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Further study & funding resources

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See also the Find further study menu.

See also Education (including HE) if you are interested in working in education.

First degree guides

Subject & title Location & notes
How to complete your UCAS application First degree guides (UK)
UCAS guide to getting into university and college First degree guides (UK)

Funding

Subject & title Location & notes
Academy of Medical Sciences: careers in biomedical research
http://www.acmedsci.ac.uk/careers/
Information and useful links for anyone considering or pursuing a career in any area of biomedical science. Includes information on funding schemes.
Alternative guide to postgraduate funding Funding;
Also available online from the Student Funding service (requires a password, which is available from Student Services).
Association of Commonwealth Universities
http://www.acu.ac.uk
Information about studying abroad and ACU scholarships and fellowships.
Biochemical Society job board
https://www.biochemistry.org/JobBoard.aspx
Vacancies for PhD studentships in biosciences worldwide.
British Council
http://www.britishcouncil.org
Runs scholarship schemes for international students.
Charity Commission
http://www.charity-commission.gov.uk
Includes online searchable database of registered charities.
Chevening Scholarships
http://www.chevening.org/
 
Funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the programme provides funding for full-time postgraduate courses, usually one-year Master's for eligible international graduates.
Department for Employment and Learning, Northern Ireland
http://www.delni.gov.uk
Has information on financing your postgraduate course.
Educational grants directory Funding
Engineering opportunities Occupational files T
FindAMasters.com
http://www.findamasters.com
Information on Masters funding including postgraduate student loans, international scholarships and Erasmus grants.
FindAPhD.com
http://www.findaphd.com
Database of current scientific research topics and PhD studentships in the UK and worldwide.
GOV.UK: Funding for postgraduate study
https://www.gov.uk/funding-for-postgraduate-study
Also information on NHS bursaries, social work bursaries and teacher training funding.
GOV.UK: Professional and career development loans
https://www.gov.uk/career-development-loans/overview
Includes information on eligibility and applications.
Hotcourses
http://www.hotcourses.com
Postgraduate section contains pages on funding your study.
How to apply for a PhD (Careers Service publication) PDF file - 40 kb
 
jobs.ac.uk
http://www.jobs.ac.uk
Includes a dedicated PhD database with hundreds of studentships.
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
http://ktp.innovateuk.org/
Government-funded scheme for partnerships between businesses and universities, with vacancies UK-wide. See also KTPs for graduates at the University of Bath.
Naturejobs
http://www.nature.com/naturejobs
Includes postgraduate studentships in the sciences.
Newcastle University: funding
http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding
Information aimed at those interested in postgraduate study at Newcastle University, but much relevant to anyone seeking funding.
NewRoutePhD
http://www.visionedu.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=94&Itemid=197
Four-year doctoral programmes in a wide range of disciplines at 34 UK universities, including Bath. Programmes include taught and research elements and professional skills training. Funding is available at some universities:
  • international students should contact their local British Council office to ask about financial assistance
  • NewRoutePhD Scholarships are available at some participating universities - contact individual universities for full details
  • UK students should ask individual universities about Research Council studentships.
NewScientist Jobs
http://www.newscientistjobs.com
Searchable database of jobs and studentship vacancies in the USA/Canada, UK/Europe and Australasia.
Next steps: options after a bioscience degree
https://www.rsb.org.uk/images/Next_Steps_Booklet_v2.pdf
Online PDF leaflet prepared by the Society for Experimental Biology. Covers job seeking strategies, work experience, importance of skills, postgraduate study opportunities, making applications and interviews.
NHS student bursaries
http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/students
Information about bursaries for students on pre-registration health professional training courses, including eligibilty criteria and application forms.
Peterson's
https://www.petersons.com/
Information resources and searchable database of US graduate schools, scholarships, grants and prizes
PostgraduateStudentships.co.uk
http://www.postgraduatestudentships.co.uk
Searchable database of funding sources for research and taught postgraduate study.
Prospects postgraduate study guide
http://www.prospects.ac.uk/pgstudyguide
General UK further and higher education; Funding guide file
Prospects.ac.uk funding my further study
https://www.prospects.ac.uk/postgraduate-study/funding-postgraduate-study
Information on different sources of funding. Includes a postgraduate funding vidcast.
Research student's guide to success Library - two 7 day loan copies of 3rd ed;
Includes chapters on applying for an MPhil/PhD and finding funding.
ResearchGATE jobs
https://www.researchgate.net
Science & Higher Education jobs board which includes adverts for PhD studentships worldwide.
ResearchResearch.com
http://www.researchresearch.com
Subscription service provided by the Research Development & Support Office. The site is mainly aimed at institutional-level or postdoctoral funding applications but you will find some postgraduate funding opportunities.
SAAS (Student Awards Agency for Scotland)
http://www.saas.gov.uk
Deals with financial support and gives advice to eligible Scottish students in Higher Education throughout the UK.
scholarshipportal.eu
http://www.scholarshipportal.eu
Database of scholarships in Europe.
Scholarship Times
http://www.scholarshipstimes.com
Database of scholarships and grants around the world for undergraduates, postgraduates, PhD and Post Docs.
Students' money matters Funding
TARGETpostgrad.com: choosing a masters course
http://targetpostgrad.com/content/choosing-a-masters
Guide to types of course, funding, applications and interviews and what you can do with a masters.
TARGETpostgrad.com: choosing a PhD
http://targetpostgrad.com/content/find-a-phd
Guide to funding, finding a PhD and what to do with a PhD.
TARGETpostgrad.com: funding
http://targetpostgrad.com/funding
Searchable funding database. Covers UK, EU and international student funding from universities, charities, trusts, research bodies and commercial organisations.
THES (Times Higher Education Supplement) - jobs section
https://www.timeshighereducation.com/unijobs/
Includes adverts for studentships. Updated weekly.
Turn2us
http://www.turn2us.org.uk
Charitable service designed to help you find appropriate sources of financial support based on your particular needs and circumstances.
UNESCO: education
http://www.unesco.org/education
UNESCO is the only UN body with a mandate in higher education. Higher education section includes UNESCO Portal on Higher Education Institutions and Study Abroad database of higher education opportunities and scholarships.
For information on funding of study for solicitors and barristers see Occupational files K2 -
See also Directory of Grant Making Trusts, available for reference in the University Library -
See also Funding Guide, Regular Funding files, Occasional Funding files, and Funded postgraduate opportunities. -
See also Grants Register, available for reference in the University Library -

General UK further & higher education

Subject & title Location & notes
Academia.edu
http://www.academia.edu
Site that displays academics around the world in a 'tree' format, according to what university/department they are affiliated with. Useful for keeping track of the latest developments in your field, the latest people and papers.
Beyond the PhD
http://www.beyondthephd.co.uk
Career resource for arts and humanities PhD researchers. Includes video and audio clips, articles and profiles on the career development of PhD graduates. May be useful to those considering whether to undertake a PhD.
Biochemical Society job board
https://www.biochemistry.org/JobBoard.aspx
Vacancies for PhD studentships in biosciences worldwide.
British qualifications General UK further and higher education;
Newer edition available in the University Library
Career basics: advice and resources for scientists from Science Careers Occupational files V1 ;
See also sciencecareers.sciencemag.org.
Career trends: building relationships: mentoring, collaborating and networking Skills file 10: career choice and development;
Available to download at sciencecareers.org.
Changing or leaving your course Skills file 10: Career choice and development;
General UK further and higher education;
Available online
Complete university guide
http://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk
Independent university league tables and profiles for institutions across the UK. Also includes subject league tables.
FindAMasters.com
http://www.findamasters.com
Master's courses in the UK.
FindAPhD.com
http://www.findaphd.com
Database of current scientific research topics and PhD studentships in the UK and worldwide.
Graduate jobs formula: how to land your dream career Skills shelves
Higher Education Funding Council for Wales
http://www.hefcw.ac.uk
Site includes information about studying in higher education in Wales.
How to apply for a PhD (Careers Service publication) PDF file - 40 kb
jobs.ac.uk
http://www.jobs.ac.uk
Includes a dedicated PhD database with hundreds of studentships.
Journey to work: from a degree to a graduate job Includes seven student journey case studies and seven employability guides videos.
Streamed video online (campus only)
Search and compare Master's courses at UK institutions.
NewRoutePhD
http://www.visionedu.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=94&Itemid=197
Four-year doctoral programmes in a wide range of disciplines at 34 UK universities, including Bath. Programmes include taught and research elements and professional skills training. Funding is available at some universities:
  • international students should contact their local British Council office to ask about financial assistance
  • NewRoutePhD Scholarships are available at some participating universities - contact individual universities for full details
  • UK students should ask individual universities about Research Council studentships.
PhD Vlogs: Life as a PhD student
http://www.jobs.ac.uk/careers-advice/resources/vlogs
This set of video blogs (vlogs) from five PhD students provide a personal insight into what it's like to do a PhD, including the opportunities and challenges. The Vlogs were filmed during September and October 2015.
Postgrad.com
http://www.postgrad.com
Database of UK courses, blogs, news and chat.
PostgraduateForum.com
http://www.postgraduateforum.com
Discussion forums for postgraduate students worldwide. May be of interest to prospective postgraduates.
PORT: videos
http://port.igrs.sas.ac.uk/videos
Videos offering advice and guidance to research students approaching their PhD viva or preparing for post-doctoral job interviews in academia and beyond.
Prospects postgraduate study guide General UK further and higher education
Prospects.ac.uk find courses and research
https://www.prospects.ac.uk/postgraduate-courses
Search by subject, institution, region, type of study and mode of study.
Research student's guide to success Library - two 7 day loan copies of 3rd ed;
Includes chapters on applying for an MPhil/PhD and finding funding.
Steps to postgraduate study http://postgradsteps.hefce.ac.uk/ Guide to postgraduate study developed by the Funding Councils for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Student stories
http://www.studentstories.co.uk
Informal interviews with current students and recent graduates from a range of UK universities about their undergraduate experience. Cover a really wide range of topics, including life after university.
StudyLink
http://pg.studylink.co.uk
Search postgraduate courses from over 300 UK and European institutions.
TARGETpostgrad.com
http://www.targetpostgrad.com
Compare courses by a number of factors including student reviews, RAE score, fees and employability rating.
TARGETpostgrad.com: choosing a masters course (AGCAS publication)
http://targetpostgrad.com/content/choosing-a-masters
Guide to types of course, funding, applications and interviews and what you can do with a masters.
TARGETpostgrad.com: choosing a PhD (AGCAS publication)
http://targetpostgrad.com/content/find-a-phd
Guide to funding, finding a PhD and what to do with a PhD.
TARGETpostgrad.com: why do postgraduate study? (AGCAS publication)
http://targetpostgrad.com/advice/why-do-postgraduate-study
Factors to consider when choosing a course and deciding when to go back into higher education.
Times good university guide General UK further and higher education
Times Higher Education student experience survey General UK further and higher education
UK active map of universities & HE institutions
http://www.scit.wlv.ac.uk/ukinfo
Clickable UK map provided by the University of Wolverhampton.
University of Bath careers guide Skills file 10: career choice and development;
Digital version available (Bath only)
Unwritten rules of PhD research General UK further and higher education;
Library - two loan copies
Vitae: career stories
https://www.vitae.ac.uk/researcher-careers/researcher-career-stories
Narratives of career stories of people with a research background. May be of interest to those considering a PhD as well as current PhD students.
Information on making the most of a Masters qualification when applying for jobs and information on further study options.
Information on how to make the most of a PhD to improve chances of getting an academic job and guidance on how to find and apply for academic positions.

MBAs & business schools

Subject & title Location & notes
Association of Business Schools (ABS)
http://www.associationofbusinessschools.org
Site features searchable directory of business and management courses.
Association of MBAs
http://www.mbaworld.com
Accredits MBA programmes at business schools worldwide. Site includes advice on choosing a school.
BusinessBecause: choosing a business school
http://www.businessbecause.com/business-schools
Information on business schools and MBAs worldwide.
FIND MBA: MBA programs worldwide
http://www.find-mba.com
Find MBA programmes worldwide. Site also includes MBA news, articles and a discussion board.
GMAT advanced Skills shelves
GMAT review: official guide for GMAT review Skills shelves
Guide to AACSB Accredited Online MBA and Graduate Business Programs
http://www.discoverbusiness.us/education/online-mba/
Guide to online MBA courses provided by universities in the USA.
How to study for the GMAT
http://www.discoverbusiness.us/education/online-mba/resources/gmat/
Study tips and some example questions.
How to study for the GRE
http://www.discoverbusiness.us/education/online-mba/resources/gre/
Study tips and some example questions.
Master in Management Compass
http://www.mim-compass.com
Information on MSc Management programmes and other postgraduate business courses.
MBA admissions handbook Postgraduate subject guides
MBA programs, courses and rankings worldwide
http://www.mba-courses.com/
Website aimed at helping you choose the right MBA programme for you
mba.com
http://www.mba.com
Official GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) website, a test used by American and some European universities for entry to postgraduate business and management courses.
Prospects MBA directory
http://www.prospects.ac.uk/mba
Directory of MBA courses in the UK and Ireland. Includes information on applying for courses and funding your study.
StudyLink MBA Directory
http://studylink.co.uk/mba/
MBA directory of courses from UK and European institutions.

Studying abroad

Subject & title Location & notes
Academia.edu
http://www.academia.edu
Site that displays academics around the world in a 'tree' format, according to what university/department they are affiliated with. Useful for keeping track of the latest developments in your field, the latest people and papers.
AGCAS country profiles Impartial country profiles written by AGCAS members. Include country specific information on studying abroad in certain countries.
Educations.com
http://www.educations.com
Searchable database of higher education and language courses worldwide.
EQUIS: the European quality improvement system
http://www.efmd.org/equis
International system of quality assessment, improvement, and accreditation of higher education institutions in management and business administration. Site includes a list of accredited schools.
Erasmus+
http://www.erasmusplus.org.uk
EU funded programme to help young people, students and adults to gain experience and skills by studying, training or volunteering abroad.
Campus contact: International Relations Office, Mobility Office in 6W 1.3, email erasmus@bath.ac.uk.
FIBAA (Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation)
http://www.fibaa.de
Accredits Bachelor, Masters and Diploma courses in fields such as Business Administration and Economics in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
GMAT advanced Skills shelves
GMAT review: official guide for GMAT review Skills shelves
Go International
http://www.go.international.ac.uk
An online resource for information on studying, working or volunteering abroad as part of a UK university education. Funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Higher Education Funding Council for England as part of the UK Strategy for Outward Mobility.
GRE big book: practicing to take the general test plus Powerprep software Skills - please ask at reception;
software available for use in - please ask at reception
Guide: everything you need to know about applying to university in Australia and New Zealand Studying abroad shelves.
See also http://www.studyoptions.com.
Hobsons studies in Australia
http://www.studiesinaustralia.com
Guide for international students.
Hobsons the good guides
http://www.thegoodguides.com.au
Search for and compare every undergraduate and postgraduate university course available at every Australian university.
How to study for the GMAT
http://www.discoverbusiness.us/education/online-mba/resources/gmat/
Study tips and some example questions.
How to study for the GRE
http://www.discoverbusiness.us/education/online-mba/resources/gre/
Study tips and some example questions.
IDP education
http://www.idp.com/students/
Information on studying in Australia. Also offer a free, impartial enrolment service.
LanguageCourse.net
http://www.languagecourse.net
Comparison site for language programmes worldwide.
LLMStudy.com
http://www.llmstudy.com
Worldwide Masters of Laws courses taught in English. Information, advice and a database of courses.
mba.com
http://www.mba.com
Official GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) website, a test used by American and some European universities for entry to postgraduate business and management courses.
MyLanguageTravel.com
http://www.my-language-travel.com
Directory of worldwide language courses which includes student reviews.
Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education
http://www.nuffic.nl
Contains information on studying in Holland and a searchable database of programmes taught in English or other foreign languages.
Postgradasia.com
http://www.postgradasia.com
Course information and news, including scholarships and funding.
Prospects.ac.uk country profiles
http://www.prospects.ac.uk/country_profiles.htm
Thirty country profiles containing information on working and studying abroad.
Studying abroad Studying abroad shelves
StudyLink Study Abroad
http://studylink.com
Search over 100,000 courses from institutions around the world.
TARGETpostgrad: the postgraduate guide to studying abroad (AGCAS publication)
http://targetpostgrad.com/advice/studying-abroad/
postgraduate-guide-studying-abroad
Useful introduction that draws together all the things you need to think about when planning to do further study abroad.
THES - QS world university rankings
http://www.topuniversities.com/worlduniversityrankings
Also includes information on other international university rankings.
Times Higher Education world reputation rankings Studying abroad shelves
Times Higher Education world university rankings Studying abroad shelves
Times Higher Education world university rankings - Asia Studying abroad shelves
Times Higher Education world university rankings - Asia Pacific Studying abroad shelves
Times Higher Education world university rankings - Europe Studying abroad shelves
Times Higher Education - Young university rankings Studying abroad shelves
UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs)
http://www.ukcisa.org.uk
Provides information for international students on studying and working in the UK, and for UK students on studying abroad.
UNESCO: education
http://www.unesco.org/education
UNESCO is the only UN body with a mandate in higher education. Higher education section includes UNESCO Portal on Higher Education Institutions and Study Abroad database of higher education opportunities and scholarships.
See also International handbook of universities, volume 1, volume 2 and volume 3, available for reference in the University Library -

Postgraduate study in Europe

Subject & title Location & notes
Biochemical Society job board
https://www.biochemistry.org/JobBoard.aspx
Vacancies for PhD studentships in biosciences worldwide.
CampusFrance
http://www.campusfrance.org/en
National agency for the promotion of French higher education abroad. Includes information about courses and financing your studies.
Careers Europe
http://www.careerseurope.co.uk
UK-based site with information on working and studying in the EU.
DAAD: study in Germany
http://www.study-in.de/en
Site includes information on courses and funding.
EuropeanPostgrad.com
http://www.europeanpostgrad.com
Search for Masters and PhD courses taught in English in Europe.
FindAPhD.com
http://www.findaphd.com
Database of current scientific research topics and PhD studentships in the UK and worldwide.
mastersportal.eu
http://www.mastersportal.eu
Browse or search for courses in Europe by country, discipline, keywords and language of tuition.
PhDportal.eu
http://www.phdportal.eu
Browse or search for PhDs in Europe by country, discipline, keywords and language of tuition.
PLOTEUS (Portal on Learning Opportunities throughout the European Space)
http://ec.europa.eu/ploteus/
EC site on education and training opportunities in 30 countries.
postgradireland.com
http://www.postgradireland.com
Includes a list of institutions and advice on applying.
scholarshipportal.eu
http://www.scholarshipportal.eu
Database of scholarships in Europe.
Staufenbiel.de
http://www.staufenbiel.de
Information on studying and working in Germany; find work placements, universities, current vacancies and company profiles.
See also Working abroad files (green section) -

Postgraduate study in the USA & Canada

Subject & title Location & notes
educationUSA
http://www.educationusa.state.gov
Guide to US higher education. Includes sections on graduate study and financial assistance.
Biochemical Society job board
https://www.biochemistry.org/JobBoard.aspx
Vacancies for PhD studentships in biosciences worldwide.
FindAPhD.com
http://www.findaphd.com
Database of current scientific research topics and PhD studentships in the UK and worldwide.
Fulbright Commission: study in the US
http://www.fulbright.co.uk/study-in-the-us
 
Provide an advisory service and extensive information.
GMAT advanced Skills shelves
GMAT review: official guide for GMAT review Skills shelves
GradSchools.com
http://www.gradschools.com
Search for graduate schools and programmes in the USA
How to study for the GMAT
http://www.discoverbusiness.us/education/online-mba/resources/gmat/
Study tips and some example questions.
How to study for the GRE
http://www.discoverbusiness.us/education/online-mba/resources/gre/
Study tips and some example questions.
mba.com
http://www.mba.com
Official GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) website, a test used by American and some European universities for entry to postgraduate business and management courses.
Official guide to the GRE revised General Test Skills shelves
Peterson's: graduate school
http://www.petersons.com/graduate-schools.aspx
Advice on choosing a university and a course, making an application and obtaining funding.

Postgraduate subject guides (UK)

Subject & title Location & notes
Central Applications Board
http://www.lawcabs.ac.uk
Central application system for CPE/Diploma in Law and Legal Practice courses.
Clearing House for postgraduate courses in Clinical Psychology
http://www.leeds.ac.uk/chpccp
The Clearing House works with 30 clinical psychology course centres in Great Britain. Website contains information about the courses and eveything you need to apply.
Development Studies Association course directory
http://www.devstud.org.uk/directories/course
Details of courses from nearly 50 centres in the UK and Ireland.
EQUIS: the European quality improvement system
http://www.efmd.org/equis
International system of quality assessment, improvement, and accreditation of higher education institutions in management and business administration. Site includes a list of accredited schools.
GAMSAT practice questions With occupational files C;
For graduate admission to medical schools
GAMSAT practice test With occupational files C;
For graduate admission to medical schools
GAMSAT sample questions With occupational files C ;
For graduate admission to medical schools
GAMSAT UK
http://www.gamsatuk.org
Information on registering and preparing for the admissions test used by some UK graduate-entry medical/dental schools.
Getting into medical school With occupational files C
GradMed
http://www.gradmed.co.uk
Contains information and resources for medical school admissions tests, such as the GAMSAT.
Graduate entry medicine With occupational files C
How to become a clinical psychologist: getting a foot in the door With occupational files C
LLMStudy.com
http://www.llmstudy.com
Worldwide Masters of Laws courses taught in English. Information, advice and a database of courses.
Master in Management Compass
http://www.mim-compass.com
Information on MSc Management programmes and other postgraduate business courses.
Medschoolsonline
http://www.medschoolsonline.co.uk
Site set up by graduate medical students to help new applicants through the process of applying to medical school.
Next steps: options after a bioscience degree
http://www.sebiology.org/education/docs/Next_steps_web.pdf
Online PDF leaflet prepared by the Society for Experimental Biology. Covers job seeking strategies, work experience, importance of skills, postgraduate study opportunities, making applications and interviews.
Passing the UKCAT and BMAT With occupational files C;
For graduate admission to medical schools
Prospects postgraduate course finder
https://www.prospects.ac.uk/postgraduate-courses
Search or browse online database for postgraduate courses.
TARGETpostgrad teaching Occupational files A1;
See also http://targetpostgrad.com/teaching.
TARGETpostgrad teaching
http://targetpostgrad.com/study-areas/teaching
Covers training and qualification routes and getting work experience.
The UK Academic System: hierarchy, students, grants,
fellowships and all that
http://www.compbio.dundee.ac.uk/ftp/pdf/
The%20UK%20Academic%20system_V2.0_April2013.pdf
Useful summary of academic careers in science from undergraduate to professor.
Training to teach in Northern Ireland (AGCAS) Online at http://targetpostgrad.com/study-areas/teaching/training-teach-northern-ireland.
Training to teach in Scotland (AGCAS) Online at http://targetpostgrad.com/study-areas/teaching/training-teach-scotland.
Training to teach in Wales (AGCAS) Online at http://targetpostgrad.com/study-areas/teaching/training-teach-wales.
Working in teaching With occupational files A

Study in the UK for international students

Subject & title Location & notes
GoStudyUK
http://www.gostudyuk.com
Information and advice for international students about all aspects of studying and living in the UK, including study options, fees, scholarships, living costs, visas, accommodation and what it’s really like to be a student in the UK.
Prospects postgraduate UK study guide General UK Further and Higher Education;
For international students;
See also http://www.prospects.ac.uk/findcourses.
Prospects.ac.uk postgraduate study in the UK
http://www.prospects.ac.uk/postgraduate_study_in_the_uk.htm
Information for international students coming to the UK or already in the UK.
UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs)
http://www.ukcisa.org.uk
Provides information for international students on studying and working in the UK, and for UK students on studying abroad.