How did you find accommodation for your postgraduate studies/are there reserved spots in on-campus residences for postgraduate students in their first year?
Hi - thanks for your question.
I lived in Selly Oak during my Masters - it's where most students live from second year onwards and there are hundreds of house shares to choose from. I now live in the centre of Birmingham which many postgrads do, the train and bus links mean it's so easy to get into campus for my PhD!
UoB does have dedicated postgraduate accommodation if you wanted to be in a flat with bills included - https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/study/accommodation/PG-accommodation/index.aspx is the website :) One thing to note is that there is not a guarantee that you will get a space in university accommodation if you are from the UK, but international and non-UK students are guaranteed a room - info is on the website.
Hope this helps! Emma
Hello, I was wondering about the attitude of the Birmingham population towards international students/people and the atmosphere in the city in general. Of course in times of Brexit, these are aspects to consider.
Thank you taking the time to respond!
Birmingham is such a multicultural city, I haven't noticed any change in atmosphere towards non-Birmingham people in the city or on campus.
The university itself does so much for international students as well. The Guild of Students has student groups for international students from all over the world (https://www.guildofstudents.com/studentgroups/) and runs a number of events for international and home students.
There is a support page for UoB students about Brexit if you are worried: https://intranet.birmingham.ac.uk/student/Brexit-Information-for-Students.aspx
Best wishes, Emma
What, for you, are the best things about the course?
Because such a large chunk of my overall grade is research-based, it really helps that there seem to be endless options for areas of Psychology that you can focus on. Birmingham is so highly regarded in the country as a research university; the resources within the department are amazing and many of the researchers are at the top of their field.
How have you funded your postgraduate studies?
This academic year is the first year the government has started loans for postgraduate study. I took out a loan to cover tuition fees and living costs on top of my undergraduate student loan and was very lucky to receive the Distinguished Alumni Scholarship for students undertaking a Masters degree at UoB after doing their undergraduate degree here, which took a significant chunk of money off my tuition fees for the year! I’m also working part-time as a Postgraduate Ambassador for the university which just gives me a bit more disposable income.
Why did you choose the University of Birmingham?
I absolutely loved doing my undergraduate degree here, the campus is beautiful and there is so much to do in Birmingham itself. One of the main reasons I didn’t choose to go anywhere else (apart from the fact that I didn’t want to leave!) is because UoB seems to have the perfect combination of being a well respected university and having a friendly, sociable campus. There are endless options of societies you can join and the support network is excellent if you have any issues, so it didn’t take any consideration at all to accept my place here when I got it.
What was your motivation for undertaking postgraduate study?
I chose to do a Masters degree because it opens up so many more opportunities for the future. I am considering the possibility of further academic study after this and a Masters qualification really helps when looking at PhDs. I also loved doing my dissertation project; running, analysing and writing up an experiment on a topic I was interested in, and you get to do a similar (and bigger!) project on my MSc course. I just wasn’t ready to leave education like many of my friends, and saw this course as the perfect opportunity to continue learning.
Was there a big transition from undergraduate to postgraduate study?
I think the biggest transition for me was the style of studying, it took a couple of weeks to get used to but I’m really enjoying it now. It’s a lot more self-motivated but is not necessarily harder – just very different. My course especially is a lot more research based than teaching (although it counts as a taught Masters); we do two separate research projects throughout the year and a few modules alongside it which means you get many opportunities to expand your research skills.
Hello there, I would like to ask you about the Master you've attended. Is that research master in Psychology? I am looking a master would improve my research skills, material and methodological skills leading me to do a PhD in Cognitive psychology. Is that the right master? Thank you, Alexandra-Afroditi Asimakopoulou
Hi, thanks for getting in touch.
The masters I did was a taught masters, not a research masters. However, a big part of the course was research based; we did two research projects across the year. I also took a couple of research methods modules that helped with the statistical analysis of my data, so if you are looking for a masters to prepare you for a PhD, this is a good option in my opinion!
I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any further questions and I'd be happy to help.
When is the application deadline for the Masters in clinical psychology starting in September 2018?
Thanks for your question. From what I can see on the course page, the deadline is the 31st May. I found the information in the FAQ document!
I hope this helps,
I am a bachelor's student of final (8th) semester equivalent to 16 years of education. I want to take admission in clinical psychology. I contacted an educational consultant in my country but he told me you can't take admission in clinical psychology in Foreign University because there will be liscence issue later. Kindly guide me , i want to take admission in University of Birmingham in Clinical Psycholgy in order to be a clinical psychologist.
Thanks for your question! The entry requirements for Clinical Psychology at Birmingham can be found here. If you meet the requirements, you can make an application via the website. For more specific information, you can email the team at email@example.com.
I hope this helps,