Esther Agbenla

Subject Applied Health
Course PGDip Public Health (International)
Country Nigeria
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I hold a bachelor of sciences degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences. I wish to apply for a Masters degree in Public health or biomedical sciences. How so I begin ? Also, are there options of possible scholarship or work/job offers for Nigerian students. I am in Calabar,Niagria.


I am really not sure but checking the website or sending an email to the department will help you find out more as regards your inquiries. I believe an email is on the department’s website to enable you speak with someone within the department concerning your inquiry.

I hope this helps.

I wish you success in your endeavor. Thank you

What does it take you financially to study at the University of Birmingham? Are you on a scholarship?

Hello Samuel,

The fees change by year, check the financial terms for the year.

To answer your question, I was not on a Schorlarship while I did my MPH.

What is the experience like? Does the UofB have an African center and a publishing house? Is there any student support center and how effective are they? Thank you.


Well I am aware of a center in Nigeria, haven’t visited the place yet but heard about it from my tutor. Browsing about it is a huge way to get this information as UofB has these facilities to ensure convenience to the uttermost.

Sorry if i didn’t help answer the question , i hope this helps  though.

how is life and the environment like in the university of birmingham

Life in UOB is very interesting, with an ever changing and unpredictable weather, it keeps you wanting more and looking forward to the next day. You interact with new people from different spheres of life and places. UOB is very environment friendly, climate preserving through little means both by the school and the students within the university

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

I don’t have anything lined up at the moment, but I am looking forward to getting a job to gain some experience and put all that I’ve learnt to practice in the real world to make my own little difference in the world through healthcare. I would like to work internationally and this degree is a great platform to kick start that aspect of my career in my field of interest. The skills obtained are highlighted and further show my worth and areas of specialisation to potential recruiters and employers.

Have you joined any clubs or societies, gone on any research trips or done any volunteering?

I have done some volunteering for AFRUCA, a non-for profit organisation and I really wanted to do some volunteering for cancer research UK, but was quite preoccupied during term times with the course.

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

An amazing opportunity for different learning experiences and meeting diversely skilled people within the course. As I said below, I got to meet other top skilled tutors and course coordinators during the course. For example, Olaf from Germany, an amazing and humble man. I have met many more during the course.

What has been the highlight of your time at Birmingham?

Meeting different people and having friends I will hold on to for life. The opportunity to work alongside world class individuals from various focuses in my field from K.K Cheng, Paul Fisher, Krish, Semira Holland, Malcom Price and many more to mention only a few. The school also helps to get you opportunities to work both during and out of term. I am able to work for external employers and the university. I was a supporting invigilator which is a great means of work-experience I am getting during the course.

Why did you choose the University of Birmingham?

Apart from it being part of the top ranked Universities in my field of interest, it is also part of one of the largest cities in the UK, which I found a big plus. I was looking for a new adventure and a new location to explore. After more consultations with family and friends as well as colleagues and supervisors such as 1 friend who attended this University were all positive markers in affirming my choice of the University of Birmingham.

What was your motivation for undertaking postgraduate study?

I did an undergraduate degree in Public health, and I wanted to expand my knowledge. This stirred me to further my knowledge and skills and I searched for a Masters degree in this field. A more scientific driven and interesting focus into a more applicable form of study to build on my knowledge, especially in the area of my interest.