PreDoc Program in Mathematics


New application round for winter term 2020/21 starting soon!


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)


News from the Department

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.

Anes Valentic

Dayasri Ravi

Dayasri Ravi PreDoc - Czado

"I feel privileged to be at TUM as a PreDoc student. Before coming to Munich, I completed my MSc at the University of Madras, India, specializing in Statistics, following a bachelor's degree in Mathematics. The topic of my dissertation during post-graduation was Phase-type distribution, applied to predict the average lifespan of a smoker. Another coursework project was related to building Random Effect Models on sports data for a more reliable grading of player performance. After my MSc, I completed a Post Graduate Program in Data Science and Engineering at Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai, India.
I find myself enthused by the myriad ways the concepts of mathematics, statistics, and computing constantly enrich one another, giving birth to exciting new applications and opening up newer avenues for exploration. I am currently pursuing Masters in Mathematical Finance and Actuarial Science and working under the Associate Professorship of Applied Mathematical Statistics, Prof Claudia Czado. My areas of interest include Rough set theory, Regression models and Bayesian Inference. I am excited by the learning opportunities provided by TUM, and I am keenly looking forward to launching my research career here."

Stefania Trentin

Stefania Trentin - PreDoc Viehmann

"I am a PreDoc and MSc Student in pure Mathematics at TUM, under the supervision of Prof. Eva Viehmann. Before completing my Bachelor at the University of Trento, I spent two semesters in Tübingen as an exchange student. I have also been recently admitted to the TopMath program.


At the moment I am keener on the theoretical side of mathematics, but I have also dealt with more applied topics, for example in my Bachelor thesis on Group-based Cryptography. My fields of interest are algebra, algebraic geometry and number theory. I am fascinated by how algebraic methods and abstract algebraic structures can be applied to solve a great variety of mathematical and in particular geometric problems. I really enjoy studying pure mathematics, as it perfectly blends creativity, problem solving and logical thinking."


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