How companies can engage with University of Birmingham postgraduates

Careers Network offer a range of opportunities for companies and organisations of all sizes to meet and engage with our postgraduate students.

Are you an employer either looking to work in collaboration with the Postgraduate team or keen to recruit our exceptional, specialist postgraduate taught students? If so, see ways you can engage with our students below:

Ways in which employers can engage with Postgraduate Taught students

Skills workshops

We run skills-based workshops (cover topics around sought-after skills employers are looking for in candidates) for Postgraduate Taught and Postgraduate Research students as part of our PG Skills series.

We are always looking for new companies to participate and deliver our skills workshops tailored for Postgraduate students. 

Consultancy challenges

We deliver a number of consultancy projects in collaboration with employers for our postgraduate students to undertake.

Projects can range from two weeks (Masters Consultancy Challenge programme) to eight weeks (Masters Campus-based Team Internship programmes).

We continue to source sector specific and consultancy-based employers to participate in these programmes.  

Postgraduate Professional Development Award (PPDA)

The PPDA provides an opportunity for Postgraduate Taught students to engage with their professional development throughout their postgraduate studies.

We are keen for employers to share their expertise related to how Postgraduate Taught students can promote their postgraduate skills to employers, why postgraduate skills are valued and what they look for when recruiting candidates. 

Careers Fairs

Careers Network hold a number of recruitment fairs throughout the year. For more information and details on how to book, please take a look at our recruitment fairs information.


Employers can advertise vacancies and opportunities specific to graduates and Postgraduate students through our Careers Connect vacancy portal

Postgraduate Researchers

We are always keen to hear from employers or other potential external partners who are interested in engaging with our Postgraduate Researchers (most of whom are pursuing PhD studies). Opportunities to engage with our Postgraduate Researchers include:

  • Advertising vacancies or placements suitable for PhD-level candidates on our Careers Connect platform
  • Being an employer partner for activities like our Postgraduate Enterprise Summer School, which involves setting a business challenge for postgraduate researchers to work on in teams
  • Taking part in careers events tailored for Postgraduate Researchers

For more information on how you can get involved, please contact Sonia Kumari, Postgraduate Taught Employer Liaison and Development Officer. 

Postgraduate Taught Knowledge Exchange Pathway (PGT KEP) Project 

The Postgraduate Taught (PGT) Knowledge Exchange Pathway (KEP) Project aims to diversify the student experience by offering students an alternative to the traditional dissertation, with students working in inter-disciplinary teams on real-life projects for our External Partners.

Through the project, students develop the core skills and experience they need to succeed in the workforce, and partners benefit from the original insights and innovative solutions our postgraduates can offer.

If you have a project/problem you think would be suitable for students and would like to find out more, please get in touch via the PGT KEP Project webpage.

Birmingham Business School (BBS)

Are you an employer looking to work in partnership with BBS Careers? Or to recruit high-quality students or alumni with exceptional education and skills? If you would like to engage with students from the Birmingham Business School, please see information below.

There are several ways you can work with us:

Consultancy and development projects

We source projects for our postgraduate students to undertake. Projects can be either as part of the curriculum or internships outside of term time. 

Events and workshops

We currently run company-focused and sector-based events and workshops. We are always looking for new companies to participate. 

Guest speakers

We host many guest speakers, both as part of the curriculum and as part of extra-curricular development.

Company visits

We can arrange for groups of our students interested in a particular company and sector to get a feel for a working environment.
Contact the Birmingham Business School to get started: