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  1. Hello, I am from India. I'm currently pursuing BTech in ECE and I am in my 2nd year. I got 71% in 10th and 61.4% in 12th. I would love to do my Masters on Communication Engineering from the University of Birmingham. Can you please tell me if my 10th and 12th marks are enough to apply for the course? Also, do I need to take GRE exam for that and what will is the marks requirement?

    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.

    I'm afraid we are not able to answer admissions queries on this platform - please email pgadmissions@contacts.bham.ac.uk to speak to the admissions department.

    Best wishes, PG Recruitment

  2. Hi Anuradha, Hope you are doing well!! I have complete my Masters in Pharmaceutical Sciences and I am looking for a funded PhD position. How can I find a funded PhD opportunity and also how would I then go about contacting the supervisor for this? Any advice on how to find a funded PhD would be greatly appreciated.

    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.

    All of our advertised PhD projects can be found on this webpage: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/findaphd.aspx

    They should have supervisor details for you to get in contact with them. Please note that this resource is regularly updated so check back for new projects!

    Best wishes, PG Recruitment

  3. Hi, I have received an offer from the University of Birmingham for the MSc in Advanced Engineering Management (Construction Management). I wanted to know more about the living and accommodation facilities at the University. I have filled out the preferences for the accommodation in the application randomly and don't know much about the different options. I wanted to generally discuss on where is best to live and what steps shall I take to have a good time at University? I want to live in a studio and hence filled in my preferences accordingly. I don't know if I should live in The Vale Village or on Pritchatts road. I have several questions regarding these options; I have looked at some information online but would like to know some direct personal experiences from students who have lived in Birmingham or been a part of my field.

    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 sorry I can't give you first hand experience - it might be worth getting in touch with the accommodation team as they will know the different studio apartments well and will be able to help better than me! https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/study/accommodation/contact-us.aspx

    Best wishes, PG Recruitment

  4. Hello Anuradha, I am currently pursuing my MTech degree in Biotechnology from West Bengal, but I want to pursue a MRes degree in Toxicology, what should I do now?

    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.

    On the course page (https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/taught/biosciences/toxicology.aspx) you will find information on fees, entry requirements, course and module details, and a direct link to the application portal.

    Please visit these webpages for help on how to apply: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/apply-pg/index.aspx and how to write a personal statement: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/help-advice/personal-statement.aspx

    Best wishes, PG Recruitment

  5. Hello, I'm applying for the MRes in Applied Health Sciences. My proposed research interest is in the field of liver disease and I need your help in choosing a supervisor who can guide me. I need to mention their name while making an application through the university website, can you help?

    Hello, Please find below a link to identify a list of professors in the institute. https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/applied-health/staff/key-staff.aspx

    You can also search here for experts in hepatology here. You can also consider supervision from health informatics/epidemiology/primary care experts, but you can still keep liver disease as your focussed research area.

    Hope you find suitable advisory team.

    Best wishes, Anu

  6. Hi Anuradhaa I am from India and I am currently a fresh graduate in Physiotherapy. I want to do my Masters in England but have not yet decided on where, so I wanted to know about life at the University of Birmingham from your perspective?

    From my perspective, I had a spectacular postgraduate university experience here at Birmingham. Birmingham has a lot to offer for Physiotherapy in particular.

    Best wishes, Anu

  7. Hi, I am from India. Hope you're doing good. I wanted to pursue a Masters in Health Economics and Health Policy from Birmingham. I wanted to know your views about this course. Is this course in demand? I am fresher so my concern is will I get a job after this course. Please could you guide me?

    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 cannot answer Anuradhaa's question as I don't know their course in detail, however if you want specific information on course content and employability information, find the course page on our website (https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/taught/med/health-economics-policy.aspx?OpenSection=FeesAndFunding) then at the bottom of the page there is an 'Email us' button. You can then send an email to someone on the relevant team, who should be able to help!

    Best wishes, PG Recruitment

  8. Hello, Hope you're doing well. I'm looking into the Masters in Public Health at Birmingham. I had a few questions and would be really glad if you could help me through this. Firstly how is the education here? And secondly how student friendly are the staff here and other people around? And whats the practical exposure we receive as students in MPH? Would you recommend Birmingham for studying this course? Thank you.

    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 they have not yet answered it.

    Unfortunately I cannot speak for personal experience of the course, however for specifics about the practical elements: at the bottom of the course page (https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/taught/med/public-health.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, Emma

  9. Hello! I am applying for the Health Research Method course, is there any advice that would help me secure a position as I am very keen on joining this course? I have also been shortlisted for a Chevening scholarship.

    Congratulations on being shortlisted. At this stage, I can only think of fine tuning your SOP and being very candid in it, that will help you secure a position. Hope you secure both the position and the scholarship. All the best!

  10. Hi, I have received an offer letter from the University of Birmingham for an MSc in Clinical Trials. Also, my application is being considered for the MRes in Clinical Research. Could you suggest what might benefit me more? Will any of these hold a preference while applying for jobs?

    Hi,

    Preference would change depending upon the employer and the posting obviously. I would suggest you browse through the course work and modules to get a clearer picture of what would suit your needs and liking. I believe the MRes would be a longer duration course than the MSc, requiring more input from the student.

    Best Wishes, A

  11. Is the IELTS required to pursue a Masters in Data Science?

    Hi,

    Unless you completed your undergraduate studies in a recognised English speaking country (e.g. Uk, USA, Australia, Canada, South Africa), then you will be required to complete an IELTS test. More details are available here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/pgt/requirements-pgt/international/index.aspx

  12. Could you please tell me more about the MSc in Mathematics at the University of Birmingham? What is the placement like? What is the course duration and course fees? And could you also tell me about any other benefits of the University, like is it good or well renowned for the Masters in Mathematics?

    Hi,

    We offer three mathematics MSc courses: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/mathematics/pg-admissions/msc-programmes.aspx

    Each course is one year and fee information can be found by clicking on the course that interests you.

    Best wishes, Tom

  13. Hi, I want to pursue an MSc in Healthcare Policy and Management at the University of Birmingham. I want to know about the career prospects for this field after completion of my course. Please could you give me some information regarding future job or career prospects? Thank you.

    Hi,

    The Health Care Policy and Management is listed here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/taught/social-policy/health-care-policy-management.aspx#CourseDetailsTab

    The course is directly designed for senior managers, clinicians and policy makers who are already working in or with health care organisations, or who have an interest in developing their careers in this direction. We have an excellent careers department who will be able to support you and help you identify your skills. I would also recommend speaking to your academic advisors who can be a great help in the job hunt.

    Best wishes, Tom

  14. Does the University of Birmingham provide an MSc in Information Technology?

    Hi,

    We do offer a MSc Computer Science which is detailed here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/taught/computer-science/computer-science.aspx

    Best wishes, Tom

  15. What are the requirements needed for an MSc in Cyber Security for an international student and could you please tell me more about the fees and scholarship details?

    Fees: £24,120 for international students for this 1-year full time course. Standard entry requirement: A 2:1 Honours degree in a relevant subject (eg, Computer Science or a closely related discipline) or international equivalent in Computer Science or a closely related discipline. A solid foundation in programming and knowledge of data structures and algorithms, in particular, knowledge of object-oriented programming will be a strong asset. Students who have not studied in English must pass a recognised English test. Learn more about entry requirements.

    For more details, kindly browse through the links below: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/taught/computer-science/cyber-security.aspx https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/taught/computer-science/cyber-security.aspx?OpenSection=FeesAndFunding

  16. I wanna study an MPH. I have a BSc in Public Health. Are there fully funded scholarships?

    Hi,

    You can search for possible funding options here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding/index.aspx

    Best wishes, Tom

  17. Hi, can I know about the potential career opportunities after completing a Masters in Food Safety, Hygiene and Management? What sort of jobs are on offer after completing these courses?

    Hello,

    I believe the links below will answer your question.

    https://youtu.be/XXCzWRt-qSg https://youtu.be/lFbMJu9W2sc https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/taught/chemical-engineering/food-safety-hygiene.aspx#EmployabilityTab

  18. Hi, I am from India. I studied Commerce at the Ethiraj college for women. I am very much interested in Public Health or Maternal and Child Health at the University of Birmingham, but I couldn't understand the difference between MPH and MSc Health Research methods. Could you please help me with this? Thanks and regards.

    Hi, Anuradhaa Subramanian here (from Chennai, as well). I am a Health Research Methods 2017 graduate. These two courses (MPH and MSc HRM) are extremely similar with MPH requiring one additional module - Health informatics. Funnily enough, my work currently revolves around Health informatics. If you would like to stay in academia and pursue research/PhD, I would suggest MSc Health Research methods as a fantastic choice. If you want to work based in community/get a more global health point of view with interests in health promotion and health protection, I would suggest MPH. All the best for your further studies. Best wishes, Anu.

  19. Does the University of Birmingham provide an MSc in Clinical Research or Clinical Trials or is it a MRes? Also, what are the major differences?

    Hi, https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/taught/med/clinical-trials.aspx#CourseDetailsTab https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/combined/med/clinical-health-research.aspx#CourseDetailsTab

    These links should guide you with the details of the MSc clinical trials programme and MRes clinical health research porgramme in UoB.

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

    I would suggest you look into the description of the course in detail, check out what the modules are about and most importantly strike a conversation with some alumni who had already done the course to get a clear vision of how postgraduate life would be. UoB website and the brochure has all the information one would need to make a solid decision.

  21. Have you joined any clubs or societies, gone on any research trips or done any volunteering?

    I’m an Indian and I had learnt Bharathantyam (a classical dance form) for over 15 years. I was very sad about moving to a different country and not being able to pursue my favourite hobby. To my amusement, I found ‘Bharat Parivar’ society which conducted a lot of events and kept the Indian cultural background alive. It was one of the most integral part of my PG life and I met a lot of people through the society and honestly, I had made some friends for life there. I also joined the UoB ‘Just Bollywood’ dance team. They are one of the stunning dance teams in UK.

  22. Was there a big transition from undergraduate to postgraduate study?

    It was a major transition for me since I’m an international. The teaching methods, assessment methods and the professor-student rapport, everything was new to me. I felt technologically disabled in the beginning, but there were many helper sessions conducted during the first few weeks of the course to develop some important skills as a researcher. I also had a lot of help from my lecturers, seniors who had finished the course and my fellow students to help me understand the needs and fulfil the expectations of postgraduate.

  23. Do you have anything lined up for once you have completed your degree?

    I have decided to stick to research and will be pursuing my PhD once I get an offer. Health research has been so satisfying and I can see myself contributing to research five years down the lane.

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

    I had so many module choices, which got me confused in the beginning. But I got great help from my tutor who helped me understand what every module was about and which ones would suit my interest and help me shape my career. One of the best things about the course was the co-students in the course- their diverse career backgrounds and nationality. As public health students, it was essential to get an international perspective and understand the nuances in the difference of needs from different communities.

  25. Hi! I'm from India. I am interested in MSc research in Cardiovascular Sciences. I am doing a BSc in Physician Associate Studies at the PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research. Is it too competitive of a field for me to fit in? Can i get a work permit to work there after I complete the course? Could you also tell me about the scope of Applied Health Sciences?

    Hi Elakeya,

    Glad you contacted me.

    I'm not well aware of the course structure for MSc cardiovascular sciences. But I had a friend who got some valuable research experience from working with the Institute of cardiovascular sciences and I saw her having a wholesome research experience.

    You are asking me a very subjective question. I can say that studying abroad can be overwhelming and might seem extremely competitive, but it will definitely be a rewarding experience if the appropriate amount of time and effort is put into the course. Regarding work permit (I presume you mean a tier 2 visa after your course), you will need an employment offer from an employer who is ready to sponsor your visa. This is definitely possible if you fit the job description very well. There are career advice hubs in the university who can help you refine your CV.

    There are also multiple scholarships that you might want to check out in case you're planning on pursuing a PhD after your masters.

    Applied Health Sciences is an exciting and an important field. Coming from me, it might seem a little biased. But there is a lot of scope here, for healthcare is striving to constantly improve in both developed and low-middle income countries.

    Hope I answered your queries.

    Good luck with your application,

    Anuradhaa Subramanian