"What, exactly, is life?"

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

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.
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.
We offer a 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!

Admission Process

We are very excited about your applications and congratulate you on the successful submission! 
This year, the admission procedure for Göttingen and Heidelberg will take place at slightly different times. We will carefully review your applications and get back to you as soon as possible. We are already looking forward to meeting many of you in person at the interviews! Until then - stay tuned and above all stay healthy!
Anne Pawsey, the teaching and e-learning coordinator of the Max Planck School Matter to Life, reports on how important it is to collaborate with the e-learning team of the Max Planck Schools and the wider community to meet the challenges for learning and teaching that were thrown up by the pandemic. Read the full article to learn more.

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!

February, 9th at 2 pm CET -
"Macromolecular Crowding and Self-Organization in Cells"

Dr. Arnold Boersma
DWI - Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials, Aachen
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