Before you start your application

Please read the entry requirements in the eligibility section carefully before using the online application portal. Additional information is provided in the FAQs.

Required Documents

Applicants need to submit the following documents with their application

  • Master certificate and transcript of records (if not in German or English: original AND official English translation)
  • Bachelor certificate and transcript of records (if not in German or English: original AND official English translation)
  • High School Certificate
  • Curriculum Vitae (as a PDF document)
  • Two letters of recommendation (Referees are informed via the application system)

In addition, we recommend non-native English speakers to provide us with proof regarding their English proficiency.

Degree certificates and transcript of records

Degree certificates and transcript of records

The transcripts of your Bachelor and Master certificates or equivalents should contain the courses taken during your studies with the grades and credits obtained for each course, as well as an average grade for the entire degree and a grade scale. If any of this information is missing from your certificates, you are required to obtain an official statement from your university containing the missing information.

If you are still studying for your Master's degree you may send a bona fide statement from the university, stating the examination marks already obtained. In addition you should graduate your Master's studies no later than 8 months after the application deadline.

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of Recommendation

Please contact your referees in time. The reference letters are an essential part of the application and it is your responsibility to ensure that all documents including the reference letters are received by us before the submission deadline. Only complete applications received by the deadline will be considered.

English Proficiency Proof

English Proficiency Proof

The PhD training program offered by MUDS is in English.  As such, we request applicants who are non-native English speakers to demonstrate their English language proficiency upon application. This can be done by providing us with one of the following information:

  • proof that a significant part of your university education was conducted in English or
  • a statement from your university or a supervisor on your English proficiency, or
  • by providing certificates from English language tests that you took in the past 12 months (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, CAE)

After Applying

After the application deadline, all complete applications are assessed by the selection committee.

You will be notified about the results according to the application schedule. Interviews will be held virtually.

Application Schedule


Application period: Aug  - Sept, 2024
Deadline for referees: Sept 30, 2024
Invitation for online interview: early Nov, 2024
Interview symposium (online interviews): Nov 26-28, 2024
Decision: Dec 2024



Applicants require an university master’s degree (MSc or equivalent) from a relevant discipline to apply. To be able to enroll at one of Munich's universities (TUM or LMU) a master's thesis must have been written during Master's studies.

Applicants who haven't finished their master's degree at the time of application may provide a provisional certificate or bona fide statement from the university stating the marks already obtained and an estimated graduation date. Applicants accepted in the program are required to have completed their master's degree before they can start their PhD in the MUDS program.

Please read the FAQs or contact the MUDS office if you have further questions.


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