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Admission at LMU

To enroll at the Ludwig-Maximilians University (LMU) for a PhD includes three steps (similar at TUM):


1. Admission to the PhD studies


If your university degree and your grades match the requirements of the LMU or TUM to accept you as a PhD student is an academic question, which is decided by the Dean of the Department of Physics at the LMU or TUM. At the LMU, please contact Barbara Podolski at the Faculty of Physics who is in charge to collect all information required for this process (Certificate and degree certificate, and final Transcript of Records of your Mastes's degree, Certificate and degree certificate, and final Transcript of Records of your Bachelor's degree, CV, Confirmation letter of your supervisor). The address of Barbara Podolski is:

  • Barbara Podolski
  • Fakultät für Physik - Dekanat
  • Schellingstr. 4
  • 80799 Muenchen
  • Germany

  • Tel: +49 89 2180-3340
  • E-Mail: Barbara.Podolski @ lmu.de

2. The matriculation (or inscription) as a PhD student


This is an administrative procedure. You should address the International Office of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University, located in the Ludwigstr. 27 / ground floor / Tel: 2180-2823. Here you will find further information on what is required for the immatriculation. You will see that there are differences between EU citizens and other students from foreign countries.


It is true that for the matriculation you need, among other documents, a written confirmation of the faculty of physics that you have been admitted to the PhD studies in physics. This confirmation is delivered by the secretary of the Dean in the Schellingstr. 4 / 4. floor / Tel. 2180-3340, once you have been admitted by the Dean (see step 1 above) and you have presented a statement of your professor that he/she supervises your PhD thesis.


It is important to note, that the regulations of the faculty of physics for the PhD studies require that you are inscribed as a PhD student for two semesters only. So one might not be in hurry to get inscribed. On the other hand, only the inscription ensures that one gets social benefits as e.g. cheaper tickets for the public means of transport, admission to the University Sport Clubs' activities, etc.


3. Degree Requirements


Below, a very brief description of the requirements for being accepted at the LMU for the promotion to Dr. rer. nat. is given (similar requirements exist at the TUM). The complete text can be found at the LMU's physics faculty website (German only).


In brief, one needs: A M.Sc. in physics or an equivalent university exam, enrollment at the LMU for 2 to 6 semesters, a completed and accepted dissertation (PhD thesis), successful defense of PhD thesis in an oral exam. The PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) will exclusively be granted according to the rules of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, the Technical University Munich or another university. Which university is relevant depends on the affiliation of your supervisor, in most cases this will be the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich.


The PhD thesis has to be written in English. Students are expected to publish a minimum of two papers during their PhD period. The PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) will be granted by the LMU, according to its standard rules, after acceptance of the PhD thesis and a successful defense. On application, students may work in Munich/Garching but receive their PhD from a university other than the LMU, though this requires supervisors at both universities/institutes.