Frequently Asked Questions : Looking for PhD or PG in Foreign Universities

*** The view shared in this form of questionnaire is from a brilliant food professional who is pursuing PhD in Ireland


1. Which are the good universities in abroad for doing PG or PhD in Food Science? Is there any list of top 50 Universities?

It is difficult to sort out the good universities in food science. It all depends upon the research interests and facilities available in department. There is no authentic list of top universities in food science. Academic Ranking of World Universities ( and QS World University Rankings ( do not provide list for food science subject category. I think, it is better to decide research interest and then find suitable university where latest work on particular technology is happening. This can be searched on university website’s research section of food science department or research interests section of academician profile.

2.    How to contact the institutes of my interest?

The best way to contact institute is via e-mail. One can drop a formal introductory e-mail to the Professor/Administrator listed in the contact section. CV can be attached along with the e-mail, enquiring about PhD/MRes position/Scholarship availability in the department. It is necessary to understand that one will not get all the responses positively. But no harm in sending application/statement of interest to preferred university.

3.    How to search for topics for PhD?

PhD topic is highly dependent upon research interest of particular person. One can go through the latest publications in the topic of interest and try to find out the gap in research where one can contribute. Science Direct/Elsevier, ACS, Springer, Taylor and Francis, Wiley publishers sites can be used to see the abstracts of latest publications in the food science category.

4.    Is reference important for admission in foreign universities? Whom should we contact for reference?

Yes, reference is essential for admission in foreign universities. You can contact your master’s/bachelor’s final year project supervisor and course co-ordinator/academician who knows you well.

5.    Do we need GRE/TOEFEL/IELTS score for applying to all foreign universities?

All university websites asks for GRE/TOEFEL/IELTS score for admission, if your native/first language is not English. After receiving confirmation from university/supervisor one can enquire about these exam’s requirement.  

6.    How to prepare for GRE/TOEFEL/IELTS ?

IELTS is relatively easy exam and can be cleared without coaching compared to GRE and TOEFL (depending one’s English proficiency). Most of the universities in Europe, Australia, New Zealand now accept IELTS. For US GRE and TOEFL are preferred.  IELTS consists of four sections listening, reading, writing and speaking. Scores are rated on 9 point scale and average all four sections is considered as final score.

7.    If these scores are required what is the minimum scores needed to apply to colleges?

Minimum qualifying score for each test is strictly dependent upon university requirements. These qualifying requirements can  be found on English proficiency section of university for International students. For example

  University of Melbourne:

  University of Reading:

  Purdue University:


8.    Are publications required for admission into PhD ?

No. If you have publications such as research and review paper in international peer reviewed journal adds strong point for your application.



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Comment by smita singh on December 26, 2015 at 8:07pm

Hello Everyone!!

I am doing Ph.D in Food Sci.& Technology (1st yr). Can you tell me about the universities providing split-Ph.D programmes (i.e. for 3 months or 6months). 

Comment by RITU MISHRA on May 20, 2014 at 9:22pm

i m doing btech in food technology and management . so ,can you pls name institutes which are good in post graduation from food background 

Comment by Sandip Gaikwad on September 29, 2013 at 12:16pm

what should be the main benefit of having PHD  in 

Foreign Universities

Comment by Pankaj Sharma on August 19, 2013 at 12:21pm

It ranges from minimum 3 and half years complete duration plus additional time depending on literature work not completed or thesis submission. It normally does not take more than the stipulated time of 3 and half years.

Comment by Akanksha Pahwa on August 17, 2013 at 7:41pm

May I knw the duration Of PhD in Dublin University???

Comment by ankita sunil patil on April 28, 2013 at 1:34pm

does USA accept IELTS??

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