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Is it even worth applying to oxford with two tolerated failures on MSc transcript Watch

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    The iPHD (4 year PHD, year 1 is taught) I want to apply to specifies as the minimum entry requirement an undergraduate degree at 2:1. Although it states most have a first class. It also states that "a master's degree is not essential but would be an advantage. "

    I have a 1st class undergraduate degree.

    I also have a masters degree graded at Merit BUT two out of eight modules went down as tolerated failures 40% and 43% (pass mark being 50%). The only reason I got a Merit is because I did well in other modules and got a distinction in my thesis.

    I can't imagine a place like Oxford accepting a student with failures in any transcript, even if that degree is not essential.

    Southampton University offer a similar degree, same story there do you think?

    Thanks for reading.

    You asked (a variant of) this question a few days ago, so not sure if you're expecting different answers.

    I think things like this are usually worth a shot, if you have the deposit money for your application lying around at least - can't hurt beyond that.

    PhD applicants will be carefully assessed on individual merit, but yes, especially at Oxford you'll be up against people with Distinctions in each module and near-perfect grades. Likely that you would have some awkward questions to answer - and answer in a satisfactory way - if you get to interview.

    My hunch is that failures at Masters level are going to reflect very badly on your perceived ability to complete a PhD. If you have 2 module failures at MSc, can you be relied on to tough out a 4 year PhD programme? Also - formally, yes, a Masters may not be required but the likelihood is that the vast majority of applicants will have a completed MSc with no failures (although I suppose the iPhD structure might work to your advantage a bit here).

    I don't think this automatically disqualifies you from anything, though. I would personally apply for both programmes with a very. very carefully polished and well-written application and hope for the best.
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