Thinking of starting a PhD in the College of Arts and Law?.

This virtual open day is for anyone who is thinking of starting a PhD programme in the College of Arts and Law. You can put your questions to members of the Postgraduate Recruitment team, alumni and doctoral researchers in the College between 14:00 and 16:00.

The College of Arts and Law is committed to the advancement of academic endeavour and research degrees are central to this. We offer a vibrant international community of over 1500 postgraduate students, the members of which benefit from excellent research resources and a supportive environment that allows your research to flourish.

Within the College, we have a broad range of subject areas in which you can undertake research, and in recent years this breadth of experience has seen students enjoy co-supervision, enabling them to tap in to the expertise of more than one supervisor. As the nature of many research projects is increasingly interdisciplinary in scope, this is a key advantage of studying here at Birmingham.

We look forward to answering your questions at the virtual open day.

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  • Emily Rozier

    Emily is a Postgraduate Recruitment Officer and Doctoral Researcher in English Literature (live Q&A 14:00-16:00).

  • Dr Mike Rush

    Mike is a Postgraduate Recruitment Officer and History PhD alumnus (live Q&A 14:00-16:00).

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  • Dr Roaa Ali

    Roaa is a Postgraduate Recruitment Advisor and Drama and Theatre Arts alumna (live Q&A 14:00-16:00).

  • Dr Ruth Leger

    Ruth is a Postgraduate Recruitment Project Officer and Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology PhD alumna (live Q&A 14:00-16:00).

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Q&A Archive

These were the questions asked during the Thinking of starting a PhD in the College of Arts and Law?. 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, including school- and programme-specific ones, with specially made videos featuring staff, students, alumni and employers. Please check back to the main Virtual Open Day page ( 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.

Many thanks to our speakers for fielding questions today.


Petros asked:

the criteria about phd funding are only academic or social too?

Emily replied:

Hello Petros, I’m not entirely sure what you mean but the criteria by which an application for PhD funding is judged will vary depending on the type of award. Most will be allocated on the basis of academic excellence but some bursaries, particularly those that are managed by charities and trusts, will have social criteria too. Full details can be found via our funding database.

Best of luck!


Fay asked:

Hey Mike, I do reside in Kent, London. Does this mean I would be eligible for the AHRC scholarships even if I don’t have a job in UK? I am actually leaving there with my parents and due to family reason I wouldn’t be able to move to Birmingham. Which documents should I need to apply for the AHRC scholarships? And are there any other requirements besides residence in the UK? I have British nationality but all my degrees are from the Netherlands. Thank you!

Mike Rush replied:

Hi Fay, Having a job is not a requirement for getting a scholarship, and it won’t matter that your degrees are from the Netherlands. You could study part-time if you are not able to come to Birmingham regularly, but it will depend on the availability of the resources that you need for your research. Please see this page for details of how to apply. The important thing to note is that you must have applied for the degree programme first.

Best wishes,



F Tucker asked:

Hey! I have one question concerning scholarships. Are scholarships of the same amount when choosing for distance learning PhD instead of on campus? Thank you!

Roaa Ali replied:

Hi F Tucker,

Thank you for this.

Distance Learners are not typically eligible to apply for the AHRC scholarship.

However, students can apply for the DL bursary scheme especially created for distance learners. These are worth £2,000 for Home/EU students and £3,000 for International students.

I hope you find this useful.

Best wishes,


Jo asked:

Hello – I am interested in following a distance learning Masters in Archaeology. I keep coming across the Pathway to Landscape Archaeology Masters on quite a few sites which say it is a distance learning course, but I can find no mention of this in your prospectus.

Ruth replied:

Hi Jo,

I’m afraid that none of the Masters programmes in Archaeology are offered by distance learning. The PhD however is offered by distance learning.

You can find out more about the MA Archaeology here.

I hope that helps.

Best wishes,