Atheer Al-nuaimi

Subject Civil Engineering
Course PhD Civil Engineering (Transport and Road Safety)
Country Iraq
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Good afternoon, I’d like your opinion (insight) if possible regarding the MSc Railway System Engineering and Integration. Thank you

Hi Dear

Thanks for contacting me and your interest for doing M.Sc. in the University of Birmingham.

Although I have little information about the subject, I strongly advise you to take this course as its a very intensive course on railways engineering (as far as I know).  The Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education has very professional academics who provide their experience to support M.Sc. and PhD students.

Best wishes

Hi Atheer. What advice would you give for someone interested in a PhD in Civil Engineering at Birmingham?

Hi There

Well, it is a broad question. There are many benefits that I can advice with doing a PhD in civil engineering at the University of Birmingham. There are many research projects that you can join with highly qualified staff of supervisors. You will have the opportunity to benefit from many facilities that are provided by the University of Birmingham like the practical laboratory research and workshop facilities, the new library, training sessions for many aspects related to your PhD (Thesis writing, presentation skills, End note,  …..etc). In addition, you can work as a teaching assistant  via the Worklink to get experience in your domain, and this will definitely increase your chances to get a good job or promote you if you are already in one.

So, my advice is, start applying for the PhD. Just before that, you can search the staff here to see their research area and relate this to what you interested in.

Please use the links below for more details.

The new library     

The Careers Network

Training and Skills Development


Thew new gym

The Green heart


Kind regards,




Hi Atheer, could you tell me what the requirements are for a PhD in Civil Engineering? I would like to apply for a programme in either civil or structural engineering. Could you also tell me about the possibility of getting a conditional offer, to be able to take a language test at the university before I start my study? My TOEFL has expired. Thank you

Hi my dear,

In the beginning, you need a proposal which you can prepare and discuss with one of the supervisors in the Department of Civil Engineering or you can search for a course by this link ( Also you can use Find a PhD website (

There are some general requirements to apply for a PhD in the University of Birmingham like some documents (your B.Sc., MS.c. certificates ….. etc), you will be informed about all the requirements when you apply through this link: ( .

You may also need a visa depending your nationality, you can use this link to check if you need a visa (

Regarding the English language level, it depends on which course you are applying for. Please use this link to check it ( If you need, you can apply for a Presessional course in the University of Birmingham after getting an offer. Please use the link about English presessional courses (

I hope this is of help.


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You can check “Careers Network” on the University of Birmingham website. There are many activities and sessions to learn about CVs, applications, and interviews. In addition, there are sessions about using “Passport Career” website, which covers the job market around the world.



WIll soon be at Birmingham for PhD with the Railway center. Any piece of advice for me?


Sorry for delay in responding to you, I were in a holiday.

I think reading some papers about you proposed PhD subject is a good start.

In addition, please check the below link:



How will your degree prepare you for what you want to do afterwards?

The doctorate is the most noteworthy degree granted in the educated community. The PhD degree implies that I will achieve the best level of capability in my field of study. The PhD will equip me with skills for future employment or a career in academia. As I am a lecturer teacher in my home country, it is a smart thought to finish my PhD and attempt to get articles distributed in prestigious journals.

What, for you, are the best things about the course?

The PhD degree is a specific field of study. In light of the fact that to acquire the PhD degree, I passed preparatory qualifying examination which shows my insight into the present level headed discussions, ideas and predicaments.  Having effectively finished an intricate procedure of adding to an examination proposition, making exploration arrangements, doing research in my field as well as demonstrating the finds to other specialists in the field have been very enjoyable.

What has been the highlight of your time at Birmingham?

The city is a noteworthy universal business, positioned as a beta− world city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network; and a critical transport, retail, occasions and gathering centre point. Its metropolitan economy is the second biggest in the United Kingdom. Birmingham’s major social organisations appreciate worldwide notorieties, and the city has lively and compelling grassroots workmanship, music, literary and culinary scenes.

Why did you choose the University of Birmingham?

The University of Birmingham was positioned eleventh in the UK and 64th on the planet in the QS World University Rankings for 2014-15. In 2013, Birmingham was named University of the Year 2014′ in the Times Higher Education awards. In an employability overview distributed by the New York Times, where CEOs and chairmans were requested that select the top universities which they enlisted from, Birmingham put 55th on the planet. The Global Employability University Ranking directed by THES places Birmingham at 57th around the world. Birmingham is additionally positioned fourth in the UK for Graduate Prospects in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015.

What was your motivation for undertaking postgraduate study?

My decision comes from various reasons, among which there are two main ones. First, this PhD program  is  extremely  suitable  with  my  ability,  my  interest  as  well  as  the MSc  programme in completed in Iraq. After two years of studying for the MSc, I have acquired a solid and diversified foundation of knowledge in Traffic Engineering.

The second reason for my choice is the well-known reputation of the high qualified education system of the UK. Having a chance to study in the UK means I will have opportunities to approach and experience one of the best educational systems around the world.