I graduated with a Degree in Mechanical Engineering with terrible grades. Some how managed to get into Masters in Energy Systems and Got a Gold Medal in it. i got a 3.94 GPA in my masters. I am now interested in doing Phd in renewable energy systems. My deficiency are the grades in graduation. Can i convince any University on this planet to accept me as a Phd student. I just need a honest yes or no answer. If yes then where and if no then what do i have to do to?
Do not place too much emphasis on grades alone - PhDs are more about the person than the grade. Brilliant students at school/BSc level may be that way because they have been taught how to learn effectively in a learning centred environment. A PhD is more focussed on the process of elucidation, you are not normally spoon-fed this qualification.
Rather, be more interested and passionate in your subject; be willing to admit you know precisely nothing and that all the lauded BSc demonstrates is...not very much.
If YOU think you can do it, go for it.
i agree, hard work , passion and determination are the key qualities of doing well in a phd. grades although are a good indicator, aren't everything.
good luck! as long as you have the passion and determination to do it, you will do it. grades are not everything.
Point well made smilodon.I am already looking for companies researching alternate energy generation. If i manage to convince one of their CEO's then i may get a full funding + a really well paid job after Phd. Every one wants a cure from this oil crisis in the world right?
but the person did really well in their masters, gold medal and gpa 3.94, which is quite near to the perfect score of 4.0 ?
my knowledge of US grading system comes from tv shows
i'm presuming the masters grade are really good. no? which should negate what he got in his first degree.
Remo, where are u planning to study? the US or UK or ....
In the UK, you generally need at the least a 3.3 GPA (2.1) plus a high grade at masters to get on a PhD course. Your high GPA at masters equates to a distinction here....but I don't know what your other degree grade is...if it's the equivalent of a 2.2 or third...then your chances of gaining a place (and funding) are probably not as strong.
BUT...so many other factors come into the equation eg. the competition for the PhD course in question, work experience, the standard of your written work, and where you previously studied.
The only thing you can do is apply...and find out!
You should try exploiting the university where you got your excellent masters grades from (they know your best capabilities), and use contacts via your profs at that university as a springboard for applications.
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