Studying in Germany Filter: I want to get a PhD in materials science at a German university, hopefully starting in 2011. Please help me get started figuring this out!
I have a BA & MSci in Natural Sciences (Materials Science) from a British university, graduating about 18 months ago. For the last year I've been working in a science and technology company. The work is mostly applications chemistry, gas chromatography/mass spectrometry and keeping the lab running. My company's products do involve MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical systems) and some nanoscale silicon chips, but that's not the side I work with.
I want to go to Germany to get my doctorate in materials science. I know other universities might not have a materials science department, though, and instead consider it a part of physics or chemistry, or even engineering. I'm most interested in nanomaterials, surface science and polymers.
I'm a UK citizen with conversational German - it's improving all the time and will be fine for everyday life, but perhaps not for technical/academic work. I'd prefer an international department where English is the lingua franca. Mr. daisyk is a German-speaking Swiss citizen and self-employed programmer, so there will hopefully be no trouble there.
I've seen this previous question
but it was more focussed on masters programmes than doctorates.
I'm in the early stages of researching this now. Please offer your best tips on German universities with strong physical science research, how to apply and make myself an attractive candidate for a PhD, and good resources for prospective students in Germany.