Your views on The Max Planck chain of institutes

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Your views on The Max Planck chain of institutes

Post by srivatsa91 » Tue May 15, 2012 12:45 pm

Hi all,

Can any body throw some light on German institutes like the Max Planck institute,Max Born institute etc??
What are the eligibility criteria for the Ms programs and do Engineering undergraduates have a chance to do masters in physics?
How do you rate them amongst US schools?

Thank You.....

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Re: Your views on The Max Planck chain of institutes

Post by P-representation » Mon Jun 18, 2012 8:04 am


Max Planck Institutes are the top-rated research institutes in Germany and are pretty competitive to get into. As far as I know there aren't any MPI's which offer a Master's Degree in Physics. In fact, you would probably need a Master's degree to even apply to these places for a Ph.D unlike the US.

I hope I have answered your query!

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Re: Your views on The Max Planck chain of institutes

Post by TakeruK » Mon Jun 18, 2012 10:09 am

Their system is similar to Canada's, where you first do a Masters and then a separate PhD, not necessarily at the same place! If you are interested in going there for PhD and are looking for a separate Masters degree, Canadian programs usually offer fully funded MSc degrees in Physics. Additionally, many departments have both Engineering Physics and Physics programs so there is potential for these places to be more welcoming to Engineering undergraduates. In places I've been to, engineering physics undergrads are usually accepted without any real concerns, and other types of engineering are okay with enough physics electives or you may have to take some additional courses.

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