Doctoral Studies

Excellent PhD Programs

Quantum science and technology is a broad, interdisciplinary field of contemporary science spanning a wide range of scientific areas with a high potential for the development of future information, sensing, and computing technologies, just to name a few. With numerous experimental and theoretical research groups working cross-disciplines like physics, mathematics, computer science, electrical engineering, material science and chemistry, Munich is one of the leading research centers in this field.

Dive into doctoral studies at one of the associated graduate programs hosted at top universities and research institutions. Besides the graduate programs, you can contact the research groups directly for a PhD position (continuous recruiting). Being a part of the graduate programs or MCQST, you will have access to our support programs, as well as a platform of joint activities for a large research community, which encourages networking and scientific exchange as an integral part of doctoral training.

Support programs for PhDs



The MCQST PhD Award honors the best PhD theses in quantum science and technology from the MCQST community. The prize highlights and recognizes excellence in research at an early career stage, and aims to encourage awardees to pursue a future career in science.


MCQST Student Retreats

MCQST encourages innovative ideas and cooperation early on in academic careers. To reach this goal, we fund students retreats organized by PhD students in the MCQST community.


Transition Phase Support

MCQST offers financial support for up to 6 months for PhD graduates during the transition from their doctoral studies to their first postdoc position.


The International Max Planck Research School for Quantum Science and Technology (IMPRS-QST) is a joint program of the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München and the Technical University of Munich. It offers an excellent and coherent graduate program across the fields of atomic physics, quantum optics, solid state physics, material science, quantum information theory, and quantum many-body systems. It provides a platform of joint activities for a large research community, encouraging better networking and scientific exchange as an integral part of doctoral training.


ExQM is an international and interdisciplinary PhD programme of excellence jointly held by various quantum physics and mathematical research groups at Technical University of Munich, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics, the Walther-Meissner Institute of Low-Temperature Research, and the Walter Schottky Institute for Quantum Electronics. The program is organized in different research focus areas centered on quantum optics, numerical tensor network methods and the study of open quantum systems.

Summer Retreat in Bad Aibling

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