Postgraduate Online Open Week: choose your sessions

University of Birmingham online Postgraduate Open Week: Monday 8 - Saturday 13 March 2021

You can use the information below to begin to plan your schedule for Open Week. You can choose events from multiple days to suit your schedule and, once booked on to our Postgraduate Online Open Week event, you will receive an email which will allow you to book on to the specific sessions that you are interested in. 

We have also put together some helpful information on how to book your sessions and accessing your sessions once you have registered for our Open Week.

Booking your sessions

Accessing your sessions

General information sessions

A variety of sessions run by our central university teams. These sessions include....

General Information sessions
 Date TimeSession Title Session Description
Monday 8 - Saturday 13 March 10:00 - 16:00 Chat to our Students Our current postgraduate students will be available all week from 10:00 - 16:00 daily to answer your questions about student experience and life at the University of Birmingham.
Monday 8 March 11:30 - 12:30 Women in STEM - An Alumni talk with Sandeep Sandhu

This session is part of our International Women's Day schedule.

Sandeep Sandhu will share her experience of a career working not only at the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) but also at UKRI and the Medical Research Council. During this interactive hour she will reflect on her own path, as well as providing you with tips and hints she has learned along the way.

Monday 8 March 13:00 - 14:15 Choosing to Challenge

This session is part of our International Women's Day schedule.

Join the HR team as we welcome three inspirational women leaders and University alumnae to talk about their careers. Our speakers Asha Devi, Cath Hannon and Alethea Fuller have all developed successful careers in areas where women are under-represented. In this event introduced by HR Director Gillian McGratten, our speakers will share stories of how they have "Chosen to challenge" and reflect on women's equality in the workplace.

Find out more and book on to this session via our International Women's Day Schedule.

Monday 8 March 14:00 - 15:30 UoB International Women's Day SHE Engineers

This session is part of our International Women's Day schedule.

Join us to celebrate the success of Female Engineers, Scientists and to hear more about how education has evolved globally. The career talks will also discuss challenges they overcame #ChooseToChallenge.

Find out more and book on to this session via our International Women's Day Schedule.

There is a second session with different speakers on Wednesday 10 March (see below).

Monday 8 March 15:00 - 16:00 Postgraduate Study and Student Experience

Join this session to find our more about postgraduate study and student experience at the University of Birmingham.

Monday 8 March 16:30 - 17:00 Meet your Postgraduate Officer – student voice, your representation, experience and wellbeing

Join this session for an opportunity to speak to our dedicated Postgraduate Officer, Rebecca, and find out about student experience at the University of Birmingham and the support offered by the Guild of Students

Tuesday 9 March 15:00 - 16:00 Information and Advice for EU Students

Join this session for information and advice for EU students, including what it's like to study at Birmingham, transitioning to studying in the UK, how the results of the EU referendum may affect your study, and what funding and scholarship opportunities are available to you.

Tuesday 9 March 17:00 - 18:00 Meet our Masters Students: Current Student Panel If you are interested in starting a taught postgraduate programme then our Meet our Masters students session offers you the perfect opportunity to hear current postgraduates talk about their course and tell you what the step up to Masters study is really like
Tuesday 9 March 18:00 - 19:00 Meet our PhD Students: Current Student Panel If you are interested in starting a research programme then our Meet our PhD students session offers you the perfect opportunity to hear current postgraduates talk about their course and tell you what it’s really like to be a doctoral researcher at Birmingham
Wednesday 10 March 14:00 - 15:30 UoB International Women's Day SHE Engineers

This session is part of our International Women's Day schedule.

Join us to celebrate the success of Female Engineers, Scientists and to hear more about how education has evolved globally. The career talks will also discuss challenges they overcame #ChooseToChallenge.

Find out more and book on to this session via our International Women's Day Schedule.

Student Support sessions

Student Support sessions
 Date Time Session Title Session Description
Tuesday 9 March 10:00 - 10:30 Introducing Library Services and the support available to postgraduate students at Birmingham

Meet Rachel and Judith from Library Services to find out about the resources and support available to you if you decide to take up a postgraduate place at Birmingham.

Accommodation, Careers and Funding sessions

Accommodation, Careers and Funding sessions
 Date Time Session Title Session Description
Monday 8 March 12:00 - 13:00 Introduction to Writing a PhD Research Proposal

Join this masterclass to learn how to write a PhD research proposal. Get advice and information about what to include and how to structure your proposal.

Wednesday 10 March 10:00 - 11:00 Careers: Introducing the Careers Services and support open to postgraduate students at Birmingham

Please note this session is repeated on Saturday 13 March (see below)

Meet our Postgraduate Careers Advisers Anna and Holly and find out all about the tailored careers support on offer to you if you decide to take up a postgraduate place at Birmingham.

Wednesday 10 March 11:00 - 12:00 Introducing the Careers in Business service and support open to postgraduate students (MSc, MBA and PGR)

Meet our dedicated Birmingham Business School Postgraduate Careers Consultants to find out about our service and how we can support you if you choose to study here and beyond.

Thursday 11 March 14:00 - 15:00 Funding Postgraduate Research An opportunity to learn more about the funding options available to postrgaduate research students. The panel will include members of Funding, Graduation and Awards, the University Graduate School and current research students.
Friday 12 March 14:00 - 15:00 Funding Taught Postgraduate Study An opportunity to learn more about the funding options available to taught postrgaduate students, including Masters Loans, NHS funding, Teacher Training Bursaries and University scholarships. The panel will include members of Funding, Graduation and Awards, the University Graduate School and current Masters students.
Saturday 13 March 10:00 - 11:00 An overview of accommodation at Birmingham An opportunity to find out more about both university accommodation and private sector housing and how to apply for / source accommodation.
Saturday 13 March 11:00 - 12:00 Careers: Introducing the Careers Services and support open to postgraduate students at Birmingham Meet our Postgraduate Careers Advisers Anna and Holly and find out all about the tailored careers support on offer to you if you decide to take up a postgraduate place at Birmingham.

Subject specific sessions

Our academic schools and departments will be offering webinars and live zoom sessions on the postgraduate study options within their academic area. Schools and departments may also be have drop in sessions to ask questions. Please visit the following pages for details on the sessions available.

College of Arts and Law

College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

College of Life and Environmental Sciences

College of Medical and Dental Sciences

College of Social Sciences

Additional sessions for International Students

International Student Information sessions
 Date Time Session Title Session Description
Tuesday 9 March 11:00 - 13:00 Information for students from North and South East Asia The International Team will present this session giving students from North and South East Asia the chance to find out more about student life and studying at Birmingham.
Thursday 11 March 10:00 - 11:00

Activate Your English with the Birmingham International Academy

The Birmingham International Academy (BIA) provide a host of flexible courses and individual sesisons that aim to improve intenational students Academic English for their chosen programme. This session will highlight what is availabe and signpost how to sign up for sessions and courses.
Thursday 11 March 11:00 - 12:00 Scholarships for International Students - what is Birmingham offering? Each year the University of Birmingham typically awards £6m in scholarships and funding to international students across all levels of study, £1.2m of which is awarded as part of 'international scholarship' programmes and initiatives. To reward outstanding achievement and to help ensure that fears about finance to not constrain prospective international students from considering study at the University of Birmingham, we are pleased to be offering a number of significant international postgraduate scholarships for 2021 entry. Join this webinar to find out more.
Thursday 11 March 15:00 - 16:00 Information for students from the Middle East & North Africa The International Team will present this session giving students from the Middle East & North Africa the chance to find out more about student life and studying at Birmingham.
Thursday 11 March 18:00 - 19:00 Information for students from the Americas Join this information session for applicants from South Asia for an opportunity to talk to our staff about studying at Birmingham and applying for a postgraduate course.
Thursday 11 March 19:00 - 20:00 Americas alumni and student panel Q&A The International Team will present this session and provide the opportunity for potential students to speak with Alumni and current students from the Americas.
Friday 12 March 11:00 - 12:00 Information for students from Sub Saharan Africa The International Team will present this session giving students from Africa the chance to find out more about studying at Birmingham.
Friday 12 March 14:00 - 15:00 Information for students from Indian Sub-continent The International Team will present this session giving students from Indian Sub-continent the chance to find out more about student life and studying at Birmingham.

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