As a Postgraduate Taught student you are in a unique position, being both new and experienced at the same time. Whether you are studying at Birmingham for the first time, or returning as one of our alumni, there is a range of support to help you achieve at postgraduate level.
As a postgraduate, making friends and connecting with other postgraduates can help you build a support network of others who understand what it is like to study at a higher level, particularly if you will be living in private accommodation.
Take opportunities to socialise with coursemates through inductions and course societies, and find events through your School or College to find others in similar or related disciplines.
As a postgraduate student, you can join the Postgraduate & Mature Students Association (PGMSA) for free, and access their varied programme of meetings and events throughout the year. The Association offers opportunities to socialise, as well as representing you at the Guild of Students and to the University.
As a postgraduate you are entitled to join any of the Guild of Students' societies - with over 250 to choose from, there is sure to be something of interest to you.
If you completed your undergraduate studies at Birmingham, why not consider becoming a Global Buddy, to share your knowledge and experiences with new international students?
You may find it helpful to consider which student communities you feel connected to and explore getting involved with them.
Although you will have studied at university before, many students find the transition to postgraduate level study challenging. The Academic Skills Gateway has online resources on a wide range of areas, from presentation skills to maths and statistics.
You can also access specialist subject support through the Library, to help you make the most of library resources in your discipline, with advice, training and one-to-one support.
If you are looking to build on your digital knowledge, the Digital and Technology Skills team offer online and face-to-face training in key software, as well as one-to-one appointments to help you build the skills you need to complete your studies and research.
English Language Support
International postgraduate students can access a range of English Language support through the Birmingham International Academy (BIA), including lunchtime and afternoon workshops, online courses and confidential one-to-one appointments.
The BIA also offer Partners' English, an English language course for the husbands, wives and partners of postgraduate students and staff, focusing on communication and speaking skills.
As a postgraduate student, you may have a very clear idea of the career you want to follow, or even be on that career path already, or may still be exploring your options. Careers Network provide advice and support for postgraduates, as well as dedicated events.
The Student Help knowledgebase provides answers to common questions for all students, from administration and ID cards, to disability support and careers, as well as letting you contact the relevant teams directly.