Advice from the Postgraduate Recruitment team

This series of Postgraduate Virtual Open Days offers you the chance to talk to members of the Postgraduate Recruitment team at the University. They will take place regularly from 14:00-15:00, so please see the events schedule for additional dates.

We are happy to answer questions on all aspects of postgraduate study, which might include:

  • Seeking sources of funding
  • The differences between different types of PG course
  • The application process
  • Finding a supervisor
  • Writing a research proposal

Find out more about postgraduate study at Birmingham

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Speaker profiles

  • Dr Emily Rozier

    Emily completed a Masters and a PhD at the University. She manages our UK recruitment. (Live Q&A 14:00-15:00)

  • Dr Ruth Léger

    Ruth has completed a PhD at the University. She is a postgraduate recruitment advisor and mentor. (Live Q&A 14:00-15:00)

    Ruth Leger

Q&A Archive

These were the questions asked during the Advice from the Postgraduate Recruitment team live event.

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 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.

Idil asked:

Hi, I’m interested in applying for a research masters in chemistry and was wondering how you pay for the fees. Are you still able to get student finance for masters courses?

Ruth replied:

Hi Idil,

Thank you very much for your question. You can pay for your fees in a number of ways. At the moment you cannot get student finance for a research masters (MSc by Research), but you can for a taught degree. The best place to look for funding is our PG funding database. This can be filtered by fee status, level of study, subject and nationality.
I hope that helps,


Zuzana asked:

Hello, I would like to apply for Creative Writing, and would like to ask – I am a double degree student, with one of the degrees being taught in English and the other partly in English and partly in Czech; do I still need to get the English certificate to prove my knowledge of the language? Thank you.

Emily replied:

Hi Zuzana,

If you have already been instructed and assessed in English at a recognised institution in a majoratively English-speaking country, you may be exempt from the English language requirements. For full details please visit our website.

I hope this helps.


Charlie asked:

Hello, is it possible to apply for entry in 2019?

Ruth replied:

Hi Charlie,

Thank you for your question. The applications for the academic year 2018/2019 have now opened.

If you are looking for a September 2019 start, you are nice and early, but I’m afraid you will have to wait for another year.

Hope that helps,


If you have any questions about what it is like to study at the University of Birmingham, please contact our postgraduate mentors