This might look similar to other questions, but I considered mine is more specific. I basically messed up, my grades in the whole Masters degree are completely average to higher than average (not my take - have asked for evaluation) and there is this elective that I even retook to improve my grade and still got the same! The professor that teaches this course has also accepted me for a Master Thesis and I was planning to ask for a PhD after I finish my Master's next year, but now I don't know if this is going to be possible. I know that he accepted students that haven't even taken the course, but I got myself into the situation of getting a low grade twice and he knows that!

Has anybody been in this situation either as a student or a professor? How did it go?

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    Even if someone had a similar situation, it will always depend on the individual situation. So ask your prof and make a good case for yourself. Jul 12 at 4:29
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    How is your master's thesis going? Is there time to do good work there before a decision has to be made about your PhD application?
    – cag51
    Jul 12 at 4:32
  • To answer to the first question, I know that probably is the best solution, but knowing about othe people's experiences might help me.
    – Alex
    Jul 12 at 5:08
  • For the second I have barely started, so there is still time to salvage, but i don't know how to approach the situation, as I wanted to ask for a most difficult and heavy workload in order to show my capabilities as a researcher and I am not sure how it will look like. Also I am in Europe so the deadlines are still far away. I was even considering going first to industry - research after uni to improve my chances with gaining experience.
    – Alex
    Jul 12 at 5:14
  • Instead of asking for the "most difficult and heavy workload" (not a good idea!) just talk to them about your future plans. When I supervise a master's thesis, the information if someone wants to pursue an academic career or simply wants to get their degree done is very important for the whole (supervision) process etc. That way, you could e. g. see how you can structure the thesis to have a good chance to get a paper in a peer-reviewed journal out of it.
    – erc
    Jul 12 at 6:38


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