M.Sc. On Campus

Matter to Life

University of Göttingen

24 months
768 EUR/year
768 EUR/year
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Matter to Life from 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.


Matter to Life from University of Göttingen 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.

Students at Matter to Life from University of Göttingen will gain knowledge in:

  • biophysics
  • physics of complex systems
  • physico-chemical foundation of life
  • synthetic biology

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Biophysics
  • Physics of complex systems
  • Physical chemistry of life
  • Systems engineering of Life/Biomolecular engineering
  • Advanced statistical physics
  • Professional skills in science
  • Ethics in synthetic biology
  • Advanced complex systems and biological physics including qualifying exam
  • Modern experimental methods

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in Natural Sciences, Engineering or in a related subject with at least three years of study and at least 180 Credits: including at least 76 Credits in the field of physics, chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, materials science, engineering of molecular systems or bioprocess engineering, including at least 19 Credits in the field of physics or mathematics,
  • Certificates/Diplomas of all higher education degrees (e.g. BSc, etc.) - if already obtained
  • Proof of current enrollment if BSc degree is still ongoing (official statement and/or transcript)
  • Official transcripts of completed and/or ongoing degrees 
  • Curriculum vitae (CV), maximum 3 pages
  • Letter of motivation
  • Proof of English language proficiency in the case of non-native English-speaking applicants

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    768 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 384 EUR per semester during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    768 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 384 EUR per semester during 24 months.

The semester fees comprise administration fees, student body fees and a Studentenwerk fee.

Living costs for Göttingen

730 - 1100 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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