Application for Admission
The MarMic Online APPLICATION and all required documents (see checklist below) must be submitted electronically. Please fill in in English.
Your online application must include the following documents:
- your CV (Curriculum Vitae)
- your letter of motivation (1-2 pages)
Please explain your reasons for wanting to enter the program and study marine microbiology. Refer to 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.
- all official (up-to-date) academic transcripts
in English or German from all colleges/universities attended
Especially for the translation as well as certification/notarization of transcripts and degrees PLEASE check the Notarization details here.
- final academic diplomas
certificate of your high school diploma and of all further academic diplomas, if already applicable (in English or German)
- two reference letters
letters of two referees who are able to evaluate your personality, academic experience, and intellectual merit. They should not be older than 6 months.
(Preferably as scanned letter on an official letter head and with manual signature, emailed to email@example.com or surface-mailed by your referee to the MarMic coordination office confidentially).
- a proof of proficiency in English
applicants whose native language is not English are asked to submit a proof of proficiency in English on the C1-level
(e.g. IELTS: band 7.0, Cambridge University: Certificate in Advanced English (CAE Grade C), TOEIC (Listening/Reading 945, Speaking 180, Reading 180) or TOEFL IBT 95 points, C1-level);
The submission is preferred until February 28 each year, but also acceptable after the deadline.
If you did not reach the required scores in the English proficiency test so far, please do not hesitate to apply.
If no English test is available, proven higher education including all exams in English may also be accepted.
- a photograph
portrait of the size of a passport photograph
The Online application is currently inactivated.
The application deadline for students starting MarMic in October 2023 has expired on February 28. The next call for 2024 applications will open after December 1, 2023.
Please note these mandatory additional requirements
The above mentioned forms are required for the restricted admission to MarMic.
Additionally you have to apply for admission with all required documents at the University of Bremen!
For details about the Application Procedure at the University of Bremen please check the
- Masterportal and fill in the
- ONLINE APPLICATION for New Students
by Creating an MSc Application Account.
If you already registered at the University of Bremen you can directly continue your application.
Please already note during the application phase:If you get accepted by the selection committee and receive an offer to start with the MSc/PhD program at the International Max Planck Research School of Marine Microbiology (MarMic), you additionally need two notarized copies of all required degree documents! Be aware that this can take several months. Therefore we encourage you to start working on the notarizations / proofs of authenticity already at the point of application. After being selected please send the application documents by air mail or surface mail to the MarMic coordination office.
MarMic Coordination Office / Admissions Committee
Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology
phone: +49 421 2028-7000