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Questions tagged [united-kingdom]

On standards or conventions specific to the higher education system in the United Kingdom (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland), which differs in structure and style from the systems in North America, Asia, or elsewhere in Europe.

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What is the usual dress code for academic workshops? [duplicate]

I'm attending my first academic/industry workshop next week and was wondering what is the convention with regards to the dress code. It's a three-day affair where each participant is required to ...
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Master's (graduate school) fellowships/scholarships application links [closed]

I'm looking for links for Master's (graduate school) fellowships/scholarships application. Is there such a website encompassing funding from all schools (USA or UK)? Does one need to check school by ...
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French master student, equivalent honours in the UK?

I am completing my second year of Master in mathematics in France and applying for a PhD in the UK, I wonder how to present my grades. I had average grades of 17.1/20 and 17.4/20. Shall I just write ...
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Accepting 2 postgraduate university offers

I have received a conditional offer from the University of Birmingham and an unconditional offer from the University of Leeds for a masters degree in marketing, both programs are great but I have a ...
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Studying in the UK for a Master's degree, still worth it?

I am an Italian student who is about to get his undergrad degree in Computer Science. As I look to further my education, I'm also looking at universities outside of my own country, also in the UK. In ...
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How much time are UK PhD admittees typically given to accept/decline an offer?

Is there a general convention as in the US (i.e. "until April 1"), or is this highly institution-specific?
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I still don't know my exact research question but I know I don't like the ideas my advisor pushes me to work on an publish asap. What are my options?

I'm three months into a fully-funded PhD programme, following on from an integrated Masters and two years in industry. I should also say upfront that after seeing more what academic research is around,...
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Uni group project being used by companies for profit

Our second semester group project is to bid for, develop, and attempt to "sell" a software solution. Local companies are the customer that provide the brief, and that we attempt to "sell" to. I was ...
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What are the Do's and Don'ts of Computer Science PhD viva?

Going into ones viva, there are obvious do's and don'ts. For example, do not try to show off, do be prepared to go into an in-depth discussion... What, in your experience as either the PhD candidate ...
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What are some typical questions one might be asked in a Computer Science PhD Viva?

I know that you are likely to suggest "Ask your supervisor. He/She will know best.". While that is obviously true, I would like to know from your personal experience either as the PhD candidate or ...
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How likely is it that a UK or EU PhD in STEM has to be self funded?

I am an EU citizen interested in pursuing a physics PhD in either a UK university or an European one. It looks like PhD fees for UK universities are so much higher than EU universities, so my issue ...
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Research plan for a first-time faculty application

I'm in my 3rd year of postdocs and started to apply for Lecturer positions in Computer Science the UK (the entry level permanent faculty positions). As part of my interview process, I am required to ...
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How common is it for law schools to start by “smashing” the way a student currently thinks entering school?

Scope: United States (and/or other Common Law Practicing Countries) I spoke to a lawyer recently and she told me when students start in law school, the way they "currently think" is significantly ...
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Supervised a PhD to 90% of completion; take credit for 100%; what could go wrong?

Let's say you had a doctoral student who you were main supervisor for {~advisor) throughout their data collection and most of their write-up, but just before they finished they changed to another main ...
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Applying to MPhil in Advanced Computer Science at the University of Cambridge

Is participating in the international competitive programming contests and achieving an excellence degree graduation compensation for the low rank of your university when you apply to MPhil in ...
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I have deep desire to study Physics after I graduate from Computer Engineering; want to know if I have what it takes to be successful in this field

I am now studying Computer Application, a bachelor degree in India. I can get a job in the IT sector if I try only a little harder. But I have this deep desire to study Physics starting from ...
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To what extent is the university budget public?

I guess this is technically a legal question, but since it is about universities I hope it is ok to ask it here. Let's say that university A has employed the construction company X for a big project. ...
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Does bachelor's degree have to be related to a PhD subject?

I did a bachelor's degree in a creative industries subject (Audio Technology) because at the time, I didn't know what to do with my future so I decided to do a "hobby" (regretful, to an extent but ...
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What's the admission criteria of a mathematics master program (especially in Europe)? [closed]

My question is about the admission criteria of a mathematics master program. I am at my final year of undergraduate study, and I am going to apply to a mathematics master program (especially in UK and ...
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Getting a teaching recommendation as a mathematics postdoc in the UK

I am a postdoc in mathematics in the UK. When my current position ends, I plan to apply for positions in the US (among other places). Most of these positions will require some teaching experience, ...
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Is preparing for a lawsuit a valid reason to defer an exam? [closed]

An employer owes me wages and I have not been able to get them to comply without escalating matters. As a result, I have been preparing to take them to court, but I have an exam for my masters that I ...
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What's a degree “by resolution”?

The screenshot beneath is from Prof. James Goudkamp's profile. See the red arrow. What's meant "by resolution"? Why was this MA obtained after all his other degrees? I know that the Oxbridge ...
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Email to potential PhD supervisor

I am a PhD applicant and I am preparing to send an introductory email to a potential supervisor. I have two questions: I am self-funded. Should I mention this in the initial email? Is the following ...
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Should I consider legal action if my attempts to persuade my university to allow me to complete my PhD prove unsuccessful?

My situation I could go into the details of the situation in some detail here, but I fear it would read like a shaggy-dog story. For the moment I'll limit myself to these (what I hope are) salient ...
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Suggestion for Graduate Studies in Cultural and Media Studies [closed]

I'm currently an undergraduate student in English Literature, and I'm setting my sights on doing graduate school in Cultural or Media Studies. So far, I haven't found my specific research interest, ...
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Changing supervisor before starting the PhD - not selected

I approached a supervisor about a PhD application. At this university, you must have two supervisors, so after a meeting, he invited the other "supervisor" to discuss the topic. Honestly, this new ...
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PhD vs EngD - Perception [duplicate]

I'm currently undertaking a part time BEng in Digital Embedded Systems Design and Development whilst working as a Control Systems Engineer. When I graduate I plan on doing an MEng in Space Systems ...
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Switching from PhD to MRes, taking a Leave of Absence, or dropping out of PhD due to mental health

If a similar question has been asked before, then I'm sorry; it's just that so far I haven't found much here or elsewhere related to the specifics of my situation. Maybe I'm not using the right key ...
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What are the upsides for British science from Brexit?

This is a companion question to Why do most scientists think Brexit is bad for British science?. Based on this meta discussion, it was suggested that I ask a new question about potential upsides of ...
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Are there any good statistics on students who are second generation in higher education? [closed]

We do a lot of statistical analysis on students who are first-generation HE; the first generation in their family to attend University. But are there any similar studies on students who are second-...
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Probation in the UK

In the next two months, I am supposed to devise a Probation Professional Development Plan for a lectureship in the UK. People often declare probation to be a "paperwork exercise" but looking at the ...
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Getting a job and quitting PhD at university in UK [closed]

I am going to be straightforward in here. I am currently doing PhD at university in UK within the field of power electronics. However my previous background was related to general Energy Engineering (...
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Did it become easier to land an academic job in the UK after the Brexit referendum?

This is a companion question to Why is Brexit bad for British science? Judging from the responses to that question, a significant number of academics are unhappy with Brexit and are not intending to ...
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Why do most scientists think Brexit is bad for British science?

From what I've seen in the media, almost all British scientists think Brexit is bad for British science. However I don't understand why. Some of the most common reasons I've seen are: Loss of funding ...
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How should I systematically go about looking for bursaries/scholarships for an internship in the UK?

I am an Indian undergraduate engineering student in electronics and communication engineering. I recently had a conversation (via email) with a professor at the Royal Holloway, University of London. ...
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Studying PhD in the UK as an EU student?

I have been very concerned about a friend who is considering studying PhD here in the UK. He wants to study music composition in RCM / Trinity Laban / guildhall music school. I have been thinking ...
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When should I start applying for a PhD program in the UK?

I am starting my MSc. this September (UK), and am strongly planning ahead and setting myself goals. Simply, when would be the appropriate time to submit my applications? My MSc is 12 months long and ...
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Cambridge University “overall grade”?

I'm from Brazil and the metric system for grades here (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grading_systems_by_country#Brazil) is different from UK. So, I'm an undergraduate student who wants to apply to a ...
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UK Postdoc - Is salary negotiation even possible?

I have an interview later this week and the advertisement goes something like: Grade 7: £31,604 - £38,833 p.a. While talking to a postdoc at my own department, she told me that the scale wouldn't ...
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How can I ask a famous professor not to cut in line? [closed]

My sister was waiting in line at her canteen, and before her were some undergraduates. Then a famous tenured professor jumped the line and walked right up to the counter. As the others said nothing, ...
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How and why are PhD programs free in Europe?

In some European countries, PhD programs are free. As I understand, PhD opening depends on the research funds of the supervisor. In other words, PhD research is funded by a national agency or EU. ...
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What is the timeline for UK postdoc applications in math?

I (a graduate student in math at a US university) have heard a lot of advice about applying for postdocs in math at US universities. I've been told when applications for jobs and NSF are due, when you ...
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In UK, is the advertised salary range before or after tax?

I've been offered a faculty position at a British university (Russel group). I'm slightly confused about the pay/salary. specifically, my questions are: I understand the single pay national spine (...
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Difference between Dutch and UK “Associate Professor”

What are the requirements for to become an Associate Professor in the Dutch system? And to what extent are they different from the British one? For example, in the British system, I believe Associate ...
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How can I prepare well for a MSc in the UK? [closed]

I am going to study this course in 3 months: MSc Advanced Manufacturing Technology and Systems Management. It is offered by The University of Manchester. I am a bit nervous and I want to prepare for ...
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How likely is it for an international student to secure graduate funding for a subject like Psychology? [closed]

I am international student who will be commencing an undergraduate degree in Psychology at a top-ranking university in the UK. I know it's a little bit early in my "academic" career, but I have been ...
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How can I avoid the requirement of using friends or acquaintances to complete coursework?

A friend of mine recently sent me a game he made as part of his coursework and asked me to make a Youtube video of it. He was supposed to get 3 people to do the same in order to get a better grade. I'...
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2nd master's degree in “slightly-different” field? data science and machine learning specifically

So i was accepted to a master data science program in the UK, but I am also interested in a machine learning specific program at another institution, also in the UK. The thing is that my data ...
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“Revise and resubmit” after having the submission never reviewed by supervisor

I am having a problem and I need some input to reflect. Long story almost short: I am in the UK. I have started an interdisciplinary PhD research. At the end of the first year, during the progress ...
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I have two PhD offers. Can I accept one while waiting for the grades for my preferred option without the latter finding out?

Basically I was offered a PhD after my bachelor's degree based only on my performance in the BSc but I enrolled on an MSc and kept this offer as backup. I have been offered another PhD but it is ...