School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

This Postgraduate Virtual Open Day is designed to inform prospective postgraduate students about the programmes available in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Earth Sciences:

Environmental Health and Atmospheric Science:

Geography:

Urban and Regional Studies:

The School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences has a renowned history for international excellence in research and teaching. Geology at Birmingham dates back to 1881 and Geography began here in 1924. We are proud of our long history and build on our successes through our research and teaching to address the challenges of the 21st Century such as climate change, oil exploration, renewable energy and resilience.

Dr Peter Lee, Senior Lecturer in Urban and Regional Studies at the Centre for Urban Centre for Urban and Regional Studies, will be online for the Live Q&A between 12:00-14:00 to answer your questions.

Eighteen of our postgraduate mentors have studied in the School:

You are welcome to ask them any questions you have about what it’s like to work in the School.

Our postgraduate degree courses

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  • Peter Lee

    Peter is Senior Lecturer in Urban and Regional Studies. (Live Q&A 12:00-14:00)

Q&A Archive

These were the questions asked during the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences live event.
Siffy asked:

I would like to get some details about part time MSc in Environmental Health course.How many days do we attend the university during a part time course.How do we find links to do dessertation while on part time course?How is the practical food inpection offered do students who are doing the course part time?Can i get some details about hoe the course works if its done part time please.Also is it possible to work if i am on a part time course?I was given information from the department that I can get a job in the same environmental health (maybe a junior position) during the second year,can you give an idea about how it works please?Many Thanks

Peter replied:

Dear Siffy

We are about to end the virtual open day; Surindar Kishen Dhesi is best able to discuss the part-time options offline. Surindar can be contacted on +44 (0)121 414 7751 or email s.k.dhesi@bham.ac.uk

Hope this helps

Regards

Peter

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.

Siffy asked:

hello my name is Siffy and i have NARIC recognised masters degree in Environnmental Science from India.I am thinking to do Masters in Environmental Health.I would like to know how popular is the course and job opportunities with this course.I would like to know the number of days I will be attending the university on a full time and part time course type.Thank you

Peter replied:

Dear Siffy,

this is a very popular course; job opportunities and employability are generally very good as the course is applied with staff teaching on the course working closely with local authorities and public and private stakeholders locally and regionally on environmental health issues. The course is pretty much full time and expects attendance or to be on campus Mon-Friday

Hope this helps

Regards

Peter

Clare asked:

I am applying for MSc in planning, are there any practical projects, is the course made up of just lectures or are there practical works?

Peter replied:

Dear Clare,

As we are RTPI accredited the course is highly practical and practitioner focused. The course is developed out of more than 50 years of applied research and teaching in the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies (CURS).  We have a large network of policy stakeholders and a growing research portfolio which contributes to practitioner engagement. We have pioneered teaching-led research in which students engage with a planning/regeneration problem and pitch their ideas to practitioners. Recently we secured a large EU grant which scaled up some of these ideas see:  http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/gees/news/2016/09Nov-urban-innovation-grant.aspx; most of our modules have inputs from practitioners and there are usually case studies and site visits included across the range of modules.

I hope this is of help

Regards

Peter

Konstantinos asked:

Hello, my name is Konstantinos and I want to ask you about the amount of people who are averagely applying for Applied Meteorology & Climatology master. Is it difficult to gain place among them or the criteria are very strict? Secondly I want to ask you about the Mathematics and Physics level which a candidate must have in order to go through the entire program. In which place (link) it can been seen exactly what knowledge the candidate must have in order to begin his studies. Thanks in advance!

Peter replied:

Dear Konstantinos

The numbers change from year to year but we had between 60 and 80 students applying over the past 5 years. On average there are 15 students on the course. Gaining a place depends on your prior qualification and level.there is a fair bit of Mathematics and Chemistry required; there are optional modules in maths to bring you up to speed. The course director Martin Widmann  is happy to answer questions in more detail (m.widmann@bham.ac.uk) if you want to enquire about precise detauils on content – here is a link to the course marketing brochure https://tinyurl.com/mq825fh

Hope this helps

Regards

Peter