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    I have an offer to study an MA at Durham but am torn between continuing to do an Mres at my current, less prestigious, university.

    Extraneous factors such as expenses etc aside - will remaining at a less prestigious university (such as Keele) dampen my chances of achieving PHD funding? Or, is the tier of the university largely irrelevant at this level?
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    It makes no difference where you went to uni. To be competitive for funding you need to have good grades, a good PS, good references, a good proposal, possibly relevant research experience and overall be a good candidate for a PhD (motivation, passion, career plans).
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    (Original post by threesix)
    I have an offer to study an MA at Durham but am torn between continuing to do an Mres at my current, less prestigious, university.

    Extraneous factors such as expenses etc aside - will remaining at a less prestigious university (such as Keele) dampen my chances of achieving PHD funding? Or, is the tier of the university largely irrelevant at this level?
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    It makes no difference where you went to uni. To be competitive for funding you need to have good grades, a good PS, good references, a good proposal, possibly relevant research experience and overall be a good candidate for a PhD (motivation, passion, career plans).
    I don't think alleycat has quite grasped the issue -or maybe I haven't. Whilst it is your grades, PS research proposal etc that makes you personally competitive for funding, higher ranking universities have more funding available. You may be able to find and win funding for your subject anywhere, but by and large the advantage of Durham over Keele will be the greater availability of funding at Durham.
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    (Original post by threeportdrift)
    I don't think alleycat has quite grasped the issue -or maybe I haven't. Whilst it is your grades, PS research proposal etc that makes you personally competitive for funding, higher ranking universities have more funding available. You may be able to find and win funding for your subject anywhere, but by and large the advantage of Durham over Keele will be the greater availability of funding at Durham.
    Not sure what you're wanting me to say? You're talking about the chances of getting funding at a bigger vs a smaller uni and I'm talking about the effect of previous unis on applying for PhD funding in the future. Both are relevant issues to the OP's situation and things they need to think about
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    (Original post by threesix)
    I have an offer to study an MA at Durham but am torn between continuing to do an Mres at my current, less prestigious, university.

    Extraneous factors such as expenses etc aside - will remaining at a less prestigious university (such as Keele) dampen my chances of achieving PHD funding? Or, is the tier of the university largely irrelevant at this level?
    When I had my PhD interview at Imperial they broke down some aspects of their funding application process and he said that one of the things that you are ranked on is the Uni that you went to but that it is only one aspect of a much larger process.
 
 
 
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