Postgraduate Open Day: plan your day

University of Birmingham Postgraduate Open Day: Wednesday 16 March 2022.

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 in the Postgraduate Advice Lounge to answer your questions about postgraduate study and life in Birmingham. 

You can also access a digital version of our Postgraduate Open Day Guide (pdf, 18.03 Mb). You will receive a physical copy of this guide when you check-in on the day.

Please note: The timetable below is from our last Postgraduate Open Day on Saturday 20 November 2021. The timetable for March will differ from this, but you can use it as a rough guide to plan your day and see what our open days normally include.

Check in at Open Day

All visitors are required to check in on the day. Check in opens at 09:00. You can check in at any time during the day. You do not have to arrive at 09:00 if the activity you want to attend does not start until later in the day. You can also check-in part way through your day if you arrive and are in a hurry to attend your first session. 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 from 10:00 - 12:00 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.

Please note: For those interested in programmes within the College of Medical and Dental Sciences, please visit the Medical School 10:30 - 12:00 for information on postgraduate programmes, instead of the Study Fair in the Great Hall.

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 09:45 - 15:00.

Please note: The below timetable is subject to change. Please check back regularly and closer to the event date for the most accurate information

Central Talks
 Time TalkRoom and campus map location
09:45 - 10:00  Welcome and Introduction to the Postgraduate Open Day Elgar Concert Hall, Bramall Music Building (R12)
10:00 - 12:00 Postgraduate Study Fair - Representatives from School and Departments across the University will be available on stands to discuss your subject of interest Great Hall, Aston Webb (R6)
10:15 - 10:45  Funding Talk (Masters) Elgar Concert Hall, Bramall Music Building (R12)
11:00 - 11:30 Funding Talk (PhD) Elgar Concert Hall, Bramall Music Building (R12)
11:45 - 12:45 Introduction to Writing a PhD Research Proposal and Impact Statement Elgar Concert Hall, Bramall Music Building (R12)
13:00 - 13:30 Funding Talk (Masters) Elgar Concert Hall, Bramall Music Building (R12)
13:00 - 13:30 Student Experience and Wellbeing Talk Room G33, Aston Webb Building (R7)
13:45 - 14:15 Careers Talk: Support and Services Room G33, Aston Webb Building (R7)
13:45 - 14:15 Funding Talk (PhD) Elgar Concert Hall, Bramall Music Building (R12)
14:30 - 15:00 An overview of accommodation at Birmingham Elgar Concert Hall, Bramall Music Building (R12)

Campus tours

Campus tours will run throughout the day, allowing you to experience our tranquil, picturesque campus first hand. Tours depart on the hour and at half-past the hour from 10:00 - 13:30, leaving from the Bramall Music Building foyer (R12 on the campus map). Tours will 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 after 12:00, 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. Check back nearer our event for subject specific timetables.

Staying safe on campus

If you have access to lateral flow tests, then we’d ask that you and your guests take a test before your visit as part of our continued effort nationally to reduce the risk of Covid transmission. If you test positive or are currently self-isolating then please do not attend and we’ll be happy to rearrange for you to attend a future open day. The NHS has a helpful map of locations where you can collect rapid lateral flow tests, or you can order them online.

We recommend that all visitors to the University have downloaded the NHS Covid-19 app prior to their visit and it’s also worth ensuring that Bluetooth is enabled on your mobile for the duration of the visit. Please be aware that catering areas and some buildings across the University will require checking in via the NHS Covid-19 app.

Some activities at our open days will take place outside, including your campus tour. For any activities that take place inside buildings, such as our Study Fair, we’d strongly encourage and advise that you wear a face covering to keep you, our students and staff safe during your visit. Current Government advice asks us to be careful when meeting those from outside of our household with whom we would not normally meet, and face coverings are one of the mitigations that we can use in enclosed and crowded spaces. We will have some masks available at our check-in but we ask you to bring your own for your own comfort and to wear during your travel to campus.

During your visit, you should also be mindful that other individuals will have varying degrees of confidence with regards to social distancing, and so we’d ask you to respect the space of others whilst on campus.

We’ll be regularly cleaning all areas throughout the event to help keep people safe and hand sanitiser stations are available in all buildings and all catering outlets.

If the national situation changes and we have to adapt our event to any government guidelines, we will of course keep you informed. Otherwise we look forward to meeting you on Saturday 20 November.

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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