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Bilkent University for MS - Reviews needed

  1. Jun 6, 2013 #1

    I have been accepted into the Bilkent University graduate program in Physics and was wondering if anyone has much information about this university. Any former/current students who can review the department, so to speak. I am interested in theoretical condensed matter and high energy physics. There dont seem to be many faculty memebers with those interests.
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  3. Jun 9, 2013 #2
    Anyone? Surely someone must know of the university's ranking/prestige/where a decent performing alumnus can hope to end up?
  4. Jun 9, 2013 #3


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    Never heard of it.
  5. Jun 9, 2013 #4

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    I haven't heard of it either - but why would you want to go to a place without potential advisors in your field?
  6. Jun 10, 2013 #5
    Well, the reasons I'd still consider going are:

    1) Lack of other options - I have a sub 3.0 cGPA, the chances of US grad school seem pretty slim
    2) Undergraduate preparation in Pakistan is pretty terrible - an MS from a decent university would allow me to improve to a competitive level internationally and study graduate level courses to demonstrate this improvement.
    3) I'm looking at an MS as an opportunity to also study things unavailable to me here - General Relativity, nonlinear dynamics etc before committing to something as long-term like a Phd.

    I would welcome critique/criticism/suggestions regarding these points.

    As for Bilkent, It seems to be a rather odd sort of place - their alumni seem to do alright:

    And word of mouth says its a really good university - It's just really hard to get information about Non Us/UK/Canadian universities as most ratings seem to be heavily biased in their favor. Russian universities for example, routinely produce world-class physicists but do terribly in physics rankings worldwide. So at the moment I'm trying to determine if that holds true for Bilkent as well.

    Like I said, I'm primarily interested in an MS for the coursework and the opportunity to counter my undergraduate record. For such a purpose, would research with an advisor not directly related to my future goals be acceptable?

    As a further query - How important is the MS thesis area anyway? I'm under the impression that its not a "lock-in" decision - one can pursue a Phd in an entirely different area at a US university.
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