Career Perspectives

Career Perspectives for MAP students

About 60% of MAP graduates commence a PhD following completion of the programme. Many of our alumni remain in Erlangen or at one of the MAP partner universities. Recent graduates have also secured PhD positions at other world-class universities and institutions including University of Cambridge (UK), University of California at San Diego (USA), Washington State University (USA), McMaster University (Canada) and ETH Zürich (Switzerland).

MAP, however, does not only train excellent academic researchers. Many of our graduates find excellent positions and become leaders in industry.

MAP graduate's destination 2005 - 2017, last update 20.07.2017

MAP graduate’s destination 2005 – 2017, last update 20.07.2017

Andreas Leber, a former MAP student, shares in the following video how MAP has helped him preparing his Master’s thesis at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Mani Diba – MAP alumnus since 2012:

M. Diba

“MAP provided me with an invaluable scientific foundation that I have been benefitting from ever since. I was recently awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) to perform research in a world-leading research group in the U.S. I believe that this opportunity directly stemmed from what I learned from MAP, and my subsequent PhD work applying MAP’s interdisciplinary subjects.” March 2019


Andreas Leber – MAP alumnus since 2017:

A. Leber

“I applied to the MAP program because of its international and interdisciplinary nature. Having completed the program, I now know it was the best decision I could have made. By learning about materials science and chemical engineering, I obtained a very broad understanding of engineering – and doing so side by side with students from all over the world was a fantastic experience. The numerous practical MAP research projects perfectly prepared me for my master’s thesis at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and my current PhD thesis at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne.” March 2019