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**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?

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