Recently I was offered a PhD position at University of Basel and I accepted it. I had been giving several interviews at several universities and this was the only offer I had in months, so I had no option but to accept it, and I liked it as well. A week after accepting the offer and they having started the work visa process, I received a PhD offer from ETH Zurich! Now I don’t know what to do! Can I simply reject the PhD offer from university of basel after they have already started the admission process?the offer I have from eth is amazing and I really don’t want to lose out on it because of legal issues. Can someone kindly advise me on it?

PhD programs in US usually include an MSc degree and many of the admitted students don’t have an MSc. In Europe however, with just a few exceptions, everywhere requires an MSc for a PhD. There are also quite a few differences in the structure of the undergrad in US and Europe.

I was wondering if it is easier for someone with a US undergrad degree to get into an MSc in Europe than PhD in US? Are the PhD admissions in US more competitive?

If I have an offer from a couple of top US schools (by “top” I don’t mean Harvard and MIT, I mean around a dozen (national) ranks below that… say, top 30-40 in global rankings), should I be confident that I can get into one of the few MSc programs in Europe I’ve applied to? (The programs are top/best programs in Europe, but the universities are essentially on par with the US school in global rankings. Perhaps some of them have a better global reputation in the specific field.)


1 – By Europe I am referring to Western Europe, excluding UK. More specifically, Germany, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Holland, Austria.

2 – The field is Mathematics, if that makes a difference. (I think it might, given the reputation of places like Heidelberg, Bonn (Hausdorff Institute), and the universities in Paris have in Mathematics.)

this may seem like a silly question, as I know every institute is different. However, I was wondering how likely is acceptance to a PhD program when you have a supervisor on your side?
Background: I am applying for an incredible PhD in Ireland. I have very interested supervisors, who loved my proposal and I had two very promising meetings with them, one via Skype and one face to face. They offered me a desk and a new lab to set up, but they informed me it’s now down to the academic council. They informed me it’s a formality and there is a high chance of acceptance unless something dramatic happens.
I will add I do have a weak undergraduate degree, but a strong masters which resulted in a publication. I also have worked as a lab technician in Italy and London so have a good bit of experience outside academia.
I may be overthinking a bit as I am waiting for feedback from the college, and starting to feel the nerves.

Hi I will be completing my MEng (Integrated masters 4 years) in Chemical Engineering from a respected university in the UK in 2019. I am very much looking forward to apply for fully funded PhD positions in German, Norwegian or Dutch universities. However, one of their PhD requirements is that I need to have a Masters degree (I think they are referring to their usual 2 year masters degree here). In UK I can easily get into a PhD programme with my integrated MEng. I was wondering if it is possible to get one of the PhD positions in German, Norwegian or Dutch universities with my UK integrated MEng?

I am a full prof in the humanities at a small liberal arts college in rural America. I am relishing my sabbatical in a European country with a flourishing economy and appealing culture. I do not want to return home. I travel abroad every summer and so do not attribute my thoughts about a major move to reverse culture shock. I mainly want to stay for the benefit of my children where here they can get a better education and have better opportunities. There are currently no jobs in my field that I have seen advertised in the country where we are living. I have also been putting the word out to my academic contacts here that I want to stay, but so far I haven’t heard about any job opportunities. I’m not certain I could compete for jobs when they come up given that I have devoted my career thus far to teaching and service, and I’m not a newly minted PhD. I have pubs and am doing research, but not on the level of what I’d have had I been at a research institution all these years. While I’m passionate about teaching, I’m far from retirement age and am prepared to make a career change. How can I channel my training and work experience to something that would be of interest to a European employer (or an employer at a better city in the US to at least get us out of our rural community)?? TIA.

I am in my first year of a theoretical physics PhD in the UK and I’m coming to the end of a week abroad at another institution where some collaborators of mine work. The purpose of the visit is to make some quick progress on a specific project, and I applied for (and was awarded) a small grant from an EU funding body to pay for the visit.

My question is this: should I include a short visit such as this on my CV?

I see my CV as essentially a record of my professional activities, and this visit therefore falls within that scope, but I wonder if, due to the short nature of the visit, it would be seen as padding. I already have a modest section of my CV devoted to grants, awards and prizes, where I also list the specific monetary amounts I recieved, so is it wiser simply to list the funding and not mention the visit it was used for?

Further to this, I intend to apply for more funding soon which will allow me to visit the same institution plus another in another country for much longer (possibly up to six months). If I am successful in this regard, should I include the visit, the funding or both on my CV? What are the possible benefits or drawbacks of doing so?

I’m in a bad spot psychologically and I need your advice. Have a Msc in Math from a decent italian uni, that I got around 4 years ago. I am working in London at the moment but I really can’t stand it any longer. What I want is to go back to uni for a second master in physics and hopefully go on to get a phd. I can go anywhere in europe, but a place that would welcome me even without recommendation letters and being a bit older than the average student would be better. Any good uni to suggest? Alternatives?
Really hope to read some suggestions. You can be specific.