Information and Advice Session for EU students

Welcome to this information and advice session for EU students. Chloe (Postgraduate Recruitment Officer – EU) and Anja (Postgraduate Recruitment Advisor – EU) will be online from 15:00-17:00 to answer your questions in the Live Q&A.

We have a number of EU students and alumni amongst our Postgraduate Mentors. You are welcome to ask them any questions you have about what it’s like to study at Birmingham or make the transition to living and studying in the UK.

You can get more country specific information such as entry requirements and contacts for our in country representatives from your country page on our website.

We understand that planning how to finance your postgraduate study is a top priority.  You can search any available scholarships via our Postgraduate Funding Database and find out more about the Masters loan available to EU students on our fees and funding pages.

We know that finding the right place to live during your time studying at Birmingham is extremely important. Our accommodation will allow you to enjoy your time with us in safe, welcoming and sociable surroundings.




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Speaker profiles

  • Chloe Pattison

    Chloe is our Postgraduate Recruitment Officer for the EU. (Live Q&A 15:00-17:00)

  • Anja Benedikt

    Anja is a postgraduate recruitment advisor for the EU. (Live Q&A 15:00-17:00)

Q&A Archive

These were the questions asked during the Information and Advice Session for EU students 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. If you’d like to visit our campus (in real life!), our next Postgraduate Open Day will take place on Wednesday 22 November 2017. We also run bespoke campus tours throughout term time and Cafés at which you can meet current students.

John asked:

I returned to college after almost 40 years to do a taught MA in music. Is it very difficult to do a research masters or phd eternally and work full time aa a teacher? I assume it is.

Anja replied:

Hi John,

thank you for your question. I think that when you study full-time you can work a maximum of 15 hours per week. This is the maximum that the University allows for on-campus work. I actually find 15 hours per week on a permanent basis very stressful and I think that if you want to focus on your studies a 8-10 hours per week is more realistic. However, you could also study part-time. There are a few students who are in part-time or full-time employment and study part-time.

I hope this answers your question.


Mina asked:

How long it takes for an admission decision for students already holding a UK Bachelors degree? Also, can you recommend any other funding organisations apart from Student Finance England and SAAS, that would help EU citizens living in Scotland ?

Anja replied:

Hi Mina,

thank you for your question. The admissions process takes about 4-6 weeks independent of where your UG degree is from. It always depends on whether the submitted application is complete, how many applications are received at the same time and hence how admissions tutors get around it; and lastly how fast academic tutors in the departments get their hands on it. Over the summer, some may also be on holiday at some point.

With regards to funding, SAAS is only for studying in Scotland. If you study in England, then it would be Student Finance England. There is a Master Loan Scheme from the European Commission. However, not all countries are eligible and it works for when you go to study abroad at that time but have not already been living there, as far as I know. Also the conditions are fairly similar to the British PG loan scheme. These are the main government schemes for funding. You could take a look at out Postgraduate Funding Database that lists university and third sector scholarships. However, bear in mind that scholarship deadlines are usually quite early in the year.

I hope this helps.

You can also contact one of our EU mentors to ask about their experience at the University of Birmingham

Daria asked:

Hi Chloe! Greetings from University of Worcester ;) I took a loan for my undergraduate studies, and I’m taking one for Masters. How does repaying look like in this case?

Chloe replied:

Hi Daria.  I hope all is well in Worcester!

The Postgraduate Loan is still administered by Student Finance England but it is paid to you directly (rather than to the University like the undergraduate tuition fee loan).  In terms of how the repayment will work, you will be required to pay back 6% of income over £21,000 per year, commencing from April 2019. Interest charged is at RPI+3%.  For the UG loan, you will need to repay 9% of your monthly income once earning over £21,000 per year.  Your loan balances for UG and PG would be combined and you would therefore need to repay 15% of your income over £21,000.

You can research more about the Postgraduate Loans on the Government website and the FindaMasters website.