Is there a closing date for Postgraduate Applications?
There is no official closing date for most postgraduate courses. Most taught courses begin late September/early October and you will need to give yourself plenty of time to ensure that there is time to process your application before the start of the course, especially if you need to apply for visas etc. Some courses may close early depending on competition for places. PhD's in most departments may start in any month excluding July/August.
For courses where there is an official closing date or strict deadline for receiving applications, details are provided on the course finder pages. These courses may automatically reject late applications.Deadlines are listed in the course finder page.
Will you acknowledge receipt of my application?
Yes, at the point that you submit your application you will be sent an email with your personal/student id number and details of how to access the postgraduate portal. Please use this id number in all further correspondence with the university. There may be a delay while your records are checked against existing records. If you haven't heard from us within 48 hours then please contact Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will check your application. Please provide your full name and date of birth as entered on your application to help us track your application.
Is it possible to make an application for more than one course?
I'd advise you to research the course(s) you wish to apply for before you make an application. Contact the admissions office/tutor/supervisor of the course(s) you are interested in and discuss whether it is the appropriate course for you. You can make an application for more than one course but you will have to submit individual applications for each programme you apply for. The limit is 5 applications in each academic year and be careful as multiple applications can sometimes be viewed as speculative rather than serious applications.
What is the start date for courses at Birmingham?
Most postgraduate programmes start in late September/early October, but you will be informed if the start date of your chosen programme is different. In general, there are no closing dates for applications, but you are advised to apply early as many of our programmes receive more applications than there are places available. International applicants should also allow time to obtain a visa. Where there are closing dates for applications, details are given in individual programme entries within our course finder. If you intend to seek financial support, you should contact the school or department for details of deadlines.
Is it possible to start a course late?
There is usually an induction week, which is a very important part of most courses. It is much harder to settle in if you start any later. For these reasons you will only be given permission to delay your start date by the Course Director in exceptional circumstances.
Can I study part time?
Many postgraduate courses offer the option to study part-time. When you are researching the course you wish to apply for check to see if it is also offered on a part-time basis. Overseas applicants should note that a UK study visa usually requires study on a full-time basis.
I'm not sure if I will pay the Home or Overseas fee?
You can gain an indication of your fee status by checking with UKCISA*. Once you have submitted your application and there is any doubt over your fee status, we will issue you with a fee status questionnaire which will help us to establish your fee status. Please ensure that you complete each section of the questionnaire. The more information you can provide relating to your nationality and residence the better. If you think we have made a mistake in assessing your fee status then please contact us to discuss your status and we may ask you to provide us with further evidence to support your claim.
*UKCISA The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) is the UK’s national advisory body serving the interests of international students and those who work with them.
I have some questions about the content of the course? Who do I contact?
You should contact the course admissions tutor/supervisor. Details can be found via course finder
When I apply will I be give a personal ID number by the University?
At the point that you submit your application you will be sent an email with your personal/student id number. Please use this id number in all further correspondence with the university. There may be a delay while your records are checked against existing records so if you haven't heard from us within 48 hours of submitting your application then please contact Admissions at email@example.com and we will check your application. Please provide your full name and date of birth as entered on your application to help us track your application.
How long will it take to get a decision? Can I track my application?
Unless stated otherwise on course finder, it normally takes between 4 and 6 weeks to make a decision on your application if you have submitted the relevant supporting documents. Applications for research may take longer. You will be able to track your application via the postgraduate application portal.
Why was my application unsuccessful?
There may be any number of reasons why your application has been unsuccessful. Please put your request for feedback in writing or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your personal id number, name, course applied for and date of birth.
Can I nominate a parent or a friend to manage my application on my behalf?
Your application is confidential and for privacy reasons we will not discuss information relating to your application with anyone else. If you are unavailable during the admission process, or you need assistance, you may authorise a relative or friend to act on your behalf by emailing the Admissions Office at email@example.com with the name of your nominated representative and their relationship to you.
What are the contact details for the Admissions Office?