In my experience seeking graduate (Masters and PhD) admissions, I had to figure out a lot of things the hard way while trying to navigate. I realized even something as fundamental as researching academics and finding potential supervisors can be a daunting task. This is why I thought to break down the steps I took to research potential supervisors in this tutorial.
a. Set down the initial information you need to commence a search including the target country, course of study and research interests. For our tutorial purposes, we choose the following:
Course: Computer Science
Research interests: Big Data, Deep Learning, Computer Vision, AI, and Cloud Computing
b. Keep a list: Keeping a list of essential information like faculty name, interests, email address and link to page can help you as you go along your research.
2. Google [or-another-browser] search
Find universities offering the course by doing a Google search.
There are some websites that might give you a list of the universities. Like in the picture below, the topuniversities.com website.
3. Systematic navigation
Choose a university from the list. Ideally, you should do it systematically, say following a top-down approach starting from the best-ranked and going downwards. So let’s say you choose: Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin).
4. Find research/faculty page on Uni website
Go to the University website and explore. Remember translating to English where needed. You will be looking out for menu pointing to the research information of the university such as “academic programs” or “research” or “departments”. Don’t expect them to look the same for all the universities.
- This below doesn’t help as there are no links to the academics and their research. Dead end!
- Now I go to “Faculties”. This looks more promising
- Bingo! We found what we were looking for. You can now look for one of the research areas in the query given
- Let’s check out Olaf Hellwich
We can get his contact, and if he has any personal website, we can go in there to find additional information.
I hope this helps. How have you been going about admission and potential supervisors’ search? Please also share any hurdles you faced and questions you may have about the process.