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  1. Hello, I am looking to apply for a Masters (or perhaps a PhD) course and had some questions about admission into the University of Birmingham. I hope you don't mind my multitude of questions.

    1) I noticed that there is a Masters research course as well as a Masters/PhD research course. However, when I checked the academic requirements for my country (USA) for the Masters/PhD course, I saw that my GPA is just barely under the required 3.2. Is this a hard threshold or is there some bit of allowance for someone who is below the GPA requirement?

    2) Are there any scholarships available for international students (from USA), and in your experience, how likely is it for a student to get these scholarships? If a student cannot get a scholarship, are there any interest-free payment plans?

    3) How is the campus housing in terms of price? And would it be possible to live there with a non-student (my wife)?

    4) I noticed that there are taught courses as well as research courses. What does the research course entail? Does it involve simply choosing a research topic and then conducting research under an advisor? Would one's acceptance into this course be predicated upon submitting a proposal, or does that come after applying and getting accepted?

    Sorry for the trouble and thank you for your help!

    Hi, thank you for your question. 1. Usually, an applicant must meet the required academic entry requirements, however, in some cases other experiences, such as job experiences can work in your favour. So, if your GPA is only slightly under the required GPA but you have other qualifications or experiences that could support your case, it would absolutely be worth to give it a shot. 2. The university has a funding datatbank that could help you with finding a scholarship here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding/index.aspx 3. You can find out more about university accommodation here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/study/accommodation/index.aspx Though, couples are usually living in private accommodation. You can get support here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/study/accommodation/renting-accommodation-privately/index.aspx 4. While some MRes courses include a small amount of taught hours, most research courses are completely research based. You would work independently with the support of your supervisor on a project of your choice. For these courses it is also required to submit a research proposal with your application, this would be reviewed alongside the rest of your application documents.

    I hope this helps.

    All the best, Yasmin

  2. Hi Anuradhaa,

    Greetings from Afghanistan. I have received a conditional offer from Birmingham for the MSc in Health Care Policy and Management. I wanted some information on few topics if you could kindly help me. 1) One of the conditions in the offer was to provide IELTS/TOEFL Score. I am preparing for TOEFL and I would appreciate if you could provide me with the TOEFL score requirements for the mentioned course? And if I obtain a mark below the requirement in a single section, would the University still accept it? 2) Upon completion of all the conditions and sharing it with the university, how long it will take to receive the unconditional offer?

    Thank you so much!

    Hi, thank you for your question. I am Yasmin and I am answering you today, as this is an admissions question rather than a subject specific one. You can find all information on our English language requirements here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/pgt/requirements-pgt/international/index.aspx. If you don't meet the required score, you might be able to join the pre-sessional English language course. It can take up to a couple of weeks until you will receive your unconditional offer.

    All the best, Yasmin

  3. Hi Matthew, I wanted to ask about the personal statement requirement for admissions to UoB and to the programme. I'm currently looking into the PG Certificate in TESOL and the admissions requirement states a personal statement of 5000 characters. I wanted to ask how long your personal statement was and how the 5000 characters were calculated. Is it equivalent to 5000 words or is it 2500 words (I looked online and 1 word = 0.5 characters)? I am a bit confused by the word count required. I have sent an email to admissions but have not heard back and wondered if you could provide some insight into this. This is the only requirement left prior to sending in my application. Thank you for your help!

    Hi Matthew, thank you for your question. I am Yasmin, I am writing you today on behalf of your selected mentor as this is not a course related question. 5000 characters are about 800/850 words. You should be able to check your characters in your writing programme (word etc). Good luck with your application!

    All the best, Yasmin

  4. Hello Ms Galkute, During my application process, I have reached a speed bump, I haven't received my IELTS score yet. Can I submit my application and submit my IELTS score at a later date?

    Hi! Thank you for your question, I am Yasmin and I am answering you today on behalf of your selected mentor as this is rather an admissions question. You can submit your application without having your IELTS results. You can upload them to the portal as soon as you have them. However, if you have not submitted them before a decision on your application has been made your possible offer will stay conditional until you have uploaded all your required documents.

    Good luck!

    All the best, Yasmin

  5. Hello Ms Marki, I have started my application process for the MSc in Human Resource Management. I have come up with multiple doubts and found answers to most but one. Can I submit my IELTS score after submitting my application since I am still waiting on my result? Thank you.

    Hi! Thank you for your question, I am Yasmin and answering you today on behalf of your selected mentor as this is an admissions question. You can submit your application without having your IELTS results. However, if you get an offer it will be conditional until the submission of the missing documents. You will be able to upload your results into the portal even after submitting your application.

    Good luck !

    All the best, Yasmin

  6. Hi, I hope you are doing well. I am a fresh graduate of Petroleum and Gas Engineer. I am from Pakistan. I want to do a Masters in Advanced Engineering Management. I have an overall IELTS band of 7.5 and a CGPA of 3.685 out of 4.0. Am I eligible for this course? Your response will be very much appreciated in this regard.

    Hi, thank you very much for your question. You can find the entry requirements for this course here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/taught/civil-engineering/advanced-engineering-management.aspx#EntryRequirementsTab

    'Students with a four year bachelor degree may be considered for entry to a postgraduate degree programme. Students with a bachelor degree of at least three years duration followed by a master's degree of one or two years duration may also be considered for postgraduate entry.

    'A CGPA of 3.2/4 and above from a recognised Pakistani university is sufficient to meet our standard entry criteria. To be considered for postgraduate research courses we will usually require students to have completed a masters degree.' Also, your IELTS score does meet the needed language requirements.

    All the best and good luck, Yasmin

  7. Hello, I am a third year BA (Hons) Law and Management student in Mauritius, and was wondering if I will be eligible to apply for LLM majoring in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice after having obtained my Law and Management degree or whether I need to have an LLB to be able to apply for the LLM?

    Thanking you in advance for the advice.

    Hi, thank you for your question. I am Yasmin and I am answering you on behalf of your selected mentor today, since this is an admissions question. You can find all LLM courses that we offer here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/students/courses/index.aspx?CourseKeywords=llm&CurrentTab=Search&SearchFilter=Postgraduate

    Both entry requirements for the LLM general and the LLM Criminal Law and Justice state that 'Applicants should have a good Honours degree in law, or a degree in another discipline augmented with a pass in the Common Professional Examination.' Also, your country specific entry requirements are: 'Students who hold a Bachelor degree (Honours) from a recognised institution (including the University of Mauritius) will be considered for Postgraduate Diplomas and Masters degrees. Most taught Masters programmes require a minimum of an upper second class degree (2:1)'

    Judging from this, your academic background should make you eligible for the LLM.

    You can find everything about these courses and their entry requirements here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/taught/law/llm-general.aspx and here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/taught/law/criminal-law.aspx#EntryRequirementsTab

    If you need more detailed information on the LLM admissions requirements you can email the law school via this form: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/enquiries/pgt/register-law.aspx

    I hope I could help. Good luck!

  8. Hi, I would like to know about available scholarships for LLM students? Is it possible to get a fully funded scholarship? Thanks.

    Hi, I am Yasmin and I am answering you today on behalf of your selected mentor as this is a general question on funding. The university offers a variety of scholarships, you can have a look through our funding database here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding/index.aspx

    Good luck!

  9. Hi, I am from India, I would like to apply for the 24 months MBA International Business that is starting in September 2021. Is there an Application fee for the MBA International Business Program?

    Thank you for your question. I am Yasmin and I am answering on behalf of your selected mentor today, since this is a rather general admissions question. The MBA is not in the list of courses that require an application fee (https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/apply-pg/application-guidance-feepaying.aspx).

    All MBA fees can be found here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/business/mba/fees-and-funding/fees.aspx

    Good luck with your application!

  10. l want to apply for MSc by research at the University of Birmingham. I don't have all the funds, are there any scholarship opportunities available for MSc research to help me?

    Hi, I am Yasmin and I am answering you today on behalf of your selected mentor since your question is about general funding instead of a subject matter. The university offers a variety of scholarships, you can have a look through our funding database here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding/index.aspx

    Good luck!

  11. I want to apply for a MSc in Microbiology research but I can't fund all the fees. Are there any scholarship opportunities to support my schooling in the university?

    Hi, I am Yasmin and I am answering you today on behalf of your selected mentor since your question is about general funding instead of a subject matter. The university offers a variety of scholarships, you can have a look through our funding database here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding/index.aspx

    Good luck!

  12. Hi, can I begin an MA in Politics in a semester different from September entry?

    Hi, I am Yasmin and I am answering you today on behalf of your selected mentor. Unfortunately, since the MA Politics course is a taught programme it will not be possible to start in a different semester. At this time the only available start date is September.

  13. I recently received an offer for Psychology at the University of Birmingham, but I found that I’m more interested in the neuroscience aspect of it. Is it possible to change my course to neuroscience once I get to the uni?

    Hi, thank you for your question. I am Yasmin and I am answering your question today as your selected mentor might not be the best person to answer this question. In order to change courses at postgraduate level, you are required to submit another application and then request to withdraw your application from the existing course. All the best, Yasmin

  14. Hi Lucy, any tips on securing funding? As a potential student from the States I'll need all the grants/scholarships I can find. Thanks.

    I am Yasmin and I am answering you today since this is not a direct course related question. The university has a postgraduate funding database in which you can filter and alter according to your needs. https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding/index.aspx Additional to the here offered scholarships, some states/ countries offer specific government funding that would be worth exploring. Also, there are specific scholarships available for US students here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/international/students/country/usa/index.aspx#FundingAndScholarShipsTab

    I hope this helps. All the best with your funding, I know it can be challenging, but it is always worth a try!

    All the best, Yasmin

  15. Hi, I'm looking to pursue a career as an educational psychologist and was wondering if there are any bursaries or scholarships available for me to apply?

    Hi, thank you for your question. I am Yasmin and I am answering you today on behalf of your selected mentor. 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. Good luck and all the best, Yasmin

  16. Hi! I wanted to enquire about applying to the course . But the site in which we have to apply on, is not working. So could you kindly tell where to apply asap, because the last date is 31st March 2021? Thank you.

    Hi, thank you very much for your question. I am Yasmin and I am answering you on behalf of your selected mentor as this seems to be more of a technical question. The application portal had some maintenance work done over the last couple of days. However, it is back to normal and you should be able to make your application now. If you experience any further technical complications then please contact the team at directapplicationsystem@contacts.bham.ac.uk .

    Good luck with your application!

  17. Hey Rohit, I am planning to do my MSc in Marketing and I am planning on applying for the September intake, I just wanted to know about the job opportunities there, I know right now the job opportunities are quite slim but what if I want to go back to my home country, will my degree be valid should I want to apply for a job in my home country or any other country for that matter? Thank you.

    Hello, thank you very much for your question, I am Yasmin, and I am replying to you on behalf of your selected mentor today. This seems to be much more of a career question than a course related question. So, I would advice you to get into contact with our careers network here: https://intranet.birmingham.ac.uk/as/employability/careers/contact/index.aspx. Also, if you go onto the course webpage, you might be able to get further information when clicking on the 'employability' tab. I hope this helps. Good luck!

  18. Hi Yasmin, I'm very interested in the University of Birmingham's MA in History by distance learning and am applying shortly as an international student. What's the focus area of your research/studies and how did you arrive at your research topic? I'm planning on pursuing a PhD upon completing the MA and would like to know a bit more about your experience and what lead you to it? Thank you!

    Hi! First of all, I think with Birmingham you have made a great choice for studying your MA. Birmingham has a great distance learning community and the teaching staff is very helpful and supportive.

    My research focuses broadly on the English Reformation, the Marian exile and persecution, the Elizabethan religious settlement, and international scholarly networks. I got the initial idea for my research topic through my MLitt dissertation. However, I also had many conversations about possible ideas and directions that my PhD research could take with friends, teachers, and supervisors. I actually had a long list of possible PhD topics that I talked through with a former professor of mine. By the end I had two topics left, one of which was the one based on my MLitt dissertation and another one that, after having done more research on it, I presented at a conference. I eventually decided for the topic that I felt would fit best to myself.

    Another very important influence on my topic was my own academic background. I have a magister degree (a German degree at Masters level) in Protestant theology and a MLitt in Reformation Studies (history). For me, it was important that I could make use of both. Moreover, having studied in different countries myself, made me more curious about scholarly networks and the influence they could have.

    Everyone’s ‘research topic finding way’ is different, but I only can recommend that you speak about your ideas with others. In talking about it, you already have to engage with the topic. This will help you to get a feeling for it. Also, the input from others can be very beneficial to develop further research questions. Furthermore, most teachers and professors are happy to help and support you. They usually know what research is already done and can help you to narrow down your individual research topic. So, if you can, then talk to them about your plans and ideas.

    Don’t worry if you haven’t found your topic yet. It will come to you and doing a Masters degree will help you finding it. Ask yourself what you are most interested about? Why is it that you are studying history? Is there a topic that you just cannot stop thinking about? If you can define these questions, speak to other people about it, this will certainly help you to narrow it down.

    Oh, and don’t be afraid if your project idea changes. The research that I am doing now, looks much different from my initial proposal. As you continue with your study/research your project will develop and often change a little.

    This answer got a little long, but I really hope that I could help you. If you have any further questions, feel free to reach out again. Good luck!

  19. Hi Rose, I would like to consider applying for a Masters in History. Currently, I am a final year Honours in Economic History student. What are the advantages of studying History at UoB and do you offer a Masters in African History?

    Hi! Thank you very much for getting in touch with us and apologies for the late reply. I am a 3rd year PhD student in History and I am answering you today, because your selected mentor did not have the chance to get to your question yet. I think the advantages of studying history at UoB are the incredible research and teaching environment. You will be taught by leading scholars in their field and the teaching classes are just as many students that you would need to have engaging debates in class. Furthermore, UoB offers you a wide range of opportunities to get engaged, from PG societies, over participating in research seminars and PG workshops to PG conferences where you can get first experiences in presenting your work in front of a wider audience.

    Also, we do offer two different master courses in African studies. Besides the normal MA, we also offer a research based one. You can find the links to these courses here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/taught/dasa/african-studies.aspx

    and:

    https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/combined/cwas/african-studies.aspx

    I hope I could help you.

    All the best and good luck, Yasmin

  20. I am currently a third year Forensic Science undergraduate student. I wish to continue my studies and do a postgraduate course. I am very interested in the Egyptology course and would like to know whether I would be able to apply or not due to the qualifications I have/do not have?

    Apologies for the late reply. I am Yasmin, a History PhD student and I am answering you today because your selected mentor did not have the chance to get back to your question yet. We offer two different courses related to Egyptology. Both require that you have an undergraduate degree in a related subject, such as history, classics or archaeology. You can have a look into their entry requirements here https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/taught/caha/antiquity-egyptology.aspx#EntryRequirementsTab and here https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/combined/caha/egyptology.aspx#EntryRequirementsTab

    If you are interested in the MA Antiquity: Egyptology pathway then you can contact Dr Alisa Hunt (a.hunt.1@bham.ac.uk) for further questions and if you are interested in the MRes Egyptology you can contact Dr Gideon Nisbet (g.nisbet@bham.ac.uk).

    I hope I could help.

    All the best, Yasmin

  21. I was thinking of doing an MA in History and I was wondering if UoB has any postgraduate courses that start in January 2021? Please, would you be able to help me with this?

    Thank you.

    Hi, thank you for getting in touch with us and apologies for the late reply. I am a 3rd year history PhD student at UoB and I am answering you today, because your selected mentor did not have the chance to answer your question yet. Unfortunately, the university doesn't offer any MA courses in history with a January start. However, we do offer a good variety of history courses starting in September 2021. Here is a list of all PG history courses that we offer: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/students/courses/index.aspx?CourseKeywords=history&CurrentTab=Search&SearchFilter=Postgraduate

    I hope I could help you.

    Good luck and all the best, Yasmin

  22. Hi, I want to ask about the MSc by Research in Dentistry. Is there are a specific starting date for this course and what does 'starting time is flexible' mean?

    Hi! Apologies for the late reply, I am answering you today because your selected mentor did not had the chance to pick up your question yet. Most research degrees are not bound on one specific starting date. So, you could start this degree whenever you want. However, we usually recommend a January or September start.

    I hope this answers your question. Good luck with your application. All the best, Yasmin

  23. Hi, how can I contact an adviser about doing my Masters in Electrical Engineering?

    Hi! Apologies for the late reply. I am answering you today because your selected mentor did not have the chance to pick up your question yet. If you want to get into contact with someone from Electrical Engineering, then you can send them an enquiry via this form: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/enquiries/pgt/register-electronic-electrical-and-systems-engineering.aspx

    All the best, Yasmin

  24. What was your motivation for undertaking postgraduate study?

    Because of the structure of my first degree it was never even a question if I would undertake postgraduate studies or not: My German theology degree combined undergraduate and postraduate studies. While I was always fascinated with church history (especially the Reformation), it was especially during my last years of this degree that I realised how much I enjoyed working interdiciplinary. Because of my fascination with the Reformation and because my German degree did barely cover the English Reformation,I decided to do an additional masters in Reformation Studies. During both of my pgt degrees I realised that I wanted to become a researcher and dip even further into the Reformation, therefore, I decided to do a PhD.

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

    I guess the best thing about my PhD is that I can spend time doing what I love. It is basically my job now to get obsessed with the Reformation - and there are others like me! What could be better? Honestly, the PhD allows me to study a subject that I love and to engage in great research debates with other people in my field and the department. The School of History and Cultures (and UoB in general) has a great research environment that offers their research students quite a number of opportunities to get involved.

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

    My PhD requires a huge amount of reading, so for everyone wanting to start a PhD in this field, my advice would be to be really aware what this means. This does not mean that you cannot be part of a research community, but most of your time you will spend reading and writing on your very own project - alone. This leads me to my second advice, look for support! Make sure that you find a supervisor/team that you can work with and that you can trust - honesty and communication are key! Also, take advantage of all the great student support and the research community that the university offers. Furthermore, have a look into the skills courses that are offered. Thirdly, don't compare your research with others. Your project is as unique as you are, as long as your supervisors are happy with your work, there is no need to worry. Fourthly, take on feedback and don't be shy asking for support. This already starts with your application and your research proposal, writing several drafts is completely normal and helps to really get your work in shape. My last advice is: Enjoy! Enjoy your time that you can spend working on this great project that you think is worth spending at least three years of your life on.

  27. Hello, I have completed a postgraduate degree in History. I am now interested in doing a PhD in History at the University of Birmingham. Could you maybe help me with some questions that I have regarding admissions and funding?

    Is it possible for an international student to receive a full scholarship that covers both tuition and living expenses? Also, I have heard that the university offers some student bursaries, is this true?

    Hi,

    Thank you for getting in touch with us and apologies for the late reply. I am answering you today, because your selected mentor did not have the chance to answer you yet. Though, I am a History PhD student myself and hope that I will be able to answer your questions today. There is quite a variety of scholarships available. You can search our funding database here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding/index.aspx

    Additional, you might want to look into the scholarship list for international students here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/international/students/finance/scholarships/index.aspx

    Also, it would be worth looking into funding possibilities from your own country. Furthermore, this year the AHRC M4C funding scheme has opened its scholarships also to international students. However, as I am aware, this would not cover your whole international students tuition fee.

    If you want to start your PhD next September, I would recommend that you start applying for your PhD and the funding as soon as possible, as many funding deadlines are early next year (e.g. January).

    I wish you all the best and good luck for your applications!

    All the best, Yasmin

  28. Does the University of Birmingham accept the Duolingo English Certificate and which results are required?

    Thank you for your question! Currently, we don't have this test listed on our website. All the tests that we accept and the needed test scores can be found here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/pgt/requirements-pgt/international/index.aspx

  29. Hi, I am very interested in undertaking a part time, remote PhD in Global Ethics. As far as I can see Birmingham is the only UK University offering this course. I have an MBA (distinction) from Exeter and a BSc (Hons) in Politics from Southampton. I covered philosophy in my undergraduate degree and ethics in both. It is an area which I am very interested in. Please could you help with some information around the types of research which would be suitable and next steps? Many thanks in advance.

    Hi,

    apologies for the late reply. I am answering you today, because your selected mentor hasn't answered your question yet. I had a look into your selected PhD course and it seems like a very interesting and brilliant choice for you. Unfortunately, this is not my area of expertise, so I wouldn't know what kind of research project would be the right one for you. However, I had a look and found a list of current PhD students and a list of potential supervisors. I think scrolling through their research profiles could help you to identify your own project. Also, feel free to write them an email if you have any specific questions! Here is the list of current PhD students and their research: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/globalethics/research/postgraduateresearch/index.aspx

    Here is the list of potential supervisors and current projects: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/ptr/departments/philosophy/research/ethics.aspx

    If you have found an area that you think could be worth exploring further, then the next step would be to contact a potential supervisor that works in the same area. You can just write them an email and ask if they would be willing working with you. You also could ask them for further advice on narrowing down your project. When you have found your supervisor and project then you have to start working on your research proposal. Again, this is something with which your potential supervisor might be able to help you. You also will need a personal statement, a transcript and two academic references for your application.

    After you have submitted your application, you might want to apply for funding. You can find available funding through using our funding database: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding/index.aspx

    While you can apply for the PhD all year around, the funding applications are more strict. So, be aware of the deadlines, some of them are already in January!

    I hope I could help you at least a little bit. Good luck with your application.

    All the best, Yasmin

  30. Hello, I did a Honours and a Masters degree in English Literature in Bangladesh. I would like to return to university and do the English Literature MA by Research. However, I haven't published any research papers yet. Is it possible to pursue a MRes without having published any research papers? Thanks.

    Hi! Thank you for getting in touch with us. You don't have to worry, no one would expect you having done any papers before the start of your research degree. Important is that you meet the entry requirements. You can find them and more information on this course here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/research/english/english-literature.aspx I hope I could help you today. Good luck with your application!

  31. What are the entry requirements for international students?

    Hi! Thank you for contacting us and apologies for the late reply. I am answering you today because your selected mentor didn't have the chance to answer your question yet. The general entry requirements of every course can be found via the course page. Under the entry requirements tab you can also find a list of country specific requirements. You can search for your course here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/students/courses/index.aspx

    You can find the general entry requirements for international students here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/pgt/requirements-pgt/international/index.aspx

    All the best, Yasmin

  32. I was given a conditional letter for the August intake 2019 but I couldn't join. I am now considering joining the PG TESOL cert. How shall I proceed? Thanks

    Hi! Apologies for the late reply. I am answering you today because your selected mentor did not have the chance to pick up your question yet. Have you officially deferred your offer in 2019 or have you rejected it? Also, has the offer been for the same course or a different course? If you had deferred an offer for the same course, then you should get into contact with the department. If you had declined your offer and/or are planning on doing a different course now, then you need to make a new application. You can apply for this course via the apply now button here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/distance/english/tesol-pg-cert.aspx

    I hope I could answer your question.

    All the best, Yasmin

  33. What’s the minimum qualifications that one would need to get admission to this university?

    Hi! Apologies for the late reply. I am answering you today because your question had not been picked up by your selected mentor. The entry requirements vary from course to course. Most courses require a 2:1 at your undergraduate degree. PhD courses would require a good Masters. However, some courses are also accepting other qualifications and value work experiences. Also, if you are an international student, you would have to meet the English language requirements. You can find out what the requirements for your course are at the course webpage, just click on the 'Entry Requirements' tab. You can use the course finder to find your course here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/students/courses/index.aspx

    All the best, Yasmin

  34. Hi Mr. Adam Joseph Kerr, hope you are keeping well and happy. I am a Rev. from India. My Church is sending me to the UK to do my higher studies. I am a Graduate in Commerce and Divinity and I have done my Masters in Arts (MA Sociology). I want to do my PhD in the UK. I want to know whether I can do my PhD directly in the department of Religion and Theology or if I need to do another MA first? I will be stationed at Liverpool. Eagerly waiting to hear from you.

    Hi! Apologies for the late reply. I am Yasmin, a PhD student in History and I am answering you today because your selected mentor did not have the chance to pick up on your question yet. I had a look into the entry requirements of the theology PhD for you. These are as follows:

    'Applicants for a PhD will also need to hold a Masters qualification at Merit level or above (or its international equivalent), usually in a relevant area. Any academic and professional qualifications or relevant professional experience you may have are normally taken into account, and in some cases, form an integral part of the entrance requirements. If you are applying for distance learning research programmes, you will also be required to demonstrate that you have the time, commitment, facilities and experience to study by distance learning. If your qualifications are non-standard or different from the entry requirements stated here, please contact the admissions tutor.'

    Judging from these I would suggest that you have good chances in doing the PhD directly. However, I would advise you to contact the admissions tutor Dr Deryn Guest via this form: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/enquiries/pgr/register-theology-and-religion.aspx .

    You can find out more about this course here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/research/thr/theology-and-religion.aspx#EntryRequirementsTab

    Good luck with your application and all the best, Yasmin

  35. Hello! I am currently studying BBA and wanted to know if I can apply for MSc Psychology despite my management background? While researching I found out that some universities accept students who achieve high scores on the GRE psychology test and was wondering if this university did the same? Thank you for your assistance.

    Hi! Apologies for the late reply. I am Yasmin a History PhD student and I am answering you today because your selected mentor did not have the chance to pick up your question yet. The entry requirements for the MSc Psychology are allowing students with a background in a different field to apply. However your former degree must be in a 'a related discipline' furthermore 'Applicants who do not meet our requirement for a 2(i) in their final-year research project, but who have gained significant research experience in a psychology research lab(s) will be considered on a case-by-case basis'. You can find out more here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/taught/psych/psychology.aspx#EntryRequirementsTab If you need further clearance then I would recommend to contact the psychology department or course admissions tutor directly. You can do so via this contact form: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/enquiries/pgt/register-psychology.aspx

    Also, you can find all psychology courses here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/psychology/study-here/postgraduate/index.aspx

    I hope I could help you.

    All the best, Yasmin

  36. Does this university split the TOEFL or IELTS certificate?

    Hi! Apologies for the late reply. Unfortunately, I am not sure what you mean with splitting the certificates? Usually you take either test and have to meet the criteria according to our English language requirements. You can find out which criteria apply to you and which tests we accept here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/dubai/study/apply/postgraduate-english-language-requirements.aspx

    All the best, Yasmin

  37. Hi, when is the 2021 intake and which platform can l use to apply?

    Hi! Apologies for the late reply. I am answering you today because your selected mentor did not have the chance to get to your question yet. The application process for the 2021 intake has started in October and it will run until July for international students and August/September for home students. You can apply online via your course page. Just search for your desired course here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/students/courses/index.aspx , then click on the apply now button and follow the guidelines.

    Good luck with your application!

  38. Hi, I don't have any coding experience. Can I opt for the MSc in Computer Science? Are the modules covering basic groundwork?

    Hi! Thank you for getting in touch with us and apologies for the delay. I am answering you today, because your selected mentor has not answered your question yet. Unfortunately, I am not a specialist in Computer Science and neither have I studied the course.

    However, I had a look into your question and I can tell you that you are eligible for the MSc in Computer Science! This course has been designed for students with no background in computer science, you will study the basics in this course and will learn coding over the course of the year. However, 'Competency should be demonstrated in mathematics and scientific subjects, for example at 'advanced' high school level, which should allow understanding of the new Computer Science subjects.' You can find out more about this program here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/taught/computer-science/computer-science.aspx

    I hope I could answer your questions.

    All the best and good luck, Yasmin

  39. Hello, I am interested in the PhD program in Cultural Heritage. I would be an online student from the USA. I am curious if you could tell me how the online classes work with the time difference between the UK and the USA? or could you direct me to the proper department for my inquiry?

    Hi! Thank you for getting in touch with us and apologies for the late reply. I am Yasmin, a PhD student in History. I am answering you today because your selected mentor did not get to your question. First of all, I think the Cultural Heritage PhD is a great choice! Since this is a completely research based PhD you would not have any online classes that you have to attend. Therefore, the time difference shouldn't be a problem for you. You probably only would have to arrange skype/zoom/teams meetings with your supervisors, but these would be individual to you and your supervisors. Besides that, I have looked up some information for distance learning students for you. You can find out more about distance learning here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/calgs/distancelearning/index.aspx . I hope all goes well and that we can welcome you soon here at Birmingham.

  40. Do you offer a distance learning PhD in Creative Writing?

    Hi! Thank you for getting touch with us and apologies for the late reply. I am Yasmin, a PhD student here at Birmingham and I am answering you today because your selected mentor did not get to your question. The university does offer a distance learning PhD in Creative Writing, you can find out more about this program here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/research/fcw/creative-writing.aspx