Postgraduate Open Day: plan your day


University of Birmingham Postgraduate Open Day: Saturday 24 November 2018.

You can use the information below to plan for our next event on Saturday 24 November and get the most out of your visit to the University.  

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 download the brochure (PDF, 4.03 MB) from our last Open Day in March 2018.

Please note the Open Day brochure and following talk times are available as a guide only. Event times and locations will be announced closer to the Open Day in November.

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 10.00–12.00 and can be found in the Great Hall, Aston Webb Building (R6). 

The Postgraduate Study Fair will take place 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.

Central talks

A welcome talk, introduction to postgraduate life and presentation on funding opportunities will be given during the Open Day. These will take place 10.00-13.30 in Aston Webb Lecture Theatre (R7). 

Central Talks
 Time Talk Room
 10.00-10.15  Welcome and Introduction to the Postgraduate Open Day Aston Webb Lecture Theatre (R7)
 10.15-10.45  Funding talk Aston Webb Lecture Theatre (R7)
 11.00-11.30  The Postgraduate Community at Birmingham: Student Life, Support and Accommodation  Aston Webb Lecture Theatre (R7)
 12.00-13.00  Introduction to Writing a PhD Research Proposal and Impact Statement Aston Webb Lecture Theatre (R7)
13.00-13.30 Funding talk Aston Webb Lecture Theatre (R7)


Campus tours will run throughout the day (10.00–14.00), 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.

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

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 12.00-14.00, 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. 

You can find the schedules from last year's Open Day 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