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Graduate Center Physics

Nowadays a doctorate is far more than high-level scientific research. In the Graduate Center Physics you learn to master more and more complex research topics with interdisciplinary and team-oriented approaches.

Supervision Agreement

As doctoral candidate at the Graduate Center Physics you, your supervisor, and your mentor sign a supervision agreement (PDF).

On the supervision agreement you need to specify a mentor and the mentor needs to accept this by signing the agreement. It is possible to switch mentors if e. g. during your work on the Ph. D. project the research direction clarifies. The mentor offers independent professional advice and is your opportunity to have a look from "outside" onto your Ph. D. project. You can choose your mentor freely – she/he only needs to have a Ph. D. herself/himself and must not be your supervisor. He/She later may become the second examiner but can come from industry or public life to offer experience from outside the university.

In a project plan set up together with your supervisor and continuously updated your research project is structured and qualification elements and mile stones are planned in advance if possible and sensible. You and your supervisor agree on the form for the project plan that suits you best. You are responsible for keeping it updated and storing it (Template with suggestions).

Qualification Program

Please submit all elements of the qualification program via the status page Membership and Qualification Program to the Physics database. If a course of the Physics Department is missing in the module list for internal courses please contact the GC PH office. Only really external courses shall be entered as such – recognition of external courses needs to be confirmed by your supervisor.

No direct entry into DocGS!

Please refrain from entering "Leistungsanträge" into DocGS! Data from the Physics database will be copied to DocGS in due course. Keep in mind that "Leistungsanträge" not in conforming to the quality standards of Physics Department will be rejected!

Good scientific practice

The rules of good scientific practice are part of the supervision agreement. They are taught by the supervisors. In addition the Faculty Graduate Center Physics regularly offers workshops and other courses on this topic.

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Mandatory Elements of the Qualification Program

The following elements of the qualification program in their minimal form are a requirement to submit your thesis if you entered the doctoral candidacy list after 1st of January 2014. The actual courses and elements taken have to be discussed with your supervisor and should be included in the project plan as soon as possible.

Kick-Off Seminar of TUM Graduate School

Each doctoral candidate participates in a kick-off seminar at TUM Graduate School. Sign in for a suitable kick-off at the beginning of your project. Dates and further informationen can be found at the TUM GS webpages.

Subject-Related Training

The Graduate Center Physics offers a wide range of subject-related training modules. Each doctoral candidate takes part with at least 10 CP, which is equivalent to the six course hours (SWS) required in the regulations for the award of doctoral degrees.

The catalog given below is open and suitable modules and courses can be included at any time. Furthermore new courses can be created to extend the portfolio of the Graduate Center Physics.

Additional Courses not yet included in the catalogue

Contact the administration office of the Graduate Center Physics if you are missing a course on a specific topic. We will support you by finding new courses or inviting external lecturers.

As teaching staff member at the Physics Department you can offer courses to support Ph. D. candidates; if it should be a traditional seminar, winter- or summer schools, or somethin completely new everything is possible – the FGC-PH administration will give you the necessary support. You may find information on financial support for GC PH winter/summer schools in the internal FAQ.

Furthermore you may renew, deepen, and extend your physics skills by visiting modules from the special courses catalogue of the Physics Master’s programs. You can find the module catalogue of special courses in section M. Sc./Special Courses.

The recognition of subject-related training in other departments or institutes is possible. The decision on whether a course is "subject-related" and fits the catalog is up to your supervisor.

Current catalog
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Involvement into the Academic Environment

Sufficient involvement into the academic environment of Physis Department at TUM is usually obtained by participation in teaching activities within the Department’s duty system.

The Department’s duty system hosts an account with duty points for each staff member. You can find the current balance of your account and further information on the duty system in section Department’s duty system.

Discussion in the International Physics Community

Doctoral candidates expose their research project to a discussion in the international public in the Physics community. Usually this is done by way of publications, which are subject to peer review, or independent presentations at science conferences.

Proofreading Service

The TUM Graduate School provides a professional proofreading service for English articles to be submitted to international peer reviewed journals or conferences during the doctoral research period. As a member of GC PH use the form in the membership section to submit your manuscript.
Information on the proofreading service at TUM GS (Download information sheet Proofreading Service, PDF).

Status Discussion on the Doctoral Project

You will discuss the status of your research project regularly with your supervisor and your mentor and adjust the project plan to new circumstances. Especially after one to at most two years there will be an intensive status discussion in the context of a university-public talk or a talk on a scientific conference. In addition you shall provide a written summary of your up-to-then results or a scientific publication. Your supervisor confirms to the Department Graduate Center Physics that this special status discussion was performed.

Optional Elements of the Qualification Program

The mandatory elements of the qualification program are complemented by a wide range of subject-related and interdisciplinary training opportunities offered by the Department Graduate Center Physics with support by TUM Graduate School. The successful participation is certified on the final Transcript of Records.

Funding for Internationalisation

Doctoral candidates can benefit from the excellent world-wide contacts of the Physics Department in order to do research or teaching abroad, visit conferences, workshops and many other international events, or to invite international guests to the TUM for discussion and promotion of the doctoral project.

To find the individual optimum within the many different possibilities doctoral candidates find guidance by the academic coordinator for internationalisation.

In addition to the internationalisation funding of up to 3000 Euro by TUM Graduate School as member who is employed at TUM or stipend holder at TUM and in the Department Graduate Center Physics you may receive additional 2000 Euro of funding for international research projects. These additional funding may already be used as one of our Master students in the direct track provided it is planned to start a Ph. D. at FGC-PH after the Master studies and your supervisor supports this. Contact the FGC-PH administration office for more information.

Further information on the funding for internationalisation in the FAQ ...

Transferable Skills Training

In addition to the standard course program offered by TUM and its partners (WIMES, Carl von Linde-Akademie, Genderzentrum, UnternehmerTUM, ProLehre and the Sprachenzentrum), the TUM Graduate School also offers exclusive courses. These tailor-made courses for young up-and-coming scientists take the game to a new level of experience, expertise and scientific standards.

Take the opportunity to benefit from our program and enrich your doctorate with essential personal and professional skills. Find out more at the webpages of TUM Graduate School.

Offer of the Faculty Graduate Center Physics (to be completed)
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The catalog is an open catalog. Suitable courses can be included any time. In addition the GC Physics may create new courses.

Additions to the Offer

If you have an idea for an additional course contact GC PH administration. We can support you by finding a suitable course concept or e.g. inviting possible speakers.

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