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Welcome to the PhD Program "Medical Life Science and Technology"


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The international PhD program “Medical Life Science and Technology” is a structured excellence graduate program within the TUM School of Medicine. Our mission is to provide world-class scientific training to students with a background in medicine, engineering or life sciences. The main research areas represented in our program are oncology, neuroscience, immunology/infection, biomedical imaging, cardiovascular research, and molecular medicine.

The approximately 100 students enrolled in the PhD program work primarily on a research project, which constitutes the core of a high-level scientific training, and is carried out in the laboratory of one of the outstanding research groups affiliated with the faculty of medicine. All students receive funding through their research group. The experimental part is complemented by an additional curriculum that offers a wide range of lectures, seminars, lab courses, transferable skills seminars and an annual retreat. Each student's research project and curriculum is supervised by their individual thesis committee. Taken together, the experimental research project and the curricular activities, provide a thorough scientific training and the tools for a successful career as independent scientists in either academia, industry or hospitals.

A selection of original articles published by our PhD graduates can be found here: Selected Publications 2015-2020

The PhD program is part of the TUM Medical Graduate Center and the TUM Graduate School. Students enrolled in the PhD program become members of the Graduate School and benefit from its offers, such as financial support for international research activities.


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Coursework

Kick-off seminar (TUM Graduate School requirement):

A 3-day kick-off seminar is offered by TUM Graduate School and is compulsory for all doctorate students. For more details please read here.  

Good Scientific Practice seminar (TUM Medical Graduate Center requirement):

Attending a seminar on Good Scientific Practice is mandatory for every TUM doctoral student registered in the summer semester 2017 or later.

Scientific Training Program:

In order to graduate, students must earn a total of 180 ECTS points (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System). Part of the points must be earned through various curricular elements, whilst the rest is earned through dissertation and defense. The standard duration of study is 3 years.

Curriculum:

The following curricular elements are mandatory to all PhD students:

- Lectures: Several lectures are offered by the program every semester. The main topics are molecular medicine, oncology, cardiovascular research, immunology, neuroscience and imaging technologies.

- Laboratory Courses: These courses comprise both theoretical and practical work and usually last one week. Typical examples of basic laboratory courses are basic proteomics, basic techniques of molecular and cell biology, pathology and statistics. More advanced laboratory courses include topics like applied virology, preclinical imaging and experimental cancer therapy.

- Scientific Seminars: Participation in scientific seminars of invited speakers promotes exposure to top-level science and active discussion on relevant research topics. Weekly lab meetings (progress reports or journal clubs) are also recognized as scientific seminars.

- Keynote Lectures: Every semester around 5-10 keynote lectures are announced. Each talk is held by a high-impact scientist and lasts about 1-2 hours.

- Presentation: Our students have the opportunity to present their data during the annual retreat of the PhD program or other special events organized by the Medical Graduate Center. This is a great chance to practice presenting a project and get feedback from fellow program members.

- Transferable Skills Courses: In addition to their scientific training, students are also encouraged to develop and improve their transferable skills. At least two 2-day courses are required. Few examples of transferable skills seminars offered by TUM Graduate School are 'successfully master your doctoral project', 'presenting papers and posters at international conferences', 'career paths in academia'.

- Thesis Committee Meetings: Every PhD student is supported by a thesis committee. This is a valuable resource for the doctoral students, as the committee does not only provide constructive feedback on their research, but also support them in difficult situations. The thesis committee comprises the direct supervisor of the student and two mentors. At least one of the mentors must be affiliated with a different clinic, department, institute or university than the supervisor. Once the committee has been formed, the first meeting must be held within 3 months of starting the program. During the first meeting, the structure and the timeline of the project are documented in a 'supervision agreement'. Further meetings must take place yearly, in order to monitor the students´ scientific and educational progress. One last meeting takes place after completion of the experimental project. After each meeting, a written progress report is to be issued and signed by the PhD student and the members of the committee. A total of three meetings is required for the submission of the dissertation.

Dissertation and thesis defense:

The experimental research project is the core of the scientific training and is carried out in the laboratory of one of the faculty members. A thesis committee supports the students in planning and developing an original project. In order to submit their dissertation students must have completed at least 6 semesters of full-time research in the lab, in addition to all coursework.

Students are generally expected to defend their thesis by the end of the sixth semester. This requires that PhD students plan their coursework and research accordingly. Under certain circumstances, the PhD executive committee may grant an extension. 

Publication (TUM Graduate School requirement):

In order to qualify for the PhD degree, all students are required to have at least one first-authored full paper submitted. In exceptional cases, the PhD executive committee may also accept a co-authored full paper.

 
Registration


Registration for Winter term 2020/2021 is now closed.

Interview day will take place in Munich on 16-17 July 2020