http://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/195538/prepare-for-hep-th-graduate-application-books-research-opportunities-etc [Broken] I want to specialise in high-energy physics theory. I feel quiet unconfident because the I just knew that the field is insanely competitive, so I really need your advice to guide me a bit, and any help will be greatly appreciated. Next year, I would be starting my undergraduate eduaction in a UK institution, and I want to ask something that can make me stand out four years later. 1.What books would you recommend? 2.What type of research opportunities should I search for?(Are there undergraduate researches available in UK? 3.How high a GPA and PGRE should I aim at? 4.How many graduate courses should I take? I am an international student, so perhaps comtition would be even more fierce for me. My background is A-level maths and further maths, multi-variable calculus, linear algebra, introductory Newtonian Mechanics, a bit of Lagrangian mechanics. I am currently studying more linear algebra and will study Electricity&Magnetism by Edward Purcell one month later. Could you give me some suggestions please?