On the application form (for Max Planck institute), there is a section which says "Please write a short summary of the area of physics or chemistry you find most interesting".

I am not sure what do they exactly mean by "area of physics or chemistry". Should I write a summary of the general field of my interests i.e. condensed matter physics or about the research topic on which on want to work i.e. phase transitions?

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    I am not sure the title correctly describes the essence of the question here. – Dmitry Savostyanov Oct 10 '18 at 13:01
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    @Buffy the question isn't really about Max Planck institute, it is about a specific question on a PhD application, that is presumably why DmitrySavostyanov objects. The OP would probably benefit from a more general title, since it will surely attract more attention – user2768 Oct 10 '18 at 14:31
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    @Buffy Please write a short summary of the area of physics or chemistry you find most interesting could appear on any application, not just an application for Max Planck institute, so answers independent of that institute are surely relevant. Nonetheless, an answer specific to the institute will probably be more useful to the OP (assuming someone is able to provide such an answer) – user2768 Oct 10 '18 at 14:38
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    @Buffy I do not think that awareness of PhD programs in Max Planck is necessary or sufficient to answer the actual question, hence my comment. Also, the application forms probably differ from one Max Planck Institute to another. OP should ideally specify which Max Planck Institute they apply to. – Dmitry Savostyanov Oct 10 '18 at 14:53
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    @LuqmanSaleem A good title is worth discussing if it gets you better answers. – aeismail Oct 11 '18 at 1:25

It sounds like you should write about what you want specifically want to study. Anybody can write a page or two about a general branch of either discipline—but that wouldn't help an admissions committee decide if they wanted to hire you or not. A page or two (or some other length, if listed in the question) about your particular research interests would be much more valuable to a committee.

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