"What, exactly, is life?"

"Can life-like processes, functions and objects be quantitatively simulated, predicted and created in the laboratory?"

Master to PhD Direct Track

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.


Application portal opening: Fall 2021
Application deadline: 
December 1, 2021

Current Bachelor's students with backgrounds in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Materials Science, Molecular Systems Engineering, Physics, Molecular Cell Biology, Bioengineering, or a related subject are encouraged to apply to the Max Planck School Matter to Life.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Application portal opening: Fall 2021

  • 10 week research internships for undergraduate students
  • Yearly, during the months of June – November
  • In a laboratory of one of our MtL Faculty members

MtL News

Find out what's new in the Max Planck School Matter to Life!

MtL Lecture Series

Our virtual, free lecture series highlights the research of our faculty members. We are now on summer break but will be back on every other Wednesday at 2 pm starting September 15!

The Matter to Life Faculty is growing!

May 17, 2021
New Fellows have been appointed and eleven scientists from various universities and research institutions will join the MtL faculty in October! We are looking forward to exploring answers to the questions in the interdisciplinary research field of MtL together and are more than excited to see what results the future will bring.

Matter to Life Spring Days: Spring is coming!

And we wanted to greet it appropriately with our Matter to Life Spring Days on 15 & 16 April last week. We have had two great days on gather.town with all of our Master and PhD students as well as members of our faculty. Together we enjoyed not only the discussions and meeting possibilities on this excellent platform, but especially appreciated excellent speakers giving us insight into the Matter to Life Science.

September, 15th at 2 pm CEST -
"A shortcut to synthetic cells?"

Dr. Kerstin Göpfrich
MPI for Medical Research, Heidelberg & Heidelberg University

Register here on Zoom

September, 29th at 2 pm CEST -
"Self-Organisation Principles in Protein Pattern Formation"

Prof. Erwin Frey
Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
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