Chat with Postgraduate Study Advisors

This series of Postgraduate Virtual Open Days offers you the chance to talk to members of the Postgraduate Recruitment team at the University. They will take place every week in August, 14:00-15:00.

We are happy to answer questions on all aspects of postgraduate study, which might include:

  • Seeking sources of funding
  • The differences between different types of PG course
  • The application process
  • Finding a supervisor
  • Writing a research proposal

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  • Dr Emily Rozier

    Emily completed a Masters and a PhD at the University. She manages our UK recruitment. (Live Q&A 14:00-15:00)

Q&A Archive

These were the questions asked during the Chat with Postgraduate Study Advisors live event.
Daniel Banda asked:

I am 46 years old. Should I want to study for a PhD at UB, does age really count espacially at PhD level?

Emily replied:

Not at all! We have PhD candidates who have gone straight into doctoral study from their undergraduate degree at 21 and those who return to University after they have retired in their sixties and later.

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.

Daniel Banda asked:

I am a holder of MSc from the University of Liverpool in 2008. Apart from obtaining my Masters Degree am also a senior lecturer at an institution of higher learning in Malawi where the language of instructions is English. Do I need to have English Language Certificate in order to study at UB?o I need o I

Emily replied:

Hi again Daniel,

As you have completed a Masters at a UK University this should meet our English language requirements. That said, the fact that it was in 2008 (and thus more than two years ago) might mean that they department to which you apply will want a more recent qualification. The best person to speak to about this will be your prospective supervisor as they will need to fill out an exemption application on your behalf.

Hope that helps,


Daniel Banda asked:

I am a senior lecturer in medical microbiology at College of Medicine -University of Malawi. I would like to investigate the collateral effects of antibiotic therapy on gut microbiome in malnourished children. I am wondering if this proposed PhD project could find funding at UB considering that am a Malawian

Emily replied:

Hello Daniel,

We do offer funding for international students. For your research area, it is most likely that you will need to join one of our advertised PhD projects. You’ll need to look out for projects that are open to ‘students worldwide’ and that have funding available (direct or competition). We add projects to this database throughout the year so it is worth keeping an eye on it.

Your other option is to find a prospective supervisor whose research interests match your own. The best way to do this is to take a look at the research profiles on our website.  Each Institute in Medical and Dental Sciences will have a list of academic staff and details of the PhD supervision that they are able to offer. You could then contact them directly with your idea for a project.

You should also check our funding database. This can be filtered by subject of interest, level of study and your nationality.

Best of luck,


If you have any questions about what it is like to study at the University of Birmingham, please contact our postgraduate mentors