The Max Planck School Matter to Life is a joint Graduate Program of German Universities and Research Organizations. It brings together experts from various institutions of Germany’s diverse research landscape for an interdisciplinary graduate education.The 5-year Master to PhD Direct Track at the MPS MtL offers highly talented and motivated students a research-oriented training in the fundamentals, methods and approaches in the rapidly developing field of Matter to Life. "What, exactly, is life?", and "Can life-like processes, functions and objects be quantitatively simulated, predicted and created in the laboratory?" are the overarching questions addressed in the curriculum and research training.