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Application - Max Planck School Matter to Life

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.Sc.-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: Fall 2019
  • Application Deadline: December 1, 2019

Application Documents for applicants with a Bachelor of Science:

  • Certificates/Diplomas of all higher education degrees (e.g. B.Sc., etc.) - if already obtained
  • Proof of current enrollment if B.Sc. 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, 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.

    #Note: The English language test can be taken and submitted after the application deadline (but no later than the program start date).


    The application portal is now closed.

    Please check back in fall 2019!

    Heidelberg University: Molecular Systems Chemistry and Engineering - Closed

    Göttingen University: Complex Systems and Biological Physics - Closed

    Technical University of Munich: Bioengineering - Closed

    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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