"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.


The application portal is now open! 
Apply by December 1st

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

The application portal is now open!
Apply by December 1st

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

Join our “Get to know the MtL URO Program“ info sessions in October!

MtL News

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

The application process has started!

We are happy to announce that our application portal has opened for the next program launch in 2022! Learn more about the MtL Master to PhD Direct Track program and apply now for a great step towards your future!
Are you still in the middle of your bachelor studies but interested in our program? Then take the chance to apply for an URO internship in the MPS MtL.

Info sessions MPS MtL

Join one of our info sessions to learn more about the Max Planck School Matter to Life and our MSc to PhD Direct Track Program! Afterwards, we offer you the opportunity to ask us your questions directly during a Q&A session. Register today!

“My experience as a Matter to Life URO candidate was incredible in all senses.”

Adrián Gutiérrez Cruz is a Bachelor student in nanotechnology and chemistry at Universidad de las Américas Puebla in San Andrés Cholula, Mexico. He did his MtL URO research internship in the lab of Karin Jacobs at Saarland University this summer.
Check out the interview about his experience with the URO program.

MtL Lecture Series

Join our virtual, free lecture series and learn more about the research of our faculty members!
CURRENTLY: Short Q&A sessions regarding your application at Matter to Life taking place after every lecture. Register now!

October, 13th at 2 pm CEST -
"Building Nanostructures in Cancer Cells"

MtL Guest Speaker: Dr. David Ng
Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz

Register here on Zoom to watch the recorded lecture (the recording expires on Wednesday, 20th October)

October, 27th at 2 pm CEST

Prof. Joachim Rädler
Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

Register here on zoom

December, 8th at 2 pm CET

Dr. Dr. E. Ada Cavalcanti-Adam
Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, Heidelberg & Heidelberg University
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