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TU München: International Graduate School of Science and Engineering (IGSSE)


Interdisciplinary project teams with research topics at the interface of science, engineering and medicine are at the core of the TUM International Graduate School of Science and Engineering (IGSSE).


Doctoral candidates learn to explore new avenues in research through crossing the borders of their scientific fields. At the same time they benefit from an outstanding qualifications program that combines the academic excellence of the TU München with tailor-made professional and personal training. In addition to the multidisciplinary exchange, doctoral candidates complete an international research phase of several months, develop their entrepreneurial know-how and extend their interpersonal skills.


Postdocs who lead the IGSSE project teams are given access to specialized trainings and support.


Seminar im Garten
Foto: TU München/Astrid Eckert

The IGSSE provides outstanding Master’s students with the opportunity to gain their first research experience in an interdisciplinary setting.


As a result of its innovative concept and internationally recognized success, the IGSSE was a winner in the highly competitive Excellence Initiative in 2006 and 2012 and has received over 15 million euros in funding. In the second period of funding it established focus areas which integrate thematically related work groups. These networks are used by the TUM München as incubators for research fields of emerging importance. In 2009 the IGSSE formed the template for the foundation of the TUM Graduate School, which has established high-quality international standards within doctoral studies throughout the university.       

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