Am I eligible for admission?

You are eligible for our IMPRS if you can answer all questions below with a clear “yes”:

  • Do you hold, or anticipate receiving, an MSc in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics, or Engineering?*
  • Are you specifically interested in contributing to the research performed by the research groups in our IMPRS?
  • Are you driven by scientific curiosity and the ambition to shape the future of science?
  • Can you prove excellent prior academic performance and research experience?
  • Will you thrive in a highly interdisciplinary, international, and state-of-the-art environment?
  • Are you enthusiastic, cooperative, and collegial?
  • Can you demonstrate a high level of spoken and written English proficiency?

Previously affiliated applicants

Candidates previously affiliated with an IMPRS group may join this group for PhD thesis work if the previous affiliation did not exceed 12 months. Internal candidates must demonstrate outstanding performance and the highest potential in order to be invited for interviews. To avoid any favoritism or bias, group leaders associated with an internal candidate will not be involved in judging the candidate’s qualification for admission.

* In Germany, a PhD is normally started after completing a Masters degree. In extremely exceptional cases, however, we may consider candidates holding a Bachelor’s degree. This goes for countries where an MSc is not traditionally part of the path to academic research (i.e. USA). Independent research and a written thesis are absolutely required in this case, and your academic records must be  outstanding. The likelihood of successful application with only a BSc is low. Even if the application is successful, there may be additional requirements as compared to your colleagues with an MSc. (i.e. taking a course). This is decided on by our partner institute, TU Dresden. This is because of German legal regulations; We do not have the power to make exceptions to this, in case TUD decides that you needs to take courses.

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