I was reading the entry about the student who had a third and couldn't find a phD and was wondering if anyone knows whether this applies to students with lower 2nd class hons? I'm in the process of doing a masters in medical biochem where on completion I'm accredited with the IBMS, is there still hope for me to get a phD, or am I wasting my time? Especially in the Manchester area!
Full details of the qualifications required by the UK research councils can be found on their web sites (see links pages). In its section on eligability the BBSRC web site stes that - "a postgraduate Masters degree in a relevant subject will enhance a first degree by
one step (e.g. from a lower second to an upper second)." Awards from bodies other than the UK research councils may follow more or less rigid criteria.
from the NERC 2001/2002 student handbook
An alternative qualification or combination of qualifications and experience which clearly demonstrate equivalent knowledge and ability may exceptionally be accepted at NERC's discretion. For a candidate that does not hold a first or upper second class degree in an appropriate subject, possession of an MSc degree will not automatically be accepted as an adequate qualification for a research studentship, and strong and specific reasons will still be needed for an exception to be made.
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