Berkan studied Metallurgical and Materials Engineering in his homeland (Turkey) and joined MAP in 2008. He is currently carrying out a PhD in industry at Bosch
Why did you apply for MAP? After getting involved with novel nano-ceramics, I have decided to deepen my knowledge about the nano-world. The interdisciplinary program, MAP, combines the most important focal subjects which open the doors to understand the materials science from individual atoms to bulk materials.
Many study programs claim to be interdisciplinary. However, in the end it is often only an alongside studying of different subjects instead of a cooperation. How does MAP stand out from those programs? I am not really sure what other interdisciplinary programs claim and, more importantly, do. However, MAP allows students to focus on the subjects that they like (from four focal subjects) and during the 2nd and 3rd semester, intensive courses and miniprojects encourage students to combine these two subjects in a perfect manner.
“Elite study program”, that sounds like top level on the one hand and like a vast amount of study material on the other hand. Did/do you experience it that way? Please elaborate! I believe that it is always interesting to learn new things because even if I don’t use the things directly, that I learned previously, I always find/see things to make an analogy for some other things which I even see in my daily life (that is from my experience so far).
Did you spend time abroad (apart from studying in Germany)? I have been to South Africa for 3 months in order to complete my industrial internship.
What made/makes the program special for you? Would you opt for it again? Possibility of choosing two different focal subjects made the program special for me. Beside that, the miniprojects would help me to combine these two focal subjects and with the help of a HiWi-Job, I could gain more and more experience about the things that I wanted.
What is your advice for future MAP-students and prospective students? Shortly, like every time and everywhere in life, we should know what we want and then think about how to get it.