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Supervision

Who is permitted to supervise my doctoral project?

Doctoral students aiming for a Dr. med., Dr. med. dent. Or Dr. rer. biol. hum.

From now on your doctoral project is supervised by a thesis advisory committee (TAC), which consists of at least 3 experienced scientists – your main supervisor and two additional scientist. The committee has to fulfil the following criteria:

  • All members should be at least habilitated or be professors
  • At least two of the members of your committee have to be members of the Medical Faculty of the LMU
  • Only two of the members of your committee can be part of the same institute or department, one of the members of your committee has to be an independent expert from a different institute or department
  • One of the members of your committee has to be a member of a clinical institution of the Medical Faculty

Doctoral students aiming for a Dr. rer. nat.

Your supervisor must be habilitated or a professor and must have a doctoral degree in natural sciences, thus be a Dr. rer. nat. him or herself.

Doctoral students aiming for a Ph.D. in Medical Research:

Your doctoral project is supervised by a thesis advisory committee, which consists of at least 3 experienced scientists – your main supervisor and two additional scientist. Your main supervisor has to be habilitated, a professor or an “extraordinarily successful junior scientist” (explained below).

The committee has to fulfil the following criteria:

  • At least two members of your committee have to be active members of an institution of the Faculty of Medicine
  • Only two of the members of your committee can be part of the same institute or department, one of the members of your committee has to be an independent expert from a different institute or department

Can someone who isn’t habilitated yet supervise my project?

Yes, but only under specific circumstances:

A) If a scientist has been accepted as a candidate for habilitation, he/she can be a supervisor or member of a thesis advisory committee. An email with a scanned copy of the letter of acceptance for habilitation by the potential supervisor or TAC member to the MMRS is sufficient to confirm the status as a candidate for habitation and receive a change of status in our Campus Portal.


B) If the doctoral committee permits “extraordinarily successful junior scientists” who are not habilitated yet to supervise doctoral students. This includes junior group leaders who received the Emmy Noether funding by the German Research Foundation, the Max Eder funding or who received their own ERC grant.

Do I need a thesis advisory committee (aka TAC)?

All doctoral students aiming for a doctoral degree in human medicine, human biology or dental medicine, who registered their dissertation after September 30 2018 and thus have to follow the new Examination and Study Regulations as well as all students aiming for a Ph.D. in Medical Research need a thesis advisory committee.

Only students who are aiming for a Dr. rer. nat. or a doctoral degree in human medicine, human biology or dental medicine, who registered their dissertation before September 30 2018, do not need a TAC.

How many members does my thesis advisory committee have to have?

Your Thesis advisory committee must have at least 3 members, more members are possible.

When do I have to know who should be member of my thesis advisory committee?

Doctoral students aiming for a Dr. med., Dr. med. dent. Or Dr. rer. biol. hum.

You have to present a suggestion for who should be part of your thesis advisory committee when you register your dissertation at the office of doctoral affairs. It is highly recommended that you ask the members of your TAC to sign the supervision agreement before you register your doctoral project at the office of doctoral affairs.

Doctoral students aiming for a Ph.D. in Medical Research:

You have to arrange your thesis advisory committee within your first semester.

What is an “extraordinarily successful junior scientist”?

An “extraordinarily successful junior scientist” is a junior group leaders who received the Emmy Noether funding by the German Research Foundation, the Max Eder funding or who received their own ERC grant.


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