By offering a tailor-made doctoral education, the GSB´s vision is to educate a new generation of uniquely trained scientists at the interface of natural sciences, engineering, medicine and computer sciences. A GSB graduate will be able to understand the scientific environment of other disciplines beside his or her own, and due to the early multidisciplinary training, he or she will be able to bridge those cultural gaps.
There are special challenges for interdisciplinary projects. Being a home for doctoral candidates who compare notes on problems and opportunities, as well as being a platform for mutual exchange by experienced scientists, the Graduate School of BioEngineering (GSB) provides structures and scopes for development. We understand the GSB as a living network that ventures new ways on technical excellence.
To ensure world-class science, we are constantly working on the development and improvement of our programme. For us, quality management includes both the assurance as well as the control of the framework requirements for a doctorate. To ensure the highest standards in research in this conjunction is the task of the supervisors of our doctoral projects. The PIs and mentors bear the responsibility to exemplify the standards of Good Scientific Practice to our doctoral candidates through their own performance.
In order to document the course of the project (research and qualification programme), the content is regularly checked and measures are taken to adapt to new situations. Our tailor-made curriculum consists of courses / activities provided by the various research areas as well as from interdisciplinary courses that have to be chosen additionally during the doctoral phase.
Last but not least, the Graduate School of BioEngineering understands itself as a service entity. The GSB Management Team serves as partner for the researchers. Here information is distributed, the network is actively maintained, lecture series are organized, international exchange is being promoted and every request regarding doctoral education in the field of BioEngineering is answered in a fast-paced manner.
What does that mean in practice for our doctoral candidates?
- two doctoral supervisors with various research backgrounds;
- the first supervisor is situated at the TUM faculty where the doctoral degree will be awarded;
- the second supervisor (coming from another TUM faculty) is also entitled to examine the thesis and ensures the assurance of interdisciplinarity in the doctoral project;
- mentors are persons with a doctoral degree who advice the doctoral candidates during their doctoral project especially on their personal development;
- set up of own individual GSB curriculum plus implementation of it.