Postgraduate Opportunities with the College of Arts and Law

This Postgraduate Virtual Open Day is designed to inform prospective postgraduate students about the College of Arts and Law.

The College of Arts and Law brings together a wide range of disciplines. Some give you the opportunity to focus on a particular subject in depth, while others take an interdisciplinary approach and allow you to gain knowledge and expertise across multiple subject areas.

The College consists of the following Schools:

There is more information available on scholarships and funding.

The College of Arts and Law Graduate School is a vibrant international community of over 1500 postgraduate students. We benefit from excellent research resources and a supportive environment that allows your research to flourish.

Dr Charlotte Hempel (Director of the College of Arts and Law Graduate School), Jon Cheek and Roxanne Mclean (members of the Postgraduate Recruitment Team at the College of Arts and Law) and David Rice (Admission Manger at the Birmingham Law School) are available online between 14:00-15:00 for the Live Q&A to answer your questions about studying at the College of Arts and Law.

You can talk to our postgraduate mentors about their experience within the College of Arts and Law. You are welcome to ask them any questions you have about what it’s like to work in the College.

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Speaker profiles

  • Dr Charlotte Hempel

    Charlotte is a Reader in Hebrew Bible & Second Temple Judaism and the director of the College of Arts and Law Graduate School

  • Jon Cheek

    Jon is part of the Postgraduate Recruitment Team (Postgraduate Research Courses) for the College of Arts and Law. (Live Q&A 14:00 - 15:00)

  • Roxanne McLean

    Roxanne is part of the Postgraduate Recruitment Team (Postgraduate Taught Courses) for the College of Arts and Law. (Live Q&A 14:00 - 15:00)

  • David Rice

    David is the admission manager for the Birmingham Law School. (Live Q&A 14:00 - 15:00)

Q&A Archive

These were the questions asked during the Postgraduate Opportunities with the College of Arts and Law live event.

We’ve come to the end of our Q&A session today. Thank you very much to everyone who took part – I hope we managed to be of assistance and provide the information that you were looking for.

We will hold many more of these virtual open day events over the coming months so please check now and again to see what we’ve got lined up for the future. Our next Postgraduate Open Day will take place on Wednesday 23 November 2016. We also run bespoke campus tours throughout term time and Cafés at which you can meet current students.

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Jennifer McLean asked:

Jon, thank you for your answer regarding scholarships for Distance Learning students. I will not be preparing my application until 2017 so this schedule works well for me. Thank you for this Q&A session.

Jon replied:

Hi Jennifer – great! Just a few tips. when you look at the funding next year (/ or later this year)  if the funding says “campus based students only” that will generally exclude distance learning. Most funding will also require you to apply for a place on a programme first as well. If you would like to study by distance learning, the fee will usually include a visit to campus as well – flights and accommodation, that is most courses / not all. English Language for example does not include the campus visit.

Matija K. asked:

Thanks, that clarified things for me. All the best!

David (Law Admissions Manager) replied:

No problem Matija, have a great day!

Matija K. asked:

Thank you, David! How many months can pass between the application and sitting the TOEFL test? Additionally, I have attended the Academic English course during my second year of the BA study (10 years ago) where I was assessed with the highest grade. Would that count as an alternative qualification?

David (Law Admissions Manager) replied:

What would usually happen is if you apply and we are satisfied that you have met the academic requirements of a course, we would issue you with a “conditional offer” which could be conditional upon you achieving the required level of English by a date set in the offer letter. I would however recommend sitting the English early, so that you have enough time to apply for a visa (if required) and get everything else prepared to moving to Birmingham and starting on the course.

We can only accept English tests which are taken within two years of the start date of your course, so wouldn’t be able to accept an English qualification from 10 years ago I’m afraid.


Jennifer McLean asked:

I am a US citizen and will remain in the US while I pursue my PhD research project through Birmingham. As I am not a British citizen or resident, will I be disqualified from either UK government or U-Birmingham funding?

Jon replied:

Hi Jennifer, nice to hear from you – we do offer university funding for international students, studying on campus and by distance learning. In  this instance, based on the circumstances you outline, I would usually suggest our distance learning scholarships (a contribution towards the programme fee), but I am afraid the deadline for those was in April. There may well be other opportunities for you, so I would suggest keeping an eye on our scholarship pages too.