International Max Planck Research School: The Mechanisms of Mental Function and Dysfunction

The IMPRS is a joint project of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics and the University of Tübingen. It is embedded in the Graduate Training Centre of Neuroscience (GTC) and thus benefits from more than 20 years of successful cooperation in the training of young neuroscientists.

The IMPRS-MMFD offers a combined MSc/PhD program to outstanding BSc graduates. IMPRS students will have admission to one of the GTC´s regular MSc programs, and additionally a commitment of the IMPRS faculty to offer them a PhD position after their successful MSc graduation.


The direct access to the IMPRS doctoral program for those students who are already holding a MSc degree and have already been admitted by the Graduate Training Centre is also possible. Prerequisite is the primarily supervision by one of the IMPRS faculty members (see: Application).

Teaching and research in the IMPRS and at the GTC of Neuroscience are conducted entirely in English.

The IMPRS MMFD was launched in January 2020 and is one of about sixty International Max Planck Research Schools run by the Max Planck Society in partnership with various universities and research institutions. IMPRS programs provide an extraordinary framework and working environment for graduate students, and they provide unique opportunities for interdisciplinary research projects.