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To apply for a master's degree, is it common to submit a copy of Bachelor's degree dissertation?


User: studentagain11 - 16 July 2020 09:12

Do you have to submit a copy of your dissertation to check your ability?
If you no longer have the copy, can you be assessed in other ways?

User: Tudor_Queen - 16 July 2020 10:44

I've never heard of this actually. Does the course say it is required for admissions?

User: studentagain11 - 16 July 2020 12:55

No. It did not say.
Actually my application was declined because I was not able to provide the copy of my dissertation. I was requested to submit this after I made my initial application. The thing is my bachelor's degree was from more than 10 years ago and at that time we were using USB sticks and I no longer have the copy with me. I contacted the university of my bachelor's degree but they do not keep the copy on their system.

The reason why they needed it was to check my writing ability. So I also proposed to write an essay if they give me a question or topic to write about but I did not get a reply for that and I was just informed that my application was not successful.

User: Tudor_Queen - 16 July 2020 13:28

That's unfortunate. Could you try contacting them until you get a satisfactory response?

User: studentagain11 - 16 July 2020 23:20

Thank you for your reply. Yes but I do not know what to say.
If you do not mind me asking how would you approach it.

I have submitted my academic transcript as it was required for admission and I have a 2:1 for my dissertation.
It is from a renowned, top 50 university in the world as well.
I still do not understand why they would still want to see my actual work.

User: Tudor_Queen - 17 July 2020 14:14

I guess it might be because your degree was quite a few years ago. How about something like:

Dear Admissions Team

Thank you for your recent email (below). EXPLAIN ABOUT HOW YOU APPLIED AND THE RESPONSE YOU GOT. ASK IF YOU COULD SUBMIT A SAMPLE OF YOUR WRITING INSTEAD.

Thanks for your time and I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards

User: studentagain11 - 20 July 2020 06:30

@Tudor_Queen
Thanks. In fact I proposed to write an essay if they could give me a topic or question to write about but instead of receiving an answer to my question I was just informed that I was not successful. I have been away from the academia since 2007 so I do not have any written work that I can submit straight away.

User: Tudor_Queen - 20 July 2020 15:34

Sounds a good idea. Hope they will agree. I can't see why they shouldn't agree. But if they don't then they should at least provide a reason.

Maybe if you don't hear back from the email in a week you could try calling? They might be out of office though due to the pandemic.

Good luck.

User: rewt - 21 July 2020 22:17

This might be crazy but if this issue keeps occurring you could start a blog. A blog might be enough to show that you can write small essays about relevant topics.

User: studentagain11 - 24 July 2020 08:13

@rewt thank you. It is a good idea. I even had to submit English proficiency test result, which also proves that my writing ability is OK.