The graduate schools of Technische Universität München (TUM) offer doctoral candidates professional training and education in their chosen field of research. Here, PhD candidates benefit from excellent support structures as well as opportunities to obtain useful complementary or general additional qualifications. TUM has set up the International Graduate School of Science and Engineering (IGSSE) with funds from the Excellence Initiative. This institution functions under the umbrella of the TUM Graduate School.
International Graduate School of Science and Engineering (IGSSE)
IGSSE was established in the first round of Excellence Initiative funding (2006). Here, PhD candidates, postdocs and the most talented Master’s students work in interdisciplinary project teams focused on engineering and the natural sciences. In cooperation with international research institutes and industry partners, the school prepares doctoral students for a successful career in science or industry.
The IGSSE strategy is built on interdisciplinary research projects, a binding mentoring agreement and an individualized qualification program. During the second round of funding, this basic concept will be expanded. New project teams will be bundled into focus areas to explore promising interdisciplinary research fields in greater depth – for example water management or biotechnology applications. Exceptional Master’s students may be offered an early opportunity to participate in IGSSE research projects.
The TUM Graduate School
Inspired by the success of IGSSE, the TUM Graduate School was set up in 2009. It has become the networking hub for all TUM doctoral students. Through its 13 faculty-specific graduate centers and 11 interdisciplinary graduate centers, the TUM Graduate School sets binding quality standards for structured PhD paths.
This TUM Graduate School program is based on a mentoring agreement and qualification program to deepen the students’ specific and interdisciplinary expertise. In addition, the school promotes gender and diversity initiatives and encourages doctoral students to get involved in shaping university policy. This gives students an early opportunity to grow into the responsibilities they will face during their subsequent careers.