How to apply

The normal minimum entry qualification for both taught and research postgraduate programmes is an Honours degree (normally first- or upper second-class or equivalent) in a relevant subject from an approved university. We will also take into consideration evidence of experience indicative of potential for postgraduate and doctoral scholarship. 

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For information on entry requirements specific to your country of origin. Please visit: www.birmingham.ac.uk/

international/students/country/index.aspx for more information.

If your first language is not English, you will also need to demonstrate that you have a high level of spoken and written English.

For specific questions related to entry requirements for research programmes, please contact the Doctoral Researcher Enquiry Service (DRES) on dr@contacts.bham.ac.uk .

For questions related to taught programmes please contact the postgraduate taught programmes team on msc-ses@contacts.bham.ac.uk 

Making your application for a PhD

Step 1: Ensure your qualifications meet our entry requirements.

Please see above, for more information about our entry requirements.

Step 2: Find a PhD project or find a potential supervisor

Click her for current PhD opportunities

Step 3: Compile initial application. 

If you are responding to an advertised project, please contact the supervisor directly. In some cases, you may be invited for an informal chat before they advise you to submit an application.

If you are proposing your own research project, please contact potential supervisors directly with your outline proposal and the source of your funding. If you are uncertain about who to contact as a potential supervisor, please contact the postgraduate admissions tutor Dr Jet Veldhuijzen van Zanten (veldhujj@bham.ac.uk) who will advice you.

Step 4: Submit your application to the University

You can submit your application online by clicking on ‘Apply to study here’ on the following link.

You will be directed to an application portal where you will create your account with the University and submit your application and supporting documents online. Your application is specifically designed for the programme you choose to apply for and it is sensitive to the answers you provide as you proceed through the application. In order to apply, please indicate the project you would like to work on or your research interests.  Also mention the names of one or more potential supervisors.

For further information, please contact the admissions office: pgadmissions@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Within the School, please contact the Postgraduate Programme Administrator: pg-ses@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Making your application for a PGDip/MSc /AdCert

Step 1: Ensure your qualifications meet our entry requirements.

Please see above, for more information about our entry requirements.

Step 2: Apply online

Applications for out postgraduate taught programmes and normally made through our online applications system. To apply for the course of your choice select it from the list on this page and then click on the ‘Apply to study here’ button.

You will be directed to an application portal where you will create your account with the University and submit your application and supporting documents online. Your application is specifically designed for the programme you choose to apply for and it is sensitive to the answers you provide as you proceed through the application.

It is important that complete your application as fully as possible providing as much information as you can along with any supporting documentation. Your personal statement is very important in our decision and you should make it clear why you are suitable for the programme that you are applying for. We are also interested in any applied experience that you have in relation to the programme. General guidance notes on applying are available here .

Step 3: Submit your application to the University

Once you have submitted your application we will make a decision about whether you will be offered a place.  This may involve contacting you for further information and will often also involve a short telephone interview.

For further information, please contact the University’s admissions office: pgadmissions@contacts.bham.ac.uk or the schools postgraduate taught programmes team msc-ses@contacts.bham.ac.uk