PhD Schools and Master programs

The members of the Munich Quantum Center are involved in several Master and PhD programs related to the LMU, the TU, and the MPQ. All programs are open to applications from excellent students.

The Munich Quantum Center (in particular the research groups listed here) is participating in the graduate program "Exploring Quantum Matter". The program is coordinated by the TUM, and comprises other prestigious institutions such as the LMU Munich, the Max-Planck-Institute for Quantum Optics (MPQ), the Walther-Meissner-Institute (WMI) and the Walter-Schottky Institute (WSI).

Main program topics: The program is centered in analysing and designing new materials with relevant quantum properties. Among them, there are phenomena as interesting and important as super conductivity, quantum-phase transitions, and the time evolution of quantum many-body systems.  Large quantum systems, 'Quantum matter', might bring novel technological application in near future. In more detail, the main topics of the program include:

  • quantum simulation of many-body systems
  • quantum phase transitions
  • quantum interfaces
  • cavity QED
  • open quantum systems
  • numerical and tensor methods
  • support by: new media-developments tailored to research requirements (visualization, outreach, interaction with partners)

International collaborations: The program will be held in close collaboration with related PhD international programs and partners, e.g., at

Who can apply: Applicants to the PhD program must hold a Master or Diploma degree in physics, chemical physics, mathematics or informatics. Bachelors may also apply, but they will have to attend a Master's Programme prior/concomitant to their PhD studies. Bachelors must be prepared to apply for separate funding until they have reached their Master's. Bachelors have to register and apply early (see more information here).

Physics and mathematics are corner stones of our modern knowledge-based society. This has to do with the structural power of abstraction and mathematical algorithms as well as the far-reaching consequences of logical induction. In connection with the processes of modelling and analyzing in natural sciences and technology, they account for the fact that mathematics and theoretical physics are important foundation pillars and central innovative factors of our civilization.

The elite program offers students both an in-depth and broad education in theoretical and mathematical physics.

Two aspects are of particular importance:

  • The interdisciplinarity between modern theoretical physics and mathematics.
  • The basic goal here is to demonstrate that physics and mathematics share many common questions.
  • The transdisciplinarity, i.e. the transfer of knowledge from one discipline to a related one.

The focus for physics students, on the one hand, is on the use of mathematical methods, while, on the other hand, mathematicians are being guided in modern physics questions.

The two year master course is jointly run by the physics and mathematics departments of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) and Technische Universität Mümchen with support from the physics department of Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg.

There are courses in the following areas of theoretical physics and mathematics:

A: Advanced and Applied Quantum Mechanics

B: Quantum Field Theory and Gauge Theories

C: Cosmology, General Relativity and Differential Geometry

D: Stringtheory and Geometry

E: Statistical Physics and Stochastics

Besides the annual courses there will be specialized courses on current subjects. These specialized courses will be presented in a number of formats ranging from ordinary lectures over intensive block courses to summer schools.

Besides the members of the program, visiting specialists will be presenting advanced courses. This allows students to learn about topics closely related to up-to-date research from the experts in the respective fields. Furthermore, it gives the opportunity to establish personal contacts with research groups with which the "Theoreticum" and Master thesis projects can be performed. The large number of participating groups and institutes provides the students with a wide range of possible areas of specialization and potential places to later pursue a Ph.D.

The elite graduate program "Theoretical and Mathematical Physics" is funded by Elitenetzwerk Bayern as well as Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität and Technische Universität München with support from Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg.

Unfortunately, the graduate program itself does not have any resources to fund its students. Thus, prospective students have to organize their financial support themselves. However, we are happy to provide any help in this we can.

There are no tuition fees anymore in Bavaria.

Here, as a starting point, is a list of several organizations giving financial support to students:

In addition, the university offers positions as teaching assistants to advanced students teaching tutorials.



Contact ExQM

ExQM Coordination Office
c/o Dr. T. Schulte-Herbrüggen
AK Prof. S.J. Glaser

Department of Chemistry
Technical University Munich
Lichtenbergstrasse 4
85747 Garching, Germany

phone: ++49 89 289-13312
fax: ++49 89 289-13210