I have contacted a professor, looking for a PhD position. He replied that my field is so near to his research field, and to consider my application; he needs to know more about my masters thesis.

I need to see your masters work.

My thesis and most of my publications are in a non-English language. I have one English paper published in a nation-wide conference's proceedings, and this only presents no more than a quarter of my master's thesis.

How should I reply to this professor to better describe my master's work?

PS: I have a detailed CV in which I have brought all my transcripts of my BSc and MSc, translated titles of my publications and projects and all my job experience.

UPDATE: I sent a copy of my English paper, my CV, my thesis abstract and some parts of my thesis besides to a research statement in which I wrote some research topics I am interested to work on.

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    From what you've said, it doesn't sound like he's asking for a translation. So give him a summary of your thesis, in English.
    – mhwombat
    Oct 21, 2014 at 18:28
  • @mhwombat I think he wants to see my masters thesis... I don't know.
    – enthu
    Oct 21, 2014 at 18:32
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    As a note: technical language is quite understandable, even for non speakers, as long as the languages are close enough.
    – Davidmh
    Oct 22, 2014 at 6:31

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The reason he might be asking to see your thesis is to get familiar with what you did, and to evaluate the quality of your work. If all the application materials (your CV etc) have English titles, he might not realize that the thesis is in any other language.

So, I would respond to him addressing what he needs, and not what he asked for literally. I would write an extended abstract (summary) of your thesis in English. I would send the following, the extended abstract, conference paper, and thesis. He can gain insight into all of your work from the thesis abstract you just wrote. Your conference paper evaluates your writing. And finally your thesis is sent just because maybe he understands the language. Even if he doesn't speak the language, the references, figures, tables, formulas etc. in the thesis should give him additional information about the content and quality of your work, especially in the context of your abstract.


I think that you should send the professor your thesis, pointing out the obvious that it is not in English. Perhaps they actually know the language or have a trusted student or postdoc who does?

You should also offer to send an English summary and/or any papers that you have written related to the subject in English.


Don't second guess the request. You do not know his motivation.

Do you respond promptly? Does he speak that language? Does the document actually exist?

You obviously have command of the English language. Provide him a copy of the thesis in the original language, give him a synopsis in English. He/she will follow up as appropriate..

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