You are interested in a doctorate at the Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering at TUM?


In order to do your doctoral project at the Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering, you have to fulfill the following requirements:

Former Graduation

You have

  • a german university degree or a master's degree from a university of applied sciences and a grade of 2.5 or better


  • a diploma from a university of applied sciences with a comparable, university master's degree at TUM and are among the best 10% of your year


  • a BA / BSc degree (BA program of at least 3 years) and are among the best 5% of your year


  • A foreign university degree, whose grade meets the  requirements of the faculty mentioned above.

    Further information on the recognition of foreign degrees can be found here.

Supervisor and Topic of your doctorate

There are various paths to a doctorate at TUM that differ in terms of funding and structure. Please consider that there is no PhD within our academic department. If you are interested in a doctorate within our department, you have to find a professor who will supervise your doctorate.

  • Find a topic for your doctorate

    The first step towards a doctorate is finding your own topic. Either you have your own research idea or you develop one with a scientist at the TUM. The creation of an exposé helps you to specify your research project in its objectives and steps.

  • Find a supervisor

    The next step is to find a supervisor for your project. It isrecommendedto make contact already during the search for a topic. You can then contact the university professor or an employee directly with your documents (CV, motivation letter, references etc.) and an exposé of your topic. You can find a good overview of possible supervisors on the webpages of the Chairs of the Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering.

Language Skills

  • English

The doctorate at the TUM requires very good knowledge in both written and spoken English. Although there are no mandatory minimum scores in the relevant tests (IELTS, TOEFL, etc.), applicants should however be able to speak fluently about their subject area during the application interview with the supervisor.

  • German

German Skills are advantageous, but, depending on the department and the supervisor, not required.


Make sure that the funding of your doctorate is assured!

You have the following options:

  • TUM employment contract

You are employed at TUM for an assistance doctorate and receive a monthly salary. As a research assistant, you not only work on your doctoral project, but also take on a variety of tasks in research and teaching. Further information on TUM employment contract can be found here.

  • Scholarship

In the case of a doctorate with a scholarship, doctoral candidates receive a monthly financial support from their scholarship holders. A guest scholarship is also available as a guest doctoral candidate to finance your stay at TUM. However, the TUM Graduate School does not give any doctoral scholarships. To find a suitable scholarship, you can use scholarship databases and search engines. Further information on scholarships can be found here.

  • Other Funding

You can also be employed by another employer and at the same time do your doctorate at TUM. External doctoral students are usually employed at a non-university research institution or a company. Ask at companies and institutions that could fit,  how they support a doctorate during or outside office hours.

Please note: our department does not offer phd programs! 

If you fulfill the requirements mentioned above, you can do a doctorate at the Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering!

You can find all information regarding the application phase here.