International Max Planck Research School for Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences

The PhD program covers the areas of biochemistry, cell biology, molecular medicine, neurobiology and structural 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-LS 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 (LMU) München or the Technische Universität München (TUM) both of which are amongst the highest ranking universities in Germany. International doctoral students may also opt to have their doctoral degree awarded by a university of their home country.
More than 250 doctoral students from all over the world are currently working at the Max Planck Institutes of Biochemistry and Neurobiology and, together with numerous doctoral students from close by university laboratories, create a lively and dynamic international atmosphere at the research campus.