Munich School for Data Science

Analyzing gene sequences to predict diseases or developing robots monitoring their own health status – Data Science at MUDS has many facets


The Munich School for Data Science (MUDS) offers graduate training for future data scientists in the Munich Metropolitan Region – a top location for computational sciences in Germany.



The goal of the MUDS is to educate the next generation of Data Scientists at the interface of Data Science and four different application areas with a structured doctoral program: biomedicine, plasma physics, earth observation and robotics. Although the specific research questions in these four domains are different, all of them have both purely data- and model-based research approaches. At MUDS we aim to explore new ways to connect these two poles.

Partner of MUDS: Helmholtz Zentrum Munich, German Aerospace Center, Technische Universität Munich, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich as well as the Leibniz Computing Center and the Max Planck Computing & Data Facility


Research domains

- Biomedicine

- Plasma physics

- Earth Observation

- Robotics

Selection of current doctoral projects



  • Supervision: mentoring by 2 PIs, domain- and method-specific; annual meetings with interdisciplinary Thesis Advisory Committee
  • On-boarding phase: Definition of the research project and common basic training for all program participants, set up of an individual study plan
  • Compulsory courses for further scientific education: Block course "Fundamentals of Data Science", participation in two summer schools, two conference participations, participation in MUDS seminar series
  • Courses for the training of personal skills and for career development (transferable skills): Access for all MUDS researchers to corresponding courses offered at the partner locations; in addition, it is possible to attend customized training courses organized by the MUDS office
  • MUDS certificate with a confirmation of participation in the program  



The curriculum at MUDS


Application and further information

Recruiting is organized once or twice a year. The MUDS location and thus location for all courses is Munich. Program language is English. The program starts each winter semester; call for application is annually in fall, and every other year, additionally in spring/early summer.




Are you interested in advancing your scientific research at a top location for Computational Science in Germany? Then apply at MUDS!


The following Helmholtz centers, universities and partners are involved in MUDS:

Helmholtz Zentrum MunichGerman Aerospace Center (DLR)Technische Universität Munich (TUM), Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich (LMU)Leibniz Supercomputing Center (LRZ)Max Planck Computing & Data Facility (MPCDF)