4-Step Guide for Dubai-based Scholars to get enrolled in UK university

Q. How does it feel like doing from a London University?

A. Studying in London can be quite an exciting experience with a holistic perspective. Unlike UAE, London offers a contrast climatic experience and many options for pursuing PhD. Doing PhD is a big decision in the life of a student and if London is your chosen option to pursue it, the first thing to do is shortlisting some of the universities and get access to complete information for the prospective university.

Q. Are there any options for research programmes offered in London Universities?

A. Yes, there are primarily two options for research studies in UK.

  • For a traditional PhD course, you choose your own research topic and you work on it independently under the supervision of a senior academician.
  • Another type of research degree is called Research Fellowship degree may be offered as a part of an existing project that the university is already working on. At some places, it is also termed as studentship and it basically means that you are working on a predetermined subject.

Q. As a citizen of Dubai, what are the prerequisites for studying PhD in UK?

A. To begin with , students are required to have completed an undergraduate degree from a recognized university. Some of the universities are more demanding and expect their scholars to have completed a Masters degree in order to apply for a PhD. The entry requirements may vary from university to university, however international students are required to meet the English language requirements that are set by the university. For IELTS, the minimum required score is between 6.0 to 7.0.

Q. How can I get PhD proposal help to get an instant approval for my targeted UK university?

A. With slight variation and subjectivity brought in by each university, the proposal expected by aspiring scholars should portray a clear understanding of the objectives of research and the designed methodology to be adopted to accomplish the objectives. A sound backing of the Literature Review should be done to achieve the same. The experts offering services for proposal designing are abreast with the requirement and expectation level of the universities. They also work in the pre-designed templates that are acceptable by the universities making the task of not just the creation of the proposal but also it’s formatting a smooth journey for the scholar.

How to do smart networking at a Conference?

Don’t indulge in Scientific Details: The Ph.D. scholars eat, sleep and breathe research, so the scientific terminology is so much into their life that they leave no opportunity to tell whoever they meet about their acquired scientific knowledge. You must not act like an academic scientist else people start to run away from you. To be able to gel with people from both industry as well as academia, you must skip scientific talks.

Personally thank the sponsors: You must know who the sponsors are at different events you attend. Remember them and ensure to thank them at the end of the occasion. Not many people do that, and it works well with letting yourself recalled by folks in the industry. You don’t know; you may need them for any research project or career interests in the future. If you could do some research about the sponsors before going to the conference, it would be a good idea and give you constructive inputs to engage in a conversation.

Cash you student stature: When you are in the student zone, naturally people exhibit more patience when interacting with you and display more openness than to others. People from the industry would be open to sharing news and information with you, and you would be able to network with a peer from other universities who have similar concerns or challenges. When you are in the student zone, by default you get the right to ask as many questions as you want and compile as much information as possible.

Exhibit confidence: When you show confidence about yourself and your skills, you see people coming over to you and showing interest in wanting to get associated with you. Everyone wants to get associated with persons who know what they are doing and their KRAs. In a public gathering, what you talk, your body language, concept clarity, and all other factors are responsible in showing to people who are observing you about your self- confidence level.

Follow up after the conference: The best is for the last. It is the finest networking technique, and you must do it at the earliest. Rather the same day you must write an email to all sponsors and organizers, thanking them for the initiative and the effort. In the email mention about who you are and what was the conversation, you shared with them so that it becomes easier for them to retain details about you. In case you want any favor from them, you must keep that at some later stage and not in the first mail itself.


What makes an impressive cover letter?

The cover letter is not just a formality, rather it is a chance for you to lobby for your manuscript so you must ensure that your involvement in writing that is no less than what you do for writing the content of your manuscript. The objective of your cover letter is quite important, it is a medium to impress or convince the editor to forward your write up for the review process.  The personification of your cover letter is similar to it being the presenter of your manuscript to argue that it is good enough for the standards of the journal so it should highlight your most important findings. The cover letter is the first and most important medium to assure the editor that your document does not have any conflicting interests and should generate interest in your document in a way that the editor feels that it should be strongly considered for publication.

Here are some formal suggestions for the cover letter:

 Have a formal address for the editor:  you must address the editor formally and if possible try to get the name of the editor so you could address him my name formally. You can get that information from the net in most of the cases

 Include important details of the manuscript in the first paragraph itself:  you must ensure that the first paragraph should include the title of the manuscript, main authors and if possible the theme of the manuscript in brief.  What kind of manuscript it is, is also important to add here and by the end of the second paragraph, you should briefly explain the rationale of your document in a very impressive and convincing way.

Justify   why your document fits the journal: the next paragraph should bring out those facts about your manuscript which are not just its strength s but also make the journal a good choice to publish it and vice versa. You can highlight the clinical implications of your manuscript if the journal so demands it. It may be possible that your work may not be the perfect fit for the journal but you can still try to align the aim and scope of the journal with the underlying objective of the journal.

 Closing paragraph: the closing paragraph should necessarily include the following things: the commitment of originality of your document, commitment of no publication of same manuscript elsewhere and no conflicting interests and in case the journal wants your recommendation of potential reviewers.

Conference Presentations have their own rules

Conference presentations need more preparation than just writing the paper. The paper is just the basis for the presentations, but standing up, and talking in real is different in terms of experience as well as preparations, and brings with it, its own set of conventions, opportunities and pitfalls.

The shortcomings of conference presentations are much more than what we can know at hand. There are presenters who don’t look at people in the eyes while talking, reading from the slides, too much information packed on the slides, not guiding the audience through a complex argument, taking the knowledge level of the audience for granted, going  beyond their stipulated time and not leaving any time for  the question answer session. If you feel that taking care of so many things at the same time can perplex you, here are a few golden rules to follow:

Be one with your audience:  First of all, you got to begin by showing enthusiasm for the topic, if you aren’t respectful to your audience and if you don’t come down to  their level of understanding when you are talking, you haven’t reached them in spirit.  You got to do all that you can and you should, so that they keep listening to you.

Be there in not just body, but in mind too: If you are there just to read out from the slides, well, the literate audience can do it themselves, pretty well. You have to find ways in which you can engage with the audience, such as appropriate eye contact, expressions in your speech, and movement.  Verbal presentations are a blend of relevant content and your expressions. They don’t go alone.

Keep constant reminders of your argument: Your argument is the crux of your presentation, and you must not let the audience forget about it.  Whatever you speak in your presentation, you must link it up with your argument, and ensure that there are constant reminders of the same for the audience so that it doesn’t go off their minds.

Give something constructive and positive to your audience: By the end of the presentation, the audience should know what you are meaning to say and should take home some positive learning, which has added to their existing repository of knowledge.

Have a stylish ending: Like how, powerful and engrossing your beginning should be, that the audience walks with you throughout the presentation, your ending should also be equally powerful and mesmerizing.

If you know these few rules, there is no stopping you from making that mark in your conference presentation.

A checklist for the perfect places to study during your PhD journey

A thesis writing journey is a long journey and can get lonely as well at some of the stages. From the beginning days of the academic journey till the master’s level, most of the study involves groups and tutorials where the student is all the time engrossed in with other students or seniors. He rarely feels lonely or left out. However, a PhD thesis is such where the scholar has to for a long time be on his own and complete the writing of the thesis without much support from others. It can indeed be daunting. There is a way out here, one can venture out in the open and find ways whereby he could study as well be in company of other people and not feel the effects of being into isolation.

Practically speaking if you want to decide to move out of the boundaries of your home and find places outside where you could sit and do your work and also feel that connection with the world outside then firstly, you need to have a checklist to ensure that the place is a good place to do your work. Any public work place you choose should have:

  1. Appropriate size of tables
  2. Power points
  3. Comfortable chairs
  4. Restrooms
  5. Good Lighting
  6. Suitable working hours
  7. Drinks and food that you like and is suitable to your pocket as well

Some suggested places to meet can be:

Cafes:  In every way a café is a great place to work. The ambience, the background, music foods options are all elevators of mood towards working. The café you choose should have a lot of space so that the other guests and the staff does not become a distraction for you. Having a Wi-Fi in the café you choose is a feather on the cap.

Libraries:  A library in the vicinity, however humble its premise be is the most conventional and apt place to sit and do work. A library will have all the things you have out in your checklist as it’s the place that is meant to sit and study at. Proximity to your home is one condition that your library should necessarily meet.

Pubs and Bars: may sound weird to you, but during weekdays at day time, pubs and bars are surprisingly a very good place to work or study. You may not believe it but do try it one time. Moreover you can arrange to meet your friends when you have completed working, as a treat to yourself.

What is a well prepared PhD application like?

A well prepared PhD application, by all means is supposed to bring positive results as compared to one that has been put together in a jiffy. You must give yourself ample time to be able to complete the application process. From the moment you decide to undertake a PhD, your preparation to get into the journey should start. You have to have some general idea about the area and the subject that interests you for the PhD so that you look for the right and specific PhD opportunities. You must have you research question ready and then only would you be able to find the most appropriate university and supervisor for you that matches your requirements. After having narrowed down your list, you must make sure you meet the deadline for your application. All universities have their own pattern and time frame for accepting applications. Some universities accept applications all year round while the others give out specific time frame twice a year to do the same. If a particular university’s PhD ad appeals to you, seek more detailed information from the university website so that all your requirements match and you are able to select the one that matches your preferences the most. Follow the guidance and ensure to submit the complete application form before the deadline that has been mentioned.
In general, apart from the application form that you are required to submit in the university,you need to have a Curriculum Vitae, your degree certificates, references, a research proposal, funding proof. You must keep all these documents ready with you ahead of the deadline so that all papers are in place and your application is not incomplete because of any one document remaining incomplete.
Before you apply for a PhD programme, it is a good idea to contact your prospective supervisor to in an informal way so that you can get some expert tips regarding how to improvise upon your proposal. You must do this in advance only so that it does not come in the way of your deadline related to PhD application submission and you have enough time to incorporate the feedback and changes that your supervisor gives to you. With some expert advice you can have a good application form and the chances of acceptance are higher and brighter making you start your journey on a good and successful note. Good luck to you for the same.