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Interviews and Offers

The interviews will take place on the 10th, 11th and 12th of March.

We invite a number of UK-based applicants for a short formal interview: while the interview will only last about 20 minutes we encourage the candidate to stay for lunch and to spend as long as he/she can in the Department so that to have the opportunity to chat with all members of staff as well as our current PhD students. Other candidates, including overseas applicants, are normally assessed on the basis of paperwork submitted, with 'phone follow-up' in some cases. We have an 'open office' policy on these days, as well as an 'open' lunch, and invite candidates to come for the whole day, talk to staff about projects, and to postgrads and postdocs about life at UCL. We reimburse 'reasonable' UK travel costs. We  plan to make the first round of offers few days afterwards.

Are you worried that you're being required to accept a PhD offer elsewhere before you even get an interview at UCL? Here are the common-sense STFC guidelines on this:

"STFC strongly recommends that prospective students should not be placed under undue pressure by departments to accept PhD places within short timescales. Therefore students should not be compelled to accept offers of PhD places prior to 31 March each year, where this fits in with University procedures. Any prospective student subjected to pressure to accept a PhD place prior to the 31 March deadline is advised to contact Steve Cann at STFC (tel: 01793 442026)."

The other side of the coin is that, while it's unreasonable for Universities to impose early deadlines on students, it's also unreasonable for students to block studentships which might be offered to other candidates. STFC advice is:

"In the efficient matching of students to available PhD places it is unhelpful if students keep multiple offers open until the 31 March deadline. Students should therefore aim to decide promptly (within two weeks) when they receive more than one offer and reject all but the one most favoured at that point. The rejected studentships can then be offered by Departments to other students without having to wait until the deadline."

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