International Max Planck Research School for Molecules of Life (IMPRS-ML)

International Max Planck Research School for Molecules of Life

The PhD program covers the areas of biochemistry, structural biology, biophysics, cell biology, systems biology, and computational biology and takes an integrative and interdisciplinary approach to connect these disciplines and the participating players. Networking, communication and scientific interactions are promoted as an integral part of graduate training.

Thesis research at IMPRS-ML is embedded into a structured curriculum offering a variety of training opportunities including lecture series, seminars, advanced courses, method and career development workshops and participation in international conferences.

The interdisciplinary setting of the program exposes students to a wide range of different topics and technologies thereby promoting the ability of cross-frontier thinking. While such broadly-based perspectives characterize the framework of the program, the research of an individual doctoral student is tightly anchored within the scope and focus of the chosen research group, providing ample room for specialization and in depth training.

Doctoral degrees are typically awarded by one of the two Munich partner universities, the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) or the Technische Universität München (TUM) both of which are amongst the highest ranking universities in Germany.

More than 200 doctoral students from all over the world are currently working at the Max Planck Institutes of Biochemistry, together with numerous doctoral students from close by university laboratories, create a lively and dynamic international atmosphere at the research campus.