Application - Max Planck School Matter to Life


Applications for a study start in 2022 are now closed. 

The applicant portal will open this fall for admission in 2023. 


What does the ideal applicant look like?

Applicants with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Materials Science, Molecular Systems Engineering, Physics, Molecular Cell Biology, Bioengineering, or a related subject or degree are welcome to apply for the 5-year Master to PhD Direct Track 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 two partner Universities in order to carry out the Master's phase of the program (the first 2 years of the 5 year program): The University of Göttingen or Heidelberg University. Please see the Program page for more details regarding the site-specific scientific foci. 

How does the selection process work?

  1. Register at the application portal, upload your files and submit your application.
  2. Your application will be reviewed by the admissions committee which will consider your grades and your suitability for the program based on your CV and motivation letter.
  3. Suitable candidates will be invited for a video conference interview to further assess your motivation and suitability for the program.
  4. Candidates who progress to the second round will be invited for another round of interviews where they will discuss a publication from one member of the Matter to Life Faculty. This will be sent to you beforehand.

Based on the evaluation of all three stages (2-4), the final top ten candidates will be selected.

Which application documents are required?

Application documents for applicants with a qualifying degree:

  • Certificates/Diplomas of all higher education degrees (e.g. BSc, etc.) - if already obtained
  • Official transcripts of all completed and ongoing degrees 
  • Curriculum vitae (CV, maximum 3 pages)
  • Letter of motivation - see detailed instructions on the application portal
  • Proof of English language proficiency in the case of non-native English-speaking applicants* (University-specific requirements are listed on the FAQ page)

There is no fee to submit your application!

There is no GRE Test required!

* 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).

If you have any further questions, please check our FAQ page. If you can’t find an answer there, we are happy to help

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.

Go to Editor View