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 20 March 2019. We also run bespoke campus tours throughout term time and Cafés at which you can meet current students.
When applying for a Masters programme, do we need to provide proof of secondary school qualifications such as GCSE’s and A-levels, along with proof of our degree?
Generally not – no. The key thing is that you provide proof of a first degree, in a relevant subject, and to the required standard. There are some application guidance notes on our website which also provide more detail on the documents required.
Thank you for your answer, Dr Thompson. I am interested in contrastive research (Arabic and English) in the context of SLA.
Thanks for the response, Alina. There is a large body of research literature in SLA and it involves a good understanding of linguistics and other fields of research. How well-grounded do you feel that you are in the literature? If you are confident of your knowledge of relevant literature then I suggest that you need to display that in your proposal, but if not then I suggest that you consider doing an MA in applied linguistics (perhaps an MA by Research, which you can convert into a PhD at a later stage).
Hello! I have been considering the distance PhD program for quite a while now and have been trying to work out how to cover the tuition costs, were I to be accepted into the program. Are there any funding opportunities for students who are studying through the distance program?
The College of Arts and Law offers distance learning research scholarships, which applicants to the English Language distance learning PhD programme would be eligible to apply for. Please note that this year’s deadline is Friday 1 March, and a funding application must be accompanied by an application to study.
I hope this helps,
Is it possible to teach undergraduate students while getting a PhD?
It is possible. All PhD students are entitled to apply to work as Postgraduate Teaching Assistants, once they are registered. We cannot, of course, guarantee that you will be employed but it certainly is possible.
Postgraduate Teaching Assistants in English Language and Linguistics typically work as seminar leaders for undergraduate modules.