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I've seen a few PhD programs advertised at various universities which state the minimum requirement as a 2:1 at undergraduate. Is it realistic to be able to get onto a PhD without a 1st though?
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I've seen a few PhD programs advertised at various universities which state the minimum requirement as a 2:1 at undergraduate. Is it realistic to be able to get onto a PhD without a 1st though?
It is feasible for a lot of subjects, yes. If you can muster excellent academic references and can write a good application, you'll be in with a shout.

What becomes less likely with a 2:1, is winning funding. Again, not impossible for many subjects, but certainly more difficult.
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I've seen a few PhD programs advertised at various universities which state the minimum requirement as a 2:1 at undergraduate. Is it realistic to be able to get onto a PhD without a 1st though?
It depends very much on your discipline and if you've got a good Master's degree and research proposal. In my case (humanities), for example, I got a 2:1 undergraduate but so far in my MLitt, I'm on course for a distinction, and I tried my luck with a quite original research proposal, so I ended up with full funding.
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It is feasible for a lot of subjects, yes. If you can muster excellent academic references and can write a good application, you'll be in with a shout.

What becomes less likely with a 2:1, is winning funding. Again, not impossible for many subjects, but certainly more difficult.
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It depends very much on your discipline and if you've got a good Master's degree and research proposal. In my case (humanities), for example, I got a 2:1 undergraduate but so far in my MLitt, I'm on course for a distinction, and I tried my luck with a quite original research proposal, so I ended up with full funding.


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