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)

  • Emma Sutton

    Emma has completed her Masters at Birmingham, and is now working as a postgraduate advisor for the University. (Live Q&A 14:00-15:00)

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 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.

Ennie asked:

What is a University of Birmingham Overseas Representative? In the guidelines for the application it says that is you choose “no”, it will use your home address as the correspondence address. This is not the case for me as I am currently registered in Chile but would give my parent’s address in Germany as a home address. Is that possible and would I still have to choose “no” in teh question about an Overseas Representative? (I am sorry if this is self-explanatory when seeing the dropdown of representatives. Thank you for answering all my questions!

Emma replied:

Hi Ennie,

If you want it sent to a home address (ie your parents address) you would select no – an Overseas Representative is a study agent and wouldn’t apply to you I don’t imagine!

Hope this helps and good luck with your application,

Emma

Ennie asked:

Are the references addressed to the study and department you are applying to or is there always a specific person to address a reference to? If there is, do you contact the admissions team to find out which one it is?

Emma replied:

Hi Ennie,

References will be read by different people depending on the course you are applying for. I wouldn’t worry too much about addressing a reference to a particular person, your referees should be focusing on writing a good reference for you!

Emma

Ennie asked:

Do the questions of funding affect the application? Scholarships and state funding (Germany) are often decided shortly before starting the study and not clear at the moment of application, since you can only apply after having been accepted by a university.

Emma replied:

Hi Ennie,

Whether or not you have funding will not affect your application, as many people (like you have said) may only get funding shortly before beginning their course!

Emma

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