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Who qualifies for the IMPRS on Astrophysics?

Students from all countries in the world are welcome to apply for the IMPRS program. They are selected based on their excellence as proven by their university record and by letters of recommendation. A selection committee composed of members from all participating institutes will review the applications and advise the potential supervisors about the candidates and their qualifications. However, the final decision about the acceptance of a student rests soley with his/her potential supervisor. Generally, students are admitted for the IMPRS Graduate School once a year. The program starts each September 1st, application deadline is November 1th of the year before. The application plattform is available from the beginning of August till November 1st. 

Applicants must have a Master's in physics or astrophysics.

However, applications for the program starting in 2021 can be submitted even if the Master's degree will not be obtained before November 1, 2020, when the completion of a Master's degree is expected until Fall 2021.

Applicants holding a Bachelor's degree have to apply to the Master of Astrophysics (or Master of Physics) program at the LMU before they can be admitted to the IMPRS PhD program to obtain a Ph.D. (Dr.rer.nat.) from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University.
Outstanding students with an excellent Bachelor’s degree (i.e. Bachelor’s degree with “very good,” or proven placement among the top 10% in their class) can be granted direct admission to doctoral studies by the Ludwig-Maximilians University (LMU). Before starting the doctoral project, however, one must first acquire 60 ECTS points from one of the Faculty of Physics’ Master’s programs for further qualification. This requires usually five 2h per week lectures (plus tutorials) in the winter AND summer semester. The decision on whether students with an excellent Bachelor degree can be granted direct admission is with the LMU exclusively and is not a decision taken be the IMPRS. For more information on this please contact the IMPRS office.

Candidates whose native language is not English or German should provide a certificate documenting proficiency in English, for example TOEFL (recommended IbT of at least 94 points) or IELTS (recommended score of at least 7 points) or equivalent.


PhD Grant

Successful applicants with a Master's degree will receive a work contract of about EUR 1.685 per month, (depending on family status) for a period of three to four years.

Available PhD Topics

See Available PhD Topics for more details.

Online Application

To apply for our IMPRS Graduate School, please follow the link online application