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    Should I apply for funding first or a place first?
    When in the year should I apply for both?
    What's the academic jump like between a bsc and a PhD? Would it be overwhelming? Should I consider doing a msc then a PhD even if it's all at the same university I will be finishing my undergrad then going onto a post grad?
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    You should typically start looking when you start your third year. Application deadlines can be any time from November to August. You typically apply for funded places or can look for a potential supervisor and then apply for funding together but this may be field specific. The jump from undergrad to PhD can be pretty big because you go from begin taught to very much leading your own teaching and research so a masters helps but it depends on what sort of person you are and what you've enjoyed or not as an undergrad. It's usually a good idea to move unis between undergrad and PhD.
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    When I was looking I found PhD positions came out all throughout the year, but there were three particular times when a lot appeared: Near the start of the academic year, in January, and in early summer.

    I second the above poster that you should start looking in your final year of university and you should continue to look throughout the year. Apply whenever you see a position you like.

    Science PhDs are usually funded, but be sure to check when you go for your interview. Getting funding otherwise can be challenging.
 
 
 

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