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Applicants with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Materials Science, Molecular Systems Engineering, Physics, Molecular Cell Biology, Bioengineering, or a related subject are welcome to apply for the 5-year B.S.-to-Ph.D. direct track Master/Ph.D. program in the Max Planck School Matter to Life.  Applicants will apply to one of the three participating Universities in order to carry out the Master's phase of the program (the first 2 years of the 5 year program):  Heidelberg University, Göttingen University, or the Technical University of Munich.  Please see the Program page for more details. 

  • Application Portal Opens: February 15, 2019
  • Application Deadline: May 1, 2019
  • Program Start Date: September 1, 2019 (expected)

Application Documents for applicants with a Bachelor of Science:

  • Certificates of all relevant degrees or proof of current enrollment (B.S., etc.)
  • Official transcripts
  • Curriculum vitae (CV), maximum 3 pages
  • Letter of motivation, up to 8500 characters
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, or C1 Advanced test scores in the case of non-native English-speaking applicants#
  • GRE Subject Test (from one of the subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Math, or Physics)
  • GRE General Test - only required for Heidelberg University
  • Signed Declaration Form - only required for Heidelberg University

Please see the FAQs page for more detailed information about the application process.

*The Technical University of Munich will open their application portal at a later date.

#Note (for B.S. applicants only): The English language test can be taken and submitted after the application deadline (but no later than August 31, 2019).



B.S. Applicants: Apply now to one of the University-specific Application Portals!

Heidelberg University: Molecular Systems Chemistry and Engineering

Göttingen University: Complex Systems and Biological Physics

Technical University of Munich: Bioengineering - Coming Soon


Applicants with a Master of Science in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Materials Science, Molecular Systems Engineering, Physics, Molecular Cell Biology, Bioengineering, or a related subject are welcome to apply for a 3-year M.S.-to-Ph.D. position in the Max Planck School Matter to Life. 

  • Early Admission Application Deadline: December 1, 2018 (Decision made by February 2019)
  • Regular Admission Application Deadline: March 31, 2019 (Decision made by June 2019)
  • Program Start: Flexible start date in 2019

Application Documents for applicants with a Master of Science:

  • Certificates of all relevant degrees or proof of current enrollment (B.S., M.S., etc.)
  • Official transcripts
  • Curriculum vitae (CV), maximum 3 pages
  • Letter of motivation, 3-4 pages
  • 2 Letters of recommendation (submitted by your referees)
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, PTEA or C1 Advanced test scores in the case of non-native English-speaking applicants#
  • GRE General Test#

Please see the FAQs page for more detailed information about the application process.

#Note (for M.S. applicants only): The GRE and English language tests can be taken and submitted after the application deadline (but no later than the admission date).



M.S. Applicants: Apply now via the Application Portal!

3-year M.S.-to-Ph.D. Application Portal


The Max Planck Schools wish to increase the participation of women wherever they are underrepresented; therefore, applications from women are particularly welcome. Following its commitment to an equal opportunities employment policy, the Max Planck Schools also especially encourage persons with a disability to submit their applications.


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