The Training Benefits of Big Science

Connor H, Court G, Morris S | Report 275 | Institute for Employment Studies | Sep 1994

This report is about postgraduate training in big science — particle physics, space science and astronomy — and whether any significant differences exist in training outcomes, for the discipline areas.

It comprises a survey of PhD students at a number of universities which showed similarities between big and small science in terms of academic abilities, personal characteristics and motivation for taking a PhD.

Employer case studies similarly highlighted few differences between PhD recruits in big and small science in the range and quality of their work-related competences.

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