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FindAPhD has some useful articles on PhD study in different countries.
There's an article on PhD Study in Germany at:
Most league tables reflect undergraduate teaching rather than providing a measure of the quality of postgraduate research. Whilst it is true to say that the universities that top the table usually also have the best reputation for research, these things can be very subject specific. The most important factor in choosing a PhD place is the quality of your supervisor and the research they are involved in. FindAPhD's 'PhDs Explained' pages have information on choosing a PhD supervisor - have a look at their publication history and look for the Research Assessment Exercise rankings of the department or faculty in which you'll be studying.
Hi PhDBug - we got you a leaving present - we couldn't let you leave without a fifth star
Full funding can be hard to find for international students, particularly in the UK, so prepare yourself for a long search. The best place to start is FindAPhD where you'll find the latest PhD projects in biochemistry, molecular biology, immunology and cancer. You'll need to search for projects with funding available for students worldwide - don't waste time applying for studentships that are only available to EU or UK residents only (you can apply for these projects if you have access to your own funding, but otherwise there's no point).
Best of luck with your search.
Sorry to hear that you were turned down this time round. Whilst it isn't the busiest time of year for recruiting PhD students, anyone who is advertising now will probably be looking for somebody to start very quickly. PhD's starting October 2012 will begin to be advertised in October, but some may not be advertised until March or April. Keep an eye on the New PhD Projects section of FindAPhD - even at this time of year new opportunities are added every day.
It is still possible to do a PhD without having first done a masters, particularly if you want to study science. If finance is an issue then going straight to a PhD could be a good route. THere's nothing to stop you applying for PhDs whilst also trying to secure a place on a masters course as a back-up. YOu can search for Masters courses in neuroscience on FindAMasters. Have a look on FindAPhD for PhDs in neuroscience.
You may also want to consider a 4 year PhD programme. These are becoming much more common these days and include a large taught element in the first year which is equivalent to a masters qualification.
The FindAMasters and FindAPhD Postgraduate Study Fair is coming up in Manchester on Wednesday 23rd November.
Organised by The University of Manchester Careers Service the fair is open to students and graduates from any university. Over 90 universities from throughout the UK and overseas who offer postgraduate study will be exhibiting, as well as a range of advisory bodies including FindAMasters.com, FindAPhD.com, the US-UK Fulbright Commission, Study Overseas UK, the Training & Development Agency for Schools, Study Options, The Australian Trade Commission and many more.
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