Funding your Master’s or PhD

lookTake a look at these – annual £5,000 scholarships + a number of smaller awards in any subject from:

Applications opened in May.

Find out more about funding:

Decisions, decisions… should I do a PhD?

qmarkThese resources on may help you to decide:

  • PhD Video Blogs: Get a real insight into life as a PhD student
    Short films of PhD students at various stages of their PhD and locations around the world.  The vlogs, or video blogs, will cover everything from starting a PhD, moving abroad to do a PhD, finding funding opportunities to viva preparation and finding your first academic job.
  • Postgraduate Options – Is a PhD for me?
    A 60-minute live online video event with a group of expert panelists who shared their insights and top tips on doing a PhD, the routes to doing a doctorate, how to find PhD opportunities and how to compose a good application.
  • PhD career ebooks and toolkits
    hould I do a PhD?; Career planning for PhDs; 10 Career paths for PhDs

New to research or moving on?

Then take a look at Vitae:against-the-current-fish

  • Find the Vitae resources most relevant to you by visiting our routemaps
  • Make the most of professional development opportunities, and create new ones with the PDP ROC
  • Learn the basics of research: Read our pages on ‘Becoming a researcher’, ‘Language of research’, ‘Typical milestones’…

Watch our recorded Q&A: “How to make a successful start in research”

PhD or not?

postit_articlenewsresource_13032Check out Should I do a PhD?  – an e-book from that focuses on using career decision-making approaches rather than on the choice of research topic.

You can find other useful resources here, and you’re welcome to come in and talk it through with a careers consultant.

PORT – not what you think it might be but

computerisedbooksthe postgraduate online research training platform from the School of Advanced Studies, London University.  The information is tailored towards humanities students but it’s a good resource for postgraduate students and researchers from other disciplines.

Take a look particularly at the useful handbooks for students completing a Modern Languages doctorate which leads you through the process of applying for and completing a PhD.

You will need to register if you wish to access resource quizzes and subscribe to email digests.

PhD student’s guide to the REF results

postit_articlenewsresource_13032Research Excellence Framework (REF) is a detailed assessment of university research in the UK.  If you’re a prospective PhD research student it can be a useful resource:

PhD student’s guide to the REF results 

You can view the REF 2014 results graphically by university or  by subject area on the website. There’s also a guide and FAQs so you can understand how different aspects of the REF relate to the issues that matter.