PreDoc Program in Mathematics

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 Master's level, PreDoc-students have early access to many aspects of the Faculty's Doctorate Programs as well as special financing possibilities!


What do I 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
  • (If desired) 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.


Dr. Isabella Wiegand

Dr. Isabella Wiegand

ISAM Koordinator, Graduate Office

Room MI 03.12.018 
Boltzmannstr. 3
85748 Garching

Tel.+49 (0) 89 289 17043

gradoffice (at)

iwiegand (at)


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Application: How to become a PreDoc


Who can 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).  

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. 


How do I apply?

Applications have to be submitted via the online form (will be activated as soon as the current call has been issued). Please add the  following documents:

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

The deadline is November/December of each year for admission to winter term (October) of the following year.

Applicants for winter term 2012/21 may submit their documents until 1 December 2019.

For questions please  contact gradoffice (at)

Please note: Incomplete applications and applications which do not comply with the stated criteria will not be considered.

Downloads and Information

Please use for formal or official acts the forms provided

Here you find detailed information about English Language Certificates.

Processes in the PreDoc program

What is the application and admission process?

What is the structure of the program?

PreDoctoral Students

Who is who? Meet our PreDoctoral students.

Dorina Ismaili, M.Sc.

Dorina Ismaili, M.Sc.

"I am 22 years old and come from Albania. I have always been interested and curious about Mathematics, that is why I have tried to find a good environment to extend my knowledge. While finishing my bachelor in Mathematics in Bilkent University in Ankara, I was in search of another institution which would satisfy my desire for knowledge. TUM seemed to have the best program for me and moreover, being part of the Pre-Doc program makes it even more challenging and hopefully more enjoyable for me. I decided to pursue Mathematics in Operations Research at TUM, in order to be able to use mathematics in a broader range of application. Being on the first steps of the Pre-Doc program I am enthusiastic to see how it will help me evolve. Moreover, I look forward to the supervision and guidance I will receive from the program so as to have the chance to elect my preferred field of interest." 


Kontakt: dorinaismaili01 (at)

Alina Leidinger, M.Sc.

Alina Leidinger, M.Sc.

"I grew up in Germany and the UK before starting my Bachelor in Mathematics at Imperial College London in 2013. Soon I discovered my passion for data analysis and was able to participate in a research project with Imperial College’s Chair of Computer Vision that lead to a publication in CVPR 2017. In 2016 I started my master in Mathematics in Data Science at TUM. As part of the PreDoc Program in Mathematics, I am mentee to Prof. Claudia Czado at TUM’s Chair of Mathematical Statistics." 


Kontakt: alina.leidinger (at)

Haakon Rød, M.Sc. 

Haakon Rød, M.Sc.

"I'm a PreDoc and a student in the MSc of Mathematics, affiliated with the Chair of Operations Research through my mentor Prof. Andreas S. Schulz. Before I started my studies at TUM I completed a MSc in Industrial Economics and Technology Management at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), where I focused on operations research and computer science. My master thesis was titled "A distributed algorithm for large-scale stochastic optimization problems". I have also spent time as an exchange student at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore and as a visitor at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC) and the Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics (IMPA) in Brazil. My current research interests are algorithmic game theory, mechanism design and algorithms in general, parallel and distributed algorithms in particular. I'm interested in these topics both from a theoretical viewpoint and in their applications to real-world problems."


Contact:  haakon.h.roed (at)

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