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So. I am an EU graduate (chemistry) and I am interested in starting a PhD. I have already got a postgraduate diploma (also from an EU institution).

I had applied for a couple of Phds and got accepted as the best canditate by the suoervisors as BUT did not get the funding after the final interview. They all said ''we are happy with you starting the project but the university has not got the resources so we encourage self-funding''.

I am thinking of doing an MSc so that I can introduce myself to the academia here in the UK and be relevent (!). It has put me off so much, you guys. I have publications in peer reviewed journals and still I cannot get a funding. Yes, I know I might not be good in the interview (the council interview that gives the funding) but still I got accepted by every uni I applied for.

Any advice? Is there anyone that went through that route? Will I have better chances if I do an MSc to get the funding for a PhD?
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(Original post by Chrismed)
Hiya!

So. I am an EU graduate (chemistry) and I am interested in starting a PhD. I have already got a postgraduate diploma (also from an EU institution).

I had applied for a couple of Phds and got accepted as the best canditate by the suoervisors as BUT did not get the funding after the final interview. They all said ''we are happy with you starting the project but the university has not got the resources so we encourage self-funding''.

I am thinking of doing an MSc so that I can introduce myself to the academia here in the UK and be relevent (!). It has put me off so much, you guys. I have publications in peer reviewed journals and still I cannot get a funding. Yes, I know I might not be good in the interview (the council interview that gives the funding) but still I got accepted by every uni I applied for.

Any advice? Is there anyone that went through that route? Will I have better chances if I do an MSc to get the funding for a PhD?
The first thing you need to do is get feedback on your funding applications/interviews. While having an MSc will help with your competitiveness for a PhD program you will still have to win funding. No uni is going to automatically give you funding because you have an MSc.
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(Original post by Chrismed)
Hiya!

So. I am an EU graduate (chemistry) and I am interested in starting a PhD. I have already got a postgraduate diploma (also from an EU institution).

I had applied for a couple of Phds and got accepted as the best canditate by the suoervisors as BUT did not get the funding after the final interview. They all said ''we are happy with you starting the project but the university has not got the resources so we encourage self-funding''.

I am thinking of doing an MSc so that I can introduce myself to the academia here in the UK and be relevent (!). It has put me off so much, you guys. I have publications in peer reviewed journals and still I cannot get a funding. Yes, I know I might not be good in the interview (the council interview that gives the funding) but still I got accepted by every uni I applied for.

Any advice? Is there anyone that went through that route? Will I have better chances if I do an MSc to get the funding for a PhD?
I'm in a similar boat! Finding funding is very hard, and can be very competitive, so don't take it personally. In order to get funding you need to do everything you can to give yourself the best application possible. If that means doing an MSc, then so be it.

I had an offer but got rejected for funding, despite having peer reviewed publications and industry experience. It's hard.
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I’m not sure which research council you applied to but if you went through ESRC, you could take the 1+3 route, which means they would fund your masters (at an ESRC-accredited institution) and PhD
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I’m not sure which research council you applied to but if you went through ESRC, you could take the 1+3 route, which means they would fund your masters (at an ESRC-accredited institution) and PhD
The research councils only pay your fees if you're an EU student.
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