Study abroad: Have a strong drive

Dear Madam,
I have just completed my internship in Dentistry (BDS). I have applied for the All India as well as few more exams for MDS course in India, although, my interest lies in going abroad for my postgraduation. I have enquired about few countries such as the US and Australia. Both the places need qualifications such as pursuing DDS or a compulsory clinical work experience of two years. I am not really interested to pursue a diploma degree. Are there other options in Masters overseas?


Dear Student,

You can apply for a Masters program in the UK. There are many universities that are highly ranked and offer graduate programmes in different areas of dental science. Some of the good universities that you may look into are Kings College London, University College London, Manchester University, University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow and University of Liverpool. While you are in the UK pursuing your Masters, you can take the ORE, which is a licensing exam conducted by the British Dental Council. This will allow you to register with the General Dental Council and practise as a dentist anywhere in the United Kingdom.

Dear Madam,
I have completed my MSc in Physics this year. Presently, I am working as a project assistant, but I want to do some good research in my areas of interest, like condensed matter physics, materials science, nanotechnology etc. I have decided to go abroad to do a PhD. But I have no idea about research institutes there. Can you please help me with how to go about applying for a PhD  abroad. Are there any entrance exams for that? If so, please provide me with any kind of information about that.

Shivaraj R Maidur

Dear Shivraj,

For PhD admissions, you need to interact directly with professors in the university that you wish to attend. For a start, I would ask you to research various universities in different countries on the Internet. Identify and shortlist a few universities that offer your subject and read up the works of the professors whose research topics are similar to your interest. Write to them about why you are keen on working with them.  Since PhD programmes are mostly fully funded, the professors have to be convinced that you have a flair for research work and that you will be an asset to their department.

Before you apply for a PhD, carry out some research work here and have it published. Write a strong statement of purpose about your research interests and career goals. Prepare an interesting CV listing out your awards and achievements in academics, extracurricular, sports, community service, internships, work experience, research projects, publications etc.
There is no entrance exam for PhD. You need to write the GRE and TOEFL iBT for admissions to universities in any country other than the UK.

For the UK, you need to write only the IELTS, which is a simple exam that tests your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. This exam is accepted by all countries in place of the TOEFL.

Dear madam,
I am currently pursuing electronics and communication engineering in Belagavi. I am a first year student and I wish to pursue my masters in microprocessors from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I know it’s very difficult to get into this university but I am immensely interested in doing my masters from this university. Please guide me on how to get into this university for my masters.

Amogh Nelavigi

Dear Amogh,

It is no surprise that you want to attend MIT. Who doesn’t?! Remember, like you there are thousands of students the world over who apply to MIT year after year. The only way your application can stand out from the rest is if your GPA, GRE and TOEFL scores are the maximum one can get, you have carried out excellent quality research work outside the usual requirement of your course and had them published, your statement of purpose is well written and convinces the reader that you have the maturity to read, research and write effectively. Since you are only in your first year, you have ample time to work on this process. Internships and research projects are a must, so please make time for it without it affecting your grades. I am sure if you are focused  and have a strong drive to make this happen, nothing can stop you.

Dear Madam,
I have completed my BE in mechanical engineering (in 2015 ) and have been planning for MS in Aeronautics. My overall aggregate is 70.70% and I would really appreciate it if you would give me information on aeronautical universities in Germany. I’ve already completed my A1 level language training and I am preparing for GRE and IELTS now. I want to get admitted in the winter semester 2016.

Akash Girimath

Dear Akash,

Bremen University of applied sciences, Technical University of applied sciences Wildau, Dresden University of applied sciences, FH Aachen, Munich University of Technology, University of Stuttgart, Bundeswehr University Munich, Technical University of Braunswick, Technical University of Darmstadt and Munich University of applied sciences are the best for Aeronautical Engineering in Germany.

Dear Madam,

I am currently studying in the thrid semester (PG, commerce).  I wish to do my PhD abroad in the US or UK. Kindly suggest the exams I need to take and some quality universities.

Jagrari K

Dear Jagrari,

To go to the US, you need to write the GRE and TOEFL / IELTS. Some of the best business schools in the United States that offer PhD programmes are Wharton school of Business at University of Pennsylvania, Stern School of Business at New York University, Kellogs School of Business at Northwestern, Marshall School at University of Southern California, Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, Ross School of Business at University of Michigan Ann Arbor, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign and Boston University among others.

In the United Kingdom, to name a few, there is Oxford, Cambridge, London Business School, Imperial College London, Manchester, Warwick, Bath, Edinburgh and Cass Business School at City University London. To go to the UK, you need to write only the IELTS. For more information on universities please visit

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