Die Brücke als Symbol für die Integrative Research Centers

Integrative Research Centers

For complex research undertakings, the Technische Universität München (TUM) has not just one but two trump cards to play - disciplinary excellence and interdisciplinary networking.

TUM scientists from dozens of different fields come together to tackle the main challenges facing society today – from energy and raw material shortages through environmental pressures to rising healthcare, food and infrastructure needs. In today’s complex world, no single discipline can come up with the answers on its own. But how do all these experts come together? And who initiates and coordinates extensive long-term research programs? TUM’s new Integrative Research Centers provide the ideal networking hub. Here, members of the different academic departments work side by side. Job titles are irrelevant; the only thing that matters is a shared interest in the research topic. The university’s long-term aim is to break down the barriers between the various institutions. Integrative Research Centers like the MSE and the MCTS  therefore have the right to award doctorates. 

This integrative, results-driven approach allows TUM to fully synergize its vast academic portfolio. TUM’s portfolio stands out in the European academic space, successfully combining the natural sciences and engineering with medicine, the life sciences and business studies. And at the MCTS, the humanities and social sciences complete the picture.


TUM Institute for Advanced Study (TUM-IAS)

Fellowships in the TUM-IAS, awarded strictly on the basis of excellence and vision, give young scientists the time and support they need to develop independent programs while offering established researchers, from industry as well as academia, the freedom they need to pursue innovative and even risky ideas. All Fellows take part in international, interdisciplinary Focus Groups that aim to generate new fields of research, with strong emphasis on the concerns and future needs of society. The Tenure Track Fellowships, named after TUM Nobel Laureate Rudolf Mößbauer, has made the TUM-IAS an even stronger magnet for outstanding young researchers from around the world.


Munich School of Engineering (MSE)

The Munich School of Engineering (MSE) combines interdisciplinary research with cross-faculty teaching for tomorrow’s top engineers. The TUM.Energy research project bundles the various facets of energy research and “green” technologies with the aim of finding a sustainable energy supply for the future. In addition, MSE offers three interdisciplinary engineering courses – the Engineering Science BSc course as well as the Industrial Biotechnology and Human Factors Engineering Master’s programs. Additional Master’s programs in the fields of electromobility, biomedical engineering and cities & infrastructure are in the pipeline.


Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS)

Scientific research and technological innovation must be set in the wider context of society in order to achieve excellence. For that reason, TUM established the Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS) in 2012. This research center examines how technology affects society and vice-versa. Sociologists and ethics experts, philosophers and historians, political scientists, economists and media scholars team up with engineers and natural scientists for all of TUM’s major research undertakings. MCTS also engages with the general public and policy-makers.