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Masters degree

Postby biology_06er » Wed Aug 11, 2010 11:57 am

Hi there,

So I'm currently in my last semester of my post graduate diploma and decided I would like to do my masters next year....I have so far emailed 3 potential supervisors (1 didn't reply back, and the other 2 said no--one due to their workload and the other isn't taking anymore students)...now my question is, I really think the reason I'm getting rejected and probably will continue to do so is my marks...in undergrad I got a mixture of mostly B/B+/B-/C'sand 2 D's and in post grad so far consist of B/B+'s....I'm beginning to think that everyone I ask to be a potential supervisor will say no because of my marks....do you think that it will be possible to find a supervisor with my marks...I'm pretty sure that's what they look at first right..(one didn't actually ask to see my marks and the other just asked to send my cv but I'm sure you can search a students transcript if need be)...sooo thoughts? Should I just give up and forget the idea of masters (reeeally am keen on doing it-just a little gutted as I'm sort of running out of options in my home town and may have to leave to another uni)

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Postby JackBean » Wed Aug 11, 2010 12:07 pm

Maybe if you wrote where you from that could help too ;)

How far away from your home/current-Uni town are you looking for? How much you depend on your topic?

Do you have been to some exchange programms, other schools or whatsoever?
I don't think they had to reject you just because of the marks, they may just not be really interested.
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Re: Masters degree

Postby biology_06er » Sat Aug 14, 2010 1:59 pm

Hi there,

I live in NZ, so even if I were to to go to anothe uni in NZ I wouldn't be far (you can pretty much get from one city to another in an hr by plane), it's just that ideally I would like to stay at my current uni...I'll just keep sending emails out and hopefully someone will say yes...if not...it's ok...I'll think of an option B :P
--and nope, you don't have to be on an exchange programme or anything if I was to go to another uni, just have to have the prerequisites for the course to get into another uni.

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Postby Imadgiene » Wed Aug 18, 2010 6:59 pm

How does the Master's system work in NZ?
In UK there are taught master's and master's by research project. If it is by research project then different lecturers will have different research interests themselves. When I did my M.Phil a few years ago I had a subject in mind and then approached the lecturer whose research interests were closest. Maybe they are expecting you to have an idea about what you are interested in and explain why you want to spend time investigating this and the reasons you are approaching them rather than someone else?
My mate is a professor in a UK uni and he gets hundreds of emails every day, from all over the world, many of them asking for some kind of help or advice - he has to choose which ones he responds to, cos if he answered all of them he wouldn't do anything else!
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Re: Masters degree

Postby biology_06er » Sat Aug 21, 2010 2:41 am

Hi Imadgiene,

At my uni some programmes offer taught and/or research but for the one I wish to take it is research. I still have yet to hear back from one lecturer after sending off my cv/grades and also had to write down what type of project I would be interested in...I know the specifc area that I want to get involved so just wrote something like "I'm interested in studying ways to increase success rates of embryo implantation" (in assisted reproductive techniques)--and then also wrote another interest of mine seeing along those lines...I'm not really sure how much he wanted me to expand (did I have to write down specific proteins I'm interested in etc etc?)...or do you think what I wrote was ok for the time being?....better think of a plan B just in case :?

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Postby Imadgiene » Sat Aug 21, 2010 8:00 am

I think you need direct advice from someone who has successfully applied in the past within the NZ system who can show you what worked for them. Or a lecturer who can give you 10 minutes of their time would be even better.
Also maybe thinking about you career beyond this might be good - I suspect the bar for carrying on with biology is pretty high, probably very high (in terms of jobs...) so talking to someone who can lay it out for you might be useful. There is a world out there in which your studies so far will not be wasted even if they are not used directly.
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Postby JackBean » Sat Aug 21, 2010 8:03 am

if you're writing to lecturers at your Uni, why don't you see them personally?
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Re: Masters degree

Postby biology_06er » Sat Aug 28, 2010 8:03 am

Hey guys,

I'm sending emails just because the lecs. prefer that method, and if they want to meet to discuss being a potential supervisor, they arrange a meeting...cos 9/10 times, they won't be in their office if you go see them.
Yup, I have met a few others that are currently doing their masters (except they seemed to find a supervisor easy :( )...anyways, I'm currently talking to people that are in the same situation as me and have got a few suggestions from the lecs. thay said no so fingers crossed that something comes up soon.

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