With regard to the fact you have to have a 2:1 BA or above, can you remind me if we can apply BEFORE graduation or if we have to wait to get our final marks?
You can apply before you finish your BA. In that case, offers for a place on the MA would be conditional on completion of your BA with the expected marks.
What kinds of topics have students chosen for their final disseration in the past?
The field of Shakespeare studies is very wide! Students have written on so many different kinds of topics: performance history, gender, politics, the cultural history of Shakespeare’s time, and many, many other things.
If I wanted to visit the campus for a week during the course of my studies could I just enter the UK as a tourist? Would I need to declare myself as a student and get a visa for such a short visit?
If you wanted to engage in academic work, including in person meetings with tutors, then you would need to let the university know and they would provide you with the necessary paperwork. Birmingham has an office for international student affairs and they could support your application, along with the administrative staff here at the Institute. This is due to UK Home Office requirements about international students.
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 20 March 2019. We also run bespoke campus tours throughout term time and Cafés at which you can meet current students.
As a DL learner could I schedule a call, or skype meeting with an instructor to discuss my progress? Or if I visited the campus could I schedule an in person consult with an instructor?
Yes, absolutely. All our instructors have office hours during which they meet with the students they are teaching. Some of these hours are at set times and others can be by appointment, which we know is especially important for distance learning students juggling multiple responsibilities (and often in different time zones). We are used to meeting with students virtually as well as in person: this can take the form of Skype calls, phone calls, and extended email exchanges (depending on what suits the student and instructor best). In terms of arranging on-site meetings, this is certainly also possible as long as your instructor has sufficient notice. Overseas students have to make extra arrangements for visits because of visa and immigration issues, but it is still possible.