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    Hi, I graduated with a 1st class BSc (Hons) degree in Neuroscience in 2015, and since then have been trying to get onto a PhD programme. However I've not yet been successful.

    I've asked to get some feedback on my application, but I was wondering if I could get any opinions on whether I need to do a Master's degree first? I thought with a 4-year degree (one year of which we did a research project), I might not need one, but now I'm thinking that if I want to get onto a PhD I will? Any opinions would be much appreciated.
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    It isn't necessary per se, but it could make your application stronger, especially when applying for a fully funded position.
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    (Original post by rubygloommel)
    Hi, I graduated with a 1st class BSc (Hons) degree in Neuroscience in 2015, and since then have been trying to get onto a PhD programme. However I've not yet been successful.

    I've asked to get some feedback on my application, but I was wondering if I could get any opinions on whether I need to do a Master's degree first? I thought with a 4-year degree (one year of which we did a research project), I might not need one, but now I'm thinking that if I want to get onto a PhD I will? Any opinions would be much appreciated.
    It very much depends on your field, and sometimes your specialism within the field. It's worth specifically asking about a Masters when you ask for feedback.

    However if the advertised PhD doesn't specify a Masters, then it's a fair bet that the person who won it, doesn't have one. Clearly they have the advantage and they didn't need a Masters to get that. It's therefore doubtful whether a Masters would have given you the edge over them.

    I'd wait to see what your feedback tells you before considering a Masters any further. There could be other aspects of your application which have quicker/cheaper fixes.
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    As others have said, unless it's specified as a requirement you won't need one. As a recent graduate could you maybe ask one of your old lecturers/supervisors to have a look at your PhD application and get their opinion? How many have you applied for?

    FWIW in the engineering world it's usual to go straight from undergraduate to PhD while AIUI in the arts world people tend to do undergraduate-masters-PhD (happy to be corrected on this). Good luck with your application(s)!
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    It is not a requirement however many and vast majority of people do have a Masters prior to a PhD. Its best to ask for advice and contact the institutions that you are interested in. As you are looking to-do research it may be also worth applying to PhD courses that offer 1+3. 1 year pursuing research and a few taught modules at Masters level, in order to ready you for PhD. Then the following 3 years to do a PhD.

    It may also be even easier (and less competitive rather) to apply and do a Masters at the university your interested in, then from there continue with a PhD.
 
 
 
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