Careers support for College of Arts and Law postgraduates

This Postgraduate Virtual Open Day is designed to answer any questions from prospective postgraduate students regarding career opportunities after completing a postgraduate programme at Birmingham

This will include Masters and Doctoral opportunities, and the career support postgraduates will have access to during their programme.

Dr Holly Prescott, PGR Careers Adviser and Chris Packham, Careers and Employability Consultant in the College will join Jon Cheek and Roxanne Mclean from the Postgraduate Recruitment Team online between 14:00 -15:00 for the Live Q&A.

As well as an opportunity to ask questions, a number of videos will be available to watch during the event.

The College of Arts and Law brings together a wide range of disciplines. Some give you the opportunity to focus on a particular subject in depth, while others take an interdisciplinary approach and allow you to gain knowledge and expertise across multiple subject areas.

The College consists of the following Schools:

At Birmingham, our aim is to make sure that success in your studies leads you on to a fulfilling career. Whatever you plan to do after your degree, the Careers Network information, advice and guidance service offers support to help you identify your options, develop your skills and gain access to opportunities that propel you towards your career goal. Postgraduate Researchers can also access PGR-specific careers support through the University Graduate School, in association with Careers Network. Your time at Birmingham will prepare you for life as an active member of a global society, giving you excellent future prospects in a competitive employment market.

More information about the College of Arts and Law postgraduate experience

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Speaker profiles

  • Dr Holly Prescott

    Holly is a PGR Careers Adviser. (Live Q&A 14:00-15:00)

  • Chris Packham

    Chris is a Careers and Employability Consultant at the Careers Network for the College of Arts and Law. (Live Q&A 14:00-15:00)

  • Jon Cheek

    Jon is part of the Postgraduate Recruitment Team (Postgraduate Research Courses) for the College of Arts and Law. (Live Q&A 14:00-15:00)

  • Roxanne Mclean

    Roxanne is part of the Postgraduate Recruitment Team (Postgraduate Taught Courses) for the College of Arts and Law. (Live Q&A 14:00-15:00)

Q&A Archive

These were the questions asked during the Careers support for College of Arts and Law postgraduates live event.
A. Salam asked:

I am interested to know about the frequency of classes in a week for a part time MA in TESOL.

Roxanne replied:

Hi – you would normally be studying up to two modules in each semester as a part-time student, and you would attend classes for two hours each week per module.



Miti asked:

Hi, I also wanted to know, if I start applying for jobs earlier, will my chances increase of getting a job after I graduate? Also, what are the most common career prospects of MA in Creative Writing? Thank you.

Holly replied:

Hi Miti,

Good questions! This depends on the kind of work that you are looking for and where in the world you’d like to work. If you are looking at applying for Graduate Schemes with big companies for example, many of their deadlines fall in September October which can be difficult for MA students as you are only just starting your programme then! But if this is an option for you, I’d strongly recommend applying early. Otherwise, you may have to wait until the following year to apply. Also, if you are looking ta applying for jobs in the UK, start as early as you can!!

If, however, you are looking at opportunities with smaller organisations and companies, they tend to hire ‘as and when’ they need staff so there’s not quite the same urgency. However, we’d always recommend starting to prepare for your job hunt as early as possible and seeking help from people like Chris and myself in the Careers Network when you start your programme. This helps to put you in the best position.

Regarding the MA Creative Writing, career prospects are quite broad but popular choices include:

  • Continuing in higher education to do a PhD
  • Staying in academia to become a lecturer
  • Teaching
  • Copy-writing and publishing
  • Working in the cultural sector, e.g. museums and history centres
  • Working for the Civil Service (for UK nationals)
  • Administrative roles in education, arts and business
  • Self-employed writing consultancy

I hope that helps!

A. Salam asked:

Thanks a lot for your cooperation.

Chris replied:

You’re welcome, hope you found this forum useful.

Dr Sachin asked:


Jon replied:

Our pleasure – thanks Dr Sachin.

Brita asked:

Just to say thanks. And greetings from Mexico. Have a wonderful afternoon

Jon replied:

Hi Brita, thanks to you too. And greetings from the UK! It is late afternoon here, but I imagine it is in the morning for you. Have a lovely day, glad you enjoyed the event.