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Graduate School Life Science Munich: Profile

The Graduate School Life Science Munich (LSM) is an institution within Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU), one of Europe’s oldest and highly respected universities. We offer an international doctoral programme to highly motivated and academically qualified next generation researchers. Its prominent location within the HighTechCampus in Martinsried south of Munich, contributes to the enormous possibilities for support, inter-disciplinarity and constant scientific input from the surrounding research groups.


City of Munich

Munich is home to many students turning it into a prominent and ever growing academic hub in one of Germany’s largest and most multicultural cities. Located in Bavaria near the Alps, it’s well-known for its wealth of recreational and cultural activities including hiking, skiing as well as theater, museums, and concerts, respectively.

Why LSM?

The LSM is home to approximately 40 faculty members offering diverse research opportunities covering areas in life and natural sciences from A to Z:

• Anthropology

• Human Biology

• Biochemistry

• Chemical Biology

• Cell and Developmental Biology

• Ecology

• Evolutionary Biology                                                                                        
• Genetics

• Microbiology

• Pharmacology

• Plant Sciences

• Systematics Botany and Mycology

• Systematic Zoology and Zoology

The LSM curriculum is designed to promote not only the technical skills required for success in research, but also impart skills that are indispensable for a successful and responsible scientist. By providing doctoral students with a direct scientific supervisor and a Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC) we hope to foster possibilities for inter-disciplinarity and collaborations at the same time as supporting each doctoral candidate from beginning to end of their thesis. The extra curriculum (seen on the table) enhances the concept of integrated teaching by offering courses, workshops, and conferences, hereby providing the students the exposure to a plethora of relevant topics applicable to their research projects and future as researchers, as well as a strong start to any career path that might be chosen.

The LSM is committed to promoting not only national students but also at present includes 60% of foreign students. That is one more reason, why all of the courses, lectures, and seminars are held in English. Our current student population includes 62 students from 22 different countries, to name but a few: Australia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Germany, Poland, Portugal and Malaysia. All the more reason why we encourage our doctoral students to attend at least one international conference during their studies, funded by the LSM.

The LSM Student Council is designed to give a collective voice to the doctoral students and facilitate communication between them and the graduate school faculty members. The Student Council assembles a guidebook with ideas that support incoming students. They also put together a biannual newsletter and provide input to help the LSM maintain an innovative and socially active curriculum.

The LSM encourages student communication and cooperation through retreats and social events outside of the curriculum, promoting networking for future collaborations as well as long-lasting friendships.

Successful students of the Graduate School will be awarded a doctoral degree (Dr. rer. nat.) by the LMU after 3 to 4 years, accumulating 180 ECTS points, recognized worldwide. Candidates need to prove a strong qualitative background as well as interest and ability to conduct independent research.

How do I apply?

Applications are accepted from October through to December on a yearly basis through our online portal. For more information, see our application website.