Program Overview

The International Max Planck Research School for Computer Science (IMPRS-CS) offers a fully funded graduate program in cooperation with the Saarbrücken Graduate School of Computer Science at Saarland University.

IMPRS-CS PhD Program

The program leads to a doctoral degree (PhD) and is open to students who already hold a research-oriented Master’s degree in Computer Science (or an equivalent degree).
Admitted students will receive a support contract that covers all living expenses and tuition fees. These support contract recipients are automatically members of the Saarbrücken Graduate School of Computer Science.
Applications should be submitted to the IMPRS-CS; the Graduate School is involved in the admissions process. Applicants who will be invited to our PhD Application Talks are required to deliver a 15-minute research presentation on their Master’s project, followed by a question and answer period, in front of the admission committee and other audience members. Application talks are held three times a year: in February (with an application deadline in November), in May (with an application deadline in February), in October (with an application deadline in July). Please check our front page for information about the exact date of the current application deadline. All admitted students receive financial aid in the form of a support contract.

The IMPRS-CS graduate program is organized in collaboration with the MPI for Informatics, the MPI for Software Systems, and the Department of Computer Science at Saarland University, all three of which rank among the very best scientific research institutions in Computer Science in Europe.

Additional Study Options:

  • PhD Qualification Program

Students who have a Bachelor’s degree in computer science with excellent academic performance and a strong research background or research interest can apply with the Saarbrücken Graduate School of Computer Science to enter the preparatory phase of the PhD program.

  • Master’s Programs

Students who have a very good Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and first want to pursue a Master’s degree in Computer Science or Visual Computing can apply with the respective Master’s program at Saarland University. A small number of admitted students who show excellent performance and promise are selected for financial support by IMPRS-CS and become members of the IMPRS-CS.
Interested students should apply directly for admission to the Master’s program in Computer Science, the Master’s program in Visual Computing and the Master’s program in Mathematics and Computer Science .

Results of the CHE Informatics Program Ranking 2017/2018

  • The program was for instance ranked in the top group (among the best 25 percent) in the major categories:

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Further Information:

Research groups at the MPI for Informatics
Research groups at the MPI for Software Systems
Research groups at the Department of Computer Science
MPI for Informatics staff
MPI for Software Systems staff