Max Planck School Matter to Life

Max Planck School Matter to Life

The 5-year combined Master's & PhD program at the Max Planck School Matter to Life (MPS MtL) will offer highly talented and motivated students a superior training in the fundamentals, methods and approaches in the rapidly developing field of Matter to Life. "What, exactly, is life?", and "Can life-like processes, functions and objects be quantitatively simulated, predicted and created in the laboratory?" are the overarching questions addressed in the curriculum and research training.

What does the MPS MtL offer?

  • Excellent research opportunities
  • Outstanding network of world-renowned Fellows
  • All courses taught in English
  • Cutting-edge technology and research facilities
  • Full funding & medical insurance support

MPS MtL Program

The MPS MtL program is structured in two phases. You will enter the program with a Bachelor's degree and begin your two-year Master study at one of our three partner Universities depending on your specialization. In the subsequent PhD phase, you will conduct your research at any of the almost 50 MPS MtL faculty labs

Learn more about our program here. 

Overview of our 5-year combined Master & PhD program.


Your application at Matter to Life

Current Bachelor's students with backgrounds in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Material Sciences, Molecular Systems Engineering, Physics, Molecular Cell Biology, Bioengineering, or a related subject are encouraged to apply to the Max Planck School Matter to Life.
For more info check our application page!


Why studying at the MPS MtL in Germany? 

The MPS MtL brings together brilliant minds from various institutions of Germany’s diverse research landscape. Unique opportunities to play a part in groundbreaking research findings await you. This includes being able to join research groups of your choice and thereby enjoying the advantages of excellent research facilities and laboratories.
Our goal is to provide you with the combined knowledge of renowned scientists as well as outstanding conditions to nurture your talent. This is further facilitated by a productive research environment. Be prepared for an outstanding university experience in a cosmopolitan country known for its innovation, beautiful nature and wide range of cultural offerings to enjoy during your leisure time.

Join our weekly and free lecture series to learn more about the research of our Fellows! Get in touch and ask any questions (find all dates here

Organization of the MPS MtL

The MPS MtL is a joint initiative between German Universities and German Research Organizations including the University of Göttingen Heidelberg University Technical University of Munich DWI Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials  and different Max Planck Institutes. Faculty and researchers from diverse scientific backgrounds, but with overlapping research interests will mentor and teach the students which may then choose from almost 50 of Germany’s most renowned and successful research laboratories to pursue their research in the emerging scientific area of Matter to Life.

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