Dear Professor XX，
I am a perspective graduate student from the People’s Republic of China. I am elated to find that your research matches closely to my academic interest and research experience. Therefore， I am writing to inquire the availability of combined master’s and PhD program in your group.
I obtained my Bachelor’s Degree in Geological Engineering from XX University， one of the top universities in China， in June 2013， with GPA of 3.8 and the ranking in the 3rd place out of 65 students. My research interest is in rock mechanics and underground engineering. My graduation thesis was to study the surrounding rock stability of tunnel by using Finite Element Method. I built a FEM model of tunnel with the assistance of ANSYS software， and studied the surrounding rock stability when the tunnel is built in difference depths and constructed in the rock masses range from intact hard rock to fractured soft rock. Now this paper is under review in the Chinese Journal named Underground Space and Engineering. In July 2013， I did an internship in the XX Corps. I built a FEM model and used the finite strength reduction method to analyze the stability of slopes in XX Reservoir， which is situated is in XX Province. However， I still found that my knowledge and skills are limited. My strong thirst for knowledge has prompted me to pursue further studies.
I am glad to find that you have performed so many brilliant researches in the rock mechanics and tunnel engineering in the past decades. Fascinated by these fields， I believe it would be a really desirable thing if I could advance my study under your supervision. I further believe the education and training in your group would prepare me a bright academic future， and significantly change my life. Consequently， I am writing to ask the availability of combined master’s and PhD position in your group.
If I am fortunate enough to join your group， I would pursue the research with great passion and perseverance. Likewise， I am confident that my sound academic background， my research experience， and my strong determination to pursue further education would make me an ideal candidate for your group. My Curriculum Vitae is attached for your reference. I am looking forward to hearing from you soon.