International Programmes 2018/2019

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International Max Planck Research School for Computer Science IMPRS for Computer Science

Max Planck Institute for Informatics • Saarbrücken

Degree
Dr-Ing
Doctoral degree or degree awarded by
Saarland University
Course location
Saarbrücken
In cooperation with
Max Planck Institute for Informatics
Max Planck Institute for Software Systems
Saarland University
Teaching language
  • English
Languages

English

Programme duration
8 semesters
Beginning
Only for doctoral programmes: any time
Application deadline

The application deadline is flexible. Please see http://www.imprs-cs.de.

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
None
Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
No
Joint degree / double degree programme
No
Description/content

The International Max Planck Research School for Computer Science (IMPRS-CS) is a graduate programme jointly run by the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems and Saarland University.

Students receive a first rate, fully-funded, research-oriented education in their chosen area of specialisation. They enjoy close supervision by world-renowned scientists in a competitive yet collaborative. This is an environment rich in interaction with other students, post-docs, and scientists.

Numerous research topics are available, including the following: Algorithms and Complexity, Computational Biology, Logics, Computer Graphics, Networks, Databases and Information/Programming Systems, IT-Security and Cryptography, Software Engineering, Computer Vision.

Course organisation

Our graduate programme is organised in close collaboration with the MPI for Informatics, the MPI for Software Systems and the Department of Computer Science at Saarland University, which is consistently ranked among the top two Computer Science departments in Germany. All three institutes are located in adjacent buildings on the same campus.

The IMPRS-CS cooperates closely with the Saarbrücken Graduate School (GS) of Computer Science. All students admitted to the IMPRS scholarship programme are automatically members of the GS.

International elements
  • Specialist literature in other languages
  • Language training provided
  • Training in intercultural skills
  • Courses are led with foreign partners
  • Projects with partners in Germany and abroad
  • International comparisons and thematic reference to the international context
Special promotion / funding of the programme
  • IMPRS
Course-specific, integrated German language courses
No
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
No
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
None
Semester contribution
The semester contribution amounts to approx. 230 EUR per semester. This includes a "Semesterticket", which allows free use of regional transportation in Saarland.
Funding opportunities within the university
Yes
Description of the above-mentioned funding opportunities within the university
E.g., student assistantships
Academic Admission Requirements

Applicants for the PhD programme must hold a Master's degree in Computer Science (or an equivalent degree) from a research-oriented university. Successful candidates will typically have ranked at or near the top of their classes, have already engaged in research and published their results, and be highly proficient in written and spoken English.
In addition, students who have a Bachelor's degree from a four-year programme at a research-oriented institution and have shown outstanding performance (as demonstrated, for example, by refereed publications) are also eligible. They should apply directly with the Saarbrücken Graduate School of Computer Science.

Applicants are required to deliver a 15-minute research presentation on their Master's projects, followed by a question-and-answer period, which is to be conducted in front of the admissions committee and other audience members.

A successful candidate must:

  • hold or be about to receive a Master's degree in Computer Science from a research-oriented institution of higher education
  • have outstanding academic performance (rank at or near top of his or her class)
  • have excellent oral and written English language skills
  • show aptitude for independent, creative work
  • have performed research and published (or submitted for publication) the results


The application must be supported by

  • a Bachelor's or Master's certificate
  • a school certificate
  • academic transcripts
  • a CV
  • three names and e-mail addresses of professors or similar willing to give references for the candidate
  • a personal statement explaining the candidate's motivation and reasons for pursuing a PhD in Computer Science at the Max Planck Research School for Computer Science

Additionally, submission of GRE general and GRE Computer Science subject test scores is strongly encouraged, but it is not compulsory.

Language requirements

Successful candidates must have excellent oral and written English language skills.
Submission of TOEFL scores, TSE scores or the Cambridge Certificate is strongly encouraged, but it is not compulsory.

Application deadline

The application deadline is flexible. Please see http://www.imprs-cs.de.

Submit application to

See: www.imprs-cs.de

Possibility of finding part-time employment

Financial support is provided by the IMPRS-CS to all admitted PhD students and selected Master's students with excellent performance.

Accommodation

The institute usually assists its students in finding accommodation.

Structured research and supervision
Yes
Research training / discussion
Yes
Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Welcome event
  • Buddy programme
  • Tutors
  • Accompanying programme
  • Specialist counselling
  • Visa matters
  • Pick-up service

Max Planck Institute for Informatics

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The International Max Planck Research School for Computer Science (IMPRS-CS) is a graduate programme jointly run by the Max Planck Institute for Informatics (MPI-INF), the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems (MPI-SWS), and the Computer Science Department at Saarland University.
The MPI-INF and the MPI-SWS are among the more than 80 institutes run by the Max Planck Society. The MPIs are Germany's prime basic research facilities with world-class, basic research in the fields of medicine, biology, chemistry, physics, technology, and the humanities. Since 1948, MPI researchers have been awarded 18 Nobel prizes, which testifies to the quality and innovation of MPI research programmes.

Educating and training junior scientists is of primary importance for the future of science, research, and innovation. The Max Planck Society, in cooperation with German universities has launched the International Max Planck Research Schools (IMPRS) initiative.
Admitted students receive a first rate, research-oriented education in their chosen area of concentration. They enjoy close supervision by a world-renowned scientist in a competitive, yet collaborative, environment rich in interaction with other students, post-docs, and scientists. The programme is fully funded.

Location

Successful studies should always be accompanied by a pleasant social life. Saarbrücken offers a wide variety of free time activities to enjoy all year. The opportunities range from short trips - organised by the IMPRS-CS - to a selection of museums, cinemas, theatres and pubs. Also, the French border is only a stone's throw away.
On our website, we also provide information on libraries, sports and religious activities, to name a few.