Application - Max Planck School Matter to Life

The next application round starts in Fall 2021! 

Admission requirements

Application and Admission Timeline

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 combined Master/PhD program in the Max Planck School Matter to Life. The school language is English, therefore a proof of English language skills is required.

Applicants will apply to one of the three partner Universities in order to carry out the Master's phase of the program (the first 2 years of the 5 year program): University of GöttingenHeidelberg Universityor the Technical University of Munich. Please see the Program page for more details. 

Application documents

Application Documents for applicants with a Bachelor of Science:

  • Certificates/Diplomas of all higher education degrees (e.g. BSc, etc.) - if already obtained
  • Proof of current enrollment if BSc 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 FAQ page)
  • GRE Subject Test (from one of the subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Math, or Physics) - only required for TU Munich #
  • Signed Declaration Form - only required for Heidelberg University

               There is no fee to submit your application!

    * Note: The English language test can be taken and submitted after the application deadline (but no later than July 30st of your program start year).

    # Note: The GRE is no longer required for applications to the University of Göttingen and the University of Heidelberg

    Please see the FAQ page for more detailed information about the application process. The application portal will provide more details for each University program.

    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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