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Application - Requirements

A. Mandatory Documents for all applicants 

The application procedure applies to all degrees of choice (Dr. and PhD). Regardless of whether they are interested in pursuing a PhD or Dr. phil. title, candidates are required to submit the following documentation (1. - 7.) via the Online Application Tool (available from Mid January):

1. Supervisory Agreement issued by a MCLS professor. The most important requirement for acceptance is that one of the MCLS members confirms the supervision of your studies. Prospective students should take the following steps:

  • Check the fields of research of the MCLS professors and find a topic that is relevant to your academic interests. This information is available in the RESEARCH section of the homepage:

  • Contact the corresponding professor (the contact information for each professor involved in the MCLS can be found in the ABOUT US section of the homepage or google them) and discuss with him/her your proposed research ideas. 

  • The degree of choice (Ph.D or Dr.) should be discussed before the supervisory agreement is signed (Please note that the agreement templates differs between degree choices!).
  • If the professor agrees to supervise your research, ask him/her for a supervisory agreement. The template for the PhD supervisory agreement can be downloaded HERE, the template for the Dr. phil/Dr. rer. nat./etc can be downloaded HERE.
  • The Supervisory Agreement must be submitted by the MCLS professor him/herself. Applicants have to enter the contact information of the intended prospective supervisor in the online application tool. This automatically generates an email to the professor with further instructions. Please consider contacting your prospective supervisor prior to entering their contact information in the application system.
It is highly recommended that prospective students begin discussing MCLS supervision as early as possible!

2. One recommendation letter (e.g. issued by a previous professor)
Attention: The letter of recommendation must be submitted by the referee him/herself. Applicants have to enter the contact information of the intended referees in the online application tool. This automatically generates an email to the referee with further instructions. Please consider contacting your referees prior to entering their contact information in the application system.  
     Important note: The recommendation letter (point 2) and the MCLS supervisory agreement (point 1)
     are two independent criteria! Candidates have two submit two separate letters, issued by
     different professors (one from a previous professor and one from your prospective supervisor). 

3. A certified copy of the Master’s certificate (or equivalent) and of the Transcript of Records. Applicants who have not yet finished their Master’s studies are required to upload a letter from their university, confirming the expected date of graduation. 

4. Research proposal (500 words)
    Download Research Proposal Guidelines

5. Letter of motivation (one page)
    Download Letter of Motivation Guidelines 

6. Curriculum vitae (CV) with up-to-date information

7. Proof of English proficiency of at least Upper B2 Level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for non-native English language speakers.
Note: German proficiency is no requirement, as our program is exclusively taught and assessed in English. Different information on the International Office's website can be ignored (they apply to German programs exclusively).

                          Correspondence table for upper B2 level of English proficiency
    The minimum required score is reported for each language test or higher-education examination.

(pre- 2015)
FCE Schriftliches Englisch- Abitur
6.5 548 211 79 59 177 B 10

This list is not exhaustive and any other proof of English proficiency will be evaluated on a case-to-case basis by the selection committee. Usually previous studies conducted in English are sufficient if you can provide some form of proof for it. Additionally, your English skills will be validated during the interview.

Available templates are provided on the "Application - FAQ & Docs" page.  

The documents need to be submitted via the online application tool (available starting Mid January).

The coordination team would be happy to assist with any question that might arise during the process, unless they are answered on the website or in the FAQ already. Please visit our contact section. 

B. International Students need to additionally apply to the International Office via the DTP coordination (Mandatory for all international applicants not holding a German citizenship and/or a German university entry qualification certificate)

      • Please send all necessary documents to the Doctoral Program Office via post preferably by March 1 (April 15 the latest):
        • Postal address:
          Doctoral Training Program in the Learning Sciences
          c/o Studiengangskoordination
          Department für Paedagogik und Psychologie
          Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen
          Leopoldstrasse 13
          80802 Muenchen
      • Please check the "Application - FAQ and docs" site and especially the documents "Overview of all necessary documents" and "FAQ- General Application Information" for information on the necessary documents, tipps and tricks
      • If you are not able to have all necessary documents ready by April 15 (deadline), please contact the Program Coordinator to arrange further steps.
        For all applicants who were accepted to the Program, we will check the documents for completeness, add the Program's acceptance letter to the package and hand it over to the International Office well before their deadline (July 15).
        Sending the documents to the Program ensures that your documents definitely arrived at the LMU and are processed according to their priority (especially important for applicants, who need a visa).
        If you do not send your documents to the Program's Office but directly to the IO, we will not be able to help you with the application process in the International Office, if any problems occur.
      • Since the Doctoral Training Program in the Learning Sciences is offered in English, there is no need for proof of German language fluency.
      • If you want to double-check our information on the necessary documents, information about the required documents can be found on the International Office official webpage:

Useful link: Further information on preparing all aspects of an application can also be found on the official website of Jobline, an online resource offered by the University of Munich’s Language Center (Sprachenzentrum der LMU München). Although intended for German applicants, Jobline serves as invaluable information source and also contains template examples of various application documents.