Can I get into PhD with a UK Merit degree?

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Hello,I am a biological sciences student. I have completed my Bachelor's degree in India with a first class degree and my master's in UK, Bangor university. Although I have not received my final grade, I think I would get a merit degree. Will I be able to get into PhD in UK with these scores? Please help.
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I got a first class in my BA in uk, merit in my MRes and I am currently doing my PhD at Liverpool (UoL) so I don’t see why you can’t. Scholarships may be more difficult to get but I managed one so not impossible. But I am in history
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Oxbridge, maybe, but not very likely. The rest, you should have no problems if you are not after funding.
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(Original post by Mahitha M)
Hello,I am a biological sciences student. I have completed my Bachelor's degree in India with a first class degree and my master's in UK, Bangor university. Although I have not received my final grade, I think I would get a merit degree. Will I be able to get into PhD in UK with these scores? Please help.
Maybe, their is more then degree classification to a PhD application. TBH the classification is quite a small part your knowledge & interest in the niche area of the project matter more, your ability to concisely explain this and why you are suited to research will also be very important.

If its a very low merit it might draw questions to your academic potential but the whole application is what matters.
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(Original post by Mahitha M)
Hello,I am a biological sciences student. I have completed my Bachelor's degree in India with a first class degree and my master's in UK, Bangor university. Although I have not received my final grade, I think I would get a merit degree. Will I be able to get into PhD in UK with these scores? Please help.
As someone who went through the process very recently, I agree strongly with mnot above. I have a 2:1 BSc and merit in my MRes in Medical Sciences/Biosciences, but the main reason I got the PhD position I'm on right now is because of the experience I had in a large number of the techniques used in the role (helps when you work in the lab next door for 6 months). I had 5 PhD interviews and they focused entirely on my experience/knowledge of the subjects involved (and this was despite my BSc transcript being pretty dicey IMO-at least a few modules that I barely passed, thankfully in unrelated topics).
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Oxbridge, maybe, but not very likely. The rest, you should have no problems if you are not after funding.
Thanks for your reply. I'm aiming for UCL. What do u think?
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Thanks for your reply. I'm aiming for UCL. What do u think?
I am in the social sciences, so do not really know much about the procedures in the stem subjects. Assuming that they are not drastically different, I cannot see why you shouldn't get in UCL. A friend with an average overseas undergrad degree and a mid merit masters from Leeds had offers from both UCL and Durham for a self-funded PhD. But as I say, this is in the social sciences, and stem may be different.
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I'd say it depends on the kind of merit you have and your performance in your thesis. If your average or thesis is <65% I would be weary of your chances. And as above, if you're an international student and you need funding, there's very close to no chance if you've only got a merit unless you have substantial relevant work experience.
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(Original post by Mahitha M)
Hello,I am a biological sciences student. I have completed my Bachelor's degree in India with a first class degree and my master's in UK, Bangor university. Although I have not received my final grade, I think I would get a merit degree. Will I be able to get into PhD in UK with these scores? Please help.
Who said you can't. Life is limitless.
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I am in the social sciences, so do not really know much about the procedures in the stem subjects. Assuming that they are not drastically different, I cannot see why you shouldn't get in UCL. A friend with an average overseas undergrad degree and a mid merit masters from Leeds had offers from both UCL and Durham for a self-funded PhD. But as I say, this is in the social sciences, and stem may be different.
STEM PhDs are a bit different, having a research student usually costs the supervisor "real money" as they need lab space, lab consumables, have to present at conferences, access supercomputer support, need specific software etc and a standard studentship from RCUK typically covers some of that. Its considered a real risk to take on a self funder, certainly in my Dept. As others have said, the OP is going to find it very tough as an international student without a stellar track record to get any UK funding. They might do better looking at funding options from their home government, though that often requires a return home first, or considering the US where PhDs take longer, but you can work your way through them as a TA.
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