Studying at MPA

The Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics (MPA) in Garching invites students to carry out their research at MPA. We welcome applicants from Germany and abroad. In principle there are two options for doing research at MPA:

  • Bachelor/Master Thesis
  • PhD Thesis


Bachelor's or Master's thesis

If you are interested in writing your bachelor- or master-thesis in cooperation with your current university and the MPA, please contact the head of the research group you are interested in.
You can find more information about the scientific work at MPA on the webpages of the various research areas:

    Computational Structure Formation
    Galaxy Formation and Evolution
    High Energy Astrophysics
    Physical Cosmology
    Stellar Astrophysics
    Information Field Theory

PhD thesis

A dissertation in cooperation with MPA can be done as an individually supervised project or through participation in our PhD-programme IMPRS.

International Max-Planck Research School (IMPRS) on Astrophysics

In collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE), the Observatory of the Ludwig Maximilians University (USM), and the European Southern Observatory (ESO), MPA offers excellent research opportunities in theoretical and observational astrophysics for IMPRS students, covering all wavelengths from radio waves to gamma rays. Students conduct their graduate studies in a very stimulating environment and have the opportunity to develop a broad background in astrophysics beyond their own dedicated research project. The MPA is one of the most renowned institutions for theoretical and computational astrophysics. Graduate students will receive comprehensive training in theoretical and observational astronomy covering the whole spectrum of research activities present in the participating institutes.

Link to the IMPRS web pages

You can find more information about the scientific work at MPA on the webpages of the various research areas:

    Computational Structure Formation
    Galaxy Formation and Evolution
    High Energy Astrophysics
    Physical Cosmology
    Stellar Astrophysics
    Information Field Theory

Programs for PhD students:

Max Planck PhDnet. It’s a network of Max Planck PhD students! This portal serves as a platform for exchange among doctoral researchers at Max Planck Institutes.
Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard-Foundation. The foundation supports young female scientists with children and aims to enable them to create the freedom required to further their scientific careers.

Go to Editor View