Application for a Doctoral Degree

Which version of the TUM Regulations for the Award of Doctoral Degrees applies?

For doctoral students who were enrolled into the doctoral candidacy list before 30 September 2021 the old doctoral regulations apply. For those enrolled after 1 October 2021 the new regulations apply (English version not yet available, for questions please contact


  • To hand in your dissertation or complete your paper work after your oral examination please send your papers to the doctoral examination office by mail to the address: Frau Ute Stinzel, Center for Study and Teaching - Promotionen, Arcisstr. 21, 80333 München. 
  • Your oral examination will take place as a video conference if you agree.
  • After your oral examination the administrativ process will be delayed, because all reviewers need to send back a paper signature by hard copy mail. So a prediction when the process will continue cannot be made. If you need a confirmation that you passed your oral examination, please contact Dekanat.
  • Doctoral examination office will send you your preliminary doctoral certificate by mail.
  • Dekanat will send you your final doctoral certificate by mail. 
  • Please contact Dekanat if you have questions.
  • Please note that during the faculty board meeting of 11 July 2018 internal standards during the examination phase of a doctoral project were passed. So far there ist only a German version. Therefore, please contact the dean's office for details.
  • Appointment of an examining committee during semester break when there are no meetings of the faculty board: If you hand in your dissertation at the doctoral examination office at fixed deadlines the examining committee can be appointed by an electronic circulation among the members of the faculty board so that your application can be processed without further delay (reports etc.), if all members agree with the proposal about the examining committee. However, if members see the need to discuss the proposal, the examining committee will be appointed only at the next regular faculty board meeting. Those deadlines will be fixed for every semester separately. For summer/fall deadlines are 16 August and 20 September 21.
  • On 12 December 2018 the faculty board has decided that you don't have to meet the deadline of the examination office to hand in your application for a doctoral degree 14 work days before the faculty board meeting. Instead, the latest possible deadline to hand in your application at dean's office is Monday noon before the faculty board meeting.
  • Please contact the dean's office if you have questions.

Dean's Office

Any questions? Please contact the dean's office.

Lydia Weber

Lydia Weber, MBA 

Dean's Office

Boltzmannstr. 3
85747 Garching
Room MI 00.10.044

Internal mail: Dek-MA

dekanat (at)
+48 (0)89 289 17583

Faculty Board Meetings

Examination Process: Submission of Dissertation

  • Please consult your supervisor for the question of when it makes sense to hand in your dissertation, because you cannot hand in your dissertation without her*his consent.
  • On our websites you can find information about faculty boards meetings to hand in your application. You don’t need to meet the deadline of 14 days before the faculty board meeting that the doctoral examination office prescribes. However, if you hand in your dissertation at the very last moment, you run the risk that your documents will not be available for the faculty board meeting on time. In this case you will need to wait for the next meeting.
  • This timeline gives you an impression how long the complete examination process takes:  

  • For a publication based dissertation there are additional rules, described here.
  • There are no rules concerning formal aspects of your dissertation such as type size or margin width etc. Only your title page is formalized (see below, "Necessary Documents"). All other formal aspects are left to you as the author. This also applies to citation rules which vary from one scientific community to another. Please direct your questions concerning correct citations etc. to your supervisor.
  • Please check in your TUM-GS-Account if you have fulfilled the qualification program of your graduate center (e.g. ISAM, TopMath, Helena) and upload the necessary documents. Otherwise, the application for a doctoral degree remains invisible.
  • Please note that although you will receive support from the department during your examination phase, the responsibility for the overall coordination remains with you. As a result you need to proactively search for answers to your questions.

1. Registration onto the doctoral list: You have to be registered on the doctoral list of the department where you want to hand in your dissertation.

2. Recognition of a foreign degree: If you have a foreign degree you need to go through a recognition procedure, where in the end TUM confirms that your Master is equivalent to a Master of TUM. This also applies for Austrian and Swiss Masters. The letter of confirmation is needed.

3. Requirements of your graduate center have to be fulfilled: The program you defined in your supervision agreement needs to be fulfilled. If it is not, the application for a doctoral degree remains invisible in your account. If this is the case, you need to contact your graduate center.

A list of documents you need for handing in your thesis you find in your DocGS account under "documents". Please upload the following documents:

1. Curriculum vitae (CV)

  • You need to prepare a CV in German that will later also be used for the circulation of your thesis among the professors of the department.
  • Therefore, you might want to restrict yourself to your educational biography starting with a high school diploma, leaving out personal data such as private contact data, hobbies, etc.

2. Master's certificate and diploma/recognition

  • Your Master's certificate and diploma were already uploaded during your application for enrollment on the doctoral list, so they will no longer appear in your list of required documents.
  • If you have received a recognition of a foreign degree, please upload this.

3. Dissertation

  • 5 identical paper copies of your dissertation are necessary. These copies are called "Vorabexemplare", because you hand them in before your oral examination.
  • Title page for Vorabexemplare: This sample can be filled in by a pdf-writer or you can produce a doc- or latex-file that looks similar. The TUM-Logo is not necessary for these copies. Please leave the bottom of the page and the space for the examining committee empty. You will receive the final title page only after your oral examination. This is for reasons of protection against forgery.
  • Coil binding of the paper copies is not accepted.

4. Official Certificate of Good Conduct

  • If you don't have a job contract with TUM (Helmholtz, MPI etc.), an official certificate of good conduct (Führungszeugnis) is needed that is still valid on the day you hand in your documents at the examination office. You have to apply for a certificate of good conduct at your municipal government.
  • Please ask for a certificate from one public authority to another. It needs to be sent by paper to TUM, Center for Study and Teaching - Promotionen, Arcisstr. 21, 80333 München. It will arrive there within 2 or 3 weeks and is valid for 3 months. If it is expired you will have to apply for a new one.

5. Publications of parts of your dissertation

  • You need to prepare a list of prior publications of parts of your dissertation: In the conventional (not publication based) dissertation you include your own publications in your list of publications at the end of your dissertation.
  • Additionally, if you have prior publications of parts of your dissertation you need to list them separately as one of the documents of your application for a doctoral degree to hand in at the examination office. You can list your publications with the status they have on the day you write the list (e.g. in review, accepted, in print, to appear, etc.). You don’t have to update this document when the status changes. This document is important for legal reasons and remains with your application papers. The list includes only publications of parts of your dissertation. If you have publications that are not part of your dissertation's research project you don’t include them in this list. When you are in doubt, it’s better to include the publication, as this has no disadvantages for you.

6. Statutory declaration

  • The Affidavit can be printed and filled in by hand.

7. Registration of your dissertation topic

  • For registering your dissertation topic, please follow the instructions until you are able to produce a printout which your supervisor needs to sign. This is the only time during your application that you will need her or his signature. Please note that you need to hand in your abstract both in German and English.

What is the difference between examiner and reviewer?

Strictly speaking, an examiner is a person who writes a review of your thesis and takes part in your oral examination. A person who writes a review but will not take part in your oral examination is a reviewer. Even if, in everyday language, those terms are usually used synonymously, examiner is the overall term.

Who can be examiner in a doctoral examination?

Examiners need to be "Hochschullehrer" (university teacher) in accordance with the Bayerisches Hochschulgesetz (Bavarian Higher Education Act), i.e. they need an academic title equivalent to PD or Professor. The best way to prove that they have this title is a website with the title on it. In an international context the titles of "reader" and "lecturer" are the only exceptions that are accepted so far. TUM Junior Fellows are also eligible as primary examiners for their own employees and as examiners in doctoral examinations. For more details, please consult the Regulations for the Award of doctoral Degrees at TUM, section 10.

Please note: an external examiner/reviewer for a dissertation at the department of mathematics at TUM does not have to be a member of an mathematics-department. Who is suitable as a examiner/reviewer in your project is decided by your supvervisor and a possible examinier/reviewer who agrees to write a report and thus confirms to be an expert on the field of your dissertation.

Who can NOT be an examiner in a doctoral examination?

Leading researchers without an affiliation to a university are not "Hochschullehrer" in the mentioned sense and therefore cannot be examiners. The affiliation is made visible by the website of a university which lists him/her as a member. Even high ranking researchers need to meet this requirement.

How many members of the examining committee are necessary?

  • Chair of the committee needs to be an active professor from the department of mathematics; retired professors are excluded.
  • 1st examiner is your supervisor (no exceptions).
  • 2nd examiner is an eligible member from the department of mathematics, of TUM or from a German or international university. The function of the 2nd examiner can be shared by two persons: one person writes a review and a second person takes part in the oral examination. In this case both persons have to meet the requirement of being "Hochschulllehrer". If you want to split up the function of 2nd examiner please include this in your proposal about your committee which you send to dekanat (at) For example: 2nd examiner: Prof. A.B., University of C (review)/Prof. D.E., University of F. (oral examination).
  • 3rd examiner is optional according to the TUM regulations; however, according to the department's own quality assurance regulations, a 3rd examiner is necessary, if
    • the 2nd examiner is a member of the department of mathematics. In this case a 3rd examiner who is a member of another TUM-department, or from another German or international university is necessary
    • the 2nd examiner will not take part in your oral examination
    • your supervisor thinks it possible that you will pass with "high distinction" (summa cum laude). In this case, a 3rd examiner is necessary as a means of departmental quality assurance. S*he has to be sufficiently independent of the doctoral student; therefore s*he
      • has to be an external professor who is not a member of TUM
      • has not published together with you.
    • In all cases the 3rd examiner can restrict herself*himself to writing a review without taking part in your oral examination.

Regulations within the Department of Mathematics

  • Please note that the department's quality assurance regulations do not allow for two of the listed persons (including the chairperson) to belong to the same Research Group.
  • The chairperson doesn't have to be an expert on the dissertation subject, as s*he is concerned with the supervision of the doctoral examination process.

How is the examining committee nominated?

  • Please discuss the examining committee you want to propose to the faculty board with your supervisor.
  • Your supervisor is asked to send this proposal to dekanat (at) It will then be discussed at the next faculty board meeting. The proposed members of the committee need to have agreed to act as examiners/reviewers for this doctoral project before you hand in the proposal.

Electronic Application

  1. Upload of documents: You will find a list of documents needed and explanations in your account, in the register "documents".
  2. Please use the button "submit" if you are sure that you don't want to make any more changes. If you want to continue to work on your electronic application, don't forget to save your data. For a successful submission you will receive a green marker and an email. Also you will be able to print your application form that you have to sign. You are now able to work on your paper application. 

Paper Application

Please note: To hand in your paper application at the doctoral examination office, you need to make an appointment (089-289-22248).

You have to hand in the following documents at the doctoral examination office after the upload into your doc-gs account together with the application form you have generated during your electronic application:

  • Registration of your dissertation topic
  • Affidavit
  • List of prior publications
  • CV
  • 5 paper copies of your dissertation (Vorabexemplare), which are identical to the uploaded electronic version (Please note: you are allowed to correct typos, spelling errors, etc.)
  • work contract (not yet expired on the day you turn in your dissertation at the examination office); otherwise you need a certificate of good conduct (see "Preparation: Necessary Documents").

Faculty Board

  1. Application for a doctoral degree (submitting your dissertation): After you have handed in your application for a doctoral degree at the doctoral examination office, the faculty board will appoint the examining committee. Your supervisor is asked to send a proposal compatible with the Regulations for the Award of Doctoral Degrees at TUM, § 10 as an email to dekanat (at) ma.tum.
  2. Assessment of the dissertation: After the faculty board has appointed the examining committee, the head of the committee is responsible for all further proceedings: She or he will ask the examiners for written reports, and will then circulate the dissertation and the reports so that all persons eligible to vote for or against a dissertation in the department have the opportunity to assess it.

Oral Examination

  1. If the dissertation is accepted, the head of the committee will schedule the oral examination in consultation with you as the candidate and the members of the examining committee and invite these persons to the oral examination. All members of the department have to be invited to your presentation by email.
  2. You have to take an oral examination that consists of first, a presentation about the subject of the dissertation that is open to the members of the department (30 minutes), and second, of questions after the talk from the authorized examiners of the department present afterwards (30 minutes). This part is closed to the public.

  • How to collect your preliminary doctoral certificate at examination office:
    • Immediately after your successful oral examination, your documents are forwarded by the chair of the examination committee to the dean's office and from there to the examination office.
    • As soon as all data appear in your doc-gs account, the examination office will send you a letter (hard copy), containing the approved title page of your dissertation.
    • This you need for the publication of the electronic version of your dissertation at TUM-Library.
    • You will receive a confirmation about your publication which you need to bring when you want to pick up your preliminary doctoral certificate. Please note that this procedure can take a couple of days.
    • To collect your preliminary certificate you need to make an appointment with the examination office (Ute Stinzel, +49 (0)89 289 22248, address: Arcisstr. 21
      80333 München) and bring
    • 6 copies of the final version of your dissertation (including all possible corrections the examiners want).
  • The final doctoral certificate will be handed over during the department's graduation ceremony for which you will receive an invitation.
For further questions please contact dekanat (at)