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  1. Hello, as an international applicant (Iran), I have a question concerning the possibility of applying part-time (72 months) in English Literature, with particular attention to the regulations of UoB, and also the probable restrictions regarding the UK student visa for the mentioned time length of the course? Thank you.

    Hi, postgraduate part-time courses have recently been added to the list of eligible courses for a UK student visa, so you'll have no problem there. I suspect, however, that the UKVI is more inclined to accept part-time Masters courses rather than doctoral courses, due to the significantly longer duration of doctoral courses. This is just my guess, though, and I may well be wrong. Please read the student visa guidance on the UK government's visa very carefully, as that is the most reliable source of information regarding visa issues. Hope this helps. Sadegh

  2. Applying for the PhD, did you have published articles that helped you get accepted? Thank you.

    Hi, yes, I did have a few publications at the time of submitting my application, but I would say that having published articles or books boosts scholarship applications more than it does the application for a place to study. It is very common to obtain an offer without any publication, but it becomes more difficult to get funding without it. I should say, nevertheless, that it is not impossible. Hope this helps. Sadegh

  3. My academic path interestingly resembles yours to a great degree as I’m about to graduate from University of Tehran in English Lit. I’m currently working on my MA thesis specialising in Shakespearean comedy. I’m planning to study PhD in the UK, so my question is if you have any advice in general considering that you may have gone on a similar path, and second, is it a good option to apply to the SI with my current MA research plan or do I need to have a separate proposal in order to apply for doctoral? Thanks.

    Hi, my advice would be to establish contact with your potential supervisors well in advance of actually submitting your application, so that you would be able to work on your proposal and, potentially, scholarship applications. That is the most important thing when considering a PhD: a close professional relationship with your supervisors. Regarding your plans for the PhD, you can develop your proposal in a way to expand on what you did for your Master's degree, but the difference needs to be distinguishable, so that the new proposal would be sufficiently rich for a three-year research period. Hope this helps. Sadegh

  4. Hi, hope you are safe during the pandemic. I'm from Sri Lanka. I completed my Masters in Linguistics in 2013 and I have a BA in Literature with first class honours. I am looking to do a PhD in the area of English Literature (sexuality and queer studies) but I am at loss on how to find funding and how to get accepted to university. Could you help me a bit on how to do that? Thanks a lot.

    Hi, hope you are staying safe, too. To find out more information about all scholarships currently available at the University, including eligibility criteria and deadlines, please visit our PG Funding Database: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding/index.aspx

    This can be filtered by level of study, subject area and your home country. The system will then pull up detailed information about all of our sources of funding to which you may be eligible to apply. All postgraduate applications are made online through the relevant course page. Please click on the 'apply now' button at the top of the course page to submit an application.

    Guidance on the application process can be found at: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/apply-pg/index.aspx

    Each course's specific entry requirements are found on individual course pages. For English Literature, you can find them here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/research/english/english-literature.aspx

    Click on the Entry Requirements tab to see further details.

    Feel free to get in touch again if you have further questions.

    Hope this has helped, Sadegh

  5. Dear Sadegh, hope you are keeping well. As I've graduated from Azad University I just want to know, is it possible to submit my university transcripts and certificates with out "confirmation stamp of justice" and "confirmation stamp of Ministry of Foreign Affairs" through my application?

    (My university transcripts and certificates are translated in English and just has stamp of translation office without above mentioned confirmation)

    Hi! Thanks for your question, and I hope you're staying safe, too! For UK universities, the certified translation provided by the translation bureau is enough, and there's no need for the MOF or the Judiciary stamps. So no worries there :)

    I hope this helps. Sadegh

  6. Hello, I hope you are doing great. I wanted to ask how important was prior publishing experience in the process of getting admitted to UoB in your case? Also, can very good grades coupled with some research experience and good TOEFL score do the job properly?

    Hi, thank you for your question! Publication is not a requirement for admission per se, and I believe one can receive an offer without having any previous publication, provided one has a strong proposal and acceptable academic records; however, having it will certainly help. Publication becomes critical when applying for funding, and in my case, I believe it played a significant role. It is one of those things which can distinguish one applicant from the rest. Regarding your second question, I believe it is more than enough to secure an offer of admission, provided you have a strong proposal and do well in the interview. I hope this helps. Sadegh.

  7. What was your motivation for undertaking postgraduate study?

    I wanted to do a PhD because I would like to be involved in pioneering research and teaching in an academic context, and to achieve that, I would need to obtain expertise in my designated field.

  8. What, for you, are the best things about the course?

    Unique and supportive staff in the department as well as in the school, brilliant supervisory team, excellent facilities to support research and employability after graduation, and generous financial support.

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

    I would advise them to prioritise finding an expert supervisor(s) before anything else. With the support and advice of an eminent supervisor(s), one will have a more promising proposal, a more cogent application, and therefore a stronger chance of obtaining admission as well as funding.