Isn't it highly unusual to do a PhD after a Bachelor or is it just so in my country?
The story about US PhD's sound interesting, although they sound expensive to me
T4FR wrote:Isn't it highly unusual to do a PhD after a Bachelor or is it just so in my country?
panaque wrote:It is unusual to get straight into a PhD unless you are top of your class.
T4FR wrote:Btw is it common in the UK to have grades limits for Masters?
T4FR wrote:Strangely all masters, at least the ones I found, in the UK seem to be only one year. That seems really sort to me as almost al life science Masters I found in Europe are 2 year studies. Do you know why UK ones are only half a "normal" length?
T4FR wrote:Wouldn't that make them seem less valuable when one would try to get a PhD position or job?
T4FR wrote:Is there a good why to search for such PhDs?
racoll wrote:There are other things to bear in mind too. Do you want a career out of ecology, or do you just want to study because you are interested?
racoll wrote:Planning a career in academia/ecology is difficult. You will be expected to work very hard, it's highly competitive, there are very few jobs, very little job security, and the wages are atrocious (you will be earning for most of your life less than your friends who left school at 16 with few qualifications). You will have to move every couple years to a new location, and then you have to worry about getting tenure (a permanent job).
At higher levels, the science is mostly based on statistics, mathematical modelling, and computer programming. If you don't have an affinity for these subjects, it might be difficult to progress. Of course, there will be positions more orientated towards fieldwork, but expect these to pay even less (many will expect you to do it for free!). Have a browse here for what you can expect.
racoll wrote:Hope I haven't put you off. Researching and publishing can be very rewarding.
Good luck with your exams!
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