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  1. Hello! I am interested in applying to the LLM International Law: Crime, Justice, and Human Rights, but in the US we do not study law at an undergraduate level. I have my bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Sociology. Would this be enough experience to enter this course, or should I take the MA track?

    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 would advise you get in touch with the departmental team for more information as this is not something we can help with unfortunately. You can do this by going to the 'Make an enquiry' button at the bottom of your chosen course page.

    Thanks, Emma

  2. Hello Emma,

    I graduated from Coventry university with a 2:2 in MSc Psychology. I am currently working as a housing first coordinator which would be my 12 months of experience. Do you know if it is worth applying to the Forensic Clinical Psychology Doctorate course?

    Hi, thanks for your question.

    I really can't say whether that would be enough experience I'm afraid! You can email the department - contact details are at the bottom of the course page: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/cpd/psych/forensic-clinical-psychology.aspx

    They will be able to give you more of an idea.

    Thanks, Emma

  3. Hey Moz, I have completed my graduation in Commerce from India and I want to pursue a MSc in Investments from the University of Birmingham. Could I request you please help in the application and admission process? 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 this is not something they are best placed to deal with.

    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

    Thanks, Emma

  4. Hi. I am considering studying an integrated PhD in Development Studies in Autumn 2022. May I know how I can get a scholarship?

    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.

    There are various funding opportunities available for both home and international students. 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).

    Thanks, Emma

  5. Is the presentation done in front of a class of students or just a supervisor and examining committee? What is the class size (number of students) in Master studies?

    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.

    This will depend on the subject and modules - I would advise you get in touch with the departmental team for more information. You can do this by going to the 'Make an enquiry' button at the bottom of your chosen course page.

    Thanks, Emma

  6. Hi Evelin, I'm planning to study MA Migration Studies. My previous study was with a major of Economics and I did a double degree program with Business Management from a UK University. I achieved a second upper class BA and have studied in the UK for 8 months.

    My question is, is it possible to apply to the University of Birmingham to do MA Migration without IELTS but with that BA Certificate? Even though I am an international student who came from a non English speaking country? 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 this is not something they are best placed to deal with.

    I would advise you get in touch with the international team for more information as we can't help with this unfortunately. You can do this by going to your country page and looking for contact information: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/international/students/country/index.aspx

    Thanks, Emma

  7. Hi, I am an Indian student. I secured 75/100 in 12th CBSE Board. I have passed my 12th in 2016. Can I get admission into UoB without giving an IELTS? I have 1 year of experience. I am looking for a Masters in Data Science. Thanks

    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 would advise you get in touch with the international team for more information. You can do this by going to your country page and locating contact info: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/international/students/country/india/index.aspx

    Thanks, Emma

  8. Hi Eva, I am an offer holder for the MSc AI and Machine Learning course which is a 1-year full-time course. Could you tell me if a 1 year MSc course finishes in September or June?

    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.

    1 year Masters courses are usually September to September - the summer term (June - September) being used for your dissertation.

    Best wishes, Emma

  9. Hi Lucy, I am from Pakistan. I want to do a PhD in English Literature in England. I have gone through your profile and we have many interests in common. Can you please guide me on any scholarships available or ways to lower the cost of university to do a PhD in English Literature?

    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.

    There are various funding opportunities available for both home and international students. 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).

    Thanks, Emma

  10. I am considering applying for an MSc in Health Data Science. I have an undergraduate degree in Business Administration with a major in Economics and a professional certificate in Google Data Analytics. I also am very proficient with programming language R and I am currently learning Python. If I applied for an MSc in Health Data Science, can I be considered?

    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 would advise you get in touch with the departmental team for more information as we can't help with admission queries. You can do this by going to the 'Make an enquiry' button at the bottom of your chosen course page.

    Thanks, Emma

  11. Will there be placements for MRes Clinical Psychology?

    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 are not available at the moment.

    If you can't find the information on the course page, I would advise you get in touch with the departmental team . You can do this by going to the 'Make an enquiry' button at the bottom of your chosen course page.

    Thanks, Emma

  12. Hey Fatma! I hope you are doing well. I am from India and I am a recently graduated student with Environmental Sciences as my main subject. I would like to pursue my Masters in Data Science. I wanted to know if the university accepts students from educational backgrounds other than computer science, who have some equivalent skills and knowledge in programming and other required fields? 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 this is not something they are best placed to deal with.

    I would advise you get in touch with the departmental team for more information as we can't help with entry requirement queries. You can do this by going to the 'Make an enquiry' button at the bottom of your chosen course page.

    Thanks, Emma

  13. Dear Sadegh Hope you are well. I have a bachelors degree in Anaesthesia and a Masters degree in Critical Care Nursing. My clinical experiences includes 4 years in Anaesthesia (2 years in a general operational theatre and 2 years in obstetrics and gynaecology operation theatre), 2 years as a dialysis nurse and 1 year as a ICU nurse. I’m writing to enquire about Anaesthesia Associate Registration for international job applicants, can I get registered for this job? I apologize in advance if my questions may be irrelevant. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

    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 would advise you get in touch with the departmental team for more information as we can't help with admission queries. You can do this by going to the 'Make an enquiry' button at the bottom of your chosen course page.

    Thanks, Emma

  14. Hi Fatma,

    I am planning to apply for Autumn 2022 on the AI and Machine Learning Masters at the University of Birmingham.

    The current website only provides me an option to apply for the program starting from September 2021. Based on your experience, do you have any idea about when the applications for September 2022 would be opening?

    Thanks!

    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.

    Applications for 2022/23 study will open in October 2021, after term has started.

    Best wishes, Emma

  15. Hello, I am looking forward to the MSc in Health and Policy Management. I am a management graduate specialising in hospitality. I would like to have my future career in the Health sector. I would like to know if I am eligible for this course? I hold a 2:1 degree and I am currently pursuing a diploma in Hospital Management.

    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 would advise you get in touch with the departmental team for more information as we can't help with admission queries. You can do this by going to the 'Make an enquiry' button at the bottom of your chosen course page.

    Thanks, Emma

  16. Hello, I am looking for an MSc in Food Microbiology at the University of Birmingham. Would you please help me know how I can apply for 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 they are not available at the moment.

    The closest course we have would be MSc Food Safety, Hygiene and Management: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/taught/chemical-engineering/food-safety-hygiene.aspx On the course page 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

    Thanks,

    Emma

  17. Hello Kui Zhang, how are you?

    I'm about to join UoB for an MBA in International Business. Can you please tell me how can I get in touch with my classmates and colleagues before the term? I tried Facebook and other social media but didn't find any leads.

    Also I don't have any prior knowledge in the finance field but want to pursue finance for my specialization course. Is it okay to opt for that since I don't have experience in that field or should I look for other options?

    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 are not available at the moment.

    Finding other classmates would be something for your departmental team to help out with. You should have had some details come through already about your course, including contact details of staff in your department, but you can also to the 'Make an enquiry' button at the bottom of your chosen course page.

    They should also be able to help with your specialisation module, or you can ask when you have your induction onto campus at the start of term.

    Best of luck for the start of term, Emma

  18. Hello! Can I ask when do applications for the 2022/23 entry begin? I've tried to apply using the 'Apply Now' link but it is redirecting me to the portal that says only 2021/22 programmes are open at the moment. Thanks!

    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.

    Applications for 2022/23 will open in October this year, after term has started.

    Thanks, Emma

  19. Hello, sorry to disturb you. I am from Pakistan and I am not able to find any alumni of Chevening from Pakistan, that's why I am messing you. If you don't mind and have the time, could you give me some more information?

    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 would advise you get in touch with the international team for more information as we can't help with this. You can do this by going to this page and looking for contact info: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/international/students/country/pakistan/index.aspx

    Thanks, Emma

  20. I graduated as a biochemist in Nigeria. Do I stand a chance if I opt in for this course as a Physician Associate? And what are the requirements?

    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 would advise you get in touch with the departmental team for more information as we can't help with admission queries unfortunately. You can do this by going to the 'Make an enquiry' button at the bottom of your chosen course page.

    Thanks, Emma

  21. I am a prospective student who wishes to apply for a MSc in Financial Technology for the 2022/2023 Autumn cohort. I would like to know if the IELTS test is a must for students applying from Nigeria, owing the fact that our studies here in Nigeria were all in English?

    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 would advise you get in touch with the international team for more information as we can't help with English language requirement queries. You can do this by going to this page and looking for contact details: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/international/students/country/nigeria/index.aspx#CountryProfileTab

    Thanks, Emma

  22. Hello, I am from Egypt. Can you tell me what courses are in the Faculty of Physical Education and is there swimming available?

    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 are not available at the moment.

    Courses in School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences can be found here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/sport-exercise/courses/postgraduate/masters.aspx

    Information on our Sport and Fitness Club, including swimming memberships, can be found here: https://sportandfitness.bham.ac.uk/

    Thanks, Emma

  23. Hello from Iraq, as an ELT teacher, I want to get my Masters at the University of Birmingham and be a leader in my country and change the English education of my country.

    I really need your advice and any good tips about studying Applied Linguistics with TESOL at the University of Birmingham.

    Could you tell me some unique qualities and offers that I can get at the University of Birmingham while studying my course (Applied Linguistics with TESOL) what special offers do they they give me? What can I get from the course after graduation? What are the specific things that are available in Birmingham but not in other UK universities? Please could you give me some unique reasons why I should want to study there?

    Or if you could guide me to a pdf or website about all the specific qualities of the programme at the University of Birmingham, I will be grateful.

    Best Regards!

    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 are not available at the moment.

    You can create a bespoke prospectus here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/prospectus/index.aspx

    We are not able to deal with specific course queries, but you can get in touch with the Applied Linguistics and TESOL team via this contact form: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/enquiries/pgt/register-english-language-and-linguistics.aspx

    They will be able to help with career opportunities, course specifics and anything else you need help with.

    Best wishes, Emma

  24. Hi Emma,

    I’m currently looking into the Psychology PhD programme on a distance learning basis, following a gap of two years in my education.

    I currently hold a first class MSc in Psychotherapeutic Counselling, as well as a BSc in Psychology and Counselling. As part of both of these courses I completed an independent research project, and I am confident in my research skills. However as I’m sure you’re aware, psych courses seem to get more specific as you progress along your academic pathway. I have since discovered that counselling is not the career for me, and I’d love to start working towards a career in research/ lecturing.

    I was wondering if you had any advice/ comments on my eligibility to undertake the doctoral programme especially as you have been through the application process yourself?

    Many thanks!

    Hi - so sorry for the delay replying! I think we've had some issues with the system.

    In terms of eligibility, if you have the grades (which I would think you do, if you have a BSc and MSc and you have done two independent research projects) then it's less about competition for a space and more about finding a supervisor and developing your research idea.

    Do you have an idea in mind about what you would like to research? Something related to what you've done already would be good, as you can show you are interested and passionate, but if you have completely gone off counselling then that's fine too!

    There are two routes to a PhD you can take - you can apply to an advertised PhD, which often has funding attached to it. This is like a job application, so you will be competing against others for the space. The other one (which is the route I followed) is to develop the research idea first, then find supervisors. The down side to this route is that you will likely not have funding immediately, but you do have more flexibility in what you want to research. You can then apply for funding separately, through scholarships, bursaries or research councils - there is lots of info on the uni website: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/pgr/dr-fees/index.aspx

    If you pick the second one, I would definitely advise you come up with some kind of research idea before starting to approach potential supervisors. Even if it's just a draft, or a paragraph of what you want to research, approaching academics with an idea formed already shows that you are passionate and not just trying your luck!

    The application process itself isn't that tricky once you have your supervisors finalised and your proposal written.

    I hope this helps - would be happy to answer more questions if you have them.

    Best wishes, Emma

  25. I have studied a Food Science degree and will be studying a Masters in Environmental Health. Will students be offered work placement to attend? I wanted practical experience to feel confident when graduating into the industry in becoming a EHO officer.

    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 are not available at the moment.

    I would advise you get in touch with the departmental team for more information as we can't help with these sorts of queries. You can do this by going to the 'Make an enquiry' button at the bottom of your chosen course page.

    Thanks, Emma

  26. How can someone from Nigeria get admitted into the University of Birmingham and what are the requirements for international students?

    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.

    Please get in touch with the international team for more information - you can do that here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/international/students/country/nigeria/index.aspx

    Thanks, Emma

  27. Hello, I am a final year honours Accounting degree undergraduate at Botho University Botswana (South Africa). I've always been interested in Economics and Finance and I am considering doing my Masters in Financial Engineering. Given my honours accounting degree background do you think I'll be able to enter the Financial Engineering Masters program at Birmingham?

    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 would advise you get in touch with the departmental team for more information as we can't help with admission queries unfortunately. You can do this by going to the 'Make an enquiry' button at the bottom of your chosen course page.

    Thanks, Emma

  28. Hi,

    I am from India and I have completed my undergraduate in the Department of Bio-Technology in 2020. I completed my higher secondary education in science, which includes Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics. I am interested in pursuing a career in the Cardiovascular area, therefore I would like to know whether I am eligible to apply for the course because my UG is in Biotechnology? As a Biotechnology graduate I need some help. Can I directly get a Masters degree in Cardiovascular perfusion or should I first join a bachelors degree in Cardiovascular perfusion first? I am confused as there are Cardiovascular perfusion programs and Advanced diplomas too. Are there any sort of entrance exams or a specific prerequisite which should be completed before applying for Cardiovascular perfusion? Also, if I complete an anatomy and Physiology course online through Coursera will that be valid? I would also like to know the scope of the MSc in Cardiovascular Science as this is my next choice.

    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 would advise you get in touch with the departmental team for more information as we can't help with admission queries. You can do this by going to the 'Make an enquiry' button at the bottom of your chosen course page.

    Thanks, Emma

  29. Hi, I would like to know the course structure of the MSc Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Masters, and whether a person like me from a commerce background would be acceptable to do this?

    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.

    Course structure including modules can be found here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/taught/chemical-engineering/fuel-cell-hydrogen-technologies.aspx

    For entry requirements, I would advise you get in touch with the departmental team for more information as we can't help with these queries. You can do this by going to the 'Make an enquiry' button at the bottom of your chosen course page.

    Thanks, Emma

  30. Hi, I'm from Taiwan. I'd like to know, if I don't have a strong background in Maths but my GPA is about 3.8/4.0. Do I still have a chance to apply for Investment? Or I should apply for other courses? (I'm now studying Business Administration, and take many modules in finance, so there may be a enough as a financial background.) Thanks!

    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 would advise you get in touch with the departmental team for more information as we can't help with admission queries. You can do this by going to the 'Make an enquiry' button at the bottom of your chosen course page.

    Thanks, Emma

  31. Can I please have the reading list for the MA TESOL Programme? It would help provide me with a clearer idea of the content learnt on the MA TESOL at the Uni of Birmingham. 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 this is not something they are best placed to deal with.

    Reading lists are not something that are usually given out until you start your course on campus - course information can be found on the webpage (https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/taught/english/english-foreign-second-lang.aspx) and you can contact the department at the bottom of the page if you want more information.

    Thanks, Emma

  32. Hi, I want to study an MSc in AI and Machine Learning, please could you tell me the intakes for this particular course other than September intake?

    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.

    Our Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Masters only has a September intake, I'm afraid. There are no other intakes in the year.

    Thanks, Emma

  33. Does the university offer a January intake for the MSc in Advanced Chemical Engineering? I am a BSc Chemistry graduate from India. Will my undergraduate degree satisfy the entry requirements for this programme?

    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.

    Our Advanced Chemical Engineering MSc only has a September intake, I'm afraid.

    For entry requirement queries, please refer to the course page (https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/taught/chemical-engineering/advanced-chemical-engineering.aspx) and the Make an enquiry button at the bottom to get in touch with the department.

    Thanks, Emma

  34. Hello, I am applying for an MA in Translation, but I am hesitant about taking the accelerated route 18 months or full course 30 months? Can I change the route while studying?

    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 would advise you get in touch with the departmental team for more information as we can't help with these queries. You can do this by going to the 'Make an enquiry' button at the bottom of your chosen course page.

    Thanks, Emma

  35. Dear Emma,

    I would like to know, what are the degree requirements for PhD in Psychology at the University of Birmingham? Are there any assessments such as oral or written comprehensive examination in the process of PhD?

    Thank you so much!

    Hi - so sorry for the delay, we've had some issues with our system!

    You can find entry requirements on the course page: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/research/psych/psychology.aspx#EntryRequirementsTab

    There are no exams during the application process. You will have to submit a fully developed research proposal when you apply, but you can take as long as you need on it. I didn't have to do an interview for mine but if you apply for an advertised PhD project, you may have to have an interview as part of the process.

    I hope this helps! Emma

  36. Would the University accept a 58 years old ex head teacher to start PhD research on post 16 Maths FS and GCSE resit anxiety and the impact on mental health? I will be self funded and study part time.

    Hi, thanks for getting in touch.

    This is not something I would be able to answer really - I (unfortunately!) don't have the power to accept or deny applications. My advice would be to find a supervisor related to your interests before you apply to the university. You can use this website to do so: https://research.birmingham.ac.uk/portal/en/persons/search.html?_ga=2.195023917.1450630333.1620319625-810706633.1620319625

    Once you've found some academics, send them an email with a draft research proposal. Even if it is just a draft, it's best to approach potential supervisors with an idea already formed. Then, once you've found a supervisor and they have agreed to supervise you throughout your PhD, you can make an application. Applications are much more likely to be accepted if you can state you have a supervisor already agreed!

    I hope this helps, Emma

  37. Hi Emma, I am currently doing a BSc in Psychology and I am in my 4th semester. Should I apply for an MSc in Applied Psychology or Clinical Psychology after finishing my BSc?

    Hi, what MSc you choose depends on your interests and career aspirations - the MSc courses will be more specialised so you can focus in on what you want to study. I would advise you look at the course details to see which one interests you more - also check the entry requirements to make sure you are eligible for both.

    There is nothing to say you can't apply for both, most MSc courses won't have an application fee so you could always submit an application for both and decide at a later date!

    Best wishes, Emma

  38. Hi Emma, I would like to know how African students apply to the University of Birmingham? How should we apply, what documents should I supply and where do I file them? Do I have to go through a contest? How will I fund travel costs, tuition and housing?

    Hi,

    Sorry for the delay getting back to you. Please visit these webpages for help on how to apply: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/apply-pg/index.aspx

    You do not have to go through a contest as such, but your application will be reviewed alongside other applications. If the course you pick is a competitive one, then only the best will be offered a place so try and make your application the best as possible!

    You can speak to the international recruitment team via this email address - Africa@contacts.bham.ac.uk. They will be able to give you specific information on relevant documents, travel costs and housing etc, and may be able to help find some funding help.

    Best wishes, Emma

  39. What are some of the questions to expect during the PhD interview with prospective supervisors prior to admission?

    Hi - thanks for your question. I didn't actually have an interview prior to starting my PhD so I can't offer any specific advice I'm afraid!

    I've had a quick look online and this webpage might have some helpful pointers: https://www.findaphd.com/advice/finding/phd-interview-questions.aspx

    and same with this one: https://www.psychologyinaction.org/psychology-in-action-1/2014/01/13/interview-tips-for-students-applying-to-phd-programs-in-psychology

    Best of luck for the interview! Emma

  40. Hi Emma, I graduated with an MSc in Clinical Psychology and I am interested in doing a PhD in Psychology. Can you please tell me more about how to apply to the University of Birmingham? I am from Albania and I need to know what I need to have, such as documents and even if I have the opportunity to apply for this PhD.

    Hi - thanks for getting in touch and sorry for the delay replying!

    The UoB website has some really good advice about how to apply for research courses (https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/pgr/application-support/index.aspx and https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/apply-pg/index.aspx). If you've completed an MSc already, as long as it was of sufficient standard (around a 2:1 / Merit or above) then yes you should be eligible to apply.

    This webpage lists all the available PhD projects at Birmingham - there aren't any in Psychology at the moment but it does get updated: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/findaphd.aspx

    Your other option (more relevant if you have an idea about what you want to research) is to find a potential supervisor. You can search for academics here: https://research.birmingham.ac.uk/portal/en/persons/search.html?_ga=2.195023917.1450630333.1620319625-810706633.1620319625

    I hope this helps - please do get back in touch if you have more questions.

    Best wishes, Emma

  41. Hey Emma! I hope you are doing well. I had a query regarding the application process at the University of Birmingham. I've applied to the University of Birmingham for an MSc in Marketing, but my application has not been processed yet. It's been more than 2 weeks now, and the website is still not completely working. Can you please let me know when this issue will be resolved, and what can I do in the meantime?

    Hi - apologies for the delay in replying to you! Sorry to hear you're having trouble applying.

    If you run into any technical issues with your application then you can contact the application portal team at: directapplicationsystem@contacts.bham.ac.uk

    If you have applied and just haven't heard back yet, it can take 6-8 weeks for our Admissions team to reach a decision on your application. So please don't worry! Our admissions team are just extremely busy and so can take a while for them to look over your application.

    Best of luck, Emma

  42. Can you tell me anything about the Diploma in Information Technology Management?

    Hi - I don't think the University of Birmingham offers this course! All of the business school Masters we offer can be found here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/business/courses/masters/index.aspx

    Emma

  43. Hello Emma, I was wondering what the specific requirements for a successful application for the MSc in Mental Health? I met all the entry requirements but I’m a bit afraid I won't get a place because of how competitive the course might be.

    Hi - thanks for getting in touch! I didn't complete the MSc Mental Health, I did the MSc Psychology but I can hopefully give some advice about applying in general.

    First of all, try not to be too worried about applying! If you meet all the entry requirements that's a great start, and by making your application the best it can be you will hopefully have a good chance of getting a place. I definitely wouldn't let it put you off applying (if nothing else, what do you have to lose?). The fact that it's still accepting applicants is positive as well - it means there are still places left on the course.

    The Uni has some good advice about writing a personal statement, here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/help-advice/personal-statement.aspx

    To make the advice specific to Psychology, I would emphasise any relevant work experience you've done and talk about how you want to use the degree in your career (even if you aren't sure yet, showing some long term goals make it clear to the admissions team that you are serious about doing that specific Masters). I would also try and be really passionate about the course itself - what interests you about it, maybe a module you've seen on the website that you are particularly looking forward to.

    Best of luck with your application, Emma

  44. Hi Emma! I am currently in my last stage of my BSc Clinical Psychology degree. I have few questions for you as I'm interested in applying to the University of Birmingham for the MSc in Neuroscience this summer; 1) What if i cannot decide which area is the best for me i.e. if I am equally interested in Forensics, Neuroscience and Clinical Psychology? 2) To what extent can my final semester research help me in getting a fully funded University of Birmingham scholarship as I have always worked hard but I can't afford all the funds?

    Hi - thanks for getting in touch!

    1) Unfortunately, when you get to postgraduate level, Psychology courses do get more specialised. Clinical and Forensic courses lead directly into Clinical and Forensic Psychology careers as they qualify you to practice Psychology in a clinical or forensic setting. On the other hand, neuroscience is a lot broader - you can go into research, academia or industry with the skills you gain from an MSc. I would have a good look at the courses on the Birmingham website to see what they involve and have a think about what career you might want to go into.

    2) UoB has a funding database ((https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgfunding) that lists scholarships, but there aren't many fully funded MSc scholarships around. If you are a UK student, you can get the government Masters loan, or if you are international then there is some info on the website about any International scholarships that are offered. To improve your chances, I think my advice would just to be to work as hard as you can and to really emphasise your enthusiasm in the course.

    Best of luck! Emma

  45. Hi Emma, I was wondering what the differences are between doing a research PhD through distance learning, versus doing it in person? Also, is it possible to work while you study? And to combine your work research with your thesis?

    Hi, thanks for your question.

    The main difference between completing a PhD on campus or distance learning is that you can do the DL option anywhere you want. If for example you found a member of staff who was perfect for your research, but you lived on the opposite side of the country (or world!) then you could still be a UoB student and be supervised by them, but not have to come to Birmingham campus. However, it really depends on your research - it would have to be possible without the use of the labs etc at Birmingham. If it can be done anywhere (e.g. interviews or online tasks) then distance learning would work, but if you wanted to use EEG, eye-tracking, MRI, or other specialist equipment at the university, it probably wouldn't be possible.

    I don't know if you've seen it but this website has some good info from Psychology: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/psychology/study-here/postgraduate/distance-learning.aspx

    Full-time students can work up to 15 hours a week alongside their studies, but this is the upper limit to make sure it doesn't impact you! Part-time students can work as much as they want, but it takes double the amount of time to complete.

    Yes, combining your work with your research is possible! Lots of Psychology PhDs are advertised as completed ideas which people apply to, but you can also come up with your own idea and find supervisors to support you. I came up with my PhD project with my two main supervisors, and found funding for it after we came up with the proposal, so it's definitely possible :)

    Let me know if you have more questions! Emma

  46. Hi! Do you offer any postgraduate courses apart from Masters and PhDs? For example a specialization?

    Hello!

    This webpage has all of our Psychology postgraduate courses on it: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/psychology/study-here/postgraduate/index.aspx

    There are a couple of more specialised courses - there's a Clinical Psychology MRes or a PG diploma in CBT, but that is the full list I'm afraid.

    Best wishes, Emma

  47. Dear Emma, I am a Sri Lankan citizen, working as a Management Consultant specializing in Organizational Design (OD) and Development with over 15 years of experience. As an OD Consultant, I am keen on further pursuing postgraduate studies (MSc) in Organizational Psychology to learn and understand how businesses affect individual behaviour and to learn the principles and research methods to solve workplace problems and improve productivity.

    I completed my MBA from the University of Durham UK (full time student in 2013, degree completed in 2016) and the Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing from The Chartered Institute of Marketing UK. Since I don't have a bachelors degree and the Psychology background, I would appreciate if you could provide me the entry criteria for the above program (2021 entry) for Experienced Professionals.

    Hi,

    Apologies for the delay in replying to you. Unfortunately Birmingham Uni doesn't offer an MSc in Organisational Psychology - the Psychology courses we offer are more science/research based and as much as I'd love to recommend UoB, from your background I don't think any of them would suit what you want to do!

    Best of luck for the future - I hope you can find a relevant course somewhere else :) Emma

  48. Good afternoon Emma! I hope you're having a wonderful Christmas! I am currently doing my BSc in Psychology and was interested in applying for Clinical and Health Psychology MSc at UoB. However, I am worried about the costs and I was wondering what funding opportunities are available?

    Hi,

    It's great to hear you're interested in a Psychology MSc. However, we don't offer a Clinical and Health Psychology MSc at Birmingham - we do a Clinical Psychology MRes (https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/combined/psychology/clinical-psychology.aspx) or there's a Health Psychology MSc at Birmingham City University (https://www.bcu.ac.uk/courses/health-psychology-msc-2021-22) that you might have been thinking of?

    In terms of funding for Masters - I know it can be scary but there are lots of options. Definitely take advantage of the Government loan, if you're a UK student. If you're looking at UoB, then you can use our funding database to look for potential scholarships: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding/index.aspx

    I would then start looking at charities and trusts, that help fund PG study. This page is a good place to start: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/pgr/funding/loans-charities.aspx

    Try and get onto the Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding if you can - it was so so helpful for me!

    Once again, apologies for the delay but best of luck for your application. Emma

  49. Due to the current situation of Covid-19 with everyone being in lockdown, are students being taught online? If yes, can I take only one class?

    Hi, thanks for your question. Yes, currently, as per UK Government guidelines, all classes are being taught remotely for the time being. I'm not sure whether you would be able to take one module on its own - some courses will allow it but some won't! Your best bet is to get in touch with the relevant department (this is the website for Psychology: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/enquiries/pgt/register-psychology.aspx). They should be able to help further :) Best wishes, Emma

  50. Hey Emma, just wondering if it's possible to start the PhD without the MSc?

    Hey :) it is possible to move straight from a BSc to PhD, but if you are applying for a funded project a Masters would put you in a better position for it as they are usually very competitive.

    I found my Masters really helpful in developing my research skills in preparation for the PhD, but if you are keen to get started then go for it! Another option would be to start with an MSc by Research - if they go well these can often be used as the first year of a PhD.

    I hope this helps! Emma

  51. I am writing with regard to the psychology departments postgraduate admission requirements (more specifically MSc Psychology). I have a first class BSc Psychology with Business degree from Birmingham City University and I would love to apply to the University of Birmingham, but I am worried that my degree will not be accepted as it is a mixed degree? (majoring in Psychology, minoring in Business)

    Hi, thanks for getting in touch!

    If it was a major in Psychology, I imagine you would be fine. Did you do a research dissertation in your final year? A big portion of the MSc is research based so the admissions tutors want to see that you have experience running and analysing an experiment. Similarly, as long as you can show that you have knowledge of statistics (which I imagine you did in your undergraduate) that will help too.

    In terms of getting in touch with the department, at the bottom of the course page (https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/taught/psych/psychology.aspx) there is a 'Make an enquiry' button which will send an enquiry to the Psychology team. They will be able to confirm whether your undergraduate degree is eligible but I would be surprised if they said no :)

    Best of luck and let me know if you have any more questions about the course itself! Emma

  52. Hello, I would be very happy to receive information about the PhD Psychology distance learning program (3 years). Do you have a module manual for me? Or can I see the contents as well as the study and examination credits? How is the content structured? What exactly am I learning?

    Hi, thanks for getting in touch.

    So our PhD programmes are 3 year long research projects with no taught components or modules. You pick a research topic and spend the 3 years researching it! Our Masters programmes would be where you have modules - you can view them here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/psychology/study-here/postgraduate/index.aspx

    If you have an idea for a research project in mind, you then need to get in touch with one of our staff members to see whether they would be willing to supervise you. You would have to take into account whether your research could be done by distance learning (aka not on campus).

    I hope this helps, Emma

  53. I want to study a Masters degree in Educational Psychology. Are there any options to study this at the University of Birmingham?

    Hi - thanks for your question! Unfortunately Birmingham doesn't offer a Masters in Educational Psychology - all of our Masters in Psychology can be found here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/psychology/study-here/postgraduate/index.aspx

    I completed the MSc Psychology, and while there weren't any modules specifically in Educational Psychology, there were a few available thesis projects from researchers looking into developmental and educational psychology.

    The only other thing I can think of would be our Applied Educational and Child Psychology Doctorate (https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/combined/edu/applied-edu-child-psychology.aspx) which is a taught PhD programme.

    I hope this helps! Emma

  54. What was your motivation for undertaking postgraduate study?

    I loved the research project in my undergraduate degree, and at the end, while my friends were getting graduate jobs, I knew I wasn't done with education just yet. The MSc Psychology at Birmingham was fantastic in developing my research skills and I had the opportunity to undertake a piece of research which was new and exciting in the cognitive psychology field.

    I then took a break from studying to work for 2 years, but that only strengthened my desire to come back for more. So when I got the opportunity to come back to Birmingham to do a PhD, I knew I had to take it. I think I just loved the idea of being able to research something so thoroughly and in depth, that you would be an expert in it. My project has the potential to have real impact in the world too, which is definitely motivating when I'm reading for my literature review!

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

    My supervisors have been so supportive in my PhD journey so far. They helped me develop my research proposal before I applied and helped with funding applications, and seem as invested in my project as I do, which is great. I've also met some amazing people from all over the world - when we're in the office together we help each other with problems (and are often the first guinea pigs for each others experiments!)

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

    A PhD is not an easy thing to complete so you need to be sure you want to do it. I really valued the time I had away from education; while it was nice to have a stable source of income, it made me certain I wanted to pursue a PhD. A panic Masters may be one thing, but a panic PhD would not be fun!

    Also, if you are struggling with funding, have a look for charities and trusts online. I spent hours searching the internet for options but got money from a couple of trusts just by filling out an application form and sending a cover letter, which really helped this year as I've been self-funded.