Postgraduate courses and funding: your choices laid bare

Posted by Harry Picken on 20 September 2016

Whether you want to further your career, gain an extra qualification, or continue studying a subject you love, there are lots of different reasons for thinking about a postgraduate course. But before you take the plunge, you’ll want to consider the different types of postgraduate study and the best ways to fund your course.

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Topics: Postgraduate study

Postgraduate Study Fair launches new look and website to great response

Posted by Phoebe Hatton on 22 January 2016

The UK's leading Postgraduate Study Fair has a new look and feel to both its website and branding. The refresh  accommodates the changing needs of prospective postgraduate students and universities exhibiting at the fair.

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Topics: Postgraduate study, Fairs and Events

PhD funding fair: April-Louise's story

Posted by Rosalind Kemp on 23 October 2015

April-Louise tells us how she secured her PhD studentship and gives her tips for success.

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Topics: Postgraduate study, Fairs and Events

Women in Academia

Posted by Rosalind Kemp on 4 June 2015

The Institute of Physics has recently published a report with the Royal Astronomical Society, Gazing at the Future. Kate Murray, Careers Consultant to the Graduate School, King’s College London attended the launch and is sharing what she learnt with us on Reach:

The report looks at the experiences of male and female physics and astronomy researchers during their PhDs and their expectations of whether or not they will enter academia after the PhD.

The stats in the report make pretty depressing reading: female doctoral students rate the overall experience of their doctorate lower than their male peers; and the proportion of female doctoral students happy with their doctorate is on average 7% lower than for male doctoral students. Only just over 55% of female doctoral students across all years of study agree that they would make good research scientists (70% of male students overall would agree).

Particularly stark was the finding that 48% of female students, in their final year, envisage that they might have a university role in 3-5 years' time, compared with 65% of male students.

The report suggests reasons behind these stats, including the issue of a lack of role models (thus reinforcing unconscious bias amongst recruiters and setting an unconscious bar on ambition on the part of candidates).

It doesn't seem to me, though, that physics and astronomy are particularly alone in these findings. While efforts such as Athena SWAN and the Equality Charter Mark, as well as initiatives by individual universities such as the fantastic photos of female professors in the Strand building, all help to promote academia as a welcoming place for women, the conversations I have with female researchers across all subjects point to structural issues around the competition for grants and working culture that are off-putting. In fairness, they are often off-putting to men looking for work/life balance too.

What to do? Find resilience, set examples, seek good advice, take opportunities. Find a mentor, find a 'supporter' (someone who actively looks for opportunities for you), and don't be pigeon-holed. Think about protecting your self-esteem and promoting your self-confidence. And retain a love for research.

Image (example of simulated data modeled for the CMS particle detector on the Large Hadron Collider) by CERN used under CC BY-SA 3.0.

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Topics: STEM, Diversity, Postgraduate study

Shout Out to Post Docs

Posted by Fiona Richardson on 28 April 2015

A message from Yulia Kiseleva, PhD student at the Department of War Studies at King's

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Topics: Peace, Politics and Policy, Postgraduate study, Fairs and Events

Rock Physics and Scilly Birds: Exotic vacancies this week

Posted by careers consultant on 16 March 2015
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Topics: teaching, STEM, Jobs and Internships, Peace, Politics and Policy, charity, Working abroad, Postgraduate study, creative industries

Get into Teaching

Posted by careers consultant on 3 March 2015

Do you know your Premier Plus, GTTR, SCITT and QTS? Those who do, teach. With so many changes to graduate routes into teaching, it can be difficult to know which route is best for you, what other options exist and what support you may get. The DfE Get into Teaching website has useful resources and regularly puts on free events where you can find out more about the different types of teachers, the qualification routes and how to apply.

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Topics: teaching, Postgraduate study

PhD or no PhD, that is the question

Posted by Fiona Richardson on 19 January 2015

Before Christmas WWIP held a fascinating panel discussing a question many students grapple with - should they do a PhD or not?

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Topics: Peace, Politics and Policy, Postgraduate study

Studying Medicine in the USA

Posted by Mark Gilbert on 21 November 2014

Each year an increasing number of international students consider studying medicine in the US. For those considering such a move after their time in the UK, here’s a few resources to get you started.

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Topics: Medicine and Healthcare, career choice, Postgraduate study, International Students

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