English for Academic Purposes (PhD)Presessional

The EAP (PhD) course is specifically for students with offers to begin their PhD in January or April.  Applicants with conditional offers to study a PhD  beginning in September, should apply to study on either the Business Management English Presessional Programme (for the Birmingham Business School) or the English for Academic Purposes Presessional for all other schools.  

The length of course you need depends on your future course, your existing level of English and the level you need for your university degree.

If you wish to apply for one of our presessional programmes you must present an IELTS as evidence of English language ability. Please note that  we no longer accept the TOEFL test.

Course content

Preparation for the demands of your academic programme that will help you to:

  • Improve your academic language skills in preperation for writing assignments
  • Practise writing academic essays and reports
  • Develop your speaking and pronunciation skills
  • Enhance your ability to understand academic lectures
  • Develop specialist vocabulary to allow you to take part in discussions related to your future academic course

You will study in small groups of students (maximum 15) and be taught by experienced, academic English tutors.

Length of course

The length of course you need depends on your existing IELTS score and on the IELTS score you need for your PhD. 

Length of course (Some programmes in * schools may require higher grades)
 Academic area  Main programme IELTS required  22-week entry requirement  11-week entry requirement
 Engineering and Science  6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band  5.0 (4.0 in writing)  5.5 (5.0 in writing)
 Arts*, Business*, Education (Taught), Health Sciences, Public Policy, Social Sciences  6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band  5.0 (5.0 in writing)  6.0 (5.5 in writing)
 Medicine, Dentristy, Research Education, Law (LLM)  7.0 with no less than 6.5 in any band  6.0 (5.5 in writing)  6.5 (6.0 in writing)

If your IELTS score is not listed above, you will need to apply for an alternative presessional course.

Course dates 

Fees and funding

For all information about this course please contact:
presessional@contacts.bham.ac.uk
+44 (0) 121 415 8492.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

You must have an offer for a PhD course at the University of Birmingham. 

IELTS requirements

The minimum IELTS score you need for this course depends on the required IELTS score for the degree or course you wish to study next. If you have an offer letter from the University of Birmingham, it will tell you the required IELTS score for your chosen course.

Use the following table to find out if you have the minimum IELTS score for the EAP(PhD) presessional course.

Length of course (Some programmes in * schools may require higher grades)
 Academic area  Main programme IELTS required  22-week entry requirement  11-week entry requirement
 Engineering and Science  6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band  5.0 (4.0 in writing)  5.5 (5.0 in writing)
 Arts*, Business*, Education (Taught), Health Sciences, Public Policy, Social Sciences  6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band  5.0 (5.0 in writing)  6.0 (5.5 in writing)
 Medicine, Dentristy, Research Education, Law (LLM)  7.0 with no less than 6.5 in any band  6.0 (5.5 in writing)  6.5 (6.0 in writing)

If your IELTS score is not listed above, you will need to apply for an alternative presessional course: Find out what length of of course you need

Successful completion

Progression to your academic department is based on achieving the appropriate final score in coursework and final examinations, and at least 90% attendance.

Foundation and Undergraduate Presessional Progression Requirements (Internal assessment equivalent to IELTS)
EAP(PG)  marksIELTS (approximate equivalence)CEFR equivalent
49-51 4.5 B1
52-55 5.0
56-59 5.5 B2
60-63 6.0
64-67 6.5 C1
68-71 7.0
72-74 7.5

 

The EAP presessional curriculum is designed in accordance with:

  • Research into academic English: We have explored what makes academic English different from the “general” English which you may have learned before
  •  Research into learning and language learning: We know how to break up academic English into pieces that can be taught and learned in the best way from the beginning of the course to the end
  •  The requirements of your academic departments: We have talked to departments around the University and we understand what different departments expect you to be able to do

You will have an average of 20 hours class per week (including tutorials), plus 20 independent study hours for completing homework and carrying out assignments. Please note that it is university policy to run 50 minute hours as standard to incorporate breaks/changeover of classes.

Typical timetables

 

These  sample timetables  provide you with an idea of how your weekly study will be arranged.

A typical timetable 
 

  Sessions 1 & 2  

9.00 -  13.30 

Session 3

14.30 - 17.00

 Monday   Academic Language & Study Skills Listening Skills Independent Study/
Language Support
 Tuesday  Academic Language & Study Skills English in Your Subject Independent Study/
Language Support
 Wednesday  Academic Language Skills Independent Study/Extra Curricular Activities Independent Study/
Language Support 
 Thusday   Academic Language & Study Skills  English in Your Subject Independent Study/
Language Support 
 Friday  Academic Language & Study Skills  Individual Tutorials/ Language Support Independent Study/
Language Support 

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Leisure programme

At the BIA, we organise day trips for international students to places of cultural and historic interest. These day trips are organised throughout the year, during term-time and the summer.

The cost of day trips is included in your tuition fee; however, occasionally we may run a day trip where subsidised costs may apply. You will always be advised when costs to any of our day trips or social activities apply.

In addition to the day trips, we organise a full and lively social programme for all summer presessionals. This starts in July and includes sports activities, trips to the cinema and local museums. Some extra costs may apply for local trips (up to £10).

Full information about day trips, the summer social programme and associated costs when applicable, can be found here and via the online shop.

All students have full access to the University library resources, IT and sports facilities and social opportunities.

Accommodation

Before your presessional starts, you can book self-catering accommodation on the University campus and obtain information on accommodation in the private sector through the University accommodation website. For under-18s, we offer a special level of support and house students in Mason hall or Shackleton. If you are under 18 at the start of the programme, this accommodation is compulsory.

 

Meal Plan (term-time only)

If you live at the Vale Village, you may be allocated into a Meal Plan room. The Meal Plan is not available during the summer.

During term-time, the Meal Plan gives you a flexible weekly allowance that you can spend on food in University catering outlets including Infusion, The Melt and Pizza Shack on the Vale, as well as 17 other cafés and snack bars across campus. It is a great opportunity to meet other residents and socialise over meals, and helps free up time for studying, as you don't need to worry about food shopping, cooking or washing up.

Most dietary requirements can be catered for.

Under the Meal Plan package, meals are available during term times:

  • 18 September 2017 to 10 December 2017
  • 8 January 2018 to 25 March 2018
  • 23 April 2018 to 24 June 2018

 

For all queries about accommodation, please contact Housing Services: living@contacts.bham.ac.uk