Welcome to the Max Planck Graduate Center

PhD and Research in an Interdisciplinary Environment

celebrating the graduation
Photo: Harrison Keely

You aim at doing a PhD thesis in a highly interdisciplinary research environment in science? You would like to study in Germany, but your field of interest does not really fit with the traditional categorisation into subjects like biology, chemistry, physics or medicine?

The MPGC is a virtual department across two Max Planck Institutes and four faculties of the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, created for interdisciplinary projects. We offer an advanced PhD program in these research topics to excellent candidates from all over the world. The Graduate Center has its own doctoral degree regulations, promoting interdisciplinary research, and awards the young scientists after a successful defense with the degree "Doktor rerum naturalium" (Dr. rer. nat.) of the University of Mainz complemented by the logo of the Max Planck Society

The participating departments are:

  • Medicine (FB 04)
  • Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science (FB 08)
  • Chemistry, Pharmaceutics and Geosciences (FB 09)
  • Biology (FB 10)

The participating Max Planck Institutes are:

  • MPI for Chemistry (MPIC)
  • MPI for Polymer Research (MPIP)

Our website will provide you with information about

  • the Graduate Center and its partners
  • the fields or research covered
  • the curriculum of the MPGC
  • the process of application and admission
  • the social life and environment in Mainz