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 by Mark Bennett
, posted on 19 Oct '17

Postgraduate Fairs: What Can They Really Offer You?

Postgraduate study fairs and events have a lot to offer prospective Masters and PhD students. This blog explains why - and how.

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 by Mark Bennett
, posted on 12 Oct '17

Spoiler Warning! 11 Things That Will (Almost Certainly) Happen during Your PhD

From the ridiculous to the fantastic - here are a few of the things you can expect from postgraduate research.

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 by Mark Bennett
, posted on 10 Oct '17

UK Tuition Fee Changes - Will They Mean Anything for Postgraduates?

The recent announcements on UK student loans won't affect postgraduates directly, but they could still save you money. We've taken a closer look.

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 by Ben Taylor
, posted on 5 Oct '17

Learning a New Language While Studying Abroad – What's it Actually Like?

Picking up an additional language can enhance your CV and make postgraduate study even more fulfilling. Here's how to give it a try.

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 by Mark Bennett
, posted on 28 Sep '17

Getting started with a PhD Application - 7 Steps

Found a PhD? Here's how to plan an effective application and put together the materials you'll need for success.

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 by Emma Burnett
, posted on 20 Sep '17

Putting it off? Bring it on! - Starting a PhD in Your Thirties

Committing to a doctorate can be tough, especially when you already have a career - and a young family. Read Emma's story.

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 by Mark Bennett
, posted on 13 Sep '17

Do University Rankings Matter for PhD Study? - Tips and Tricks

University league tables may not focus specifically on postgraduate research, but that doesn't mean they aren't useful for your PhD search.

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 by Melanie Brown
, posted on 6 Sep '17

How I (Eventually) Won a PhD Studentship - and How You can Boost Your Chances of Success

What's it like to actually apply for a PhD studentship? And what should you do if you aren't successful? One student shares her recent experiences.

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 by Chantelle Francis
, posted on 30 Aug '17

Exploring Postgraduate Bank Accounts for 2017

Wondering what type of bank account is best for postgraduate students? We've explained the options available to you and looked at some of the accounts on offer.

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 by Mark Bennett
, posted on 23 Aug '17

Postgraduate Accommodation Options - Living it Up on a Masters or PhD

Can you live in student halls as a postgraduate? Should you? And what other options are available now you're studying a Masters or PhD?

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 by Ben Morrison
, posted on 15 Aug '17

PhD Persistence – The Winding Road to a Perfect Project

Should you always accept the first PhD you're offered? Or hold on for that perfect project? Ben shares his experience in this post.

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 by Tamar Beck
, posted on 9 Aug '17

Tackling a PhD with a Long-Term Health Condition – One Student’s Story

A disability or health problem might make a PhD more challenging, but it can also be a source of inspiration and drive. Read one student's story.

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 by Mark Bennett
, posted on 2 Aug '17

How Much is that Doctorate in the Window? - Investigating the Cost of a PhD in 2017

Wondering how much you'll actually need to budget for a PhD? We've done some research into the cost of postgraduate research.

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 by Jamie Depledge
, posted on 31 Jul '17

PhD Inspiration - Professor Chris Lintott

Professor Chris Lintott is the Professor of Astrophysics at University of Oxford. Here he shares some advice for new students.

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 by Chantelle Francis
, posted on 26 Jul '17

5 Ways a Gap Year Can Prepare You for Postgraduate Study

Considering a break before your Masters or PhD? A ‘post-graduate’ gap year can actually be a great way to prepare for further study. This blog explains how.

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 by Rachel L King
, posted on 19 Jul '17

Keeping the Plates Spinning During a PhD

What's it like to manage a PhD alongside other personal and professional commitments? In this post, Rachel King shares her experiences as a second year Health Sciences student.

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 by Lydia Chantler-Hicks
, posted on 12 Jul '17

7 Reasons Why You Should Consider Postgraduate Study Before Starting a Job

Struggling to decide between post-graduate study, or a graduate career? Here are some reasons why a Masters or PhD might be a good idea for those still weighing up their options.

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 by Chantelle Francis
, posted on 7 Jul '17

The Top Postgraduate Study Destinations in the Asia-Pacific for 2017

Postgraduate study abroad is becoming increasingly popular with students across the globe. But one region which is certainly building its presence on the radar is the Asia-Pacific. Could this be the study destination for you?

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 by Mark Bennett
, posted on 5 Jul '17

PhD Pitfalls - (Some of) the Things That Actually Do Go Wrong

It isn't always the big challenges that cause problems for PhD students. Here are some of the less obvious (but no less significant) risks to research success.

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 by Jamie Depledge
, posted on 30 Jun '17

PhD Inspiration - Dr Alex Conner

Dr Alex Conner is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham Medical school. Here he shares some advice for new students.

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