I get selected in Phd course. My area of interest is cloud security. There are two lectures whose area of interest is cloud security. I requested one of the supervisor, who has good record and has good publications, to take me as her phd student. She said that she doesn't have the vacant seat now but after 6 month she can have 1 vacant seat. She talked with another lecturer to be my supervisor and said that in these, 6 month, she will evaluate my performance and based on that she will make decisions. So, after 6 months, if she likes my performance, I can have two supervisor in which one is my original supervisor (which is mam to whom I requested) and another mam is my co-supervisor. If she doesn't like my performance, I can have only another lecturer as my supervisor.

The problem is that she is not 100% percent sure and she will evaluate me during this 6 months. I want that mam (to whom I requested) to be my supervisor as she has good knowledge and publications in good journals. Should I continue with this phd or quit? Any guidance will surely help.

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    We cannot say. How would you feel about doing a PhD with someone else? How badly do you do a PhD? What are your alternatives? Think about this questions and evaluate your situation. Strangers on the internet cannot know this.
    – Davidmh
    Commented Jul 27, 2016 at 9:45
  • @Davidmh Thanks for replying. I just want views as this type of situation may arises in someone else case. So if someone can share his/her experience. This will help me to take better decision. Commented Jul 27, 2016 at 10:35

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To me this arrangement is the greatest chance you could get to work under the supervision of whom you requested in the future. Since you have such strong orientation towards that particular supervisor (at least the way I see it), I think you should take the offer.

However, if all you want is to secure a good Ph.D. position, you should take into account whether you are ready to accept the worst case scenario, which is she refuse to take you in and you have to work under the supervision of the other supervisor. If this is the case, none of us here can help you in the decision making.

  • Thanks for answering. I am only thinking of worst case scenario. In case she reject me, then I have to work alone in Phd if other lecturer do not have that skills. This will be darkness of 3 or more years and I have to fight alone. Commented Jul 27, 2016 at 10:30
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    i think you are being unnecessarily negative. In that case you might not be working with desired supervisor, but you still have access to her instruction, although admittedly this is very different from having her as supervisor, you will not be working alone. But from here we are safe to say all you you want is a good position, which leaves the puzzle to no one else but you.
    – Sheh
    Commented Jul 27, 2016 at 10:36
  • I am in search of good Master who can help me to grow as fine scholar. Commented Jul 27, 2016 at 10:56

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