Postgraduate Campus Tours

If you are interested in postgraduate study at Birmingham in 2021, you have the opportunity to visit our beautiful campus in Edgbaston and attend one of our Postgraduate Campus Tours. Tours will follow the latest government guidance on safety and social distancing.

Important information

  • Our student ambassadors are current students who will be able to give an insight into postgraduate study at the University, and life in Birmingham however it is unlikely that the ambassador leading your tour will be from the course you are interested in. 
  • Tours typically begin at 11:00 and 14:00 and last approximately 45 minutes. They include all the main facilities on campus and those that will be of specific interest to your chosen subject area.
  • Comfortable footwear is advised. If you or anyone accompanying you has any accessibility requirements, please advise us when booking your place. This will allow us to make all the necessary arrangements to ensure your visit is as easy as possible.
  • The tour will take place outside, so please check the forecast and come prepared for any weather!
  • Each tour will have limited space, with a maximum of 15 people in each group. 
  • There will be toilet facilities and catering facilities available and we encourage visitors to wear face coverings inside buildings (unless exempt), so please bring a mask with you to wear when using these indoor facilities.
  • When you book a tour, you will receive a confirmation email and then nearer the date and time of your tour, we will send you another email with all the details you need, such as information on where the tour will depart from. 
  • Please read the guidance for visitors below which has important information regarding how to visit the University safely and minimise risk associated with COVID-19. 
  • Please note, we continue to follow the latest Government guidance which may mean that campus tours are changed at relatively short notice. We will contact you via email if things need to change for any reason.

Guidance for visitors

This information intends to give brief guidance to authorised persons on how to visit the University safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. It draws from guidance published by HM Government and other sources, and is complementary to other guidance developed to support the return to campus.

General advice to visitors to minimise risk associated with COVID-19 is as follows:

  1. If displaying symptoms, you must self-isolate and inform a member of staff at the University who will inform their Line Manager.
  2. Wash hands regularly with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds, and do not share objects e.g. pens.
  3. Coughs and sneezes should be covered with a tissue and disposed of immediately (into your elbow if no tissue) followed by the washing of hands.
  4. Visitors must maintain social distancing when greeting others, this includes avoiding shaking hands.
  5. There is a requirement to record all visitors so we can contact you if someone develops Covid symptoms.

Please observe the following protocols when entering University buildings including:

  • Maintaining 2m distancing protocol at all times, including the transit from car parks and public transport drop-off points and paths leading onto the campus and to individual buildings, as well as travelling through buildings.
  • Face coverings: We are encouraging the wearing of face coverings. While the use of face coverings when outside is a personal choice, we want to encourage their use particularly inside buildings where it is difficult to maintain social distancing. There are some buildings/locations (such as labs and corridors) where 1m+ social distancing means face coverings would be required. We will continue to monitor government guidance on face coverings and update this policy as appropriate.
  • Access and egress: Enter all building entrances one at a time.
  • You will be expected to follow one-way systems, to limit numbers travelling in lifts together, and will be guided where to walk or stand by floor marking and signage.
  • Handwashing facilities will be positioned at entry and exit points, and at all times it is possible to do so you should maintain a distance of at least 2m from others.
  • Corridors/staircases/lifts: Maintaining social distancing in the corridors of buildings will involve several factors. Where possible, a one-way system will be in place, creating a series of loops that people should follow when moving around buildings. If corridors are sufficiently wide, a marking down the corridor centre should be made to provide two lanes, in which a one-way system should be implemented (e.g., always keep left).
  • The use of lifts in buildings should be avoided wherever possible and used only by people who would have difficulty using the stairs. Where lifts are used, expect the occupancy to be restricted, and there may be floor markings or signs indicating how to stand to maintain safety.
  • Toilets: For the majority of communal toilets on campus, it is envisaged that maintaining social distancing will be extremely difficult without changing how these are used. It might be necessary to operate a ‘one-in, one-out’ system with no more than one person in the room at any one time, and to use a ‘knock and call’ system. Additional signage is likely to be used to explain the arrangement. In all cases, hand washing is again a critical aspect of control to remain safe.

Travelling to campus

Please read our advice about getting to our Edgbaston Campus. We have our own train station at the University which is around 7 minutes from Birmingham New Street as well as plenty of bus connections. If you are driving to the University, then there are a number of pay and display car parks that you can use. We recommend the North East Car Park (sat nav postcode B15 2SA) or the Pritchatts Road Car Park (sat nav postcode B15 2QU).

Book a campus tour

Self-guided campus tours

If you are unable to make the above dates but would like to visit our campus, you are welcome to have a look round independently using our self-guided audio campus tour. You can also access a transcript of the audio tour, and you may find it useful to use our digital campus map.

Explore our campus online 

If you are unable to join us for a campus tour, we also have a virtual tour of our campus available online, giving you the chance to look around some of the spaces you'd experience as a student here. We are continually adding new buildings and information to the tour and so why not take the time to explore. We also have video content where you can find out more about campus, and have developed a self-guided audio tour should you wish to explore campus in your own time. 

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Online events

We also hold regular online chat events offering advice about funding, application guidance and student experience. 

Explore our online events