Hello, hope you’re doing well. I’m planning to apply for the September intake, but I’m a bit unsure about it. I have various doubts about career opportunities after completion, part time opportunities and the scope in India after coming back. The course I want to apply for is the MSc In Human Resources. Can you help?

Hi, I think it will come down to assessing the job market and the investment your degree demands. Currently the job market is a bit shaky everywhere because of the pandemic, and the competition is even harder. A good degree from a University like Birmingham helps a lot but if you’re keen to head back to India to work, I would ask you to do some research in the roles you’re interested in and see what the career trajectories professionals tend to have in these spaces. Career opportunities after an MSc are quite good but they really come down to visas in the UK. In India I’m aware that entry level jobs become more possible but they may not always compensate all that well right away. If I were you I would consider studying the job markets in geographies you are interested in and see if you should wait a year or two to apply for a degree (perhaps after some relevant work experience). Good luck!

I have received a conditional offer for the University of Birmingham postgraduate taught course in MSc Marketing for September 2021. I am currently studying my Masters of Business Administration (2019-2021) which has to be completed by May 2021, but due to Covid-19, classes and exams have been postponed and my final semester exams will be held this July/august 2021, and results will be declared in September 2021. Thus it will be difficult for me to submit my 4th semester marksheet before September which delays my visa process. Can you help with this? I can submit until the 3rd semester marksheet of MBA, and I already finished my bachelors degree in 2019 (BTech in Electronica and Communication Engineering).

Hi, congratulations on the offer. I would seriously consider why you are applying for an MSc after an MBA: unless you’re mixing skill sets. On the subject of mark sheets and admission requirements, I would urge you to contact the Department as an alumni I cannot help with any of the administrative tasks related to your admission. Good luck!

Hey Rohit! I hope you are well. I have received a conditional offer for the course MSc Marketing at the University of Birmingham. I would like to know what the job opportunities in the field of marketing are like and is the employability rate of the University of Birmingham decent?

Hi, congratulations on your offer! I would be very careful about job opportunities after an MSc: the skill set can be unique (research and critical engagement) and you can look at graduate schemes if you want a generic marketing department job. If you are keen on something specialised then your MSc dissertation can usually help you carve that way out for yourself, or specific research roles can also be an option. You could also look at market research or marketing consultancies. Having said that, some work experience usually helps as it’s a competitive industry and work visas can be hard to get (especially after Covid-19 and there’s some uncertainty about work permits now that rules have changed so often as well after Brexit). Hope this helps. Good luck!

Hi Rohit, hope you are doing well. I have a few queries about the PhD program at your University. 1. In terms of funding, the scholarship is around 20.5k pounds while the tuition fees for International students is around 19.5K pounds. So the scholarship I believe will cover only the tuition fees. Can you also throw some light about teaching assistantships and other ways to earn while pursuing a PhD to support living and other expenses. In terms of career opportunities, what are the options available other than academic teaching?

Hi, congratulations on your PhD offer! Please do make sure that the scholarship covers the whole three years, sometimes they offer only a year or two because of funding. I was able to get some teaching at the Department while working towards my PhD, which is great if you want to add to your academic CV as well. If you aren’t keen on teaching, there’s usually some research assistance type work with senior academic staff at the department/school, who need young researchers’ help in collecting or analysing data or just transcriptions even. In terms of work other than that in academia, I think you will have to look into career trajectories based on your expertise and where you can apply them. Usually companies have research teams or you could look at consultancies or even think tanks.

Hi Rohit, could you tell me if there are any difficulties in staying in the UK after the completion of the course at present?

Hi, if you are implying switching from a UK study visa to a work permit, this would involve you having a job offer to quality for the switch. Most employers would make clear if they can sponsor your visa switch or not, which is something you should consider. Hope that helps.

Hi Rohit. Hope you are well. I am from Ahmedabad and I hold an offer for the September intake of MSc International Marketing. I'd love to connect with you on the job opportunities (part-time and full time after graduating out). Also I plan to come to UK with my spouse and son. Which area happens to be the most suitable place for us to stay? Can you help? Thanks. Looking forward to hearing from you

Congratulations on your offer to study at Brum! It’s a great place full of wonderful scholars and you’ll love it here. To your question of working in the UK after the MSc, I would ask you to be cautious. There have been several changes in work visa policies and a lot of international students have had to deal with sudden changes in UK’s visa policies and as a result lose out on the chance to work in more global teams here. If work experience in the UK is important to you, I’d advise studying the policies in detail and to still be prepared that the government could change them at short notice – there’s a lot going on in this space with developments like Brexit as well and I’m yet to meet anyone who knows about international work permits with any certainty.

In terms of moving to Brum with your family, I’d recommend Harborne which is close to the campus and has leafy parts all over for relaxation and quality time with family (plus it’s well connected to the city centre).

Let me know if I can help with anything more, and good luck with your decision to pursue your Masters at Brum.

Hey Rohit, I want to pursue an MSc in entrepreneurship from this uni and my undergraduate is BBA with 5.46 CGPA. Will I be able to get admission? Please help me with this.

I think you should look at the MSc requirements – they change as the course changes so it will be best for you to check the updated requirements. You will also need an application to present your interests in the programme. Good luck!

Hi Rohit, I hope you doing fine. I am writing from Oslo; as an MSc holder from Norwegian University of Science and Technology, wishing to pursue an integrated PhD at Birmingham University. I have obtained distinction marks in my bachelors from a well reputed university in Bangladesh (BRAC University) and my MS grade is "B" according to US Grading scale which is above 65% according to UK standards. Do I need to contact any supervisor if I wish to apply for the integrated route? My toefl iBT score is 85 so, is it accepted by this university? If not, is there any opportunity to do an English language course by the university itself? I am eagerly waiting for your reply. Thank you very much in advance.

good to hear from you and well done on the results! I think you are all set to contact a potential supervisor: look at the research profiles of academics at the School and then you will be required to submit a research proposal. If this goes through then you are ready to go! English language requirements change often and there are various rules that I have no expertise on, could you please ask the admissions team – more importantly focus on your research proposal and good luck!

Can you describe your journey from school to where you are now?

I trained as a journalist in my undergraduate studies and moved into copywriting and collaborating with creative teams in advertising after writing full time for national newspapers. After a few years I felt the need to learn more and gain a specialised degree, which made me move to a master’s programme at King’s College London. This led to jobs in London and then SE Asia, and my commercial experience made me head back to academic research. The PhD has been rewarding as I am able to utilise the skills gained in other spaces towards my work, while engaging more with my research area.

Was there a big transition from undergraduate to postgraduate study?

The transition from undergraduate to postgraduate wasn’t immediate for me as I worked full-time as a writer after my undergraduate studies. It became apparent once I started my postgraduate studies, however, that my postgraduate degree was much tougher and more focused, and needed me to manage my time better and work harder.

How have you funded your postgraduate studies?

I have been fortunate to have received support from the Birmingham Business School in the form of a three-year scholarship to cover my fees and living expenses while I work on my doctorate.

What was your motivation for undertaking postgraduate study?

I had been working in advertising agencies for a few years as a copywriter and then moved into brand planning. Fortunately for me I was able to work in various countries; researching culture, brands, and consumers in India, UK, Malaysia, and Hong Kong gave me rich insights into the process of research. I engaged with academic output a lot as a creative and strategy professional in brand building, and after a while decided to pursue academic research full time as it offers more focus without immediate commercial constraints

Why did you choose the University of Birmingham?

The University of Birmingham was a clear choice for me for my doctoral research because of its global outlook and reputation due to the constantly impressive output it produces. The faculty and facilities it offers as support for my research have been great, and were one of the primary reasons for me to apply to work on my research interests here.

What has been the highlight of your time at Birmingham?

Birmingham has given me great spaces to read and write and collaborate with some of the biggest names in the field from across the world. Birmingham attracts talent from all over, which has been great not only for my professional network, but it has also given me rich cultural experiences that have helped me immensely at a personal level. The beautiful university campus is an important highlight of my time here as well, as spaces to reflect and learn are often hard to find in big cities.

Hi Rohit, I am from India. I have applied for an MBA at the University of Birmingham and awaiting a response. I had certain queries, would it be possible for you to share your email for me to connect with you? Thanks.

Hi, I will be happy to respond to any questions but please remember that my understanding of MBA in Brum is limited as I can only advise and reflect on my experience through my years of PhD research. You can email me at

Best wishes,