Postgraduate Open Day


University of Birmingham Postgraduate Open Day: Wednesday 22 November 2017, 11:00-17:00 GMT.

Now that you've booked your place onto our next Postgraduate Open Day, you can use the information below to plan your day and get the most out of your visit to the University.  We have scheduled a full day of events and opportunities to talk to our experts to find out more about the wide portfolio of taught and research opportunities available to you. 

Look out for our Postgraduate Student Ambassdors 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. 

You can also download the Open Day brochure to begin planning your day. We'll provide a printed copy when you check-in, too.

Postgraduate Advice Lounge and Study Fair

The Advice Lounge gives you the opportunity to chat to current postgraduates and representatives from the Guild of Students over complimentary refreshments. You can also speak to a funding advisor and have a one-to-one advice session with a member of our Careers Network. The Advice Lounge will be open 10.30–16.00 and can be found in the Rotunda, 1st Floor, The Bramall (R12). 

The Postgraduate Study Fair will take place 12.00–14.00 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.

Central talks

A welcome talk, introduction to postgraduate life and presentation on funding opportunities will be given before the Study Fair opens. These will take place 11.00–12.00 in the Elgar Concert Hall, Bramall Music Building (R12). 

Central Talks
 Time Talk Speaker Room
 11.00-11.15  Welcome and Introduction to the Postgraduate Open Day  Professor Gavin Schaffer, Director of Postgraduate Studies  The Elgar Concert Hall, The Bramall (R12)
 11.15-11.30  The Postgraduate Community at Birmingham: Student Life, Supportand Accommodation  Rose Bennett, Postgraduate Officer  The Elgar Concert Hall, The Bramall (R12)
 11.30-12.00  Funding Postgraduate Studyat the University of Birmingham  Andrew Perry, Funding, Graduation and Awards Officer   The Elgar Concert Hall, The Bramall (R12)
 13.00-14.00  Introduction to Writing a PhD Research Proposal and Impact Statement  Dr Alex Conner, Senior Lecturer in Medical Sciences, and Dr Emily Rozier, Postgraduate Recruitment Manager   The Elgar Concert Hall, Bramall Music Building (R12)
16.00-16.45 An Introduction to Initial Teacher Education Frances Child, Head of Department of Teacher Education Room G33, School of Education (R19)

Café Masters and Café PhD

Cafés are informal social events designed to enable anyone interested in starting a postgraduate programme to network with current students and get tips on the application process and sources of funding. These events offer an opportunity to get first-hand, impartial advice on what it’s actually like to be a postgraduate student at Birmingham. 

Café Masters will take place 16.00-17.00 in Room G06, University House (O3) and Café PhD will take place 16.00–17.00 in Room G07, University House (O3). Refreshments will be provided and you can come along for the whole session, or drop in whenever you can. 


Campus tours will run throughout the day (10.00–15.30), 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.

There will also be opportunities to take a tour of the Postgraduate Research Hub at 12.30, 13.00 and 13.30, also departing from Aston Webb Reception. 

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 during the afternoon, 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. 

You can find the schedules for each of our five colleges on the following pages:

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.

Find more information about how to get here