How important is it to go to a decent school? Lets say you go to an average schoool. Are you bound to start off the job market with a slight handicap? Will schools in foreign countries not recognize your uni because it isn't well known? I'm thinking about starting a PhD in Medical Physics, and there are several places I'm considering. I go to Wollongong in Australia right now doing my Masters, and sure it doesn't have a world-reknowned reputation like Harvard, but its a good Uni in Australia (I think?). However, I'm actually thinking of doing a PhD in either London or Toronto, and I'm not sure if my Masters is internationally recognized and such. Its hard to ask my Uni, because they would just tell me how reputable they are. And the problem is that there are so many uni's in London that I'm not sure if going to a school other than UCL, Kings College, or Imperial (and whatever else is out there) is a good idea. Should I even bother with Uni's that I've never heard of? Remember, I'm doing a PhD in a (fairly) medical related field with research involved. Are uni guides any good? PS: I'd recommend Wollongong to anyone. I like U of W, but I can't imagine living here for 4 more years completing a PhD. I like big cities.