IMPRS Marine Microbiology (MarMic)

International Max Planck Research School of Marine Microbiology (IMPRS MarMic)

Ph.D. On Campus
36 months
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The IMPRS Marine Microbiology (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.


The IMPRS 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). 

Why study marine microbiology?

Marine microorganisms are essential to the maintenance of our biosphere, yet we have the only fragmentary understanding of the diversity and function of the microbial life in our oceans. The study of marine microbiology involves research of fundamental issues such as the evolution of life, the functioning of marine food webs, global climate change, the fate of pollutants, and the biodiversity of the ocean. 

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.

Programme Structure

  • Throughout the first year, current topics in marine microbiology are taught by internationally renowned scientists in a comprehensive lecture series. Lecture topics are discussed in tutorials. 
  • During methods courses students learn fundamental techniques applied in current research and meet members of participating research groups. Subsequently, students carry out three independent research projects (laboratory rotations) of two months each in participating laboratories. Results of these projects are presented and discussed during a minisymposium. 
  • In years 2-4, students work on their Ph. D. thesis in a research group of the MPI-MM, the University of Bremen, the AWI, or the JUB. Students have the option of working in a foreign laboratory for up to 6 months. Students from abroad are encouraged to cooperate with an institute from their home country. 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Graduate Application Form
  • Research Proposal (letter of motivation)
  • University Transcript
  • Degree Certificate
  • CV
  • English Language Proficiency Test
  • Two Recommendations from Faculty Members

Tuition Fee


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IMPRS Marine Microbiology (MarMic)
International Max Planck Research School of Marine Microbiology (IMPRS MarMic)


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