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GraduateCenter LMU Munich GraduateCenter LMU Munich

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München • München


About LMU Munich
LMU Munich is one of the leading research universities in Europe, with a tradition of more than 500 years. Some 780 professors and 3,600 academic staff members conduct research and teach at the university’s 18 faculties. The faculties offer a wide spectrum of courses that cover all areas of knowledge, including humanities and cultural sciences, law, economics, social sciences, medical research, natural, and life sciences.

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About the GraduateCenter
The GraduateCenter is the central unit for issues related to doctoral studies at LMU Munich. We contribute towards establishing up-to-date standards in quality assurance and supervision that can be applied across the range of disciplines and disciplinary cultures. We offer a comprehensive range of services and advice that is particularly aimed at the following target groups: graduates, doctoral candidates, supervisors and coordinators.

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Research Training at LMU Munich
LMU Munich provides a wide variety of fascinating research options for highly motivated graduates. Besides the individual doctorate, LMU Munich offers numerous doctoral programmes in a broad range of disciplines.

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Information and Transferable Skills Training
For graduates from all disciplines and from all over the world, the GraduateCenter provides information on individual doctoral studies as well as on the manifold doctoral programmes at LMU Munich. In addition, we offer a variety of complementary skills training opportunities tailored to the needs of our doctoral candidates. The topics range from scientific writing and good scientific practice, to self and time management, and teaching skills. Likewise, we arrange informational events on topics, such as career development, funding opportunities, etc.

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Financial Support
Doctoral candidates at LMU Munich can apply for the LMU Travel Grant. The grant is intended to support either necessary research stays or active participation in a scientific conference. Moreover, we encourage, promote, and support events organised by and for doctoral candidates. These events include local research workshops, retreats, and multi-day conferences. In addition, LMU Munich awards completion grants for outstanding doctoral candidates who are on the verge of finalising their thesis and have no other source of funding for the requested period.

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  • Catholic Theology
  • Protestant Theology
  • Law
  • Business Administration
  • Economics
  • Medicine
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • History and the Arts
  • Philosophy, Philosophy of Science and the Study of Religion
  • Psychology and Educational Sciences
  • Cultural Studies
  • Languages and Literatures
  • Social Sciences
  • Mathematics, Informatics and Statistics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry and Pharmacy
  • Biology
  • Geosciences
Financial support
Structured research and supervision
Research training / discussion
Career advisory service


Before, during and towards the end of a doctorate, graduates and doctoral candidates face questions regarding their future career. When making decisions and planning their next steps, they can make use of the many advisory services and other offers provided both within and outside LMU.

Doctorate – yes or no? Doctorate – what next?

Career services

Support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Tutors
  • Accompanying programme
  • Cultural and linguistic preparation
  • Specialist counselling
List of doctoral programmes and other offers

LMU Munich offers a broad range of more than 30 doctoral programmes as well as some umbrella structures. In addition, the university cooperates with other institutions on a doctoral level. For further information on the academic focus of a programme as well as the application procedures and closing dates, please refer to the website of the specific programme.

List of our doctoral programmes at LMU Munich

As an alternative to participating in a doctoral programme, LMU Munich offers graduates the option to complete individual doctoral studies in more than 100 subjects.

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

President's Welcome to LMU Munich – the university in the heart of Munich.

As one of Europe’s leading research universities, LMU looks back on 550 years of tradition and forward to the challenges and responsibilities ahead. Its excellence in teaching and research embraces a wide diversity of fields – from the humanities and cultural studies through law, economics and social sciences to medicine and natural sciences. An intense interdisciplinary approach fosters the innovation so critical to our global future.

LMU’s faculty – whether they are early career professors or internationally renowned prize-winners – form the foundation of the university’s distinguished record in research. Their expertise, dedication, and creativity underpin the university’s success in the Germany-wide Excellence Initiative, a competition in which LMU has won the largest amount of grant support awarded to a single institution. These resources are being used to enhance our shared pursuit of knowledge, a constantly evolving process.

LMU is home to students and researchers from all parts of Germany and more than 130 countries around the globe. They benefit from the university's uniquely wide array of study programmes and its strong focus on research. At all stages of academic training we emphasise the links between research and course content. Our students view their studies as a springboard to a rewarding career, not least because Munich is one of Germany’s major centres for technology and the media.

Academic diversity thrives in an environment that encompasses social skills alongside a critical awareness of values and history. This includes the Munich legacy of the Weisse Rose, the student-based resistance group that opposed Nazism.

When you come to LMU, you join a community dedicated to making the most of their talents, curiosity, and opportunities. I am both honoured and humbled to be part of this community.

Prof Dr Bernd Huber
President, LMU Munich

>1,500 Number of international teaching & research staff
>15 Percentage of international students

University location

Get an idea of who we are – the university in the heart of Munich: Introducing LMU Munich

Munich, or München in German, is a major centre for higher education, research, technology, and the media. LMU, the university in the heart of Munich, forms an integral part of the urban landscape and has campuses throughout the city. Munich is not only Germany’s primary hub for higher education and research, it also has its own inimitable appeal. Its location within easy reach of the Bavarian Alps, its urban flair, its rich palette of cultural institutions and the wide variety of leisure activities available attract visitors from all over the world.

Munich is located on the river Isar some 80 kilometres north of the Bavarian Alps and presents itself as a vibrant and culture-rich metropolis. With 1.4 million inhabitants, Munich is the largest city in Bavaria and the third largest in all of Germany. It is a major centre for higher education, research, technology, and the media.

Downtown campus

The architectural centrepiece of LMU Munich is its historic main building in the heart of the city. Primarily home to the social sciences and humanities, this world-famous building also houses the main university library in its south wing, with collections comprising nearly half of LMU Munich’s total stock of 6.6 million volumes in the university’s central and more than 150 departmental libraries. The main library is close to the Bavarian State Library and several important museums and archives, providing an ideal infrastructure for research and study.

HighTechCampus at Großhadern / Martinsried

The majority of the natural and life sciences are concentrated at the HighTechCampus in Großhadern / Martinsried in the southeast of Munich. A research campus unique in Europe, it facilitates innovative and interconnected research at the highest level, often in direct collaboration with the adjacent Max Planck Institutes of Biochemistry and Neurobiology, and with the Helmholtz Center München – National Research Center for Environmental Health. In addition, the Innovation and Startup Center for Biotechnology (IZB) and BioM Biotech Cluster Development provide the necessary platforms for an efficient technology transfer of research results into practical application.


Several of the institutes and clinics as well as the teaching and research farm of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine are located in Oberschleißheim, approximately 15 km from the city centre.


Several of the institutes and laboratories of the Faculty of Physics are located in Garching, in the north of Munich.

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