TakeruK wrote:Are you sure you don't have any transcript? My transcripts usually start and end with details like the start date of my program and my exit date, with courses in between. So if you request a transcript from your PhD school, you might still at least get that to show that you were enrolled in the school.
As for the CV, I would write it something like this (using Canadian degree names since that's what I know best):
2010-2012 PhD Student in Blah Blah Engineering at University Y
(something about your research), Supervisor: XYZ
2006-2009 BASc, Blah Blah Engineering, University X
Thesis Title: ABC (Supervisor: XYZ)
I think if you do this, it will be clear that you were enrolled in the program but did not complete the degree. You can also write ("incomplete") after PhD Student, or write a third line in that entry that says "Withdrew from Program in 2012 to pursue Physics career" or something like that. Finally, you should also make it clear in some portion of the application so that you cannot be accused to trying to pretend that you have a PhD from University Y!
Thanks for the prompt response. Actually in United Kingdom, we do not have coursework at all in PhD programs. I went for a research only PhD program directly after my undergraduate. So this is the problem. I didn't do any coursework and so no transcript. I just passed two annual oral exams for which you only get pass or fail and nothing else. On top of this, I asked my UK University administration regarding if they could provide me a letter mentioning all my details but they said they could only give me two hard copies of such letters (which are just letters and nothing like a transcript). The thing is that many universities like Stanford still ask for hard copies to be sent to them by mail. So with only two copies of such letter, it is quite a bit of hustle.
Also, the VirginiaTech graduate school website specifically asks not to send transcripts from any institution where I didn't earn a degree. check this link... http://graduateschool.vt.edu/applying/transcripts
Is this true for all US Universities ? And if all this does not work well, can I just put all the work I did in research experience section of my CV....with my position as postgraduate student and then mentioning that I withdrew from this program.