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    Hi,

    I'm very new to the world of postgraduate study and need some advice/information regarding the studentship if poss.

    If I was lucky enough to be offered a place and receive the studentship, do I have to pay it back after my studies have finished?

    I've also had a read of the section on full/part time permanent work, and it states that no student in receipt of the studentship is allowed to work....does this also include a casual job, where I can work maybe eight hours a week if I wanted to, but not work for another few weeks if I didn't need to?

    Sorry if these are 'silly' questions, I just need to know before I embark on applying.

    Thanks in advance
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    If I was lucky enough to be offered a place and receive the studentship, do I have to pay it back after my studies have finished?
    No. They are not repayable.

    I've also had a read of the section on full/part time permanent work, and it states that no student in receipt of the studentship is allowed to work....does this also include a casual job, where I can work maybe eight hours a week if I wanted to, but not work for another few weeks if I didn't need to?
    Generally, the studentship money is considered enough to live on. Not flamboyantly, but in basic comfort. In reality you might be able to work as long as you kept it quiet, but the idea of the studentship is that you shouldn't need to. The studentship is effectively your wage for performing a full-time research job. Research Councils don't want their students distracted by other commitments.

    Having said that, we have RC-funded PhDs at my uni and some do bits of part-time work - it isn't policed and staff at my uni don't care as long as deadlines are met and deliverables are of a good standard. It may be more difficult to 'get away with' at other unis. I know that Oxford are especially hot on this - even undergrads are not allowed to work during term time.
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    Thank you for the reply.
    I was just thinking about some casual work if i got really stuck for money. Knowing i wouldnt have to pay the studentship back makes a lot of difference.

 
 
 
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