Study support

At Birmingham study and research is a conversation, not simply a lecture. You will be responsible for your own progress, working with academics who challenge and stimulate you, and with access to our support and facilities on- and off-campus.

Skills training and development

Our wide range of training courses enable you to develop both your academic skills and skills that you can transfer to the workplace, improving your work-based competencies and employability. Whether you need to deliver a presentation, improve your communication skills or get to grips with project management, we offer courses that will help you.

Support for our taught postgraduates

As you progress through your Masters degree programme, the University’s enquiry-based approach to learning will help you develop the key skills that employers are looking for, such as creativity, independent enquiry, the ability to work in a team and to set your own goals, and advanced problem solving.

You will also benefit from the institutional Virtual Learning Environment (iVLE), which comprises arange of applications adopted by the University to facilitate learning, teaching and assessment that grant online access to course content, programme materials, assessment, discussion boards, webinars and recorded lectures.

Support for our researchers

The University Graduate School (UGS) brings together all postgraduate researchers at Birmingham. It acts as your central resource point, giving you access to a wealth of services to support you in your research, develop your skills and prepare you for success in a competitive global market.

UGS runs a number of networking sessions and annual events, such as our Research Poster Conference and Community Day, which provide you with valuable opportunities to meet and learn from colleagues across the University research community. Our Induction Day will introduce you to the facilities available to postgraduate researchers and will outline how we can support you in your studies.

The training needs of our research students are met by the University Graduate School.

Subject support from the library

Our library subject advisors are available to help you in your research, whether for essays, dissertations, or project work. They will meet you one-on-one to give you the advice, training and support you need.

English for international students

Our Birmingham International Academy offers free English classes during the academic year; these include academic English, grammar, and vocabulary. You can also get individual advice about your writing and other language needs, receive answers to your questions by e-mail, and download more than 100 self-study materials to improve your English. At the start of your studies you take an academic English language assessment so that we can advise you on your individual needs. 

Dyslexia and other learning difficulties

We provide disability support through the Learning Support Team if you have a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia or dyspraxia.