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  1. Hey Rohit, Hope all's well. I plan to apply for MSc in Marketing, Sept 2022 intake. I have 2 years of work experience in the field of Marketing and B2B industry (SEO Expert, ABM Head, Growth Generalist, etc.) Now, the industry I am willing to join is Motorsports. I am very passionate about motorsports and I aim to implement my marketing & business management skills in the motorsport industry. I also understand that the university has a Formula student team and I aim to be a part of the Formula Student team as it will help me gain experience in the motorsport industry and act as a path to the industry. Therefore, my question to you is: 1) Are there opportunities in the Formula Student team for students from the field of Marketing/Business management? 2) Are there employers from the automotive or motorsport industry coming to job fairs? 3) What are the Employment opportunities in the UK for international students in the field of marketing (Considering I do not get the chance in the formula student team) Is it low/medium/high?

    Hi, I’d say that there are definitely loads of opportunities in the field of sports management and marketing, especially for those who have had particular marketing experience. But I’d urge you to be very cautious: the rules for work visas in the UK have changed a lot and especially after the pandemic this may have an impact on how many non-UK students get visa sponsorship from employers. I’d encourage you to do this research before you apply. Regarding your question, I think the University/Business School’s careers team is best suited to respond so please write to them directly.

  2. Hi Rohit, I am currently employed with a power utility company in the customer relations department and I am interested in doing a PhD in Cultural Studies. I hold a Masters degree in Comparative Literature from Jadavpur University. Can I please have your email? I have a few queries and your response would be really helpful since your expertise lies in marketing.

    Hi, you can get in touch with your chosen supervisor to discuss anything specific in detail. You can also ask specific questions here and I will do my best to answer them in detail.

  3. Hello, hope you’re doing well. I’m planning to apply for the September intake, but I’m a bit unsure about it. I have various doubts about career opportunities after completion, part time opportunities and the scope in India after coming back. The course I want to apply for is the MSc In Human Resources. Can you help?

    Hi, I think it will come down to assessing the job market and the investment your degree demands. Currently the job market is a bit shaky everywhere because of the pandemic, and the competition is even harder. A good degree from a University like Birmingham helps a lot but if you’re keen to head back to India to work, I would ask you to do some research in the roles you’re interested in and see what the career trajectories professionals tend to have in these spaces. Career opportunities after an MSc are quite good but they really come down to visas in the UK. In India I’m aware that entry level jobs become more possible but they may not always compensate all that well right away. If I were you I would consider studying the job markets in geographies you are interested in and see if you should wait a year or two to apply for a degree (perhaps after some relevant work experience). Good luck!

  4. I have received a conditional offer for the University of Birmingham postgraduate taught course in MSc Marketing for September 2021. I am currently studying my Masters of Business Administration (2019-2021) which has to be completed by May 2021, but due to Covid-19, classes and exams have been postponed and my final semester exams will be held this July/august 2021, and results will be declared in September 2021. Thus it will be difficult for me to submit my 4th semester marksheet before September which delays my visa process. Can you help with this? I can submit until the 3rd semester marksheet of MBA, and I already finished my bachelors degree in 2019 (BTech in Electronica and Communication Engineering).

    Hi, congratulations on the offer. I would seriously consider why you are applying for an MSc after an MBA: unless you’re mixing skill sets. On the subject of mark sheets and admission requirements, I would urge you to contact the Department as an alumni I cannot help with any of the administrative tasks related to your admission. Good luck!

  5. Hey Rohit! I hope you are well. I have received a conditional offer for the course MSc Marketing at the University of Birmingham. I would like to know what the job opportunities in the field of marketing are like and is the employability rate of the University of Birmingham decent?

    Hi, congratulations on your offer! I would be very careful about job opportunities after an MSc: the skill set can be unique (research and critical engagement) and you can look at graduate schemes if you want a generic marketing department job. If you are keen on something specialised then your MSc dissertation can usually help you carve that way out for yourself, or specific research roles can also be an option. You could also look at market research or marketing consultancies. Having said that, some work experience usually helps as it’s a competitive industry and work visas can be hard to get (especially after Covid-19 and there’s some uncertainty about work permits now that rules have changed so often as well after Brexit). Hope this helps. Good luck!

  6. Hi Rohit, hope you are doing well. I have a few queries about the PhD program at your University. 1. In terms of funding, the scholarship is around 20.5k pounds while the tuition fees for International students is around 19.5K pounds. So the scholarship I believe will cover only the tuition fees. Can you also throw some light about teaching assistantships and other ways to earn while pursuing a PhD to support living and other expenses. In terms of career opportunities, what are the options available other than academic teaching?

    Hi, congratulations on your PhD offer! Please do make sure that the scholarship covers the whole three years, sometimes they offer only a year or two because of funding. I was able to get some teaching at the Department while working towards my PhD, which is great if you want to add to your academic CV as well. If you aren’t keen on teaching, there’s usually some research assistance type work with senior academic staff at the department/school, who need young researchers’ help in collecting or analysing data or just transcriptions even. In terms of work other than that in academia, I think you will have to look into career trajectories based on your expertise and where you can apply them. Usually companies have research teams or you could look at consultancies or even think tanks.

  7. Hi Rohit, could you tell me if there are any difficulties in staying in the UK after the completion of the course at present?

    Hi, if you are implying switching from a UK study visa to a work permit, this would involve you having a job offer to quality for the switch. Most employers would make clear if they can sponsor your visa switch or not, which is something you should consider. Hope that helps.

  8. Hi Rohit. Hope you are well. I am from Ahmedabad and I hold an offer for the September intake of MSc International Marketing. I'd love to connect with you on the job opportunities (part-time and full time after graduating out). Also I plan to come to UK with my spouse and son. Which area happens to be the most suitable place for us to stay? Can you help? Thanks. Looking forward to hearing from you

    Hi, Congratulations on your offer to study at Brum! It’s a great place full of wonderful scholars and you’ll love it here. To your question of working in the UK after the MSc, I would ask you to be cautious. There have been several changes in work visa policies and a lot of international students have had to deal with sudden changes in UK’s visa policies and as a result lose out on the chance to work in more global teams here. If work experience in the UK is important to you, I’d advise studying the policies in detail and to still be prepared that the government could change them at short notice - there’s a lot going on in this space with developments like Brexit as well and I’m yet to meet anyone who knows about international work permits with any certainty.

    In terms of moving to Brum with your family, I’d recommend Harborne which is close to the campus and has leafy parts all over for relaxation and quality time with family (plus it’s well connected to the city centre).

    Let me know if I can help with anything more, and good luck with your decision to pursue your Masters at Brum.

  9. Hi Rohit, I was looking forward to pursuing my postgraduate from the University of Birmingham but I'm little bit unsure between the choices of courses as I want to be an entrepreneur. These are the options: MSc Management Operations Pathway; MSc Management Organizational leadership and change pathway; MSc International Business. I would also like to know about the life over there for Indian students, as in the cost of living and other major things? 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.

    If you are torn between different courses, I would advise you get in touch with our Business School team who will be able to discuss the differences between them and help you decide on the best choice for you. You can do that here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/enquiries/pgt/register-management.aspx

    You can find out about our India country profile here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/International/students/country/india/index.aspx Their email address (for more specific questions) is: southasia@contacts.bham.ac.uk

    Information for living costs can be found here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/study/support/moneyadvice/living.aspx

    I hope this helps, PG Recruitment

  10. Hi, I am an LLB graduate and I would like to do an MBA. As I have enrolled last year I don't have any work experience, will that be an issue while applying for the University of Birmingham?

    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.

    Unfortunately all of our MBA courses (https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/business/mba/index.aspx) require at least 3 years relevant work experience, depending on the chosen pathway. This is due to the nature of the course and relevance of the experience. Our graduate diploma in Business Administration would be a good place to start as it provides a flexible introduction to the MBA courses but I believe the work experience is still required.

    Best wishes, PG Recruitment

  11. Hi Rohit, I am from China and I will graduate from the University of Sheffield with a Masters degree. I would like to apply for a PhD, even if it is a little bit late. Could you tell me where I can find and talk with the supervisors or how to write to them first? Are marks important when applying because I only got a 60? What is the importance of obtaining a scholarship? Thank you so much, I just get confused a lot.

    Hi, thank you for your email.

    You would require a 2.1 (Hons) in your undergraduate degree to be eligible to apply. I would also strongly recommend you speak to a possible supervisor before applying. We do have a search facility where you can search for a staff member with similar interests: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/pgr/requirements-dr/step2.aspx

    You can also search for scholarships here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding/index.aspx

    Please note the application process and the eligibility requirements vary from scholarship to scholarship.

    Best wishes, Tom

  12. I would like to know after the MBA in HR, will the University provide internships or not?

    Hi, there is no internship as part of the MBA.

    Best wishes, Tom

  13. Hey Rohit, I want to pursue an MSc in entrepreneurship from this uni and my undergraduate is BBA with 5.46 CGPA. Will I be able to get admission? Please help me with this.

    Hi, I think you should look at the MSc requirements - they change as the course changes so it will be best for you to check the updated requirements. You will also need an application to present your interests in the programme. Good luck!

  14. Hi Rohit, I hope you doing fine. I am writing from Oslo; as an MSc holder from Norwegian University of Science and Technology, wishing to pursue an integrated PhD at Birmingham University. I have obtained distinction marks in my bachelors from a well reputed university in Bangladesh (BRAC University) and my MS grade is "B" according to US Grading scale which is above 65% according to UK standards. Do I need to contact any supervisor if I wish to apply for the integrated route? My toefl iBT score is 85 so, is it accepted by this university? If not, is there any opportunity to do an English language course by the university itself? I am eagerly waiting for your reply. Thank you very much in advance.

    Hi, good to hear from you and well done on the results! I think you are all set to contact a potential supervisor: look at the research profiles of academics at the School and then you will be required to submit a research proposal. If this goes through then you are ready to go! English language requirements change often and there are various rules that I have no expertise on, could you please ask the admissions team - more importantly focus on your research proposal and good luck!

  15. Hello Rohit, I am aspiring to study Business Education in UK. I am confused about choosing between courses like the MSc in Marketing Strategy and Consulting, MSc in Strategy pathway. I need your valuable insights in choosing a right path which can give me bright future and satisfactory ROI. Could you also tell me which are the high demand jobs in the UK in management domain?

    Hi,

    Sorry our mentor has not replied. I would suggest speaking to the Head of Marketing who will be able to provide more detail on the courses your are interested in. These contact details are below:

    Professor Lloyd Harris Tel: +44(0)121 414 5382 Email: l.c.harris@bham.ac.uk

    Best wishes, Tom

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

    I trained as a journalist in my undergraduate studies and moved into copywriting and collaborating with creative teams in advertising after writing full time for national newspapers. After a few years I felt the need to learn more and gain a specialised degree, which made me move to a master’s programme at King’s College London. This led to jobs in London and then SE Asia, and my commercial experience made me head back to academic research. The PhD has been rewarding as I am able to utilise the skills gained in other spaces towards my work, while engaging more with my research area.

  17. Was there a big transition from undergraduate to postgraduate study?

    The transition from undergraduate to postgraduate wasn’t immediate for me as I worked full-time as a writer after my undergraduate studies. It became apparent once I started my postgraduate studies, however, that my postgraduate degree was much tougher and more focused, and needed me to manage my time better and work harder.

  18. How have you funded your postgraduate studies?

    I have been fortunate to have received support from the Birmingham Business School in the form of a three-year scholarship to cover my fees and living expenses while I work on my doctorate.

  19. What was your motivation for undertaking postgraduate study?

    I had been working in advertising agencies for a few years as a copywriter and then moved into brand planning. Fortunately for me I was able to work in various countries; researching culture, brands, and consumers in India, UK, Malaysia, and Hong Kong gave me rich insights into the process of research. I engaged with academic output a lot as a creative and strategy professional in brand building, and after a while decided to pursue academic research full time as it offers more focus without immediate commercial constraints

  20. Why did you choose the University of Birmingham?

    The University of Birmingham was a clear choice for me for my doctoral research because of its global outlook and reputation due to the constantly impressive output it produces. The faculty and facilities it offers as support for my research have been great, and were one of the primary reasons for me to apply to work on my research interests here.

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

    Birmingham has given me great spaces to read and write and collaborate with some of the biggest names in the field from across the world. Birmingham attracts talent from all over, which has been great not only for my professional network, but it has also given me rich cultural experiences that have helped me immensely at a personal level. The beautiful university campus is an important highlight of my time here as well, as spaces to reflect and learn are often hard to find in big cities.

  22. Hi Rohit, I am from India. I have applied for an MBA at the University of Birmingham and awaiting a response. I had certain queries, would it be possible for you to share your email for me to connect with you? Thanks.

    Hi, I will be happy to respond to any questions but please remember that my understanding of MBA in Brum is limited as I can only advise and reflect on my experience through my years of PhD research. You can email me at rohit.talwar@hotmail.com.

    Best wishes, Rohit