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Thread: PhD with 2:2 MChem possible?

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24-Oct-19, 11:39
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Quote From pm133:
You should be considering whether a 2:2 is a sufficient baseline for a PhD rather than worrying about being accepted for a position.
In my opinion, you shouldn't be thinking about a PhD unless you have a 1st or a very good 2:1.
Having said that, people do get into PhD funded positions with 2:2 grades. I just wouldn't recommend it.


If you said that people do get into PhDs with 2:2s, I suppose you know of some examples? Any in STEM? And why would you not recommend it? In my case I did fine on my research projects but screwed up on exams in 1st sem 4th year, which is what sunk my grades.

Thread: PhD with 2:2 MChem possible?

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22-Oct-19, 23:26
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MRes involves actual research and is a better indication of your research ability than a taught MChem. While a year in industry can be useful, you would need to explain why it is useful ie. transferable skills or knowledge. Though I agree with Cat, a 2:2 doesn't look that good, especially at prestigious universities.[/quote]

An MChem involves 2 research projects, 1 in year 3 and 1 in year 4. So I'd be surprised if Mscs are considered more valuable. Can you apply for an MRes easily with a 2:2, then stay for a PhD (1 + 3)?

Thread: PhD with 2:2 MChem possible?

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22-Oct-19, 18:22
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Some places I applied to informed me that with an undergrad masters like you have I was at a disadvantage compared to those with an MSc, and I had a 2:1 from a RG university. Your chances are very low I'm afraid. I think you would likely need to complete an MSc or MRes and get a good result to have a chance of getting accepted onto a fully funded PhD anywhere. There were PhDs which I could not be considered for at RG Universities as they specified that a 1st is required, generally its at least a high 2:1 and I speak from experience of applying for science PhDs at RG Universities. While you may be capable of doing a PhD requirements can be set by the funder in respect of the degree result you must have achieved and generally its so competitive to get a fully funded place that with a 2:2 you just wouldn't make the shortlist.


Why would you be at a disadvantage with an MChem as opposed to an MSc? Which unis did you apply to? And with an MRes, is it 1 year MRes and 3 years PhD? Do you think my year in industry could help me here?

Thread: PhD with 2:2 MChem possible?

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21-Oct-19, 16:58
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I graduated this year with a 2:2 MChem with a year in industry at a RG uni (UK). Is it still possible to get accepted onto a fully funded PhD at a prestigious institution? Or are my chances pretty low?
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