"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 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.
Application
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
We offer a 10 week research internships for undergraduate students!
When?
Yearly, during the months of June – November in a laboratory of one of our MtL Faculty members.


MtL News & Events

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

Fellows Open Call 2022
The Max Planck Schools call on forward-thinking scientists in the interdisciplinary research fields "Cognition", "Matter to Life" and "Photonics" to apply for the positions as Max Planck Schools Fellows. Apply now and become a Fellow of the Max Planck Schools.
Recap: MtL Symposium at Ringberg Castle 2022
We spent a productive week at Ringberg Castle at lake Tegernsee. But not only did we learn a lot, we also had a ton of fun! Read our recap here:
“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 in summer 2021.
Check out the interview about his experience with the URO program.
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