Program - Max Planck School Matter to Life

Program - Max Planck School Matter to Life

The Max Planck School Matter to Life brings together a diverse group of internationally-renowned scientists from almost 50 Universities and Institutes across Germany under one scientific topic: Matter to Life. The School offers students a research-based curriculum, program support through individual mentoring, productive opportunities through lab rotations, and access to an interdisciplinary community.

The Max Plank School Matter to Life offers a 5-year MSc-to-PhD program, in which students with a Bachelor of Science begin their studies with a Welcome Course, followed by University courses and lab rotations in order to first complete their Master’s degree in Matter to Life (Years 1-2). In addition, annual scientific gatherings will take place for all members of the School that include scientific lectures and student research presentations. Upon successful completion of the Master’s program, students will continue research during their PhD phase (Years 3-5) in the laboratory of any Matter to Life Faculty member (see the Faculty page for a list of labs/locations). Admission into 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 studies at one of the following three Universities, distinguished by focus subject. Please click on the links below to learn more about each University program. Please click on the links below for each University to learn more:

Applicants wishing to start in fall 2021 will be able to apply in fall 2020 (see the application page).

The program setup is depicted here:

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