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  1. Hi, I completed my MSc in Geology and would like to do a Masters in Environmental Studies in the UK. Do you know if there are any Master scholarships in this area? Could you recommend a course?

    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 various funding opportunities available for both home and international students. Please refer to our funding database ( for possible funding opportunities. You may also find information on our international pages useful if you are not from the UK, including our page on international scholarships (

    What course to pick depends entirely on your interests! My advice would to go through the courses on the website and look at the structure and content, to see which best fits your interests and career prospects.

    Best of luck, PG Recruitment

  2. I graduated in Chemical Engineering from India and I am looking forward for joining MSc in Occupational Health and Safety at the University of Birmingham. Could you tell me about the job prospects after completing this course? Does the University help us in providing jobs? What is it like to study in Birmingham? Hoping to hear from you soon.

    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 on campus Careers Network help our students with careers by providing support with CV writing, interview preparation and 1-2-1 meetings to discuss career options, as well as running careers fairs throughout the year on campus with employers from all over the UK. There is a dedicated Careers Advisor for the College of Medical and Dental Sciences who will be able to help with more specific, medical related careers. This support is available to you for 2 years after you graduate too!

    You can find some information about jobs in Occupational Health here:

    I hope this helps, PG Recruitment

  3. Why did you choose the University of Birmingham?

    At the PhD level it is important to choose a supervisor who works in your field of interest. My current supervisor is one of the most reputed academics in the field, and Birmingham has one of the best research groups focused on atmospheric sciences and air quality. This, in addition to the excellent facilities and student infrastructure, and its very international character, meant that it wasn't a difficult decision to come here.

  4. What was your motivation for undertaking postgraduate study?

    I have always had an interest in research, and a postgraduate degree is a stepping stone towards a career in academia or in research institutions. After completing my Masters degree I worked for about a year, but it was during that time that I started looking for PhD opportunities, which I hoped would open doors towards a career in research.

  5. How has your degree prepared you for what you want to do afterwards?

    As a young scientist and an aspiring academic, I think that Birmingham has given me ample opportunities to prepare myself for the years ahead. I have received scientific training in my field of research, organised and participated in national and international symposia and conferences, and written grant applications (albeit small ones). These, together with a plethora of other training opportunities (e.g. academic writing, conference management, public engagement and the impact of research on public policy), have enabled me to continue to pursue a career in science.

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

    I will be heading to the USA for a postdoctoral programme.

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

    I've had the chance to dabble in a range of different activities, both in my field of work and outside it. Academically, it has been a pleasure to work among some of the brightest minds in the field. Outside of work, I have enjoyed participating in student activities, learning a new language and volunteering for some good causes.  The monthly farmers’ market (with the best cakes and produce on offer!) and the on-campus fruit and vegetable shop were a definite plus.

  8. Hi Pallavi, I have completed my Masters in Resource Recovery and Material Science from the University of Boras in Sweden. Currently, I am looking for a PhD in the branch of Energy Recovery Science and Environmental Engineering . Can you help me with suggestions of any projects currently in progress in this area? I am very interested in doing research and fulfilling my dream to become a scientist.

    Hi! This is definitely an interesting area of research, and there are several options for you.  If you are interested in applying for a PhD program in the UK, or in Europe, I would encourage you to:

    a. Check opportunities at websites such as

    b. Write to professors working in this field, and explore the possibility of joining their research group. At the University of Birmingham, you might want to contact Dr. Cynthia Carliell-Marquet who works on resource recovery from biomass waste ( )

    For material recovery research, you might want to check out the following page-

    I have highlighted groups at UoB who perform research in related area, but I would encourage you to check other universities as well.

    Here is a link to National Environmental Research Council (NERC) webpage on resource recovery from waste-

    Also, since this topic is geared towards engineering science, the mentors from the School of Metallurgy and/or School of Civil/Environmental Engineering might have more specific information for you.

    I hope this was useful.

    Merry X'Mas and  Happy New Year! Pallavi

  9. Hi Pallavi, currently I am pursuing my Masters in Environmental Sciences from BHU, Varanasi. I would like to pursue my doctorate abroad. I would like to work in Air Pollution and its effect on Climate change. I would like to know what are the various procedures need to be followed to apply? Also what are the skills or academic specification that guides expect from PhD Scholars?


    There are two ways you can apply for a PhD programme:

    1. A university advertises a funded PhD position that is of interest to you and you decide to apply  [search here]
    2. You approach a professor you would like to work with, and explore if there are opportunities to work with her/him, and seek scholarships to support your research. In this case, you will need to come up with a broad idea about your research topic, and then find a professor with a matching interest.

    In terms of requirements, typically, you need an English certification exam (TOEFL/IELTS) [cut-offs are different based on the university and/or the programme], a good academic record [typically first class degree] and a strong statement of purpose [read about this here and here. Skill requirements (modelling or laboratory-based) will depend on the project, and learning opportunities are available after you enrol in the programme.

    There are several scholarship schemes that provide financial assistance to PhD students, and you can read more about there on the following pages:

    1. British Council
    2. Ratan Tata Trust


    To look for scholarship/funding opportunities at University of Birmingham, please visit

    Information about application process for applicants from India is available here-


    Please let me know if you have follow-up questions. Good luck!



  10. Hi Pallavi, I am currently pursuing post graduation in Environmental Science. I would like to pursue my doctorate abroad most preferably in the UK. Being a part of Middle Class family with average income in India, what are the various financial assistance that can help me realise my dream? What exams are there that may appear to facilitate my eligibility for scholarships in the UK, especially at UoB?


    There are several scholarship schemes that provide financial assistance to PhD students, and you can read more about there on the following pages:

    1. British Council
    2. Ratan Tata Trust

    To look for scholarship/funding opportunities at University of Birmingham, please visit

    You can also search for PhD opportunities advertised by the university (typically fully funded) here. Further information about application process for applicants from India is available here.

    Please let me know if you have follow-up questions. Good luck!


  11. I am not sure if you're the person who deals with this question, but I think I may be running out of time. I've done a bachelors in Aeronautical Engineering with Project Specialization regarding weather. I'm keenly interested in MSc Applied Meteorology and Climatology, but what could my employment opportunities be abroad?


    The MSc program in Applied Meteorology and Climatology is among the best in the country, and there are many employment options. I am not entirely clear what you mean by employment opportunities abroad? Are you referring to the UK, or other countries?

    Possible job options include working for consulting companies, development sector (research organizations, international organizations etc.) as well as government jobs (in your home country).

  12. Hi Pallavi. I am an aspiring doctoral student with similar interests in environment and health from an air quality perspective. What challenges, in your view, exist in developing countries in as far as combating adverse health effects of air pollution is concerned and how did the doctoral training within your research group at UoB help you address these issues?

    Hi! I am very glad you are interested in this topic. :)

    In terms of challenges associated with combating air pollution in developing countries, there are a number of factors including lack of reliable data, limited resources (technical capacity and personnel) and lack of political will. The burden of disease associated with exposure to air pollution in developing countries is very high, and warrants urgent action, and a growing number of researchers are focusing efforts in the developing world. Happy to discuss this in more detail offline.

    The air pollution research group at UoB was a great place for me to get trained in air pollution measurement and analysis. During my time at UoB, I worked on specific questions related to particulate matter-air pollution in India, and well as UK. At the same time, I was able to get a broad perspective on air pollution management in UK and Europe. Currently, the air pollution group at UoB is involved in projects in several countries including India and China, in addition to work in Europe. Finally, and I think this can sometimes be overlooked, but I got a lot of opportunities for professional development and networking with peers and colleagues in the field. The university has several streams of funding for doctoral researchers to attend conferences and professional development programs.

    I hope this is helpful. Let me know if you have any other questions.

  13. Hi Pallavi. I am currently doing an MSc in Energy and Environmental Management at Glasgow Caledonian University. I had a BSc in Geology and I hope to do my PhD in Environmental Health & Risk Management at University of Birmingham. I would like to know the admission procedure so that I can start processing it early enough? I am hoping to start by September 2018.


    Glad to hear that you are interested in applying for a PhD at the University of Birmingham! I think you are starting at the right time, and this should give you plenty of time to work on your application.

    Details regarding entry requirements are available here-

    Please also take a look at open PhD positions-

    If you have specific questions, please feel free to contact me again!


  14. I'm interested in joining the doctoral research program Environmental Health and Risk Management. I want to know how frequent are the meetings? For how long would I need to stay in UK? (I'm from UAE) Do I need to attend any classes?

    Hello, thanks for your message. The PhD program at the University of Birmingham lasts between 3 and 4 years, depending on your work. Attending classes is not mandatory although it is highly recommended in some cases. Typically, you will meet with you advisor(s) at least once a month (if not more frequently) to discuss progress and next steps.

    I hope this is helpful. Please let me know if you need additional information. Best, Pallavi

  15. Hello Pallavi. I have completed my Masters in Environmental Studies from TERI SAS and I am planning to pursue a PhD from Birmingham university. My area of interest is Air Pollution and I want to know, what is the difference in the course structure between Environmental Health and Risk Management and Atmospheric Sciences and Air pollution integrated study? Secondly, if I want to do my PhD in an ongoing project under a professor from the university how should I approach them? Also, if I am interested in more than one project going on can I approach the same professor about different projects?

    The integrated course combines one year of taught courses (in line with the Masters program- and three years of PhD research work while the other program does not include a taught course component. In the three year PhD program, you start with the research work immediately as opposed to the four-year course where you take classes in the first year and start some of your research work on the side.

    If you are interested in particular ongoing project(s), the best thing would be to e-mail the professor, share your motivation and ideas with them, and explore if there are opportunities to work with them.

    Does this answer your question? Please let me know if you have additional questions.

    All the best,


  16. I am a student who is currently studying a BSc in Geography and Environmental Science. I am more interested in studying the area of atmospheric Science and I was happy to know that Birmingham offer a Applied Masters In Meteorology and Climatology. I started the application procedures online but however I am facing some challenges during my application procedures. I wish to start the Masters in 2020. Can you assist me on whom to contact if I face difficulties during my application procedures? May you also help me on how to advance to PhD studies in the same area of Meteorology? I am from the developing world and I wish to help my region, countries nations and communities but being from a poor family in Zimbabwe I face financial constrains to purse my dream. What are the financial assistances to International students offered by the institution?

    Thank you for reaching out to us. For any questions related to the programme or the application process, please contact Dr Martin Widmann (

    What kind of advice are you seeking for PhD programs?

    University of Birmingham offers a range of scholarships to international students. Details are available here:

    In addition, there are several other scholarship programs and details are available on the British Council website:

    All the best! Pallavi