European student here. I was accepted to a PhD program to continue my studies at the same university where I completed my Master's program with a near perfect GPA. Then the time came to write my thesis, and I messed up. I got a C. The feedback I received says the thesis contains a valuable contribution and relevant conclusions, but the research design leaves much to be desired. Considering the paralyzing anxiety I had surrounding the thesis, I'm glad I passed at all, but I have a few concerns:
- The university (including my supervisor) provided me very little support throughout the program. I'm confused as to how I can do research at the PhD level without having fully developed the necessary skills. Will there be training at the PhD level?
- Do I want to do a PhD at a university that allowed me to flounder in confusion for the entirety of my Master's program and of the PhD application process? I doubt I can apply elsewhere with this thesis grade, and my ADHD/anxiety definitely needs to be under better control.
- Will they rescind my acceptance? Is that something that they can do?
If anyone has been in a remotely similar situation, I would appreciate guidance. I've already reached out to my supervisor to prepare for my defense, but I'm left questioning if academia is for me or if my experience was worsened by the environment.