I am considering PhD positions in Physics. Can you guys tell me how reputable Max Planck institute (Heidelberg) is compared to top universities?
This is true, but the leading positions of the Max Planck institutes are usually joint with professorships at the university which is hosting the MPI, so it is possible to get the Dr. rer. nat. there. The MPIs usually have a very sensible amount of funding. And in most cases you do not have to do teaching at MPIs during your time there, while it is quite usual to do some teaching when doing your Dr. rer. nat. at an university.Hi,
In Germany (and i guess in many countries), only Universities are allowed to grant the PhD degree. Therefore, any institute in Germany are not qualified or eligible to give you PhD degree.