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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.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 is open! - see University-specific updates below
  • 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 (~ 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) - only required for TUM **See University-specific updates below**
  • 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 provides 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 31, 2020).

    University-Specific Application Updates:

    • Heidelberg University (Molecular Systems Chemistry and Engineering): 
      • Application Portal is open!
      • Heidelberg University also requires a mail-in application to be received by November 29, 2019. More details will be available on the Application Portal.
      • Due to worldwide test center unavailability, GRE Tests are not required for applications to Heidelberg University due on December 1, 2019!
    • Göttingen University (Complex Systems and Biological Physics):
      • Application Portal is open!
      • Due to worldwide test center unavailability, GRE Tests are not required for applications to Göttingen University due on December 1, 2019!
    • Technical University of Munich (Bioengineering): 
      • Application Portal is open!

    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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