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April 23rd, 2016, 09:17 AM   #1
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How do I get onto a PhD?

I'm starting a masters in mathematics degree in a few months, and am pretty set on doing a PhD afterwards. This sureness comes from my love of doing maths "by hand" - getting stuck in (or in most cases, just stuck). Most other jobs seem to involve a compromise somewhere down the line; leaving behind the proofs and equations for other areas of work.

In researching getting onto a PhD however, I was met with rather intimidating results. Most research positions demand a first class degree. Even if I were to achieve this (and this is quite a big ask for anyone I believe), there's no saying I would be able to stand out above all the other people who managed to pull this off.

And so my questions is this. As someone who is just starting out in higher level education, do you have any advice about what things I should be doing, things I should be researching in order to put myself in a good position? How do I give myself the best chance?

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April 25th, 2016, 01:18 PM   #2
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most first class degrees only require privilege.
Ive seen phd students give some incredibly low standard lectures in seminars open to the public complete crap but they are there and most likely have the financial support and the additional time needed to pursue the purely academic aspect of their passion. years after people are dead and gone nobody remembers the university name they are meaningless elitist institutions they don't provide the innovation in any field they survive off the backs off that innovation.
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