Prepare for your Doctorate early on!


Our PreDoc Program in Mathematics is designed for outstanding students who wish to pursue their PhD at our Department. Through application and admission already at a Masters level, PreDoc-students have early access to many aspects of the Faculty's Doctorate Programs as well as special financing possibilities! Find here the this year's information material

Who should apply?

If you hold a Bachelor degree or are expected to complete your degree prior to the beginning of the PreDoc Program, we encourage you to apply if:

  • You want to pursue a doctorate in Mathematics
  • You are passionate and creative about Mathematics
  • You have excellent grades
  • You have proof of sufficient English language skills (e.g. TOEFL minimum requirements: internet based test: 88; computer based test: 234; paper based test: 605).

For detailed information regarding the required English proficiency level, please visit the following website.

What do you get from our PreDoc Program?

While enrolled in one of our Master Programs you will prepare for a future doctorate in Mathematics. The program includes:

  • An individual mentoring with a professor from your area of interest
  • Flexible entry points to one of our Doctorate Programs at different stages
  • Embedding in an attractive interdisciplinary and international graduate environment
  • A pre-study course prior to enrollment for orientation and, in particular, understanding German society and the university system
  • Scholarships for the duration of max. 2 years (a monthly stipend of 1.000 EUR) are available for international students. These will be awarded on the basis of academic merit.

Structure of our PreDoc Program

Our PreDoc program offers a flexible structure. You can join our fast-track TopMath Program after your first or second term at the Technical University of Munich. It is also possible to pursue a doctoral degree on the standard path with ISAM at any point after completion of your Master Program.

For more information about our Doctorate Programs in Mathematics, please read the general information provided by the Graduate Office and visit the websites:

How do you apply?

Applications have to be submitted electronically as one single pdf-file (not exceeding 5 MB) to, containing the following documents:

  • Application form
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Transcript of records
  • All relevant certificates
  • Letter of motivation
  • Examples of written academic work

Application form

The deadline for application is (approx.) November/December each year for admission in October of the next year, please check the Grad Office News announcements for further details. Please submit the 2017 applications until Nov. 27th. In case you have problems to hand in the documents in time, please contact the Graduate Office.

Application and Admission

Please note: The Mathematics PreDoc program is only open to international candidates who are not yet TUM students, but have met all prerequisites for enrolling in a Masters program in mathematics at the TUM and who, moreover, enrol in a suitable TUM Masters program for the duration of their funding. Although you must apply for the PreDoc program separately, the final admission is dependent on admission to one of our Master Programs.


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