"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.
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!
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.
MtL Discussions - Microfluidics 11 May 22 at 3 pm CEST

MtL Discussions - Microfluidics 11 May 22 at 3 pm CEST

In our new virtual format, our MtL Fellows will highlight one method or technique used within our broad research network. You will get an overview of the method or technique itself, as well as learn how it is applied in the different MtL research areas. In a subsequent discussion round, different aspects, opportunities and limitations will be discussed! Your questions and contributions are welcome!  Join us for our first session on May 11th at 3 pm!

Presentations and Panel Discussion chaired by Katharina Landfester from MPI for Polymer Research (Mainz), joined by Sarah Köster from University of Göttingen and Joachim Rädler from LMU Munich.
“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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