Postgraduate Open Day: plan your day

Postgraduate Open Day

University of Birmingham Postgraduate Open Day: Saturday 21 November 2020

You can use the information below to begin to plan your day. You can time your arrival for the events that you want to attend and get the most out of your visit to the University. 

Look out for our Postgraduate Student Ambassadors in blue t-shirts or hoodies, who will be around campus all day to assist with your visit and also available at the Postgraduate Advice Lounge to answer your questions about postgraduate study and life in Birmingham. 

Please note: The following information is from our last Postgraduate Open Day on Wednesday 11 March 2020. The event timings are subject to change. Please check back nearer the date of the event for an accurate event schedule. For your information, our Saturday events usually begin earlier in the day, with registration opening from 09:30.

Check in at Open Day

All visitors are required to check in on the day. Check in opens at 13:00 and closes at 16:30. You can check in at any time during the day - you do not have to arrive at 13:00 if the activity you want to attend does not start until later in the day. At check in, you will receive your welcome pack which will include your programme and useful information about the day. In order for us to check you in as quickly as possible, please pre-register for the event so that we can email you your ticket.

You will need to bring a copy of your ticket, which will contain a QR code, with you (either printed or on your mobile device) and check in at Aston Webb Reception (R6).

Postgraduate Study Fair

The Postgraduate Study Fair will take place 14:30 - 16:30 in the Great Hall, Aston Webb Building (R6). Academic staff, representatives from the University’s support services and current postgraduate students will be available to answer your questions.

Central talks

A variety of central talks, including the welcome talk, funding talks for both Masters and PhD students and Student Experience talk will be given during the Open Day. These will take place between 13:45 - 17:15.

Central Talks
 Time Talk Room
13:45 - 14:00  Welcome and Introduction to the Postgraduate Open Day Elgar Concert Hall, Bramall Music Building (R12)
14:00 - 14:30  Funding Talk (Masters) Elgar Concert Hall, Bramall Music Building (R12)
14:30 - 15:00 Funding Talk (PhD) Elgar Concert Hall, Bramall Music Building (R12)
15:00 - 15:30 Postgraduate Accommodation Talk Elgar Concert Hall, Bramall Music Building (R12)
15:00 - 16:00 Introduction to Writing a PhD Research Proposal and Impact Statement Room WG5, B-Block, Aston Webb Building (R4)
15:45 - 16:15 Student Experience and Wellbeing Talk Room WG12, B-Block, Aston Webb Building (R4)
15:45 - 16:30 Teacher Training Talk Room LG18, Teaching and Learning Building (R32)
16:00 - 17:15 Insider Secrets for Postgraduate Researchers (suitable for MRes and PhD applicants) at Westmere (G15) Meet in Costa, Bramall Music Building (R12)

Campus tours

Campus tours will run from 14:00 - 17:00, allowing you to experience our tranquil, picturesque campus first hand. Tours depart on the hour and at half-past the hour from Reception, Aston Webb Building (R6), and last 45 minutes to an hour.

Subject events

Our academic schools and departments will be offering presentations on the postgraduate study options within their academic area. Schools and departments will also be open to enable you to drop in and take a look around the facilities. Most subject-specific events will run between 14:00 - 19:00, but please note that some may take place earlier or later in the day so it is crucial that you check the full open day programme in the week before the event so that you don’t miss out. 

Support for International and EU students

Staff from our ISAS (International Student Advisory Service) Department will be available to provide support and advice to international and EU students on a range of matters such as immigration, employment and funding. Find them in the Great Hall, Aston Webb Building (R6) between 14:30 and 16:30 as part of the Postgraduate Study Fair.

Local travel and parking

Open days are a very busy time for the University and as such we are only able to offer a limited number of parking spaces on these days. For your convenience, we would strongly recommend using public transport to reach us. The University of Birmingham is fortunate enough to have its own railway station, ‘University’. The centre of the main campus is just a five-minute walk from University station.

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