continuous) Registration only (continuous)

Start of doctoral project

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