PHD in Australia with MSc UK H2A

14-Nov-17, 03:03
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by Chicas
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posted about 5 days ago

I had been applying for PHD in Australia past few months. I have BSc (2008) with H2A from Malaysia with A for undergraduate project. And I also had MSc (2015) from UK with H2A. However, 2 universities (UniMel and Monash Uni) had rejected my PHD application. For your information, I had been working as researcher in research institute in Malaysia since 2008. The reason for rejection is that I am not first class student. Does it really acquire 1st class for MSc to be accapted for PHD. Thank you. I really need advice right now.
14-Nov-17, 17:53
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posted about 5 days ago
What does H2A mean? PhDs are very competitive in some fields, you need to keep applying. Some will filter out students by saying you need a 1st, but not all do this.
15-Nov-17, 01:29
by pm133
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posted about 4 days ago
I had a look on Wiki for this. The H2A appears to be an Australian degree classification which on the surface of it is our equivalent of a 2:1.
The grade boundaries look odd though with qualifying percentages in the 80's but some countries are like this.

A first class certainly isn't necessary for a PhD but both of the universities named above are ranked in the top 50 or 60 in the world (whatever the hell that actually means) so I imagine every man, woman, dog and small furry gerbil will be trying to get in there. A 2:1 equivalent, I would imagine, might be a problem due to competition in this case.

My advice to the original poster would be to expand your vision beyond the "top" universities in the world and you may find better fortune.
15-Nov-17, 10:17
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by Chicas
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posted about 4 days ago
Thanks pm133. Maybe I should check somewhere else.

Thank you for some of the feedback. My bad, I forgot that not everyone know what H2A is. Basically, I achieved second class upper on my degree, merit on my MSc. But compared to H2A Australia, the grading scale is different. In Australia, 80% and above is first class, 75-79% is H2A, 70-74% is H2B, 65-69% is third class and 60-64% considered as pass.

In UK, 70% is first class, while merit is 60-69%. When I clearly specify that there is different in grading scale, the school cannot take it. They say I am not up for it. But when I contact my lecturer in UK, many UK universities will gladly accept student with merit for PHD. But I don't know about this for sure. Has anyone encounter this before? What is your solution for this? I really need to further my PHD in Australia this time.


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