The Value of Postgraduate Study at the University of Birmingham.

This Virtual Open Day is designed for anyone who is interested in finding out more about the value of Postgraduate Study at the University of Birmingham.

At Birmingham we have over 400 taught postgraduate programmes and a wealth of world-leading research opportunities to choose from, to help you widen your skills base, further your knowledge and boost your career prospects. You will join a stimulating postgraduate community of students and researchers. We offer over 350 taught Masters opportunities to choose from which enable you to develop your career and pursue your interests.

If you have any further questions, you can ask our postgraduate mentors. The mentors are experienced postgraduates who have previously studied or are currently studying at the University of Birmingham, and they will offer help and advice from a student perspective. We have mentors from the UK, Europe and international countries.

If you are interested in starting a taught postgraduate programme then Café Masters offers you the perfect opportunity to:

  • Hear current postgraduates talk about their course and tell you what the step up to Masters study is really like
  • Discuss any questions that you have about postgraduate study in a relaxed and social atmosphere
  • Get expert advice on choosing the postgraduate programme that is right for you, the application process and sources of funding
  • Enjoy free refreshments

Anyone who is considering starting a taught postgraduate programme is warmly welcome to come along, no matter what stage you are at in the decision-making process.


More information about Postgraduate Study at Birmingham

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Speaker profiles

  • Shamin Adan

    Shamin is a current student, studying for a LLM. (Live Q&A 14:00-16:00)

  • Abigail Farrell

    Abi is a current student, studying for an MA in Modern British Studies. (Live Q&A 14:00-16:00)

  • Jim Bell

    Jim is part of our Outreach team. (Live Q&A 14:00-16:00)

Q&A Archive

These were the questions asked during the The Value of Postgraduate Study at the University of Birmingham. 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 Friday 4 March 2016. We also run bespoke campus tours throughout term time and Cafés at which you can meet current students.

Next week we will be following up on these discussions with a dedicated Café Masters event. It will take place on the 10th February from 5.15-6.30pm in the Arts Building –  Lecture Room 2 (R16 on the Campus Map).

The next subject specific Cafés are:

  • College of Life and Environmental Sciences: Wednesday 24 February 2016 in Room 120, Hills Building (R3)
  • College of Medical and Dental Sciences: Wednesday 2 March 2016 in Room 113, First Floor, Muirhead Tower (R21)
  • College of Arts and Law: Wednesday 9 March 2016 in Lecture Room 8 (301), Third Floor, Arts Building (R16)


Key information on the new UK Masters Loans

Find out about any Birmingham scholarship opportunities by searching our Postgraduate Funding Database

Sadia asked:

Hi, I’m in my final year at UoB and I’m thinking about my next steps. I’m not sure if it is worth spending another year at University and going into more debt or maybe just getting out into the workplace?

Jim Bell replied:

Hi Saida,

It’s a big decision, so it’s worth putting plenty of research into the skills and knowledge that you’ll get out of your PG degree, and if it will help with your search for a job.

Depending on the subject that you’re interested in, the extra detail that masters level study goes into can be really useful to show prospective employers that you are passionate and knowledgeable about an area that you want to work in. Many courses also give you the opportunity to meet people working in the areas that closely align with your PG course, which is a great way to understand the industry, make some contacts and find out what opportunities are there. It’s more than just putting yourself above everyone in the job market that “only” has an Undergraduate degree.

There are several Cafe Masters events coming up (link on the left of this page) that let you speak face-to-face with current students like Abi and Shamin, so this can be really useful to find out more about postgraduate study.

The other thing to say is that the loan system will work in a similar way to your UG loan if you are a current student here – repayments are on earnings over £21,000, worked out as 6% of earnings above that level. That is on top of your UG repayments, so you will pay back more each month than undergraduates, but it makes PG study much more accessible if you aren’t able to fund the you studies without financial support.


Paul asked:

Do you feel like your undergraduate degree has prepared you enough for a Masters?

Abi replied:

Hi Paul,

Absolutely. During my BA History course I and my peers were lucky enough to be taught by supportive members of staff who were experts in their fields. It gave me the basis I needed to be able to tackle everything from more historiographical modules such as Historical Methods, to more content-driven modules such as my in-depth current special subject Making Thatcher’s Britain. And the research skills I gained when writing my 12,000 word undergraduate dissertation (finding and locating useful sources, visiting archives, structuring my own research) will be vital to the completion of my 15,000 word dissertation for my MA.