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Graduate School Life Science Munich: Profile

The Graduate School Life Sciences Munich (LSM) is an institution within Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU), one of Europe’s oldest and deeply 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 continuous scientific input from the surrounding research groups.

City of Munich

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

Why LSM?

It is home to over 45 faculty members offering diverse research opportunities covering areas in life and natural sciences from A to Z:

     •   Anthropology
     •   Human Biology
     •   Biochemistry
     •   Biophysics
     •   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 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 opportunities 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 in the puzzle) enhances the concept of integrated teaching by offering courses, retreats 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.                              Schematic 2: LSM curriculum


We are committed to promoting not only our national students for the international market by offering all of our workshops, lectures and seminars in English but we are proud to be able to include our foreign population currently at 52% of our total student body. These include 20 different counties of origin, to name a few; Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Cyprus, Germany, Norway, Malaysia, Poland, Romania and Sudan, we can truly say that the LSM is a melting pot.

LSM Student Council

Is designed to give a collective voice to the doctoral students and facilitate communication between them and the faculty members of the graduate school. The student council keep active in that they: e.g. care for our guidebook for new recruits, write newsletters and provide input to help the LSM maintain an innovative curriculum.

The LSM encourages student communication and cooperation through retreats as well as during 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 which is Bologna compatible. Candidates need to prove a strong qualitative background as well as interest and ability to conduct independent research.

How do I apply?

Applications are welcome throughout the year using our online portal. For more information, see our homepage.