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I should really be over the moon, but somehow, I feel lost after the PhD. The viva itself (in late October) went OK. Both examiners were friendly and it had lasted less than an hour (both my supervisor and I thought that it was on the short side). I was given minor corrections and 12 weeks to revise the thesis. I didn't feel that it was a 'proper' pass after the viva, because of the 12 weeks correction time, which had made me wondered if a serious rewrite was needed. I got the list of corrections in early Nov, and it turned out it was indeed minor. I spent about 4 hours on the revisions, which my supervisors were happy for me to submit. Even at this stage, I was still worried that the examiners might not be satisfy with the changes. So, still no celebration at that stage!
I submitted the corrections in early Dec (my supervisors had been slow with the response), and the examiners confirmed that they were happy with the changes a week later. After uploading my e-thesis on the uni website, I was informed that I have been placed on the pass list 3 days later, and the PhD is now fully confirmed with no loose ends. So why am I still not in a celebratory mood? If anything, I feel a little lost now that the focus of the PhD is gone.
Not sure about STEM subjects, as I am in the social sciences field. All I can say is that it is virtually unheard of for a 2:2 degree holder to be offered a fully funded PhD place (or for that matter, a 2:2 plus a pass at MA as you have an integrated Master's) in the social sciences. Unless you have some exceptional working experience, I'd say your best bet might be to enroll on either a research Master's, and try to get a decent Distinction to offset your 2:2.
Based on your use of English, I am not really sure that it is up to the standard needed to study at a PhD level in the UK. Indeed, it probably falls below the standard needed to study at an undergrad level. However, in case I am wrong, and that your English is usually better than what you have shown so far, here are some very basic advice. The advice may only apply to the social sciences, arts and humanities field for the UK, as I have no idea how they do it at stem disciplines. For what it is worth, I went through the process last year, so do have a little current knowledge in the matter
1/ Search university websites for likely potential supervisors.
2/ Send an initial email with your academic CV and a brief outline of your research interest to see if they might be interested.
Note: it is very important that the CV should list all your degree classifications (1st/2:1/ distinction/merit/GPA, etc). I have a friend who deliberately omitted his Master's classification and just put down the title of his Master's. After receiving positive feedback from a potential supervisor at a decent uni, my friend was then told to submit a formal application to the university. It was then that my friend had to disclose his MA classification, which was a Pass. The potential supervisor replied politely that this did not meet the entry requirement of the university, and wished him all the best in his future studies. A total waste of time for both sides.
3/ Send the potential supervisors a copy of your proposal if they show an interest in your research topic.
4/ If the feedback is still positive, submit a formal application to the university.
That is all I can think of right now, as your question was so vague. Feel free to ask more specific questions and I'll do my best to answer.
No, a postgraduate doctoral loan of 8.3K a year over 3 years would not cover tuition fees and living costs, and that was not the intention of the loan. It's there to help, not to cover all costs.
Although the loan is not available to anyone receiving any form of RC funding, it does not prevent loanees applying for other forms of funding (university scholarships, charitable trusts etc).
The main funding for UK PhD students comes from the UKRC either in the form of funded projects (more in the 'hard' sciences'), or through the various different RCs with studentships. I think in your friend's case, it'd be the AHRC. Look up their website. There are also university scholarships and charities. Take a look at find a findaphd.com, or check on the websites of individual universities for more detail.
Paid teaching duties are only usually available to second year PhD students, although there is nothing to stop your friend doing other forms of paid part-time work to get by.
Hope this helps.
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