DHyslop said:Where I am in a geology program, if a program actually wants you to come they'll have a graduate assistanceship including a tuition waiver and enough of a stipend to eek a little bit of a living out of, during the school year at least. I was under the impression this was the same for most bio programs?
Indeed they are; entry criteria are that you have actually prepared a Masters (or equivalent) thesis, and that you have an Hons degree for it. There are a variety of 'Masters' theses out there, some of which do not require the preparation of a thesis, but two years of papers and a 'project' instead. That does not qualify here for entry into a PhD and you would now be required to either redo the Masters thesis here, or sit various postgraduate papers.bathypol said:p.s. Isn't everyone special in their own way???
Steve O'Shea said:I am also reluctant to (uncritically) take anyone on with a Bachelors (Hons) degree directly into a PhD, even though you are entitled to do this. I would need to thoroughly review the Hons dissertation first, and reserve the right to accept or not into the doctoral research programme (it is very much on a case-by-case basis). It is too hard and unfair on people otherwise, both the candidate and the staff (it is in everyone's best interests).
The latter is a personal belief and does not represent that of the university.
Hmmmm. Interesting points. You most certainly can go and do a Masters without having done an Hons degree, but you do have to watch your grades in that 3rd year (C's/C+'s aren't looked upon too fondly). And perhaps before locking yourself into 3 years of *frustration* doing a PhD it is better to do the Masters first (and this is still a major undertaking, because it is 2 years out of your life - one of papers and one of slog undertaking the first major piece of research you have done).Feelers said:Steve in NZ are you able to go straight from a Bsc into a masters? I wont be getting hons, but a masters seems much more appealing to me - I dont really like the uni system (well here at Canterbury at least), its a lot like school.
Its all wrote learning, remember, then regurgitate. In fact most courses I have sat have prior exams that are ridiculously similar to the old ones. A friend of mine in engineering managed to get hold of a past exam - and it was EXACTLY the same - Word for word answer for answer.
I do like the idea of masters, however.
bathypol said:I'm actually just finishing up my honours at MUN this term and then it's off to bigger and squidier (hopefully) things. What year are you in at Dal? You liking it there?
Anyways, just to clearify, I do have some potential funding for this project but no where near enough. Squid research isn't highly funded in Canada from what I'm learning...