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  1. Hello Anita,

    I have an offer for MSc Communications Engineering and it has been almost four years since I graduated from my Undergrad. I switched fields and have worked in IT for the past four years. Coming back to Communications Engineering is something that has always been my interest, especially things to do with antennas. Having been out of touch with the field, I would like to know if the course is structured in such a way that we deep drive immediately or do we a get a few weeks of settling down time?

    Hi, Thank you for your question. Taking the MSc offer will be more than helpful in your career as the modules cover both Computer Networks and Communication Engineering. I believe you are aware the programme runs for 12 months so there is a lot to cover during that time. However, in my opinion the courses are structured to accommodate medium paced learning which works fine for all students.

  2. Hi. I've been admitted onto the MSC Communication Engineering at UoB for the September 2021 intake. Can you please tell me how many days would I likely to be in class a week? Do you also know how many hours a day the classes are?

    Also, will I be able to do part time jobs alongside my Postgraduate studies?

    Hello,

    Thank you for writing. Firstly, I’d like to congratulate you on your offer. The details of your classes and your timetable will be given to you at the start of each semester.

    Most definitely you can work while you study within the University or outside of the University, which ever works best for you. Good luck with your Postgraduate degree.

    Thank you. Anita.

  3. Hello, I am from India.

    I am still a bit confused about how this course works, can you please walk me through or give me any ideas? Is the course easy or more on the difficult side?

    Hello,

    what course do you intend to register for?

    Regards, Anita.

  4. Is there any course which means I can transfer my Indian degree to an IET accreditation degree?

    Hello,

    Thank you for your question. I believe you have to get in touch with a member of the recruiting team. They can help with your query.

    Regards, Anita.

  5. Do you have an automatic scholarship for international students?

    Hello, thank you very much for your question and apologies in the delay getting back to you. My name is Emma from the Postgraduate Recruitment team, and I am replying on behalf of the mentor as they have not yet answered it.

    I'm afraid an automatic scholarship is not one we offer at Birmingham. Please refer to our funding database (https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgfunding) for possible funding opportunities. You may also find information on our international pages useful, including our page on international scholarships (https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/International/students/finance/scholarships/index.aspx).

    Best, PG Recruitment

  6. Hi, I recently got admitted onto the MSc Communication Engineering at the University of Birmingham. Could you please give me some details about the University and the course? Thank you very much.

    Hello, thank you very much for your question and apologies in the delay getting back to you. My name is Emma from the Postgraduate Recruitment team, and I am replying on behalf of the mentor as they have not yet answered it.

    Congratulations on your offer! All the info on the course can be found here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/taught/eese/communications-engineering.aspx

    Nearer the start of term, you will start getting emails and information about how to prepare and what to look forward to in September. The University website (www.birmingham.ac.uk) is a great place to start - have a browse on our study pages to see what you have in store!

    Best, PG Recruitment

  7. Hello,

    I'd like to know the best accommodation options for a postgraduate student, especially as there seems to be fewer options on campus for postgraduate accommodation (I only found 3 halls which I wasn't the biggest fan of. The "better" accommodations all seem to be undergraduate). Or would you suggest staying off-campus?

    Hello, thank you very much for your question and apologies in the delay getting back to you. My name is Emma from the Postgraduate Recruitment team, and I am replying on behalf of the mentor as they have not yet answered it.

    There are fewer postgraduate accommodation options, as there are usually less PG students wanting to stay in university accommodation. I believe the PG options switch every year or so - so if you are looking for 2021 entry the options may be different next year.

    Many of our postgraduates choose to stay in private accommodation, either in Selly Oak, an area near campus, or in the centre of Birmingham. You can view more information about renting privately here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/study/accommodation/Renting-accommodation-privately/index.aspx

    I hope this helps, PG Recruitment

  8. Hi,

    How did you find the signal processing side of the course? Was there enough support from tutors, tutorials, peers etc?

    Also how many hours are spent at the University?

    Hello, thank you very much for your question and apologies in the delay getting back to you. My name is Emma from the Postgraduate Recruitment team, and I am replying on behalf of the mentor as they have not yet answered it.

    Unfortunately I don't have detailed knowledge of the course content, but as the mentor has not replied to you, I would advise that you make an enquiry to the relevant team. At the bottom of the course page (https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/taught/eese/communications-engineering.aspx) there is a 'Make an enquiry' button. Submitting a question there will send it to someone on the team, who will hopefully be able to help!

    Best wishes, PG Recruitment

  9. What are the career opportunities like after completing this course?

    Hello, thank you very much for your question. My name is Emma from the Postgraduate Recruitment team, and I am replying on behalf of the mentor as this is not something they are best placed to deal with.

    You can see employability information for our Masters in Electrical Power Systems here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/taught/eese/electrical-power-systems.aspx#EmployabilityTab

    If you want further information, there should be a 'make an enquiry' button at the bottom of the page, which, when filled out, will send your question to someone on the relevant team! Hopefully they will be able to give you more information.

    Best wishes, PG Recruitment

  10. Hello, I have an offer letter for the Communications Masters. I wanted to know what the job opportunities are like after completing this course? I also wanted to know what are the career prospects?

    Hi,

    Firstly, I would like to congratulate you on your offer. I am more than certain that the course will bring about great opportunities for you as it has done for me. I would recommend speaking with your lecturers as the course progresses about your future ambitions. They will be of great help to you and recommend suitable companies. Furthermore, subscribing to job sites and highlighting your interest will be a good advantage. Most importantly, I would implore you to take part in the various career open days that the School of Engineering and department will host during the course of your Masters degree. You will have the opportunity to speak first hand to representatives of various companies. I wish you the very best.

    Kind Regards, Anita.

  11. I want to ask about the Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Masters if you have any background on it?

    Do you recommend the degree and is the Computer Science department strong?

    Finally do you also recommend the University of Birmingham?

    Hi,

    The course is extremely strong. I do recommend the University because the department's link to industry are second to none and there are lots of ways to get involved. Staff are very good at allowing you to follow your own interests.

  12. How were you able to fund your MSc Program?

    Hi,

    You can search for possible funding opportunities using this link: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding/index.aspx

    Best wishes, Tom

  13. Hi, I am planning to pursue the MSc in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. Is it extremely hard to graduate? Will I be able to find time for part time work to support myself during my course at Birmingham?

    Hi,

    There is an opportunity to work part-time while you study, with roles available as a Postgraduate ambassador etc. You can also look for work off campus if that is more suitable. However, the hours you can work may be limited by your course timetable and visa requirements (if the latter are a concern).

    Best wishes, Tom

  14. Hi, Could I ask for guidance on how to apply for funding at the University of Birmingham for a Masters and a PhD in Electronic Engineering?

    Hi,

    A full list of the scholarships that might be offered for your course is available here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding/index.aspx.

    Once you filter to those applicable to your course you will be able to click on each scholarship and access all the information on how to apply and what the criteria are.

    I hope this helps, Tom

  15. What piece of advice would you give to anyone considering postgraduate study in your field?

    I personally believe that prospective students should have the seal and focus in order to excel in my field. The modules are taken very seriously and you must be willing to put in your very best even if it involves late nights in the library.

    Also, a prospective Postgraduate student in my field should be willing to work in teams because that is another way to get good results in every module. Most importantly, time management plays a very critical role during your program as it is a short and very intensive way to study.

  16. What has been the highlight of your time at Birmingham?

    I always look forward to the new projects I must carry out in each module I took. Personal or group work always gives me the opportunity to get a better understanding of what my course is all about. Least I forget the joy that my friends and I get after we hand in a coursework and we decide to give ourselves a good treat.

  17. Why did you choose the University of Birmingham?

    I choose this University as a pathway to achieve my goal of acquiring the expertise necessary for my career, some of the reasons being that it has a positive record for excellence in my field of study and this will teach me to employ practical knowledge and constructive reasoning in this major, spread my wings and reach my full potential. In addition, the mixture of cultures from all over the world would broaden my horizon on nationalities globally, notwithstanding the fact that my interaction with individuals in the environment would be greatly developed.

  18. What was your motivation for undertaking postgraduate study?

    In secondary school, I was able to develop a strong academic background based on what I learnt inside and outside the classroom because of the high interest I possess in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics). Also, going to study Electrical/Electronic Engineering further in my tertiary institution aided in broadening my scope of knowledge and widened my horizon in various aspects. As such, my research qualities were enhanced and I covered a wide range of courses in a concise manner. Obtaining a Masters degree in Communication and Networks Engineering will go a long way to help me gain insight into communication systems of the future, and gain practical skills to be part of great innovations in the communication sector. Furthermore, having the degree will give me the advantage of adding to my initial industrial work experience in the Nigerian Communication Commission. I believe that the intellectual ability, passion and commitment I possess was enough motivation to undertake and excel in my Postgraduate study. Finally, doing this will help achieve my goals both locally and internationally.

  19. What, for you, are the best things about the course?

    The good relationship that exists between the staff members at the University and the student is incredible and as such brings out the best in every student. A student’s need is very important and is in most cases provided to the student as the staff member’s priority is to render assistance in the best possible way. Every student is given the opportunity to perform at their best one way or the other.

  20. How did you find studying at the University of Birmingham?

    Academically, it has been very challenging. With some modules,  I had sleepless nights while the others were easy to comprehend.

    In terms of the environment, I would say the student and staff are quite friendly and helpful given that the University is in a multicultural city.

    So generally, I would say that I've had my ups and down studying here but it's gradually coming to an end.