Making an Application.

This Postgraduate Virtual Open Day is designed to inform prospective postgraduate students about the application process for our postgraduate programmes.

At Birmingham, we pride ourselves on offering the highest-quality experience in both your academic and student life. You’ll be joining a leading university community, working alongside academics who are global experts in their field. We’ll guide you towards self study, encouraging and emphasising the importance of originality and independent thinking.

Your application is specifically designed for the programme you choose to apply for and it is sensitive to the answers you provide as you proceed through the application. See application guidance notes for postgraduate taught fee paying programmes and all other postgraduate taught/research programmes.

You can find more information about:

There is also more information available about postgraduate taught fees and funding and postgraduate research fees and funding.

Between 12:00-17:00 there is a chance to talk to members of the univeristy’s admissions team as well as admissions and applicants officers from specific departments/schools.


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Speaker profiles

  • Chloe Pattison

    Chloe is our Postgraduate Recruitment Officer for the EU.

  • Anja Benedikt

    Anja is a Postgraduate Recruitment Advisor for the EU.

  • Jo Evans

    Jo is International Project Coordinator within International Recruitment. (Live Q&A 12:00-14:00)

  • Carly Roome

    Carly is Enquiries Advisor for the Contact Team - Admissions. (Live Q&A 12:00-13:00)

  • Kate Sterne

    Kate is Admissions Team Leader in the Admissions Office. (Live Q&A 12:00-13:00)

  • Robyn Hawkins

    Robyn is Enquiries Advisor for the Contact Team - Admissions. (Live Q&A 13:00-14:00)

  • Erica Henry

    Erica is MSc Recruitment and Admissions Officer at the Birmingham Business School. (Live Q&A 13:00-14:00)

  • Andy Hammond

    Andy is International Officer (Sub-Saharan Africa, Mexico & Taiwan). (Live Q&A 14:00-17:00)

  • Dr Gabriela Saldanha

    Gabriela is a Lecturer in Translation Studies in the Department of English Language & Applied Linguistics. (Live Q&A 14:00-15:00)

  • Steven Jackson

    Steven is Admissions Officer in the Admissions Office. (Live Q&A 14:00-15:00)

  • Valerie Ashford

    Valerie is Admissions Officer in the Admissions Office. (Live Q&A 14:00-15:00)

  • Dr Julian Paenke

    Julian is Applicants Officer in the POLSIS Department. (Live Q&A 15:00-16:00)

  • Alastair Moyes

    Alastair is Postgraduate Admissions & Administrator for the School of Civil Engineering. (Live Q&A 16:00-17:00)

Q&A Archive

These were the questions asked during the Making an Application. 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, including school- and programme-specific ones, with specially made videos featuring staff, students, alumni and employers. Please check back to the main Virtual Open Day page ( 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 Friday 4 March 2016. We also run bespoke campus tours throughout term time.

Many thanks to our speakers for fielding questions today.


vidish asked:

Hello,I’d like to know about the job prospects after completing a post graduate programme in mechanical engineering? Are there recruitment drives conducted during the course wherin companies visit the university?

Roaa replied:

Dear Vidish,

Thank you for your question.

This will depend on the programme you will be studying, and it is best to contact the admission tutor for the specific programme to check the possibilities for fieldwork, internships or placements offered on the programme of your choice.

We have a unique careers guidance service, which is tailored to your academic subject area, offering a specialised team who can give you expert advice. Our team source exclusive work experience opportunities to help you stand out amongst the competition, with mentoring, global internships and placements available to you. Once you have a career in your sights, one-to-one support with CVs and job applications will help give you the edge.

If you make the most of the wide range of services you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.

Visit the Careers section of the University website for further information.

I hope this helps.

Best wishes,


Adham asked:

Hi , I got a conditional offer for a master of electrical engineering and this master is one year master so my question is : what is the difference between 1 year and 2 years masters ? also what is the difference between thesis and ( nonthesis masters – Courses and project)

Roaa replied:

Hello Adham,

Thank you for your question.

This depends on the programme you are taking. Our MSc courses (which are taught programmes) last for 12 months  full time, and can be taken part-time too. However, we are unable to offer part-time courses to international students unless they already hold a job in the UK, or hold the necessary work permit or contract of employment.

MSc with industrial studies courses are 18 months in duration and are offered only full-time.

The Electrical Power Systems with Advanced Research Masters/MSc (Two Year) will run in parallel with the existing 1-Year MSc Electrical Power Systems. The taught credits in the 1st year of the 2 Year MSc are identical to that of the 1-Year MSc while the 2nd Year is mainly focused on a research project.

To ask about the specific assessment for the programme in terms of what is required: thesis or project, please contact the postgraduate office at the School at:

Hope this helps,

Best wishes,



Erica Assamoah-Cobbiah asked:

What is the amount of money that i need to live and study in the uk for a year program in education masters

Andy (International Office) replied:

Hello Erica,

Living costs can vary, but you can find some guidance on this here. Tuition fees can also vary between each programme so please check this on the specific programme pages.



Maria asked:

Hello. Regarding the Strategic Marketing and Consulting MSc, could you please let me know of the minimum hours of attendance per week? How does this differ from the 1 year full-time programme to the 24-month format? Thank you

Anja replied:

Hi Maria,
thank you for your query. The minimum hours would be 6 hours per week (2 hours of each module and having 3 modules). However, some modules may also have 3 or even 4 hours per week, but this is rather unlikely in the Social Sciences. For the MSc Strategic Marketing and Consulting, you could get in touch with our Postgraduate Mentor Alumni of the programme:

Hope this helps.