[Neuroscience] Question from a student for the list

Katharine Dickson via neur-sci%40net.bio.net (by neurobadger from gmail.com)
Sat Oct 10 13:51:28 EST 2009


I am an undergrad headed for graduate school to get my PhD.  The
question is what route I'm going to take.

It is probable that I am going to end up going to graduate school
overseas; my top programs, and indeed, most of the programs that
actually do research in the area that I want to research, are located
in England, Scotland, and Australia.  Knowing how their degrees are
structured (little to no graduate courses, per se, depending on
whether you enter with a bachelor's degree or with a master's degree,
and one can even have zero courses entering with only a bachelor's
degree), which route do you recommend for maximizing the chance that
I'll have success in finding a postdoctorate and faculty position
afterward?  If I elect to get a master's degree before beginning a
PhD, I'll probably remain in the United States until I begin my PhD.

1) Straight to doctorate
2) Get a master's degree before starting my doctorate

Any opinions or advice are welcome.

Katharine Dickson



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