When deciding which postgraduate course is right for you, it is also important to find out what life is really like studying in Bristol, and what postgraduates get up to at university as well as outside of it.
In the School of Geographical Sciences every PhD student is provided with a desk and access to a fully-networked computer. The PhD offices are open plan and exclusively for the use of PhD students, creating a supportive and stimulating study environment. The office also has its own general computer area and kitchen facilities, for making those endless cups of coffee.
In addition to undertaking an individual research study, each student is provided with the opportunity to attend seminars, workshops and lectures which all help in the development of important key skills such as how to give presentations, the use of software packages and the planning and writing of the thesis itself.
Each PhD student is also given the opportunity to get involved in some of the teaching within the school. PhD students may support lecturers by demonstrating in certain elements of Geography such as statistics, remote sensing and laboratory techniques. In addition, students may take their own tutorial groups and further develop skills in the planning of work schedules, group-work and communication.
8000 postgraduate students currently make up an integral part of life at the University of Bristol. The Postgraduate Union organises postgraduate-wide social events and looks after postgraduate welfare (www.pgu.bris.ac.uk) and there are currently several postgraduate-only clubs including badminton, hot-air ballooning and yoga. As a postgraduate within the School of Geographical Sciences, you will be located right in the heart of the action!