In which subject should I have completed my Master's degree to be eligible for the program?
Our program is focused on research in experimental and theoretical cellular biophysics. To be eligible for the program, you should have completed your Master's degree in the natural or life sciences, including various branches of biology, chemistry, biochemistry, physics, medicine, pharmacy, neurosciences, mathematics, computer sciences, and engineering. Ideally, you have already worked on biological, biochemical, or biophysical problems in experimental or theoretical settings during your undergraduate studies. If you are unsure whether your field of study is suitable for our program, please contact our Coordination Office before applying.
When do I have to have completed my degree to be eligible?
Our program starts on September 15. To offer you a Ph.D. student contract, we need an official proof of your Master's degree. Therefore, you should have received your official Master's certificate by September 15. In case you have completed all your course work including your thesis by September 15., but will receive your official certificate later, please contact our Coordination Office before applying.
Can I also apply with a Bachelor’s degree?
In Germany, it is not common to start a Ph.D. with a Bachelor’s degree. Students holding a B.Sc. may be considered in exceptional cases if they provide excellent academic records and transcripts. Evaluation of the completed course work is done on a case-to-case basis and candidates may have to complete additional M.Sc. courses to be admitted to the IMPRS. Please contact our Coordination Office before applying with a Bachelor’s degree.
Is there an age limit?
There is no age limit. We welcome applications from excellent scientists of all ages.
What are the language requirements?
Our program is in English language. You should be proficient in speaking, reading and writing English. We do not ask you for an English language certificate but will evaluate your English language skills during the application interviews.
Is there a minimum grade point average (GPA) for admission?
There is no minimum grade point average to be admitted to the program. However, candidates are selected based on criteria of academic excellence. Therefore, the better your GPA, the better your chances.