如何申请 PhD | How to apply for a PhD

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PhD Offer Letter Sample

首先,祝大家新年快乐!很抱歉更新得有点慢,我放假期间比较懒…

回到正题。今天我要说一下博士申请那些事。过去一段时间好多人问过我相关的问题,下面是我的建议:

  1. 早做计划。这是一条普适的建议,针对博士申请仍然管用。在你准备寻找未来的博士导师之前,请先抽出时间思考这几个问题:你的学习兴趣是什么,你对未来职业有什么规划,你对未来几年的人生规划是什么样的,你是否准备好在接下俩的 3-4 年钻研一个特定的学科方向。心中有了答案之后,你就可以迈出下一步了。
  2. 寻找合适的学校及其入学要求。现在你应该对博士期间想学的方向有个想法了。通常而言一所大学会在几个特定领域表现突出(比如,萨里大学在多个工程领域、酒店管理、旅游管理、兽医学等领域处在世界领先位置。)。试着寻找一下你所感兴趣的领域内优秀的学校有哪些,如果需要的话可以综合参考多个大学排名榜单。别忘了留意一下相关的入学要求,不同学校的要求可能不同。
  3. 选择课题和导师。现在你应该登陆目标大学的网站找一找有哪些导师可以提供符合你兴趣的课题(以及有哪些导师你看着比较喜欢)。在很罕见的情况下如果你找不到喜欢的课题,直接联系相关的院系管理团队,他们会帮助你。
  4. 联系目标导师们。在这里我用了“们”,因为很有可能你会发现有多个导师符合你的要求,你暂时还不能确定哪个是最适合你的。别担心,给他们发一邮件,附上一段简介、个人简历、研究计划。如果可能的话最好在发邮件之前先读几篇目标导师的文章,这样在邮件里你们更有得聊。
  5. 继续交流。如果导师们觉得你的条件符合他们的要求的话,他们会回复你;有时候还会邀请进行面试。请耐心等待回复,导师们通常都很忙,可能要过好几天才会回复你。面试过程中你可以多谈谈自己的研究想法,越细致越好。不要害怕自己会说错知识点,你要是什么都会的话就不用申请博士了,对吧。
  6. 提交申请。希望你和导师有了愉快的对话。如果你已经找到了同意接收你的导师,那么你的博士申请应该不存在什么困难了。按照学校网站上的相关说明提交申请就可以了。
  7. 准备入学。提交完全部所需材料后,你可能会在几周之后收到录取通知。你可以利用这几周时间提前学习一下你的研究课题相关内容,当然不想学习的话也没问题。留意一下录取通知书上的学费说明和报到日期。
  8. 恭喜你,你现在是一名博士研究生了!

希望这篇博客可以帮助你更好地了解博士申请流程。如果还有哪些我没有覆盖到的内容请留言告诉我。如果你想知道在萨里大学读博是怎样的体验的话,请戳这里

 

First of all, I wish whoever reading this post a happy new year! Sorry for keeping silent so long, I was a bit lazy during the holiday.

Now back to business. Today I’m gonna to talk about PhD application. Quite a few have found me for help, and here are my pieces of advice.

  1. Plan early. This is a universal advice for everything, applying for PhD is no exception. Before looking for your future supervisor, please take some time to think through these questions: what’s your interest, what do you want as your future career, what’s your plan for the next few years, are you ready to dive into an area really deep for 3-4 years. After obtaining your own answer, now it’s time for the next step.
  2. Looking for your prospective university and entry requirements. Now you should have known which topic/area you would like to research on for PhD. Normally a university would be advanced in several areas. For instance, Surrey is in the leading position in multiple engineering areas, hospitality, tourism, veterinary, etc. Try to find the leading ones in your own area, take different university ranking tables as references if necessary. Don’t forget to check the entry requirements as well. They may vary.
  3. Choose a topic (or project) and a supervisor. Now you shall access to the target university’s website and look for the lecturers and professors that offer suitable topics (and look nice) to you. If you can’t find any topic that interests you, which is quite rare, just contact the relevant admin team and they will help you.
  4. Contact the prospective supervisors. Yes I use the plural form of “supervisor” here, because it is possible that you are interested in several supervisors and cannot decide which one is the best. Don’t worry, send them an email with a brief introduction about yourself, CV and research proposal. It would be better if you can read some of the prospective supervisors’ research outcomes (e.g. academic papers), so you can have a bit more to write in the emails.
  5. Keep communicating. If the supervisors are interested in you as well, they will reply your email and may ask for an interview. Be patient for responses, since they are usually quite busy and may not reply you until a few days later. You can talk about your research idea during the interviews, the more detailed the better. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, if you know everything you would not apply for PhD, would you?
  6. Submit application. Hopefully you have a pleasant talk with your supervisor. If you have found the one you like and he/she agree to supervise you in the following 3-4 years, then there should be no more difficulties in your PhD application. Just follow the instructions on the university website.
  7. Get prepared for PhD study. After submitting all the required documents, you may have several weeks before receiving your offer. It would be better for you to use this period to do some literature study, but it is absolutely fine if you don’t want to. After receiving your offer, please pay attention to the tuition fees and registration date.
  8. Congratulations, you are a PhD student now!

Hope this post can help you get a better idea about how to apply for PhD. If there is anything I haven’t covered, please leave me a comment. In case you are wondering what a PhD student’s life is like at Surrey, please click here for more info!

 

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