University of Göttingen

Matter to Life - Focus: Complex Systems and Biological Physics [combined Master's/PhD program at Max Planck School]

M.Sc. (Master of Science)
Subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy
English only
Winter semester:  01 Dec
Application Deadlines
2 Years (starting: Winter semester)
Tuition fees (per semester)
Winter semester
Mode of admission:
local admission restriction
directly at University
Study mode:
On campus

Course description

This program is part of the 5-year combined Master's & Ph.D. program at the Max Planck School Matter to Life (MPS MtL), but students have the option to just study the master's degree. The master's program "Matter to Life" at the University of Göttingen is an interdisciplinary research-oriented course of study that qualifies for demanding tasks in research and development and leads to a Master of Science. The program is part of the Max Planck School "Matter to Life", a joint initiative of several German universities and research institutes. The Lab rotations and the master thesis can be performed with any of the fellows of the Max Planck school, at the University of Göttingen, the Göttingen Max Planck Institutes as well at the partner institutes outside Göttingen. After successful completion of the master’s program, graduates are qualified to enter the PhD program at the Max Planck School Matter to Life. Admission to the program is highly selective and admitted students can be supported by generous stipends. The main fields of study are: - biophysics - physics of complex systems - physico-chemical foundation of life - synthetic biology


Qualification Requirements

Previous Degree

Bachelor of Science in chemistry, biochemistry, materials science, molecular systems engineering, physics, molecular cell biology, bioengineering, or a related subject.

GPA Comment

Students should be in the top 15% of their bachelor’s class.

Language Requirements

The following certificates are recognised as proof of your language proficience.

min C1 Advanced (CAE)
Does the university recognize "other equivalent language certificates"? yes

Additional information:
An internationally-accepted language test will be required for non-native/mother-tongue English speakers. Test scores are valid for two years from the application deadline.

Application & Admission

Application Deadlines

Applications are open from:
Winter semester:September 01 (German)September 01 (EU)September 01 (Non EU)
Summer semester:

Application Procedure & Selection

Mode of admission:
local admission restriction
Admission test/interview:
directly at University
Application Fee:

Application Documents

Application documents for applicants with a Bachelor of Science:

  1. Certificates/Diplomas of all higher education degrees (e.g. BSc, etc.) - if already obtained.
  2. Proof of current enrollment if a BSc degree is still ongoing (official statement and/or transcript).
  3. Official transcripts of completed and/or ongoing degrees.
  4. Curriculum vitae (CV), maximum of 3 pages.
  5. Letter of motivation (~ 3 pages - specific length requirements for each university program).
  6. Proof of English language proficiency in the case of non-native English-speaking applicants* (see language requirements).
  7. GRE Subject Test (from one of the subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Maths, or Physics) - only required for TU Munich#.
  8. 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 30th of your program start year).

# Note: The GRE is no longer required for applications to the University of Göttingen and the University of Heidelberg, subject to the approval of the university committees.

Further Information

For more information please check the

Course Website