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PhD : Postgraduate

Posted by Robert Chow on 26/11/2009

So I went to the postgraduate open day yesterday at the School of Computer Science at Manchester just to check things out. Unfortunately for me, a lot of the talks was about masters courses, and only about 20 minutes dedicated to information about PhD courses. And there wasn’t a lot of information included that I already didn’t know.

So the course is 3 years, there are a lot of full-paid studentships offered by the school (which is the main reason I’d want to apply), and the minimum requirement is a 2.1 honours in a computer/engineering/physics/maths related degree. To apply, you need 2 written references, and also a proposal about your area of research. Failing the latter, you can also choose an area of research from the list already proposed by the school itself.

I do suppose though, however, there isn’t really much to learn about doing a PhD course, until you choose the area of research you want to expertise in. So it’s essentially, what you make of it.

I think for the time being, it’ll be just a thought, and it will probably stay that way until I reach my final year of my degree next September.

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2 Responses to “PhD : Postgraduate”

  1. agentti said

    Did it say how easy it was to get sponsorship? And you don’t have to do a masters to do it do you? Seriously considering doing a PhD in quantum computing, been reading lots on it and sounds quite interesting to me…

    • They say that it’s relatively easy to get one (although don’t take it for granted) – they’re quite supportive of people doing PhD’s. I think they’re offering around 14-18 full studentships next year – dependant on the money they get for research next year. And no, you don’t have to do a masters beforehand.

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