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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 combined Master/PhD 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, University of Göttingen, or the Technical University of Munich.  Please see the Program page for more details. 

  • The Application Portal for the 2020 school year is closed. 
  • Next Application Round: Fall 2020

Application Documents for applicants with a Bachelor of Science:

  • Certificates/Diplomas of all higher education degrees (e.g. BSc, etc.) - if already obtained
  • Proof of current enrollment if BSc degree is still ongoing (official statement and/or transcript)
  • Official transcripts of completed and/or ongoing degrees 
  • Curriculum vitae (CV), maximum 3 pages
  • Letter of motivation (~ 3 pages - specific length requirements for each University program - see portal)
  • Proof of English language proficiency in the case of non-native English-speaking applicants(University-specific requirements listed on FAQs page)
  • 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

    There is no fee to submit your application!

    Please see the FAQs page for more detailed information about the application process. The application portal will provide more details for each University program.

    #Note: The English language test can be taken and submitted after the application deadline (but no later than July 31st of your program start year).

    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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