"The Matter to Life program is the perfect choice for me where I could understand what life is from the perspective of Biology, Chemistry and Physics during the Master’s phase and then continue in my area of interest in the PhD phase." Aysecan Ünal, MtL PhD Student
The Max Planck School Matter to Life program leads from the Bachelor to the Master to the PhD
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 two teaching universities depending on your specialization. In the subsequent PhD phase, you will conduct your research at any of the almost 60 MPS MtL Faculty labs.
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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.
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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 & Events

MPSP and MPS MtL Joint Location Visit
On May 11 and 12, we had the pleasure of having a two days joint event in Göttingen, bringing together some of the students of the MPSP (Max Planck School of Photonics) and MPS MtL. This event was a fantastic opportunity for our schools to meet, share knowledge, and explore each other's science labs.
MtL Spring Days 2023

MtL Spring Days 2023

March 29, 2023
Our MtL Spring Days 2023 were two days of science, thought-provoking lectures and discussions around the topics of “Science in Matter to Life” and “Sustainability in Matter to Life” - this time in a multi-hub event format at the University of Göttingen and at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS).

Read our recap to learn more! 
Prof. Dr. Metin Tolan and Prof. Dr. Bernhard Eitel shake hands after signing the Matter to Life joint degree contract
On 2 February 2023, the joint degree contract for the study program Matter to Life was signed by the President of the University of Göttingen, Prof. Metin Tolan, and the Rector of Heidelberg University, Prof. Bernhard Eitel. Read the full article to learn how future MtL students will benefit from the joint degree!

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Interview with MtL URO participant Khanh Tran
"My experience as a Matter to Life URO candidate was truly one of the most enriching, memorable, and overall fun experiences of my life" says Khanh Tran about her internship in the lab of MtL Fellow Michael Boutros in the summer of 2022. Read the full interview to learn more about her experience!
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