How many references do you need for a PhD application?

As part of your application for doctoral study you may be asked to provide up to three academic referees. The references they provide can make or break your PhD application and are essential to giving you the best chance of being successful. You should therefore think carefully about who your referees will be.

Do you need a distinction to do a PhD?

You may also need a Masters degree, in a relevant subject, to be eligible for a PhD application. Again, you should show good performance at this level, with a Merit or Distinction grade. Typically, Arts and Humanities PhDs are more likely to require a Masters degree.

How do you ask for a PhD reference?

How to request an academic referenceAsk first! Make sure you are asking the right person. Supply the Lecturer with supporting information about you. Give them time to write the letter. Send a friendly reminder. Follow-up with a thank you.

How do you ask an old lecturer for references?

Make a formal request of your professor (by email or by appointment), asking if he or she would be willing to write a letter or fill out a form on your behalf. Explain the purpose of the recommendation and why you have chosen the professor. Give the professor time to consider your request.

How do you ask for a Masters reference?

How to request a recommendation letter for graduate schoolChoose who you want to write your letter. Make a formal request. Provide information to the writer. Give plenty of time to write the letter. Write a thank you letter.

How do you ask a teacher to be a reference?

Tips for Requesting a ReferenceChoose whom to ask wisely. Typically, you need to provide potential employers with three references. Phrase your request carefully. Include all the details. Use postal mail or email. Edit your correspondence carefully. Say thank you.

Do you need permission to contact references?

Candidates should have given permission, generally, for reference checking to be conducted. Reference checkers should not reach out to anyone the candidate has expressly asked not be contacted. Reference checkers should not contact references from a candidate’s current employer without express permission.

Are reference checks a good sign?

If a job applicant has had an interview but hasn’t been offered a post, an employer may ask to conduct a reference check to make a decision between top candidates. This can be seen as a good sign, but don’t pop the champagne just yet—nothing is sealed until the contract is signed.

What do you say in a reference call?

Should you say yes?Keep the information factual. Avoid opinions about issues such as personal conflicts. Qualify what you say. For example, “It was our experience…” or “In this situation…”Make your praise specific. Refer to specific tasks or projects. Avoid examples that highlight a candidate’s weaknesses.