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Research Degree in Oversea

  1. Feb 23, 2008 #1
    I'm from Hong Kong. I would like to study a research degree in oversea (Australia, Singapore or UK).

    I have written a research proposal in the fields of fluid mechanics and renewable energy.

    I would like to send it to some of my potential supervisors in the universities.

    First, may I know where can I find some helps to review my proposal before send to them?

    Second, how can I introduce myself to them and send them my proposal for consideration?

    In fact, I have done the above two and submitted everything to two major universities in Singapore
    (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and National University of Singapore) but the latter sent me e-mail I got no offer this year.

    I'm afraid that there is something wrong in my English and my tone.

    I would like to improve myself before send it to other universities in Australia and UK.

    Can you give me some advices?

    Thank you very much!

    Best Regards,
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2008
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  3. Feb 23, 2008 #2
    Just to make things clear - are you applying for a graduate program?

    You need to target your letters: you should only contact professors whose research overlaps with your interests. I also don't think it's necessary to send out your entire research proposal with your introductory e-mail.

    In your e-mail you need one sentence introducing yourself as a prospective graduate student. Then you need a few more sentences stating what aspects of the professor's research interest you. Here you can also pitch yourself a little by referring to your previous experience.

    Finally, you need to ask the professor if he/she is taking on students.

    It's important to write well in English. Do you know someone who can proofread your letter?
  4. Feb 24, 2008 #3
    Chris, I am doing the same thing and I am from Hong Kong.
    Perhaps we can chat? Please send a private message to me.
  5. Feb 24, 2008 #4
    How can I send private message to you?
  6. Feb 24, 2008 #5
    haha i am from HK too.... I am doing master in US.
  7. Feb 24, 2008 #6
    I hope I will find some advices for my letter through the english centre in my university.

    Thank you very much!
  8. Feb 24, 2008 #7
    Let share your experience on studying oversea! :smile:
  9. Feb 26, 2008 #8
    well what do you want to know?
  10. Feb 26, 2008 #9
    Anything that you can share to us.

    Your subject, your university, your feeling......
  11. Feb 26, 2008 #10
    Nanyang Technological University, Singapore sent me e-mail to tell me I got no offer this year too... My life is tough...... :cry:
  12. Feb 26, 2008 #11
    I am doing mathematics at Rutgers University, NJ, USA. It is a very good school. My feeling.... master degree is even busier than doing a PhD.. I am serious
  13. Feb 28, 2008 #12
    To be honest, knowing fluent english is not a very 'necessary' requirement in postgrad level as long as you understand the english used in the topic. There are bunch of people who don't speak english in my programme. I dont even bother to speak chinese with them.

    However you have to demonstrate how good your english is on your application. It is because you are given enough time to prepare them. I suppose your university would offer such a help.

    Foreign candidates are harder to be accepted because there are lots more regulation on foreign students. You have to be very prepared, and know these regulation very well.

    I personally don't know much about fluid mechanics and renewable energy. Moreover, you have not given enough information about yourself on the level of education you have reached in Hong Kong.

    After all, do you really limit yourself to singapore and UK? I dont know much about universities in Singapore. US offers a lot of universities that specialises in Engineering. I would imagine funding in US is a lot more than UK's universities.
  14. Feb 28, 2008 #13


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    How are you going to defend your thesis in an English speaking country if you can't speak the language?
  15. Mar 3, 2008 #14
    I sent seven e-mails to seven potential supervisors.

    Only three out of them gave me a response.

    Once I sent them my resume, they then gave me no response or told me that "What I am concerned is the financial support for your study here. Currently we couldn't find any fund which can be used for this purpose."
  16. Mar 3, 2008 #15
    I received my Bachelor Degree in Part-time Mode in City University of Hong Kong and
    would like to apply for a MPhil in Australia, Singapore or UK.
  17. Mar 4, 2008 #16
    Notice i used the word 'fluent' in my sentence. But to be honest,i dont even know how a friend of mine got his PhD. His chinese accent was so strong and his english grammar was so bad that I (chinese myself) could not understand a word he said. Nonetheless he still gets his PhD.

    What my point was that English is the most important factor to survive in undergrad, not so necessary in postgrad level, as long as you know what you need. I am not encouraging him to not learn english. I am just telling him worry less about english at this point (since he very likely won't master english skill in this short time.)
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2008
  18. Mar 4, 2008 #17
    Were you honour student with your BS? I don't know how much you are going to invest in your master, but it is generally true that you can hardly get any funding for your master research (at least in mathematics). My master is about $40000 in US currency, and remind you that I am resident of US. Therefore funding is somewhat worthwhile to research in.

    Furthermore, are you going for PhD after your master? If so, I suggest you apply directly to PhD programme at some place. It is possible to be accepted into PhD programme with a BS degree (at US).

    Again, I wonder how much research you can accomplish during your master degree since its duration is so short....... by the time you learn enough to conduct research, you would have your master already.
  19. Mar 4, 2008 #18
    I got my first degree in science with first class honour but got very poor results in my TOEFL and GRE.

    There is no chance for me to admit into US universities.
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2008
  20. Mar 4, 2008 #19
    why do you see you have a better chance to be admitted into schools in UKs and others with low TOEFL and GRE?
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2008
  21. Mar 4, 2008 #20
    Hong Kong was once a British colony.

    Most of the Hong Kong students think that IELTS is easier than TOEFL as
    the questions in IELTS look very familiar with us.

    However, we may not get a very high score in IELTS.

    GRE (General Test) is the most difficult one as it always contains some words and the questions occurred will use their second or third meaning.
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