Program - Max Planck School Matter to Life

Program - Max Planck School Matter to Life

The Max Planck School Matter to Life brings together internationally renowned scientists from different locations across Germany under one scientific topic. The school offers all students a research-based curriculum with individual mentoring and diverse lab rotations in an interdisciplinary community.

Students with a Bachelor of Science will start at the Max Planck School Matter to Life with a Welcome Course, followed by University courses and lab rotations in order to complete a Master’s degree.  Annual scientific retreats consisting of interdisciplinary courses and research presentations will also be organized for all participants of the School.  After successfully completing a Master’s thesis, students will be able to continue their laboratory work during their PhD phase at any of the Matter to Life locations, formulating impactful scientific questions and proposing novel research projects with their advisor. The continuation to the PhD phase is considered after the Year 2 Checkpoint, whereby candidates must meet University and Max Planck School-specific requirements (see diagram below). 

Students have the option to perform their Master's phase studies (the first two years of the five year program) at one of the following three Universities, distinguished by degree focus. Please click on the links below for each University to learn more:

Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree wishing to start in the 2021 school year will be able to apply for the 5-year PhD direct track program in the Fall 2020.

The program setup is depicted here:

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