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, from 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

Find out more about postgraduate study at Birmingham

View related Virtual Tour

Speaker profiles

  • Dr Ruth Léger

    Ruth has completed a PhD at the University. She is a postgraduate recruitment advisor and mentor. (Live Q&A 14:00-15:00)

    Ruth Leger

Q&A Archive

These were the questions asked during the Chat with Postgraduate Study Advisors 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 www.pg.bham.ac.uk 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.

Michael Pogue asked:

Is there a page listing the requirements in detail for the research proposal? Thank you for your time today Dr Léger.

Ruth replied:

Hi Michael,

This page might be of help. Also, one of the videos in the feed is about Research Proposals, just outlining what is generally expected.

Good luck!

Michael Pogue asked:

Being unfamiliar with the workings of the UK University system, I am unsure how and where to begin the application process. Also, how do I go about finding an advisor; and which is to be done first?

Ruth replied:

Hi Michael,

The best thing to do is to start to make contact with a potential supervisor. Someone who’s interests match yours and who would be suitable to supervise your project. This page outlines the research interests of members of staff and will provide you with contact details for each of them.

It would be advisable to be able to outline the research you would like to undertake, so you can send it to them for discussion and exploring the option of supervision.

Does that help?

Ruth

Ahmed asked:

Thanks a lot Dr. Ruth for providing details and information. I will contact John Kirkman for further discusion.

Ruth replied:

You are welcome, Ahmed. Good luck!

Michael Pogue asked:

Brilliant! I need to speak with someone regarding funding sources. I have specific restrictions that have been placed on me because of my participation in a student loan forgiveness program. Can you provide contact information so that I may speak to someone in person about my situation?

Ruth replied:

Hi Michael,

The best page to visit (one where you can amongst other things submit an online query) is this one. Unfortunately there is no direct contact to provide you with for your query. Hopefully the Fees & Financial Support pages will give you a bit more information as well.

Ruth