What I mean is, are there cases in which a professor might decline writing are letter of recommendation for a PhD program, but would accept writing such a letter for a student applying to a MA or MPhil programme? Is the professor seen as vouching for the student more, when he writes a letter for a PhD program than when we’re talking about MA or MPhil programs? Or is there virtually no difference?

I have a BS in computer science and an MFA in Fine Art.

I am planning a move to Germany (and am in the process of learning German). Is it possible to find work teaching at art colleges in Germany with an MFA? I currently teach computer science and design/media at a college here in the US.

(I’m assuming I need to be fluent in German, but that might not always be the case because of the increase in international programs?)

If someone could point me to a good informational site that would be great.


My name is Luka and I am currently third year of electrical engineering, specifically Power and Control Systems. I have very high GPA, and I am certain I will be applying for MSc in two years (I have to finish this year, and specialize next year in order to get Bachelor). I am 100% sure that I will pursue PhD after MSc and hope to continue working in academia. But there is one problem in this. During these years I have confirmed that my passion for physics(especially high energy physics)is much greater than one for engineering. In fact, I do not think I would be able to do any research in engineering. Because of this, I want to switch fields and to get into MSc program for High Energy Physics. My question is: Is there anyone with similar experience that has made a successful transition? And if it is possible, is it possible to follow the material? Any advice or information would be very helpful. Thank you

I will be starting a masters degree in robotics in a few weeks and I was wondering what steps I should take to make sure the whole experience is as successful as possible. I am aiming for an eventual tenure track position.

I’m thinking of things like: having a clear research subject, building a database of relevant articles, getting to know other labmates, setting up productivity software, etc.

What are the the do’s and don’t of starting a masters degree?

About 5 years ago, I did a Masters of Research (MRes) part of which was a supervised research project. Because of time constraints (Masters degrees are only one year in the UK) I was unable to gather enough data to generate any publishable material (though I did produce a thesis which I believe is in the university library probably gathering dust).

Fast forward to today, and after a lengthy break from academia I’m now doing a PhD at a completely different university at the other end of the country, but in the same field. I would like to (workload permitting) try and finish what I started and publish a paper from it using the expertise and equipment I have available. My concern is because this is a continuation of research started a long time ago at another university, whether this would present any issues or barriers to publication or even conducting the research itself.

Regarding my previous supervisor, I am intending to inform him of my intentions at least as a courtesy, and I honestly can’t imagine he’d have any objection, but if he did, would I have trouble publishing any work from it? Would the university itself have any grievances? Some of the work he did on the project concerned a novel sensor design which was mostly unrelated to the main scope of the project, I will not be including this work in my publication, would this be a problem?

I’m also wondering how to credit him. Since I’ll be writing a new paper from scratch, I’m not sure if I should include him as a co-author. I would at least like to include him in the acknowledgements if it’s appropriate.

My current supervisor is happy for me to do this as a side project, so there are no issues there.

P.S. Before anyone asks, yes I have done due diligence and checked that my research is still novel (so I’ve not been “scooped” by someone else).

There is a professor in Department X. I will be applying to Department Y & Department Z for a MA that really fits my interests. Now, I am wondering whether the professor in Department X will also hold classes in Department Y & Z, or whether these classes are shared and accessible over multiple departments anyways (how does this usually work in the UK? I don’t really know). How do I ask him this question, how do I best phrase it? I am a bit unsure about this. Right now I have

I am currently thinking of applying for X at Uni X, and am wondering whether I could then attend your courses too?

  • but it sounds a bit strange to me? (English is not my native language)

I am writing my resume to apply for master’s in computer science. My question is, what courses should I include as “Course Highlights” at the bottom of my bachelor’s degree?

A) Are the courses which I got great grades the candidates? But I have a lot of them fortunately!

B) Or should I include only the courses which are elective and important to my research interest?

C) Should I include a course, which is mandatory for my bachelor’s degree as I guess, that I had a great grade, and is really important for the field? I mean Algorithms Design if anyone is familiar with computer science.

Thanks in advance

I’m a master electrical engineering student in a state university and I just took my very last final exam on Wednesday. I totally screwed up. I could not solve any of the problems (4 problems). It has never happened to me before. I thought I studied enough for it but I guess not. I’m looking at like 20 on the final which is 35% of the total grade. I had about 80% before final. What’s sad is that I did study for it and I feel crushed that I couldn’t do it at all.

I had a 3.5 GPA before this. Since there are only 10 classes in masters, if I fail 1 class would be fatal to the GPA. My main concern is I’m about to graduate and look for a job, but this is going to ruin my GPA. I sent an email to professor yesterday saying:

I know I did very poorly on the exam. I thought I understood the material and would be able to perform similar like the midterm but clearly I was wrong. I spent a lot of time doing homework and study but I really don’t have excuse for this kind of performance.

Would you please consider withdrawing me from the class if you are able? I really can not have a D or F. . . . I understand this is my own responsibility and thank you for the semester.

I sent it Friday 9 am. Of course, I haven’t heard back from the professor. My question is: should I just wait for the grade to show up on Wednesday next week and see what happens or go talk to the professor?