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The PhD program in Medical Life Science and Technology is a three-year graduate program that provides high-level scientific training for students with a background in medicine as well as for those with a background in natural and life sciences or engineering. It consists primarily of an experimental scientific project that is performed in the laboratory of a faculty member. The practical work is complemented by interdisciplinary lectures, seminars and practical courses.  All of our students have individual thesis committees who help with developing and structuring the projects. Currently, the main research areas represented in the program are oncology, the neurosciences, immunology/infection, biomedical imaging, cardiovascular research and molecular medicine. 

Our PhD program is hosted by TUM School of Medicine and a part of the TUM Medical Graduate Center and therefore of the TUM Graduate School. All of our students will become members of the Graduate School and benefit from its offers, such as financial support for international research activities, free soft skills courses and manuscript proof-reading, to name just a few.

  • Molecular medicine
  • Oncology
  • Cardiovascular research
  • Infection/immunology
  • Neuroscience

Program requirements

  • Application Form. The application form consists of several sections, covering your personal data, educational background, English skills and your motivation for applying and scientific interests. You will also be able to enter supporting information, such as awards, publications, memberships, research experience or special skills, to strengthen your application.

  • Picture of yourself (Although this is uncommon in many countries, a passport-picture sized portrait is part of a typical application in Germany and will help add a personal touch to your application.)

  • High school and university transcripts and diplomas, any additional relevant educational certificates you may have

  • Document showing English language skill (e.g. TOEFL test score). Please note that the following (and only these) are accepted as proof of English skills: native speaker, having completed a degree within the last two years in an English language educational system (official confirmation required), TOEFL, IELTS Academic or Cambridge certificate. English skills at least at level C1 of the European reference system are required (TOEFL:  at least 88/120, IELTS: at least 6.5/9). The tests may not be older than two years.
    If you take the TOEFL test, please enter code number 4424 as the score recipient to have official scores sent to us directly by the Educational Testing Service.

  • Letter of motivation: In your motivational letter, you should explain why you are applying to this program, why you consider yourself a suitable applicant and what your research interests are. This letter is an important document that will help us assess your motivation, interest and suitability for this program.

  • Any additional documents that you feel may strengthen your application. Please only include documents that are highly relevant to this specific application.

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