Max Planck School Matter to Life
Online Application
5-year B.S.-to-Ph.D. program
Göttingen University
Complex Systems and Biological Physics

Instructions for applying online to the Max Planck School Matter to Life at Göttingen University
with emphasis on Complex Systems and Biological Physics

Applying to the Max Planck School Matter to Life is a two-step process.

To begin the online application process, you must first register here if you have chosen Göttingen University based on your degree focus of interest. Each University has slightly different requirements, as outlined on their respective Online Application pages.

After you have registered, you will receive an e-mail confirmation.

This e-mail contains your Applicant ID, which is required in the second step of the online application process where you will upload your Letter of Motivation and Curriculum Vitae (CV) with supporting documents.

Please note:
· Certificates not coming from a German institution must be officially translated into the English or German language.

Please refer to our FAQs page for more information.


By the time of admission into the program, applicants must have completed a Bachelor’s degree (B.S., B.Sc.) in one of the following fields: physics, chemistry, biology, materials science, or engineering (including any sub-fields, e.g. bioengineering, biotechnology). If you are currently obtaining your degree, please input your grade point average to-date on the registration page and submit an unofficial, current transcript of records in the document upload step. Official transcripts are only required after graduation.

To be considered competitive, applicants should have a grade point average (GPA) that is within the top 15% of their class (e.g. 3.4/4.0 in the 4.0 grading scale); however, this is not a hard rule as applications are looked at on the whole.

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Subject Test is mandatory for all students. The GRE subject test must be in one of the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Math, or Physics. A scanned version of unofficial test scores should be included in the upload of your CV with supporting documents. Official test scores are required to be sent in, but as long as the test has been taken before the application deadline, we can still receive official scores after the deadline. Our GRE DI code is: 4398.

Solid knowledge of the English language is necessary for success in the program. If English is not the applicant’s native language, the applicant is required to either provide proof of a qualifying English language exam or have completed studies in English. The following internationally-accepted English language tests are accepted: internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), a C1 Advanced/Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE), a UNIcert® II certificate, NULTE certificates, or a Global Scale of English (GSE, Pearson Academic). Test scores are valid for two years from the application deadline (i.e. the test score is valid if taken after December 01, 2016 for a December 01, 2018 application deadline). Our TOEFL DI code is C308. Non-native English speakers who have spent at least two years of relevant studies or a professional stay in an English-speaking country within the last three years prior to the application date or have successfully completed an English-language study program qualify for proof of English language sufficiency. These documents must be included in the application upload file. Please note: The English language test is required for admission to the program, but not for the application submission. If you cannot complete the test before applying, please indicate that it will be taken at a later date.

Your application will also include your:
1) Curriculum Vitae (CV), in English, plus additional supporting documents (all educational diplomas, all academic transcripts, English language test qualification, GRE test results); and
2) Letter of Motivation (in English) up to 8500 characters in length.

Please see the upload page for more details. You will receive the link to this page via e-mail after registering.

Important dates

· Application Deadline is May 01, 2019 at midnight (CEST)
· Decisions sent out by July 2019
· School year starts in September 2019

Further Questions?

Contact the coordination office:


If you have received your Applicant ID, please include this in the subject line of your e-mail.

This registration system has been created by GWDG, Göttingen / Germany.