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Here you can stay up to date with important postgraduate news, funding developments, international study advice and humour.

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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

Considering a PhD, but wondering what you'll actually get out of it? We've sat down with some of the UK's top academics to hear their experiences and thoughts on postgraduate study. 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

Considering a PhD, but wondering what you'll actually get out of it? We've sat down with some of the UK's top academics to hear their experiences and thoughts on postgraduate study. 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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 by Chantelle Francis
, posted on 28 Jun '17

6 Things to Look for in Your Ideal PhD Supervisor

What makes for a great PhD supervisor? And how can you tell? This blog picks out six of the most important qualities to look for.

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 by Mark Bennett
, posted on 28 Jun '17

Blog for FindAPhD!

Fancy contributing to the FindAPhD blog? We're always interested in hearing from guest authors with experiences, advice or insights to share about postgraduate study.

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 by Mark Bennett
, posted on 23 Jun '17

The UK Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) - What (If Anything) Does it Mean for Postgraduates?

Should postgraduate students pay attention to the results of the UK's new Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)? We've taken a closer look at the ratings.

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 by Chantelle Francis
, posted on 21 Jun '17

Flexible Funding - Finding Support During a Postgraduate Course

Do you need to have all your funding in place before starting a postgraduate degree? Not necessarily. This blog looks at ways to access extra support during a course.

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 by Mark Bennett
, posted on 14 Jun '17

9 Obvious (and Not so Obvious) PhD Proposal Mistakes

Getting ready to write your PhD research proposal? This blog will help you avoid (or spot) a few potential mistakes.

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 by Gaia Cantelli
, posted on 8 Jun '17

Choosing a University for PhD Study in 6 Simple Steps

You're ready to choose your PhD - congratulations! But where should you study it? Gaia Cantelli offers some tips.

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 by Mark Bennett
, posted on 2 Jun '17

Election 2017 - What do the Manifestos Offer Postgraduates?

The UK goes to the polls on June 8th, but do the main parties' manifestos have anything to offer postgraduates? We've taken a look.

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 by Chantelle Francis
, posted on 31 May '17

Masters or PhD: Which is the Best Option for You?

Considering postgraduate study, but not sure whether to start with a Masters or jump straight to PhD level? We’ve explained how to pick the right course for your personal, academic or professional goals.

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 by Mark Bennett
, posted on 24 May '17

PhD Pressure - Knowing Where to Find Support

A PhD can be tough at times, but you don't need to struggle in silence. Check out our simple tips for finding support during a doctorate.

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 by Gaia Cantelli
, posted on 17 May '17

PhD Prospects – Your Future with a Doctorate

What can you actually do with a PhD? This post takes a look at various academic and non-academic career options for doctoral graduates.

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