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Maths PhD: Brand Name and Employability following PhD watch
- 01-10-2011 16:08
(Original post by Frenchous)
- 01-10-2011 16:08
So does anyone here suggests to OP that doing a PhD at Bath is a better option that landing a job in an IB straight after his degree from Cambridge?
If not just shut up.
For a job in IB that requires a PhD, self-evidently yes. He's asking how much prestige will impact this, ie. whether going to Bath relegates you to a much lower tier for PhD entry, as it apparently does as undergrad.
(Original post by KingHomer)
- 02-10-2011 00:41
I've just finished doing Part III Maths at Cambridge and I'm considering applying for a PhD. Although I left with a first, I only just scraped it and so I'll be forced to apply outside of the COWI (Cambridge, Oxford, Warwick, Imperial) departments. After speaking with a few lecturers, Bath came up. Unquestionably, Bath is a good University and their Maths department (especially in my field) is very strong but in some ways, their image is weaker; it lacks the prestige of places like Oxbridge or LSE and on a global level, doesn't feature. If I turn out to be a decent researcher and work in academia afterwards, then none of this will matter as I'll be judged on my thesis and on the work that I do. If I choose to take a non-academic route, I imagine that my employer could be less meritocratic and matters of prestige and status could be influential (especially in places like the city where I could be applying among other PhD holders), and ultimately, if I can't find an academic job I'd like to start a well paid career somewhere.
Is a non-academic employer going to think this way? How influential is the "Brand name" of your University in matters like these? Are these completely unreasonable thoughts? Are their first thoughts going to be "Not quite good enough to continue at Cambridge"?
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- 02-10-2011 17:36