In the UK and Australia if you enter a PhD they are going to expect
you are research ready. That you understand the topic and the methods
(though you don't have to have practicle experience). 99% of the
people in the PhD stream with you will have already done a years
(either full or part time) worth of research.
If that sounds intimidating, then it sounds like you should do a
masters, and if I were you, I would do my masters in the same lab you
plan to do your PhD in.
On Oct 11, 7:51 am, Katharine Dickson <neurobad... from gmail.com> wrote:
> 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