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living in UK with a studenship
1.       mltm
3690 posts
 26 Aug 2008 Tue 03:03 pm

I´m considering of doing a PhD in UK, I don´t have my own funding, so I can consider doing it with a studentship. It´s not always possible to find a funded PdD other than for UK students but I found a proposition of thesis in Greenwich with a 12000 pounds (around 15000 euros) studentship given besides the university fees.

3 or 4 years is a long period in life and I was thinking if someone can manage to live averagely with 12000 pounds in UK? Or will I need another funding because I think the studentship they are offering is not a lot. I don´t want to lead a miserable life. {#lang_emotions_unsure}

 

edit: it is 12,000 pounds not 10,000

2.       Cacık
296 posts
 26 Aug 2008 Tue 03:18 pm

Hi Mlt

 

You should check out the British Council website.  They recommend about 6000 Pounds per year just for living expenses such as food, accommodation, buses etc....

 

10,000 pounds will certainly not be enough for 3 years.  Maybe enough for 1 only.

 

Also on the British Council website you can see information on scholarships and bursaries.  Worth checking it out if you are seriously considering doing a PhD in the UK.

 

Good Luck.

 

http://www.britishcouncil.org/turkey

3.       peacetrain
1905 posts
 26 Aug 2008 Tue 03:26 pm

Very good advice from Cacık.  Living costs would also depend on where you study, the South (especially London) will most likely be more expensive than the North.  You might also check if you would be allowed to work part time during your studies, as this would help.  Finding a room with friends (or TC friends  ) may also help to keep your costs down, if you decide to study in the UK.

4.       mltm
3690 posts
 26 Aug 2008 Tue 03:47 pm

 

Quoting Cacık

Hi Mlt

 

You should check out the British Council website.  They recommend about 6000 Pounds per year just for living expenses such as food, accommodation, buses etc....

 

10,000 pounds will certainly not be enough for 3 years.  Maybe enough for 1 only.

 

Also on the British Council website you can see information on scholarships and bursaries.  Worth checking it out if you are seriously considering doing a PhD in the UK.

 

Good Luck.

 

http://www.britishcouncil.org/turkey

 

 Thank you Cacık. 12,000 pounds are four one year. I´m not seriously considering doing a PhD in the UK because I prefer to do it in France at the moment, but since I haven´t found anything insteresting yet, I started to consider the oppourtunities in the UK as well, but I´m not familiar with anything about UK, so I am a bit reluctant and scared. Since it´s about spending 3-4 years of your life...  but doing a PhD in the UK sounds like a very good oppotunirty for a career in science. I´ll check the link.

5.       mltm
3690 posts
 26 Aug 2008 Tue 03:56 pm

 

Quoting peacetrain

Very good advice from Cacık.  Living costs would also depend on where you study, the South (especially London) will most likely be more expensive than the North.  You might also check if you would be allowed to work part time during your studies, as this would help.  Finding a room with friends (or TC friends  ) may also help to keep your costs down, if you decide to study in the UK.

There´re fulltime and parttime PhDs in the UK. During the part-time you can do a job as well, but then it lasts 6 to 8 years and during a fulltime PhD, you cannot have a job besides. Doing a PhD requires a lot of time and effort, and that´s why I find 10,000 pounds not enough because what you are doing is a fulltime research and it´s like a real job. Especially in scientific domains because you help the universities and companies to develop new drugs etc. In  return you are paid less than a lowest salary. I think one deserves more for it.

6.       libralady
5152 posts
 26 Aug 2008 Tue 05:51 pm

 

Quoting mltm

There´re fulltime and parttime PhDs in the UK. During the part-time you can do a job as well, but then it lasts 6 to 8 years and during a fulltime PhD, you cannot have a job besides. Doing a PhD requires a lot of time and effort, and that´s why I find 10,000 pounds not enough because what you are doing is a fulltime research and it´s like a real job. Especially in scientific domains because you help the universities and companies to develop new drugs etc. In  return you are paid less than a lowest salary. I think one deserves more for it.

 

 My nephew is studying his science doctorate at Nottingham uni and he gets around £12,000 per year and on that he manages to live, eat, get very drunk on a regular basis, go to concerts, goes on holiday, buys clothes and sometimes buys soap to wash {#lang_emotions_bigsmile}

 

Best thing is to chose the subject first then see which unis offer the PHd´s

7.       mltm
3690 posts
 26 Aug 2008 Tue 06:11 pm

 

Quoting libralady

 My nephew is studying his science doctorate at Nottingham uni and he gets around £12,000 per year and on that he manages to live, eat, get very drunk on a regular basis, go to concerts, goes on holiday, buys clothes and sometimes buys soap to wash {#lang_emotions_bigsmile}

 

 Hehe, then it´s good That´s what I am looking for as well.

 

I have already found a subject that interests me (in my condition you don´t choose the subject you are going to study, the profs offer you their subjects to work with) the only thing I have to do is making an application and then waiting their reply.The money issue is one of my concerns, but as well moving to a new country...

8.       libralady
5152 posts
 26 Aug 2008 Tue 06:41 pm

 

Quoting mltm

 Hehe, then it´s good That´s what I am looking for as well.

 

I have already found a subject that interests me (in my condition you don´t choose the subject you are going to study, the profs offer you their subjects to work with) the only thing I have to do is making an application and then waiting their reply.The money issue is one of my concerns, but as well moving to a new country...

 

 But the subject must be one you have studied to BSc or MSc or be familiar with if you are choosing a science?  Not sure how it all works!

9.       peacetrain
1905 posts
 26 Aug 2008 Tue 08:45 pm

 

Quoting mltm

There´re fulltime and parttime PhDs in the UK. During the part-time you can do a job as well, but then it lasts 6 to 8 years and during a fulltime PhD, you cannot have a job besides. Doing a PhD requires a lot of time and effort, and that´s why I find 10,000 pounds not enough because what you are doing is a fulltime research and it´s like a real job. Especially in scientific domains because you help the universities and companies to develop new drugs etc. In  return you are paid less than a lowest salary. I think one deserves more for it.

 

 So annoying because :

 

a) academia gets cheap labour in the form of people such as yourself

b) the world gets new discovery at your expense

 

I wish you luck, wherever you study.

10.       Cacık
296 posts
 27 Aug 2008 Wed 10:28 am

First you need to research the UK universities (usually from the websites) and see if the area of science you are interested in is taught at Master degree level or undergraduate level.  If it is, then there is a good chance a supervisor can be provided for PhD studies.

 

You need to write a proposal of what exactly you want to study and research.  This will be submitted to the university along with an application and they will consider if they can teach you that area and whether you are ready to study it too.

 

Usually when a university cannot cover the exact area requested by a student, they will work with the student to find the next closest possible area.

 

Generally non-EU students cannot study part-time only full-time.  But providing you are studying in the UK for more that 6 months, you can work 20 hours per week during study time and 40 hours per week during holiday times.

 

Science is well taught in the UK and very strong, world renowned for excellence so worth considering alongside France.

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