International Max Planck Research School of Marine Microbiology (MarMic - MSc/PhD)

General information

The International Max Planck Research School of Marine Microbiology (MarMic) is an M.Sc. / Ph.D. graduate program for highly qualified and motivated national and international students. MarMic is a joint program of the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology (MPI-MM), the University of Bremen (UniB), the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), and the Jacobs University Bremen (JUB). MarMic teaches students to take an interdisciplinary approach to the understanding of marine prokaryotic and eukaryotic microbiology, offering training in physiology, ecology, evolution, molecular biology, bioinformatics, and other related subjects. 

MarMic offers a combined M.Sc./Ph.D. program with the first year consisting of theoretical and practical training with lectures, tutorials, practical courses, laboratory rotations, and seminars. After the first year, the majority of MarMic students enters the Ph.D. program and graduates with a Ph.D. thesis within 3 years. A Master’s of Science (M.Sc.) degree is available to those students that do not qualify for the Ph.D. program, or for Ph.D. students that wish to gain a M.Sc. degree. Students in the Ph.D. program are supervised by a thesis committee that meets at least twice a year to discuss the progress of their research. Ph.D. students participate in seminars, workshops, summer schools, and a yearly retreat with international scientists. Exchange programs with universities in foreign countries are available for 6-12 month research visits. The school language is English. 

Learning outcome:

The MarMic concept is unique: we are educating a new generation of marine scientists, and providing them with the tools to better understand microbial life and the matter in which it affects our biosphere. MarMic students are trained to think globally and to choose from both holistic and reductionistic research approaches. The breadth of theoretical and practical experiences at MarMic enables students to address questions ranging from biogeochemistry to genomic analysis, from single-cell interactions to behavior in mixed communities. These abilities make MarMic students attractive scientists for international research teams, institutes, universities, and industry.

Contact Person: MarMic Coordination Office (info@marmic.mpg.de)

Content

The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0511 - Biology", "0512 - Biotechnology", "0512 - Toxicology", "0521 - Ecology", "0532 - Marine Geology", "0542 - Statistics

Venue

Venue: Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology (Coordination Office)
Bremen, Germany

Year I (Master of Science): students study at the University of Bremen.
Year II-IV (Ph.D. Programme): students work on their Ph. D. thesis in a research group of the MPI-MM, the University of Bremen, the AWI, or the JUB

Application

Open from
12 Aug 2017 to 28 Feb 2018

Cost:

As a general rule, tuition fees for German universities are paid by the German government. This is also true for the Marine Microbiology Graduate and Postgraduate Program (tuition fees waived). The general administration fee for registration at the University of Bremen is about 300€ per semester. More information about the living cost in Germany and other type of costs is available here.


Prerequisites:

Degree Requirements
The program is intended for students holding a first degree (B.Sc. or equivalent) in biology, biochemistry, marine biology, oceanography, microbiology, chemistry, molecular biology, geology, biogeochemistry, bioinformatics or related fields. Applications will be considered even if the degree is not conferred until summer / fall of the year of application. The program is open for both domestic and foreign students. Students from universities that do not offer B.Sc. degrees may also qualify if their training is equivalent (e.g. German students with a Vordiplom and one additional year of advanced courses). Exceptionally qualified students can begin research for their Ph. D. thesis immediately, provided they have a M.Sc. or a Diplom / Staatsexamen.

Language Requirements
Applicants whose native language is not English are asked to submit a proof of proficiency in English (e.g. IELTS: band 6.5/7.0, Cambridge University: Certificate in Advanced English or TOEFL C1-level); submission preferred until January 15 each year (but also acceptable after the deadline).

Please note: If you did not reach the required scores in the English proficiency test so far, please do not hesitate to apply. As one alternative, you can redo an English test achieving the C1-level at the University of Bremen in September each year. If no English test is available, proven higher education in English or a reasonably long stay in an English speaking country may also be accepted.


Application Procedure:

The M.Sc. program starts in October each year. The beginning of the Ph.D. program is flexible. 

Who can apply? The program is intended for students holding a first degree (B.Sc. or equivalent) in biology, biochemistry, marine biology, oceanography, microbiology, chemistry, molecular biology, geology, biogeochemistry, bioinformatics or related fields. Applications will be considered even if the degree is not conferred until summer / fall of the year of application. The program is open for both domestic and foreign students. Students from universities that do not offer B.Sc. degrees may also qualify if their training is equivalent (e.g. German students with a Vordiplom and one additional year of advanced courses). 
Exceptionally qualified students can begin research for their Ph. D. thesis immediately, provided they have a M.Sc. or a Diplom / Staatsexamen. 

Application for Admission. The Online MarMic APPLICATION FORM and all required documents (see checklist below) must be submitted electronically. Please fill in in English.

Additionally we also need a paper version of all required documents in duplicate (two copies)! Send the completed application by air mail or surface mail to the MarMic coordination office. 

MarMic Coordination Office / Admissions Committee 
Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology 
Celsiusstr. 1 
D-28359 Bremen 
Germany 
phone: +49 421 2028-700 
fax: +49 421 2028-580 
email: infomarmic.mpg.de 

Your application must include the following documents: 

  • a CV (Curriculum Vitae)
  • a letter of motivation (1-2 pages). Please explain your reasons for wanting to enter the program and study marine microbiology. Refer to any personal, professional, or educational experiences or situations that have contributed to your desire to participate in this program. Describe your specific interests and academic goals.
  • official academic transcripts in English or German from all colleges/universities attended (one notarized copy and one regular copy of each document!)  Especially for the certification/notarization of degrees from Non-European Community Member States PLEASE check theNotarization details here.
  • academic diplomas: certificate of your high school diploma and of further academic diplomas, if applicable (in English or German; one certified copy and one regular copy of each document!)
  • two photographs: portrait of the size of a passport photograph (please indicate your name on the back!)
  • two reference letters: letters of two referees who are able to evaluate your personality, academic experience, and intellectual merit (preferably mailed to the MarMic coordination office confidentially. They should not be older than 6 months).
  • proof of proficiency in English: applicants whose native language is not English are asked to submit a proof of proficiency in English (e.g. IELTS: band 6.5/7.0, Cambridge University: Certificate in Advanced English or TOEFL C1-level); submission preferred until February 28 each year (but also acceptable after the deadline). Please note: If you did not reach the required scores in the English proficiency test so far, please do not hesitate to apply. As one alternative, you can redo an English test achieving the C1-level at the University of Bremen in September each year. If no English test is available, proven higher education in English or a reasonably long stay in an English speaking country may also be accepted.

Selection and admission. Applications are evaluated by the admissions committee based on the letter of motivation, academic qualifications, and recommendation letters. Promising candidates will be notified by the end of April and invited for interviews in Bremen during May (travel expenses will be covered by the program). In some countries (e.g. P.R. China, India), interviews will be organized with local partner institutions in the presence of a senior faculty member of the MarMic Program.  Decisions about admission will be made by June 30th, 2018. 


Grant Opportunities:

All applicants are encouraged to apply for scholarships in their home country, from governmental, corporate and foundation funds, for grants from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), or other sources. 

MSc Scholarships: there are a limited number of additional scholarships available through the program. If you want to apply for one of them, please explain your financial situation and your need for financial aid on a separate form (attached to your application for admission to the program).
Financial Aid for Ph.D. students: students who enter the PhD program after the first year of intensive training receive funding (approximately 1.100-1.300  Euro per month) from one of a variety of sources, including individual fellowships, research grants, corporate and foundation funds, or University and departmental funds.

Qualification

Academic level: Master, PhD
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