Why is it so hard to find any sort of funding for those looking to bridge the gap between undergraduate and doctorate level? I have recieved a 2:1 in physics and am now looking to pursue a career in particle or theoretical physics. I imagine there could be some PhD courses I could get on to with my degree, but probably not theoretical physics courses at good universities. In any case I wouldn't feel comfortable entering straight into a PhD with my current knowledge of physics, and would rather spend a year really coming to grips with concepts we touched on towards the end of the undergraduate degree. So as far as I can see the only choice is to do a taught MSc, and the problem is the £3000 a year tuition fee price tag + living expenses (£9000+). So if anyone knows of universities offering funding through the EPSRC or similar bodies then can you please let me know. Also, if anyone else knowns an alternative route to a PhD programme, or has done a PhD in physics with a low 2:1 then I'd like to hear from you. Thanks.