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  1. Hey Rose, I'm looking at the BA Undergraduate History Modules and the first year has an optional "Or an approved foreign language module" do we require proficiency in the foreign language which we decide to take or is it for new speakers? Thanks!

    Hi! Thanks for your question. The scheme allows you to choose to learn a foreign language for one module, and you can either choose a language you already have some proficiency at, and enter at a higher level, or choose a new language and enter as a beginner. For instance, I chose to take Level 1 Italian! Thanks, Rose

  2. hi,

    i start my masters in September and i wondered when i will choose my modules

    thanks

    Hi, thank you for your question! You will usually be asked to select your modules during Welcome Week which starts on the 20th. You will receive an email from your course with more information and a way to select your chosen optional modules, and your final timetable will then be available for you on the MyUOB app. I hope that helps! Thanks, Rose

  3. hola Rosa, my name is Jimmy and I am from Colombia, I am soon to finish my degree in international relations and political studies and I would like to study a master's degree in history or military history but learning by distance, because it is very difficult for me to travel to U.K, I would like to ask you how is the history degree. if studying it is very difficult. I ask this because of the english language that is used, because I am not a native english speaker and the classes would be on line

    Hi, thanks for your question! Distance learning does take place online so you would be able to do it remotely. You would be able to access support, and the University's Birmingham International Academy (BIA) provides free English language services to international students who are currently studying on postgraduate courses at the University of Birmingham. I hope that helps!

  4. Hi Rose, I have just accepted the offer for the MA Global History. I discovered some of the undergraduate history modules interest me. Do you know if I can enrol on these modules as part of my optional module selections?

    Hi! Congratulations on your offer - I absolutely loved the course and would love to be back where you are now! Yes you can - it does depend on availability and also the exact list of what will be running might not be confirmed until just before you start (so some modules you've seen might not be available) but you can definitely pick these as your optional modules. I picked a module on SE Asia in the 20th century for one of mine, and a module about Film in Latin America for another, both of which were third year modules! Thanks, Rose

  5. Hello... Currently I'm pursuing my last year before graduation. I wish to do a MA History. The problem is I'm an International Student. After finishing the MA, is there any scope to get work related to History?

    Hello and thanks for your question! Alongside your studies you'll have access to lots of careers support which can help you find a job in an area you're interested in! The University's Careers Network provides expert guidance and activities especially for postgraduates, which will help you achieve your career goals. The College of Arts and Law also has a dedicated careers and employability team who offer tailored advice and a programme of College-specific careers events.

    You will be encouraged to make the most of your postgraduate experience and will have the opportunity to:

    Receive one-to-one careers advice, including guidance on your job applications, writing your CV and improving your interview technique, whether you are looking for a career inside or outside of academia Meet employers face-to-face at on-campus recruitment fairs and employer presentations Attend an annual programme of careers fairs, skills workshops and conferences, including bespoke events for postgraduates in the College of Arts and Law Take part in a range of activities to demonstrate your knowledge and skills to potential employers and enhance your CV

    I hope that helps! Thanks, Rose

  6. Hello! For applicants to the MA Early Modern History programme, do you know if we are required to submit a research proposal?

    Hi! Thanks for your question. I would imagine you just need a personal statement, and not a research proposal, as research proposals are typically just for full Research courses. It may however be good to include a paragraph or so on the type of areas you're interested in researching, and what you might want to do for your dissertation / thesis, just to demonstrate your interest! You can find more information and guidance on how to apply here! https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/apply-pg/index.aspx I hope that helps! Rose

  7. Dear Rose : I want to write a Research Proposal for PhD Theology and region and get admission in Birmingham University. Secondly how can I join for distance learning also without any extra fee charges I mean Scholarship based program. thanks

    Hi! Thanks for your question. It's great that you're interested in joining our Theology and Religion department as a PhD student. You can find lots of materials and guidance for writing your research proposal here https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/pgr/application-support/writing-proposal.aspx In regards to scholarships for this course, there is guidance on scholarships that you can apply for here https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/calgs/scholarships/index.aspx I hope that helps! Thanks, Rose

  8. Hello Rose! I am currently studying at the Institute of Foreign Languages ​​in Uzbekistan, but I also want to study at the University of Birmingham. Can I study at the University of Birmingham for only one year?

    Hi! Thanks for your question! Yes a lot of our Masters programmes are just one year courses! Do let me know if you have other questions! Thanks, Rose

  9. Hi,Rose i want to know about the scholarship and enrolment for 2022,am interested in studying chemical engineering(masters program)need guidance.

    Hi! If you wish to enrol in 2022, applications will open in October this year (2021). Equally you'll need to wait until Autumn 2021 to see what scholarships may be available as this varies every year. In the mean time you can start preparing for your application by getting the relevant documents together and thinking about your personal statement, so that you're ready to apply when applications open! I hope that helps. Let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks, Rose

  10. Hi Rose, I want to know when applications begins for a postgraduate master's degree in electrical electronic and system engineering next year and as well resumption date for next year academic session for engineering postgraduate masters.

    Hello! Thanks for your question. Do you mean applications for courses beginning in September 2021? If so applications to this programme from students who are international for fees will close in July 2021. For UK and non-Tier 4 applicants, applications will close in mid September 2021. However they will close applications as soon as the programme is full, so early applications are encouraged. The start date for our EESE and engineering masters courses is late September every year. I hope that helps, please feel free to get back in touch if you have any other questions. Best wishes, Rose

  11. Hi Rose. I want to get into electrical electronic and system engineering by next year 2022, how can i get scholarship to carry out this program?

    Hi! Thanks so much for your question. If you're looking for scholarships for 2022 entry you'll need to wait and see what we have confirmed next year as these won't be released yet, however if you're interested in starting this September 2021 you can explore our Funding Database which lists our scholarships www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgfunding I hope that helps! Let me know if I can help with anything else! Thanks, Rose

  12. What are the entry requirements for the MA International Relations? Is there any funding available? Financially i am not independent.

    Thanks for your question. The entry requirements are a good Honours degree or its equivalent. For those whose first language is not English, an IELTS Certificate is required. You can find information on international equivalencies here https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/taught/govsoc/international-relations.aspx#EntryRequirementsTab In terms of funding opportunities, this will depend on your fee status (Home or Overseas), but there are a few scholarship opportunities such as our Birmingham Masters Scholarship. You can see the full range of scholarships we're offering at www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgfunding If you're classed as a Home student for fee status there is also the option of the Government Masters Loan to help fund your degree, which is a non-means tested loan of about £11,500 paid directly to you. I hope that helps - feel free to ask any further questions! Thanks, Rose

  13. Hi Rose, I am interested in studying my MA at Birmingham in either History or Holocaust and Genocide Studies. I was wondering if you could do like a day in the life and maybe what the pros/cons would be of either course. I am currently doing my Undergraduate in History at another University so how would Birmingham not make me feel like an outsider. Also any tips on how to stand out in the application process! Thanks, Lauryn

    Hi Lauryn, Thanks so much for your question. I can certainly try to help. My MA was in Global History and I imagine some of the course structures etc are relatively similar – however disclaimer I didn’t do MA History or Holocaust and Genocide Studies! I think I was the only Birmingham alumni on my specific course, and the rest of my cohort all did their undergraduate degrees at another University so you certainly wouldn’t feel like an outsider. Both the course, department and the whole uni offers loads of support for continuing and new Masters students and gives loads of opportunities to mix with your cohort and meet people. On the history courses, you share some core modules with all students doing some kind of History Masters (so no matter if you’re on the Contemporary History, Global History, Modern British History course etc., you have a chance to meet loads of people in these joint sessions!). For these degrees you’ll have a range of core modules and then some optional modules which you can pick from and although they vary every year, it’s worth looking at the suggested modules to give you an idea of what you could pick and see what you’d be interested in! In terms of a day in the life, I found that I’d typically have around 6-8 teaching hours a week, spread out over the week. So I might for instance have a 2 hour seminar one afternoon, and I’d typically head to the library in the morning to do the prepared reading and any tasks for that seminar. I think each module expects you to be doing a good 5/6 hours prep per week, so it is like doing a full time job in the week, and I’d try to do this roughly between 9-5 so then you don’t need to work at weekends/evenings. In essay season it all gets a bit hectic and you do have some hefty essays which means lots of time spent in the library! In terms of the application process I’d just really recommend tailoring it specifically to the course and showing interest in the specific course – talking about modules that interest you and why etc. I’d also mention your motivations for doing the course and what you’d love to do afterwards, and of course what past experience you have that has prepared you for the course the work involved! I hope that helps! Also don’t forget to check out and apply for scholarships – Arts and Law have some and then there is also the Birmingham Masters Scholarship which you’d probably be eligible for! Feel free to ask any other questions! Thanks, Rose

  14. Hello Ms Parkinson, I would like to study a MA in history. I'm an economist, with a MA in Economy and I teach economic history, but I like to deepen my knowledge in history and would like to focus on economic and energy resources. Do you think that this area can be studied as a distance learning MA? Also, I plan to apply for a Ph.D. in 2022 at UoB, but first I would like to take advantage of this program.

    Hi! Thanks for your question. I think you could definitely study those areas as a History MA by distance learning. You’d be able to pursue one of four pathways through that MA and I think in particular that the contemporary History pathway would be really great for your interest in economics and energy resources. You can read about the core modules on the Contemporary pathway via this page https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/distance/history/history.aspx but I did one of these during my studies and think it would definitely tie in nicely with economics and energy resources in the c20th. Dr Frank Uekotter who is the admissions tutor for the contemporary history course actually specialises in environmental humanities and looks at history of environment and resources. I'd recommend getting in touch with him for further information and to chat about dissertation possibilities you could explore! I think that doing a masters first and undertaking the dissertation element that will be needed as part of this would be really beneficial before you go onto a PhD. I hope that helps – feel free to ask any other questions. Thanks, Rose

  15. Hi Rose,

    I'm very interested in the University's MA in History by Distance Learning and am planning on applying shortly. My intended pathway is the Medieval Studies pathway but I was considering choosing the Global History pathway as well, or choosing it for an optional module. Could you expand a bit on what drew you towards Global History and what you like most about the program? Thank you for your time!

    Hi! Thanks for your question. I think what I loved about the Global History course was that the course content and module content was all so different from what I’d previously studied. It explores really interesting areas of history and approaches history from a really interesting angle. You can see the type of thing covered in the core modules on the course page, and you’ll see that the seminar topics of the core modules cover a vast range of history – from ancient empires to the contemporary. You’ll also see that the themes used to approach these topics is really interesting – looking at gender, religion, history of environment, space and time. This is what I really liked about the programme – each week was so varied and different and kept it really interesting. It also let you work with a really wide range of academics and so you could experience lots of different styles of teaching and readings which really opened my eyes! Let me know if you have any other questions – I’d be happy to help! Thanks, Rose

  16. Hi Rose I am a 62 yr old former History teacher and assistant headteacher. I am interested in studying for the Global History MA part time and travelling from South Wales. I have two suitable referees but they are both recently retired and are no longer able to use the headed paper of their former employers. Could this be a problem for my application?

    Hi! Thanks for your question. We understand that there may be circumstances like yours where it's not possible to use headed paper for references. This shouldn't be a problem, but our admissions team may need some other proof of their former employment. The best thing to do would be to drop our admissions team an email on pgadmissions@contacts.bham.ac.uk and see what they suggest/can recommend! Thanks, Rose

  17. Hi! I have an offer to study Early Modern History and I was just wondering on average how many days a week would I be on campus for lectures/seminars? I was also wondering about transport in and around Birmingham, I do not think I'd be able to live in Birmingham due to how Covid has affected my family and so I would have to commute. What is public transport like and how expensive is it? Thank you so much.

    Hi! Thanks for your question.

    For my Global History MA course, I had around 6-8 contact hours a week, which tended to be spread out over 3 or so days. This can vary though between different years and courses, due to timetabling. Timetables tend to be released in early September so you should get a more accurate idea then. Public transport is actually really good around Birmingham and the University. We're unique in having our own train station on campus (called 'University station') which links to Birmingham New Street in 7 minutes, as well as other parts of the city. There are also regular buses from campus into the city and surrounding areas, and students can use the Student Hop ticket to get into the city centre on the bus for just £1. The train is equally quite cheap, a single being around £2-3.

    I hope that helps! Rose

  18. I'm an Indian student, I want to join the university for the next year September 2021 intake. What are my requirements to join in Ms. Urban and Regional Planning?

    Thanks for your question. The entry requirements for the MSc Urban and Regional Planning are either: A four year Bachelors degree (first class or very good upper second class), or: A three year Bachelors degree (first class) from recognised institutions in India. I hope that helps! Best wishes, Rose

  19. What do you think about the September on campus study? is it will be online? and I wanted to know about the artificial intelligence masters course, is there will be any internship provided during the course or after?

    Thank you for your question! All University activities are currently due to operate as normal in September 2020.

    Online provisions are being developed should the pandemic continue to affect campus activities. We are monitoring the situation closely and will be following government advice. Please read the information below to understand the current situation and the developments being made. We can confirm that there is no plan to delay the start of term in September. We are starting to reopen campus from Monday 1 June and are planning that campus will be open in September for teaching, although we anticipate that social distancing and some other restrictions will be in place. The best place to get the latest updates about this is our FAQs for Future Students: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/coronavirus/future-students.aspx In regards to the MSc Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, as part of the course you will undertake an Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Project, however there isn't a specific module which provides an internship opportunity. Our Careers Network team however can help you try to find work experience or an internship alongside or after your course. You can find out more about the course during our online chat with academics from Computer Science, taking place on 2 July https://www.pg.bham.ac.uk/events/event/school-of-computer-science-02-07-20 I hope that helps!

  20. Hi I am thinking of doing a distance learning MA in military history. I am wondering what time commitment would be involved, I.e. how many hours per week over how long. Is access to books etc an issue? How often would I have to attend the university itself? I read history at Keble College Oxford taking my finals in 1978! I am now 62 and winding down in my career as a solicitor. I still work full time but am thinking of cutting back but still working 3 or 4 days a week. Could I combine the MA with this sort of workload?

    Hi! Thanks for your question. For the MA Military History by Distance Learning course, all the resources will be available online in the form of eBooks or journal articles which you'll be able to access for free or you'll be able to come to the university to borrow books if needed. In terms of hours per week, this does vary, however during my 1 year full time Masters I had around 6-8 contact hours so it would probably be around half this for your course at it's taught over 2 years. For you obviously in the form of pre-recorded lectures or skype sessions. You'll need additional time on top of this to prepare and then additional time for writing essays etc, but I think you'd be able to fit this in around 3/4 days work. I'd recommend getting in touch with the admissions tutor Jonathan Boff via this form https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/enquiries/pgt/register-ma-military-history-by-dl.aspx if you wanted a more accurate idea of how many hours per week you'd be expected to be working! Occasionally some of our distance learning course require you to come to campus for a few days a year, however this will be clearly outlined on the course page. If it doesn't, then there is expectation for you to attend the University, however you are welcome to visit and use our facilities etc. I hope that helps! Thanks, Rose

  21. Hi. I'm interested in the online History MA and inquiring if my International Relations degeee will be suitable to study the History MA course. Much of my UG degree involved an historical approach to International studies, specifically contemporary issues since 1850.

    Hi! I think that will very likely be seen as a very relevant subject. As you've probably seen you will pick a specific pathway for this MA, and particularly the Contemporary History pathway has modules that focus on international relations, therefore I think your previous studies will be highly relevant. I'd just recommend you outlined in your application why you have experience that would make you a suitable candidate - as you have here! I hope that helps!

  22. Hi,

    I have been admitted into the MA global history program so I am wondering if there are any professional training that department offers. Like language (french, german, Latin etc.) or skills in general?

    Thank you, Ray

    Hi Ray, Thanks for your question and congratulations on getting a place on the MA Global History. I had such a good time on the course and learnt so much. The University has a range of language courses, and currently these are offered free to UG students and the College of Arts and Law currently extends this opportunity to its campus-based postgraduate students, where availability permits. You can find out more about free language courses here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/lcahm/departments/languages/sections/lfa/iwlp/free/index.aspx The Careers Network also offers wider personal development opportunities and chances to train in careers related skills. I hope that helps!

  23. Hi there, I am applying for the Medieval Studies course (pathway in History). I didn't realise the deadline for CAL scholarships is in just over two weeks, do you think it is possible to complete my application with references by that time? Thanks so much !

    Hi! Thanks for your question. I do think you'll be able to do it by the 23rd deadline if you act fast. The main things to remember are that you are responsible for making sure your references submit it on time, so I'd get in touch with them asap and stress the importance - people usually act fast though when they understand that potential funding is involved! You also need to have made your application fro the Medieval Studies course by the time you submit your scholarship application. You don't need to have a response but you need to have submitted it, so you have an Applicant ID number. The rest of the application is a standard statement and form I believe which you'll be able to do, but yes definitely just stay on top of the references. I applied for this scholarship and I sent a couple of reminder emails to my references to make sure they got it submitted! Thanks!

  24. Hi Rose,

    I am interested in following the MA Medieval History distance learning. I've been trying to get in touch with Birmingham University since October, but I haven't received any answer yet. I was hoping you could maybe tell me who to contact at the faculty. Thank you in advance!

    Kind regards,

    Sophie

    Hi Sophie, Thanks for your question. I presume you've tried using the contact form on the MA Medieval Studies page? If not you could first try that using this form https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/enquiries/pgt/register-ma-medieval-studies.aspx If no-one has got back to you from that form you could drop d.k.reynolds@bham.ac.uk an email! If you have any other questions feel free to drop us an email at pg@contacts.bham.ac.uk Thanks! Rose

  25. Dear Miss. Rose, I am writing to show my interest in joining University of Birmingham for a postgraduate program. I would like to apply for the Advanced Engineering Management MSc: Construction management and I was wondering if this program includes an internship period? Is there any opportunity to work while studying my master? Thank you! - Vivian

    Hi Vivian, Thanks for your email! There isn't a formal internship period within the programme, however students will benefit from our established links with industry, which can be utilised during the dissertation projects and form a solid networking base for prospective careers. There is a possibility to study part time basis over a duration of up to five years, allowing you to work alongside your study. Modules will be studied over a two-week period, therefore you can undertake one module per term or complete more if you would like to finish the course sooner. Module dates and times are yet to be confirmed, but if you have any queries about studying part-time you can contact mscadmissions@contacts.bham.ac.uk. I hope that helps! Thanks, Rose

  26. Hi Rose, I am interested in MA Contemporary History and I was wondering what the contact hours are like for a Masters student? I have seen lectures/ seminars take place in the evening before at the university where I took my undergraduate degree, would this be the same for doing a postgraduate here? Thanks Laura

    Hi Laura, Thanks for your question! For my Global History masters the contact hours were around 7 hours per week for Semester 1 and 2, all in the form of seminars. Over summer in Semester 3 you don't have any teaching hours as you're just doing your dissertation project, and you have meetings with your supervisor and then independent study and research time.

    In terms of the teaching hours, currently our standard teaching days are as follows: Monday, Tuesday & Thursday: 0900-1900 Wednesday: 0900-1300 Friday: 0900-1800 So all your classes will take place within those hours! The latest I had anything scheduled was until 6pm on one day in my first semester.

    I hope that helps! Let me know if you have any other questions! I took the Globalisation since 1945 module which is one of the core modules from from MA Contemporary History course, and I also took the Historical Methods course which all MA History students take, so I can try to answer any more specific questions you have.

    Thanks, Rose

  27. Hi Rose. I'm an international student. I was interested in taking admission in History course here. I wanted to know the scope of MA History of Warfare and MA Modern British Studies. And which course do you suggest me to do. Thankyou

    Hi,

    Sorry our mentor has not replied. Please contact Dr Steffen Prauser who is a lecturer on the course and may be able to advise further. His email address is s.prauser@bham.ac.uk.

    Best wishes, Tom

  28. Hi Rose,

    Please can you tell me if you are at any events this autumn? I'd like to speak with you about studying a History course!

    Thanks, Linda

    Hi Linda! Thanks for your question! I'd love to chat with you at an upcoming event. We attend a whole range of events throughout the year, both on and off campus and in the EU. I'll be at the Russell Group Roadshow, London events, PostgradLIVE in January and a range of the EU events. To see the whole list please go here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/visit/events and you can then double check with me about which one's I'll be attending! Thanks, Rose.

  29. How have you funded your postgraduate studies?

    I was successful in being awarded a College of Arts and Law scholarship, funded by the Birmingham Research Institute for History and Cultures. When applying for scholarships and postgraduate funding, it is important to apply early and ask your referees in plenty of time for them to write supporting statements. The deadlines are often in March/April, so you need to be preparing by January. In addition I was awarded a £2000 Distinguished Alumni Scholarship from the University, which is directly taken off your fees. If I hadn’t have been successful in receiving scholarships, my plan was to take out the postgraduate loan, recently made available by the government.

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

    The highlight of my time at Birmingham has been getting involved in the extracurricular elements of the department. The School of History and Cultures (and College of Arts and Law as a whole) host’s workshops and seminars throughout the year, in which students are actively encouraged to come and listen to the leading experts in respective fields discussing their work. Additionally, as a Birmingham Research Institute of History and Cultures (BRIHC) scholar, I also participate in assisting research, and writing contributions for the BRIHC blog about events and research going on in the department. This is really interesting work and also valuable experience, and the department actively encourages people to get involved beyond their teaching hours and research.

  31. What was your motivation for undertaking postgraduate study?

    I undertook postgraduate study with the aim of continuing on to a PhD. I think particularly for Arts students this is often a common motivating factor and pathway. However what I have found interesting is the range of career options that I am now considering, in part due to the promotion of opportunities by the history department and Careers Network. This service is provided to all students - undergraduates, postgraduates, and recent alumni – and offers a wide range of support. In my case, it has opened my eyes to the idea of pursuing a career in Higher Education administration and management, as well as offering help through my journey of considering applying for further postgraduate study.

  32. Why did you choose the University of Birmingham?

    I chose Birmingham primarily because of the quality of the course and the extent to which it matched with my specific research areas and historical interests. As I undertook an undergraduate BA in History at Birmingham from 2014-2017, I was familiar with the department and was impressed with the quality of teaching and research. I also chose to stay on at the university due to my sense of involvement in the academic community here. The college actively encourages student engagement, which creates a lovely sense of participation and contribution.

  33. how do you find the history department?

    Hello!

    Thank you for your question!

    I had a really great time as a student within the University of Birmingham History Department. One of my favourite things was the great calendar of events put on, which students, staff and the public were strongly encouraged to come along to. To see the kind of seminars, lectures and workshops the department puts on you can have a look through the events page:

    https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/historycultures/departments/history/events/index.aspx

    I think this encouraged a real atmosphere of learning and you feel like you are part of the thriving research community.

    As well as research, the department puts on lots of events to help with personal development and career progression which I found really useful!

    Hope this helps!

    Rose

  34. Hi Rose, I would ask you two inquiries. First, how can I undertake an MA Islamic Studies? Second, to what extent can I become a member of recruitment team ?

    Hello!

    Firstly to address you query about MA Islamic Studies, the best place to look is at the course page, here. The entry requirements for the course are an Honours degree in a relevant subject, normally of an upper second-class standard. There are also certain academic and English language requirements which are stated in the 'Entry requirements' section of the web page.

    This page will give you more information about modules, fees, teaching methods, student life and more.

    To address your second query, there is a great way that you can assist the Postgraduate Recruitment team and that is by applying to be a Postgraduate Ambassador. This is a chance for students to get involved with the events we run such as the Open Day, Cafe Masters/PhD, external fairs, as well as helping as with other tasks such as office work, blogging, this platform and filming. You will be able to apply for this role from September next year if you end up joining us here at Birmingham!

    I hope that helps!

     

  35. Hi Rose, Is there any deadline for submitting references while applying for PG courses?

    Hi,

    Thanks for your question!

    On your application, you will be asked to supply contact details of two academic referees (or one academic reference if applicable to the course/programme applied for). Employment references may be acceptable for certain courses which require them.

    Please make sure you tell your referee(s) to expect an email from the University of Birmingham, requesting them to write a reference. We recommend that the referee sends back the reference in a PDF format as it is preferred that:

    • The reference is on official headed paper with the organisation or institution’s logo and address
    • It includes the date, your details and the details of the referee
    • A summary of how they know you and confirm your suitability for studying on the course you have applied for
    • It should be signed by the referee with their official contact details.

    The best place to ask about the deadlines for submitting references would be to email: directapplicationsystem@contacts.bham.ac.uk who will be able to help you!

  36. I got an application acknowledgment mail from Birmingham in the 4th of April. But, my referees have not received any message to submit their references yet. How long does it take to reach the referees?

    Your referees should expect an email from the University of Birmingham, requesting them to write a reference, however I am not entirely sure of the timescale for this. If they haven't received anything yet, I would recommend contacting directapplicationsystem@contacts.bham.ac.uk to enquire, just to make sure that there aren't any technical issues!

    I hope that helps!

  37. What topic did you complete your postgraduate dissertation in and which modules did you enjoy on the course?

    Hi!

    I completed my dissertation in modern Indian history, supervised by Dr Manu Sehgal. I specifically looked at health care and gender in the city of Bombay, looking at how it was funded, and the gender dynamics which shaped health care policy.

    I really enjoyed the two core modules of the course, which covered a huge time span and allowed us to explore topics I'd never covered in my undergraduate degree. The course approaches history from a really different angle to what I was used to, and it really changed my perceptions of notions and concepts that I thought were certain like our understanding of historical time and geography!

    I also really loved one of my optional modules I took, called Latin America through Film. This looked at Latin American history in the 20th and 21st centuries through cultural history and films and was amazing because I'd never done any Latin American history before.

    Please feel free to get in touch if you have any other questions about the course!

  38. Hi Rose, Hope this email finds you well.I have applied for MPA (Human Resources) and my application is currently under review. I needed your advise on accommodation. My cousin is living in Birmingham and his apartment is 35 min far (by car) from University. He has invited me to stay with him in his apartment for free. If opt to not stay in Univ provided hostel and I stay with my cousin what are the pros and cons? I am asking in terms of transportation, community, study etc. Thank you for your support

    Hello,

    Thank you for your question!

    I would say don't be put off by the thought of commuting, as lots of postgraduate students opt to live at home or with family and commute in for classes and study. Postgraduate study can be expensive, so this could be a great way to save some money. The Guild of Students has a dedicated Postgraduate society, which puts on events for postgraduate students and some events for commuting students specifically, which means that there are tonnes of opportunities to meet people. This is really useful especially if you're worried about the community aspect of postgraduate study as a commuter. The University has great transport links with a train station on campus, which makes it very easy to get to us for your classes and study.

    If you do wish to find out more about University accommodation, you can contact Living, the University's Accommodation service, or also have a read through of their accommodation brochure which outlines the different postgraduate halls. Accommodation in our postgraduate halls is not guaranteed, however there are also options to live in private rented accommodation in Selly Oak or Harborne, which are nearby to the Edgbaston campus.

    I hope that helps!