Cheers Connor. Is there any evidence for the success rate of mature students at UOB? Is age treated as a separate variable and if so, how?
Age should not be taken into consideration during the application process. The only courses which tend to take into consideration the age of the application would be medicine (but this is a very specific case).
Unfortunately, I am unable to provide statistics on this area as it is a very specific ‘niche’. For PhD programs, it seems that experience is highly valued (in many cases….more than education). If you would like more specific information, I would recommend contacting the college / department you are looking to apply to. Each department/course should have a PGR contact – these guys should be able to help out.
I can recall (at some other outreach events) that there are other individuals who had retired who wished to compete a PhD (one particular case of this was in history) – I hope this helps to resolve some of your reservations.
I am sorry that I cannot be of more help.
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 online chat 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 Saturday 23 November 2019. We also run bespoke campus tours throughout term time and Cafés at which you can meet current students.
Thank you very much everybody!
Your welcome from all of us! We wish you the best with your application and definitely reach out if you have any other questions.
I am retired now. I did my MSc more than twenty years ago. I want to do a PhD. How many Students like me, are there at UOB?
There are many PhD students who come from a variety of backgrounds (be it working, having a family, or studying post-retirement) – so for sure your case will not be unique.
On campus we have Westmere, a dedicated post graduate research hub designed to connect postgraduate researchers from different areas/colleges. Also, there is the Post Graduate Mature Student Association (PGMSA) based within the Guild of Students (also on campus) – This society also helps connects post grad / mature students.
However, this will vary between departments so whilst there are many mature PhD students, we cannot comment on individual colleges / departments.
I hope this helps 🙂
Does anyone have any experience relating to a Distance learning Masters and how did you find the application process? Also is it a good idea to have a chat with the course leader before applying?
Unfortunately none of us are currently undertaking a distance learning masters. However, the application process is the same – so feel free to ask us any specific questions you have to this.
It’s always a good idea to talk to the course leader before applying – they will be able to help answer any questions you have, and will have specific knowledge about the course.