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This presentation was for an online webinar session at the ACS Younger Chemist symposium and covers things you need to think about if you want to study postgraduate programmes in the UK....

This presentation was for an online webinar session at the ACS Younger Chemist symposium and covers things you need to think about if you want to study postgraduate programmes in the UK.
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  • 1. Graduate School Opportunities in Great Britain Charlotte Ashley-Roberts Careers Adviser Royal Society of Chemistry
  • 2. Why should you study in the UK?
    • Internationally renowned
    • Quality
    • Cost
    • Variety
    • Support
  • 3. When, where and what?
    • When?
    • Do you want a break?
    • Do you want to work?
    • Where?
    • Research institutions
    • Talk to other students
    • What?
    • What is your long-term career plan?
  • 4. UK Education system
    • Postgraduate study ≡ Masters study ≡ Graduate study
    • Taught or Research?
    • All year access
    • In the UK generally : BSc – Masters – PhD
      • but can do BSc – PhD
    • PhD is usually research based
  • 5. Applying for courses
    • Prepare and research early
    • Apply direct to the institution
    • Demonstrate a true understanding and interest
    • Recognition of international qualifications
    • Check the validity and quality of the institution
  • 6. Costs and Funding
    • Fees vary according to the course
    • Funding
      • Overseas governments
      • Scholarships
      • Studentships
      • Higher Education Institutions
      • Employers
    • Cost of living (per annum)
      • £9,500 in London and the South East
      • £7,500 elsewhere in the UK
  • 7. Career Opportunities
    • Can earn more
    • Can get more responsibility
    • Time to think
    • Stand out
    • Career change?
    • Specialist?
    • Overqualified
    • Need to know why
    • Stipend
    • Time to complete
    • Funding
    http://www.vitae.ac.uk/CMS/files/upload/What-do-researchers-do-Career-Profiles-of-doctoral-entrepreneurs-2010.pdf
  • 8. Ready? Steady? Go!
    • Visas
    • Living/adapting to life – accommodation, health, other students?
    • Working
  • 9. Websites
    • www.britishcouncil.org/
    • www.prospects.ac.uk
    • www.qaa.ac.uk
    • www.vitae.ac.uk
    • www.findaphd.com
    • www.findamasters.com
    • www.rsc.org/Education/HEstudents
    • http://my.rsc.org/careers