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  1. Dear Indria, I would like to ask you about the curriculum of the PhD in Law at the University of Birmingham? I am looking forward to hearing from you. Thank you.

    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.

    Our Law PhDs don't have a curriculum as such - they are 3 year long research projects on a topic of your choice. The Law department has many areas of specialist research, which you can see here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/research/law/law.aspx#ResearchTab

    More information on Research in Law can be found here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/law/courses/research/index.aspx

    Best wishes, PG Recruitment

  2. Hello! I am a graduate student in Law. I want to pursue an academic career. I am unsure on my choice between Law MPhil or MA International Law, Ethics and Politics to then do a PhD. Which one do you advise?

    Is there the prospect of working as a professor or researcher at the University after the PhD?

    Thank you!

    Hello, so nice to hear from you. Congrats for your degree in Law, it is a great achievement for all your hard work. In regards to which Master degree program that you need to pursue, it completely depends on your interest. Both are top quality programmes and have the potential to develop into a PhD. There are various academic development opportunities while you are on your PhD journey. Teaching opportunity, research skills improvement, and many more. I believe there is also opportunity to have a research career post your PhD. The University gives a wide support for Academic career. Hence, your first step will be determine what is your interest. I know, perhaps browsing to the course programme page will be helpful. I hope, this short reply can address your need. Feel free to contact me, if you need further assistance.

    Good luck and best wishes, Indria

  3. I just wanted to ask what's the difference between the PhD Law programme Part Time and PhD in Law Distance Learning Part Time? I am a UK citizen, however, I am currently working abroad and would like to apply to the PhD programme but I am not sure which one will be more suitable for me. I would be grateful for your time and advice. Thank you.

    Hello, it is so nice to hear from you. As far as I understand the PhD part time does not have to be via distance learning. I am a full time PhD student, so, unfortunately, I can't give you much detail on that. Nevertheless, if I may suggest, perhaps Distance learning part time will be a good option. With distance learning, you are not burdened by the obligation to come to the university (you may come in at certain times based on your agenda). Regarding the supervision meeting, it can be delivered by online platform. Therefore, you can focus your work while also taking your PhD. Hope this information helps, I am so sorry cannot be more specific on this.

  4. Hi, I hold an offer to read for a PhD at the University of Birmingham. I hope to start this September. How often does a PhD student go on vacation? What do you recommend in terms of accommodation?

    Hi, Its great to hear that you have the offer for the PhD. As PhD researcher, we have flexibility in defining our time table. If you will be working in lab, perhaps certain discussion needed to determine your holiday. But, if you are working in social sciences, then you will define your working hours. Me, personally I had Saturday-Sunday off. Apart from that we have 8 weeks break (authorised absence) per term. In terms of accommodation, uni provide many on-campus accommodations. However, usually we look for flat or shared accommodation outside campus because it is cheaper. Hope this helps.

  5. How do you see your experience in pursuing a PhD in Law via distance learning? And how does it potentially differ from a campus -based route?

    Hallo there, thanks for the question. So, I think PhD law could be done in distance learning or full-time, depending on you. Full-time students gain benefit more from the various activities around campus (though not directly related to our work). Moreover, all sources you can now find online through finditBham, so this is nothing to worry about. Perhaps, if there is available time, you also can join weekly PGR discussion in the Law school, every Wednesday. To sum up, its depend on your needs, and how you can manage your time wisely, between the study-related, and other things, such as work load, etc. In my case, because I am an international student, full-time is a good option for me. But, perhaps if I were UK or EU citizen who have other activities, then distance-learning could be an option.

    Hopefully this insight can help you decide which preferable method that you will take for your study.

  6. What was your motivation for undertaking postgraduate study?

    Postgraduate study is an opportunity that could change your entire life. I love the life as a student where I can find the answer of the research question, searching for more detailed information. It helps me to focus, build my critical thinking and my logical view. Learning is fun, especially at postgraduate level where you can discuss with your friends, able to manage your study time and develop analytical skills.

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

    Birmingham is a comfortable city, not too crowded, so it is a perfect place for study. In terms of academic facilities, it has beautiful city library, which provides a collection of general books. Worldwide communities are found here and this builds the atmosphere of respect and tolerance. I love Birmingham for the way the city been build up, for example in transportation, community, and facilities.

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

    Before considering postgraduate study, there are three things that need to be considered. First, if you are not from an English speaking country, then sufficient preparation is needed. Though the university will provide support for that through the Birmingham International Academy, individual ability determines the success of this preparation. Second, start to read academic journals and publications so it gives you a head start before you start your course. Third, find out the most suitable course for your interests, which can be done through the University’s website. Please do relate this subject with your career plan.

  9. Why did you choose the University of Birmingham?

    Welcome to our great university’s life!

    Choosing the University of Birmingham as my place of study was one of my best decisions in my life. From an academic point of view, the University’s rank is one of the top universities in the United Kingdom and in the world. When I joined the University, I felt so comfortable and involved in a friendly environment. Students, staffs and lecturers provided so much help from my first day. The University has a good system that is able to solve students’ problems very efficiently. This positive feeling continued when I interacted with my school as they provided guidance, smiles and were happy to discuss any issues that I faced. The mentoring scheme also help me in my first semester here. Excellent facilities are also available, especially the awesome library.

  10. Can you describe your journey from school to where you are now?

    I came from middle-low income family in Indonesia which I was lucky to be able to finish education up to bachelor level. In 2009 I received the Australian Leadership award that gave me the opportunity to pursue my master degree in University of New South Wales – Australia. After I graduated many opportunities opened including teaching in the Law Faculty Universitas Airlangga. I also actively volunteer as a legal advisor for the local government in terms of policy making. In 2015 I got the opportunity pursue my research degree with funding support from the Indonesian government.