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Finding the Perfect PhD Supervisor

Natalie Thorne, MSc Psychology Research Methods After the panic of leaving my job to start a masters subsided, I was ready to face the first big hurdle when it comes to doing a PhD: finding a supervisor. It’s sort of an academic dating game. And just like dating, my process started by looking at profiles online. Sadly …

How to Start Your Career in Science Communications

By a final year PhD student Spotlight On… Science Communications and the Media is just around the corner, so we though this might be an ideal time to reflect on what happened at last year’s event. Six representatives from industries ranging from space exploration and experiments to ship investigations in Antarctica came together to share …

Dealing With a PhD Panic!

Natalie Thorne, MSc Psychology Research Methods I knew that doing a masters would feel very different to being an undergrad, but what I didn’t expect was for it to feel so very real so quickly. I guess I am one of those people who put their ‘life savings’ into doing something different with their life. …

Naturejobs Expo London: What Is It and How to Make the Most of Your Day

by Clare Jones, Senior Careers Adviser to Research Staff and PhD Students For the last three years I’ve been one of the team of CV checkers at the London Naturejobs Expo and have experienced first hand this busy recruitment and careers event targeted at PhD and postdoctoral scientists – although masters and undergraduate students are also …

5 Employability Benefits of a Masters Degree

By Chris Jones, Senior Careers Adviser Could your postgraduate degree be worth £200,000?  While some jobs require a specific postgraduate qualification, there are many others where this won’t be specified as an application requirement. However there are still a number of reasons why a postgraduate qualification such as a masters degree could be of particular interest …

The Graduate Jobs Fair – it’s for PhDs too!

By Clare Jones, Senior Careers Adviser (Research Staff and PhDs) Discover what a career outside academia has to offer and how your specialist knowledge and skills can be applied in a range of areas. Whether you are at the beginning, or nearing the end of your PhD, visiting the Graduate Jobs Fair is an opportunity for …

How to Apply for an Academic Job in China and Be Successful

By Dr Wan (Victoria) Hu; MA Chinese/English Translation and Interpreting, and PhD Translation Studies at The University of Nottingham. Dr Hu is now a lecturer in Translation and Interpreting Studies at the Central University of Finance and Economics in Beijing. The number of Chinese students in the UK is increasing, and if you are a PhD …

How I Got Onto a PhD Programme

By Jordan Thorpe, PhD Medicine Getting a PhD position is a mentally challenging and highly competitive process. For many students it’s the ticket to their dream career, be it in academia or industry. After completing a BSc Biochemistry, I submitted a series of PhD applications that were rejected. I decided I needed to do something more to …

Follow your head or your heart – why not both?

Have you seen the booklets and posters around campus advertising Study What You Love? Or have you noticed the hashtag #studywhatyoulove on Twitter? Encouraging people to pursue their academic passion is at the heart of this campaign, so if you’re thinking of postgraduate study, why not study what you love? “Studying for a PhD is …