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MLA Landscape Architecture (Conversion)

Course location

Exterior of the parkside building

Parkside Building, City Centre Campus (Room numbers start with P)

Start date

All students should attend campus for their course induction, which will take place during the week commencing Monday 16 January 2023. Your course team will schedule activities for you to find out more about your course, meet your lecturers and other students, and find your way around campus. Teaching will begin from Monday 23 January.

You will be able to see your timetable for the whole semester, including your course induction, on iCity or the iBCU App as soon as it is available.

See your timetable

You can also download the University Assistant app and sign up with your course details for updates on Welcome Week.

Your Faculty and School

Your course is part of our Birmingham School of Architecture and Design, within the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media.

Your School Office is your first point of enquiry during your time with us. You can find them at:

Parkside Building, P426
+44 (0)121 300 4043 / 7883
ArchitectureAndDesignProgrammeAdmin@bcu.ac.uk

Course Leader(s)
SandraCosta

Sandra Costa

Welcome message

We would like to welcome you joining one of the most successful and vibrant schools in Europe for learning Landscape Architecture. We strive to create a stimulating environment for you to explore your creative, artistic, technical and intellectual abilities through a range of design projects that explore contemporary issues related to our landscapes and the built environment. We hope you are feeling enthusiastic about embarking on this journey with us that is our distinctive and highly-regarded MA in Landscape Architecture.

We wish you every success in the year ahead!

Pre-arrival activity

There’s lots of information about your course on your Course Moodle page. Check out the ‘Start Here’ section for an overview of Welcome Week and information on your pre-arrival activity, which you should complete to help you prepare for your course.

Moodle – Master of Landscape Architecture

What should I bring on my first day?

We look forward to welcoming you on your first day!

You are required to have your ID card visible at all times when on campus, so if you have received yours before your first day, ensure you bring this with you. If you enrolled late you will need to collect one on campus during your first few days.

In order to complete your enrolment you will need the following:

UK/EU students
  • Passport or Photo ID
  • Original qualification documents if applicable (you will be emailed a list of the documents we need to see once you have completed your online enrolment.)
International students

As well as the items listed above, you should also bring the following:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Qualification documents as listed in your CAS, for your visa application

What else? The rest is up to you, there is a shop, café, pub, computer access and water fountains on campus, but we recommend on your first day you bring the following:

  • Pen
  • Notepad
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Snack
  • Money
  • Face mask

And remember, the weather in Birmingham can be changeable!

Your Student Success Adviser team

Your Student Success Adviser team is here to support you throughout your journey. They're based within your Faculty and provide support for student welfare, run events throughout the year, and can help you access services and wider university support networks.

Get in touch with your Student Success Adviser team:

ADM - Contact the team on admssa.team@bcu.ac.uk or connect with the team on Moodle or Instagram.

Social media accounts

Make sure to keep up to date and follow us on all our social media!

Course Social Media

Instagram
Twitter

SSA Social Media

Instagram
Facebook

BCU Social Media

Instagram
Facebook

Mentors

Level Up+ Mentors are current students who are there to help you and answer all your questions about university life. The Level Up+ programme is about supporting your transition into university, no matter what your experience or background, so you feel confident and ready for the challenges ahead. The Mentors are there to talk to, offer advice and share their experiences to help you settle in. You will receive either a phone call or a video message from one of our mentors in the lead up to Welcome Week to check you have all the information you need.

International students

We expect all international students to arrive in the UK and engage with their studies for Semester 1 from week 1 (w/c 23 January).

The final deadline to arrive in the UK to complete enrolment will be week 4 (w/c 13 February).

Please check the guidelines on entering the UK from your country or territory before planning your journey.

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Further information you may find useful

MA Design Management

Course location

Exterior of the parkside building

Parkside Building, City Centre Campus (Room numbers start with P)

Start date

All students should attend campus for their course induction, which will take place during the week commencing Monday 16 January 2023. Your course team will schedule activities for you to find out more about your course, meet your lecturers and other students, and find your way around campus. Teaching will begin from Monday 23 January.

You will be able to see your timetable for the whole semester, including your course induction, on iCity or the iBCU App as soon as it is available.

See your timetable

You can also download the University Assistant app and sign up with your course details for updates on Welcome Week.

Your Faculty and School

Your course is part of our Birmingham School of Architecture and Design, within the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media.

Your School Office is your first point of enquiry during your time with us. You can find them at:

Parkside Building, P426
+44 (0)121 300 4043 / 7883
ArchitectureAndDesignProgrammeAdmin@bcu.ac.uk

Course Leader(s)

Dr. Mersha Aftab

Nicholas Irvin

Welcome message

Welcome to the Master's in Design Management!

By joining this innovative and well-established course, you have made a significant personal investment and will be working with a great team of professionals. We look forward to meeting you and have put together a lot of information about the course and how to prepare for your studies which is going to be sent to your email.

Pre-arrival activity

There’s lots of information about your course on your Course Moodle page. Check out the ‘Start Here’ section for an overview of Welcome Week and information on your pre-arrival activity, which you should complete to help you prepare for your course.

Moodle – MA Design Management

What should I bring on my first day?

We look forward to welcoming you on your first day!

You are required to have your ID card visible at all times when on campus, so if you have received yours before your first day, ensure you bring this with you. If you enrolled late you will need to collect one on campus during your first few days.

In order to complete your enrolment you will need the following:

UK/EU students
  • Passport or Photo ID
  • Original qualification documents if applicable (you will be emailed a list of the documents we need to see once you have completed your online enrolment.)
International students

As well as the items listed above, you should also bring the following:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Qualification documents as listed in your CAS, for your visa application

What else? The rest is up to you, there is a shop, café, pub, computer access and water fountains on campus, but we recommend on your first day you bring the following:

  • Pen
  • Notepad
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Snack
  • Money
  • Face mask

And remember, the weather in Birmingham can be changeable!

Your Student Success Adviser team

Your Student Success Adviser team is here to support you throughout your journey. They're based within your Faculty and provide support for student welfare, run events throughout the year, and can help you access services and wider university support networks.

Get in touch with your Student Success Adviser team:

ADM - Contact the team on admssa.team@bcu.ac.uk or connect with the team on Moodle or Instagram.

Social media accounts

Make sure to keep up to date and follow us on all our social media!

Course Social Media

Instagram
Website

SSA Social Media

Instagram
Facebook

BCU Social Media

Instagram
Facebook

Mentors

Level Up+ Mentors are current students who are there to help you and answer all your questions about university life. The Level Up+ programme is about supporting your transition into university, no matter what your experience or background, so you feel confident and ready for the challenges ahead. The Mentors are there to talk to, offer advice and share their experiences to help you settle in. You will receive either a phone call or a video message from one of our mentors in the lead up to Welcome Week to check you have all the information you need.

International students

We expect all international students to arrive in the UK and engage with their studies for Semester 1 from week 1 (w/c 23 January).

The final deadline to arrive in the UK to complete enrolment will be week 4 (w/c 13 February).

Please check the guidelines on entering the UK from your country or territory before planning your journey.

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Further information you may find useful

MA Art and Design: Interdisciplinary Practices

Course location

Exterior of the school of art

School of Art (Room numbers start with MAR)

Start date

All students should attend campus for their course induction, which will take place during the week commencing Monday 16 January 2023. Your course team will schedule activities for you to find out more about your course, meet your lecturers and other students, and find your way around campus. Teaching will begin from Monday 23 January.

You will be able to see your timetable for the whole semester, including your course induction, on iCity or the iBCU App as soon as it is available.

See your timetable

You can also download the University Assistant app and sign up with your course details for updates on Welcome Week.

Your Faculty and School

Your course is part of our Birmingham School of Art, within the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media.

Your School Office is your first point of enquiry during your time with us. You can find them at:

Margaret Street, G19
+44 (0)121 331 5970
ArtProgrammeAdmin@bcu.ac.uk

Course Leader(s)

Demitrios Kargotis

Welcome message

Hello Art and Design Students!

I’m looking forward to meeting you and I hope you are excited to join us for induction week! There are a series of talks, inductions and activities programmed to help you find your way around the School and campus and also to enable you to meet your peers and tutors. If you have any queries, don’t hesitate in sending me an email.

Pre-arrival activity

There’s lots of information about your course on your Course Moodle page. Check out the ‘Start Here’ section for an overview of Welcome Week and information on your pre-arrival activity, which you should complete to help you prepare for your course.

Moodle – MA Art and Design: Interdisciplinary Practices

What should I bring on my first day?

We look forward to welcoming you on your first day!

You are required to have your ID card visible at all times when on campus, so if you have received yours before your first day, ensure you bring this with you. If you enrolled late you will need to collect one on campus during your first few days.

In order to complete your enrolment you will need the following:

UK/EU students
  • Passport or Photo ID
  • Original qualification documents if applicable (you will be emailed a list of the documents we need to see once you have completed your online enrolment.)
International students

As well as the items listed above, you should also bring the following:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Qualification documents as listed in your CAS, for your visa application

What else? The rest is up to you, there is a shop, café, pub, computer access and water fountains on campus, but we recommend on your first day you bring the following:

  • Pen
  • Notepad
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Snack
  • Money
  • Face mask

And remember, the weather in Birmingham can be changeable!

Your Student Success Adviser team

Your Student Success Adviser team is here to support you throughout your journey. They're based within your Faculty and provide support for student welfare, run events throughout the year, and can help you access services and wider university support networks.

Get in touch with your Student Success Adviser team:

ADM - Contact the team on admssa.team@bcu.ac.uk or connect with the team on Moodle or Instagram.

Social media accounts

Make sure to keep up to date and follow us on all our social media!

School Social Media

Instagram

SSA Social Media

Instagram
Facebook

BCU Social Media

Instagram
Facebook

Mentors

Level Up+ Mentors are current students who are there to help you and answer all your questions about university life. The Level Up+ programme is about supporting your transition into university, no matter what your experience or background, so you feel confident and ready for the challenges ahead. The Mentors are there to talk to, offer advice and share their experiences to help you settle in. You will receive either a phone call or a video message from one of our mentors in the lead up to Welcome Week to check you have all the information you need.

International students

We expect all international students to arrive in the UK and engage with their studies for Semester 1 from week 1 (w/c 23 January).

The final deadline to arrive in the UK to complete enrolment will be week 4 (w/c 13 February).

Please check the guidelines on entering the UK from your country or territory before planning your journey.

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Further information you may find useful

MA Arts and Education Practices

Course location
Exterior of the school of art

School of Art (Room numbers start with MAR)

Start date

All students should attend campus for their course induction, which will take place during the week commencing Monday 16 January 2023. Your course team will schedule activities for you to find out more about your course, meet your lecturers and other students, and find your way around campus. Teaching will begin from Monday 23 January.

You will be able to see your timetable for the whole semester, including your course induction, on iCity or the iBCU App as soon as it is available.

See your timetable

You can also download the University Assistant app and sign up with your course details for updates on Welcome Week.

Your Faculty and School

Your course is part of our Birmingham School of Art, within the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media.

Your School Office is your first point of enquiry during your time with us. You can find them at:

Margaret Street, G19
+44 (0)121 331 5970
ArtProgrammeAdmin@bcu.ac.uk

Course Leader(s)
Cathy Wade

Cathy Wade

Welcome message

Hi there,

I hope you are excited to join us for induction week! We have lots of fun and engaging activities planned to help you find your way around the school and campus, and also to enable you to meet your peers and tutors. The spirit of the course is to investigate pedagogical arts practices in their expanded field, to look at innovation and the avant-garde within arts education and consider how it could affect present and future provision. We are looking forward to meeting with you and beginning the year.

Pre-arrival activity

There’s lots of information about your course on your Course Moodle page. Check out the ‘Start Here’ section for an overview of Welcome Week and information on your pre-arrival activity, which you should complete to help you prepare for your course.

Moodle – MA Arts and Education Practices

What should I bring on my first day?

We look forward to welcoming you on your first day!

You are required to have your ID card visible at all times when on campus, so if you have received yours before your first day, ensure you bring this with you. If you enrolled late you will need to collect one on campus during your first few days.

In order to complete your enrolment you will need the following:

UK/EU students
  • Passport or Photo ID
  • Original qualification documents if applicable (you will be emailed a list of the documents we need to see once you have completed your online enrolment.)
International students

As well as the items listed above, you should also bring the following:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Qualification documents as listed in your CAS, for your visa application

What else? The rest is up to you, there is a shop, café, pub, computer access and water fountains on campus, but we recommend on your first day you bring the following:

  • Pen
  • Notepad
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Snack
  • Money
  • Face mask

And remember, the weather in Birmingham can be changeable!

Your Student Success Adviser team

Your Student Success Adviser team is here to support you throughout your journey. They're based within your Faculty and provide support for student welfare, run events throughout the year, and can help you access services and wider university support networks.

Get in touch with your Student Success Adviser team:

ADM - Contact the team on admssa.team@bcu.ac.uk or connect with the team on Moodle or Instagram.

Social media accounts

Make sure to keep up to date and follow us on all our social media!

Course Social Media

Instagram
Twitter

SSA Social Media

Instagram
Facebook

BCU Social Media

Instagram
Facebook

Mentors

Level Up+ Mentors are current students who are there to help you and answer all your questions about university life. The Level Up+ programme is about supporting your transition into university, no matter what your experience or background, so you feel confident and ready for the challenges ahead. The Mentors are there to talk to, offer advice and share their experiences to help you settle in. You will receive either a phone call or a video message from one of our mentors in the lead up to Welcome Week to check you have all the information you need.

International students

We expect all international students to arrive in the UK and engage with their studies for Semester 1 from week 1 (w/c 23 January).

The final deadline to arrive in the UK to complete enrolment will be week 4 (w/c 13 February).

Please check the guidelines on entering the UK from your country or territory before planning your journey.

***

Further information you may find useful

MA Arts and Project Management

Course location
Exterior of the school of art

School of Art (Room numbers start with MAR)

Start date

All students should attend campus for their course induction, which will take place during the week commencing Monday 16 January 2023. Your course team will schedule activities for you to find out more about your course, meet your lecturers and other students, and find your way around campus. Teaching will begin from Monday 23 January.

You will be able to see your timetable for the whole semester, including your course induction, on iCity or the iBCU App as soon as it is available.

See your timetable

You can also download the University Assistant app and sign up with your course details for updates on Welcome Week.

Your Faculty and School

Your course is part of our Birmingham School of Art, within the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media.

Your School Office is your first point of enquiry during your time with us. You can find them at:

Margaret Street, G19
+44 (0)121 331 5970
ArtProgrammeAdmin@bcu.ac.uk

Course Leader(s)
Beth Derbyshire

Beth Derbyshire

Welcome message

Hi there,

I hope you are excited to join us for induction week! Welcome to the Arts and Project Management MA. We have lots of fun and engaging activities planned to help you find your way around the School and campus, and also to enable you to meet your peers and tutors.

Pre-arrival activity

There’s lots of information about your course on your Course Moodle page. Check out the ‘Start Here’ section for an overview of Welcome Week and information on your pre-arrival activity, which you should complete to help you prepare for your course.

Moodle – MA Arts and Project Management

What should I bring on my first day?

We look forward to welcoming you on your first day!

You are required to have your ID card visible at all times when on campus, so if you have received yours before your first day, ensure you bring this with you. If you enrolled late you will need to collect one on campus during your first few days.

In order to complete your enrolment you will need the following:

UK/EU students
  • Passport or Photo ID
  • Original qualification documents if applicable (you will be emailed a list of the documents we need to see once you have completed your online enrolment.)
International students

As well as the items listed above, you should also bring the following:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Qualification documents as listed in your CAS, for your visa application

What else? The rest is up to you, there is a shop, café, pub, computer access and water fountains on campus, but we recommend on your first day you bring the following:

  • Pen
  • Notepad
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Snack
  • Money
  • Face mask

And remember, the weather in Birmingham can be changeable!

Your Student Success Adviser team

Your Student Success Adviser team is here to support you throughout your journey. They're based within your Faculty and provide support for student welfare, run events throughout the year, and can help you access services and wider university support networks.

Get in touch with your Student Success Adviser team:

ADM - Contact the team on admssa.team@bcu.ac.uk or connect with the team on Moodle or Instagram.

Social media accounts

Make sure to keep up to date and follow us on all our social media!

School Social Media

Instagram

SSA Social Media

Instagram
Facebook

BCU Social Media

Instagram
Facebook

Mentors

Level Up+ Mentors are current students who are there to help you and answer all your questions about university life. The Level Up+ programme is about supporting your transition into university, no matter what your experience or background, so you feel confident and ready for the challenges ahead. The Mentors are there to talk to, offer advice and share their experiences to help you settle in. You will receive either a phone call or a video message from one of our mentors in the lead up to Welcome Week to check you have all the information you need.

International students

We expect all international students to arrive in the UK and engage with their studies for Semester 1 from week 1 (w/c 23 January).

The final deadline to arrive in the UK to complete enrolment will be week 4 (w/c 13 February).

Please check the guidelines on entering the UK from your country or territory before planning your journey.

***

Further information you may find useful

MA Fine Art

Course location
Exterior of the school of art

School of Art (Room numbers start with MAR)

Start date

All students should attend campus for their course induction, which will take place during the week commencing Monday 16 January 2023. Your course team will schedule activities for you to find out more about your course, meet your lecturers and other students, and find your way around campus. Teaching will begin from Monday 23 January.

You will be able to see your timetable for the whole semester, including your course induction, on iCity or the iBCU App as soon as it is available.

See your timetable

You can also download the University Assistant app and sign up with your course details for updates on Welcome Week.

Your Faculty and School

Your course is part of our Birmingham School of Art, within the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media.

Your School Office is your first point of enquiry during your time with us. You can find them at:

Margaret Street, G19
+44 (0)121 331 5970
ArtProgrammeAdmin@bcu.ac.uk

Course Leader(s)

Mona Casey

Welcome message

Dear All,

I'm very happy to welcome you to Birmingham School of Art and the MA Fine Art Programme. I look forward to meeting you during the induction week.

Pre-arrival activity

There’s lots of information about your course on your Course Moodle page. Check out the ‘Start Here’ section for an overview of Welcome Week and information on your pre-arrival activity, which you should complete to help you prepare for your course.

Moodle – MA Fine Art

What should I bring on my first day?

We look forward to welcoming you on your first day!

You are required to have your ID card visible at all times when on campus, so if you have received yours before your first day, ensure you bring this with you. If you enrolled late you will need to collect one on campus during your first few days.

In order to complete your enrolment you will need the following:

UK/EU students
  • Passport or Photo ID
  • Original qualification documents if applicable (you will be emailed a list of the documents we need to see once you have completed your online enrolment.)
International students

As well as the items listed above, you should also bring the following:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Qualification documents as listed in your CAS, for your visa application

What else? The rest is up to you, there is a shop, café, pub, computer access and water fountains on campus, but we recommend on your first day you bring the following:

  • Pen
  • Notepad
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Snack
  • Money
  • Face mask

And remember, the weather in Birmingham can be changeable!

Your Student Success Adviser team

Your Student Success Adviser team is here to support you throughout your journey. They're based within your Faculty and provide support for student welfare, run events throughout the year, and can help you access services and wider university support networks.

Get in touch with your Student Success Adviser team:

ADM - Contact the team on admssa.team@bcu.ac.uk or connect with the team on Moodle or Instagram.

Social media accounts

Make sure to keep up to date and follow us on all our social media!

Course Social Media

Instagram

SSA Social Media

Instagram
Facebook

BCU Social Media

Instagram
Facebook

Mentors

Level Up+ Mentors are current students who are there to help you and answer all your questions about university life. The Level Up+ programme is about supporting your transition into university, no matter what your experience or background, so you feel confident and ready for the challenges ahead. The Mentors are there to talk to, offer advice and share their experiences to help you settle in. You will receive either a phone call or a video message from one of our mentors in the lead up to Welcome Week to check you have all the information you need.

International students

We expect all international students to arrive in the UK and engage with their studies for Semester 1 from week 1 (w/c 23 January).

The final deadline to arrive in the UK to complete enrolment will be week 4 (w/c 13 February).

Please check the guidelines on entering the UK from your country or territory before planning your journey.

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Further information you may find useful

MA English Linguistics

This is a distance learning course. If you have any queries then please contact your Course Leader.

MA Creative Writing

Course location

Exterior of the Curzon building

Curzon Building, City Centre Campus (Room numbers start with C)

Start date

All students should attend campus for their course induction, which will take place during the week commencing Monday 16 January 2023. Your course team will schedule activities for you to find out more about your course, meet your lecturers and other students, and find your way around campus. Teaching will begin from Monday 23 January.

You will be able to see your timetable for the whole semester, including your course induction, on iCity or the iBCU App as soon as it is available.

See your timetable

You can also download the University Assistant app and sign up with your course details for updates on Welcome Week.

Your Faculty and School

Your course is part of our Birmingham School of English, within the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media.

Your School Office is your first point of enquiry during your time with us. You can find them at:

Parkside Building, P426
+44 (0)121 202 4699
EnglishProgrammeAdmin@bcu.ac.uk

Course Leader(s)
Greg-Leadbetter-100x150

Professor Gregory Leadbetter

Welcome message

Welcome to the MA in Creative Writing. Here you will receive specialist tuition from outstanding writers in a range of forms, in a supportive atmosphere – and benefit from masterclasses, seminars with guest authors, editors and agents and literary professionals organised through the Institute of Creative and Critical Writing, an organisation within the School of English devoted to the literary arts and the life of ideas.

Writers are perpetual students. Our programme is designed to help you learn how to keep learning, enriching and refining your practice as an independent author, through disciplines that strengthen your creative imagination, develop your literary knowledge, and cultivate your critical sensitivity.

Birmingham is an excellent city in which to deepen your involvement with contemporary literary culture, music, dance, theatre, museums and visual arts. I encourage you to take advantage of all these opportunities during your time with us and beyond and wish you every success in your studies.

Professor Gregory Leadbetter

Pre-arrival activity

There’s lots of information about your course on your Course Moodle page. Check out the ‘Start Here’ section for an overview of Welcome Week and information on your pre-arrival activity, which you should complete to help you prepare for your course.

Moodle – MA Creative Writing

What should I bring on my first day?

We look forward to welcoming you on your first day!

You are required to have your ID card visible at all times when on campus, so if you have received yours before your first day, ensure you bring this with you. If you enrolled late you will need to collect one on campus during your first few days.

In order to complete your enrolment you will need the following:

UK/EU students
  • Passport or Photo ID
  • Original qualification documents if applicable (you will be emailed a list of the documents we need to see once you have completed your online enrolment.)
International students

As well as the items listed above, you should also bring the following:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Qualification documents as listed in your CAS, for your visa application

What else? The rest is up to you, there is a shop, café, pub, computer access and water fountains on campus, but we recommend on your first day you bring the following:

  • Pen
  • Notepad
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Snack
  • Money
  • Face mask

And remember, the weather in Birmingham can be changeable!

Your Student Success Adviser team

Your Student Success Adviser team is here to support you throughout your journey. They're based within your Faculty and provide support for student welfare, run events throughout the year, and can help you access services and wider university support networks.

Get in touch with your Student Success Adviser team:

ADM - Contact the team on admssa.team@bcu.ac.uk or connect with the team on Moodle or Instagram.

Social media accounts

Make sure to keep up to date and follow us on all our social media!

Course Social Media

Facebook
Twitter

SSA Social Media

Instagram
Facebook

BCU Social Media

Instagram
Facebook

Mentors

Level Up+ Mentors are current students who are there to help you and answer all your questions about university life. The Level Up+ programme is about supporting your transition into university, no matter what your experience or background, so you feel confident and ready for the challenges ahead. The Mentors are there to talk to, offer advice and share their experiences to help you settle in. You will receive either a phone call or a video message from one of our mentors in the lead up to Welcome Week to check you have all the information you need.

International students

We expect all international students to arrive in the UK and engage with their studies for Semester 1 from week 1 (w/c 23 January).

The final deadline to arrive in the UK to complete enrolment will be week 4 (w/c 13 February).

Please check the guidelines on entering the UK from your country or territory before planning your journey.

***

Further information you may find useful

MA Fashion Management and MA Luxury Brand Management

Course location

Exterior of the parkside building

Parkside Building, City Centre Campus (Room numbers start with P)

Start date

All students should attend campus for their course induction, which will take place during the week commencing Monday 16 January 2023. Your course team will schedule activities for you to find out more about your course, meet your lecturers and other students, and find your way around campus. Teaching will begin from Monday 23 January.

You will be able to see your timetable for the whole semester, including your course induction, on iCity or the iBCU App as soon as it is available.

See your timetable

You can also download the University Assistant app and sign up with your course details for updates on Welcome Week.

Your Faculty and School

Your course is part of our Birmingham School of Fashion and Textiles, within the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media.

Your School Office is your first point of enquiry during your time with us. You can find them at:

Parkside Building, P304
+44 (0)121 300 4115
FashionAndTextilesProgrammeAdmin@bcu.ac.uk

Course Leader(s)
Barry-Batson_staff-profile

Barry Batson

Welcome message

You are joining a globally renowned provider of fashion and textiles education.

We have a rich history dating back to the 19th century, and today, we are renowned for our students’ achievements, innovative research and partnerships with industry.

Our courses address the needs of global fashion and textiles industries, and you will be welcomed into a genuinely creative, collaborative and international student community.

A high value is attained on our postgraduate students being able to reach their full potential academically, while at the same time developing as a mature, motivated and confident individual. The University prides itself on its student-centred approach and as such has established world-class standards for academic support and research supervision.

As postgraduate students, you will actively be encouraged to provide regular feedback to the University about your experience here.

As Course Leader, I value the information provided in the student lead staff/student forums and make use of the feedback and suggestions contributed by students to review and enhance our provision.

Finally, it is with pleasure that we welcome you to the course and to the exciting challenge of being a postgraduate student.

My team and I look forward to working with you, supporting you and ensuring that you reach your full potential as a Birmingham City University student.

Pre-arrival activity

There’s lots of information about your course on your Course Moodle page. Check out the ‘Start Here’ section for an overview of Welcome Week and information on your pre-arrival activity, which you should complete to help you prepare for your course.

Moodle – MA Fashion Management

Moodle – MA Luxury Brand Management

What should I bring on my first day?

We look forward to welcoming you on your first day!

You are required to have your ID card visible at all times when on campus, so if you have received yours before your first day, ensure you bring this with you. If you enrolled late you will need to collect one on campus during your first few days.

In order to complete your enrolment you will need the following:

UK/EU students
  • Passport or Photo ID
  • Original qualification documents if applicable (you will be emailed a list of the documents we need to see once you have completed your online enrolment.)
International students

As well as the items listed above, you should also bring the following:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Qualification documents as listed in your CAS, for your visa application

What else? The rest is up to you, there is a shop, café, pub, computer access and water fountains on campus, but we recommend on your first day you bring the following:

  • Pen
  • Notepad
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Snack
  • Money
  • Face mask

And remember, the weather in Birmingham can be changeable!

Your Student Success Adviser team

Your Student Success Adviser team is here to support you throughout your journey. They're based within your Faculty and provide support for student welfare, run events throughout the year, and can help you access services and wider university support networks.

Get in touch with your Student Success Adviser team:

ADM - Contact the team on admssa.team@bcu.ac.uk or connect with the team on Moodle or Instagram.

Social media accounts

Make sure to keep up to date and follow us on all our social media!

Course Social Media

Fashion Management Instagram

SSA Social Media

Instagram
Facebook

BCU Social Media

Instagram
Facebook

Mentors

Level Up+ Mentors are current students who are there to help you and answer all your questions about university life. The Level Up+ programme is about supporting your transition into university, no matter what your experience or background, so you feel confident and ready for the challenges ahead. The Mentors are there to talk to, offer advice and share their experiences to help you settle in. You will receive either a phone call or a video message from one of our mentors in the lead up to Welcome Week to check you have all the information you need.

International students

We expect all international students to arrive in the UK and engage with their studies for Semester 1 from week 1 (w/c 23 January).

The final deadline to arrive in the UK to complete enrolment will be week 4 (w/c 13 February).

Please check the guidelines on entering the UK from your country or territory before planning your journey.

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Further information you may find useful

MA Luxury Jewellery Management

Course location

School of Jewellery (Room numbers start with CSJ)

Start date

All students should attend campus for their course induction, which will take place during the week commencing Monday 16 January 2023. Your course team will schedule activities for you to find out more about your course, meet your lecturers and other students, and find your way around campus. Teaching will begin from Monday 23 January.

You will be able to see your timetable for the whole semester, including your course induction, on iCity or the iBCU App as soon as it is available.

See your timetable

You can also download the University Assistant app and sign up with your course details for updates on Welcome Week.

Your Faculty and School

Your course is part of our Birmingham School of Jewellery, within the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media.

Your School Office is your first point of enquiry during your time with us. You can find them at:

Vittoria Street, Ground Floor, Admin Office
+44 (0)121 331 6477
JewelleryProgrammeAdmin@bcu.ac.uk

Course Leader(s)

Michela Ferraro

Welcome message

Dear MA student,

I am very pleased to welcome you to your MA course in Luxury Jewellery Management and hope you are looking forward to meeting peers on your course as well as all the other students and tutors at the Birmingham Institute of Jewellery, Fashion and Textiles.

Come with an open mind and ready to be involved in engaging and amusing activities to help you find your way around the school and campus.

Please update your agenda with the organised inductions, they are very important for your academic year at BCU.

Be ready to be part of a very challenging competition…

Pre-arrival activity

There’s lots of information about your course on your Course Moodle page. Check out the ‘Start Here’ section for an overview of Welcome Week and information on your pre-arrival activity, which you should complete to help you prepare for your course.

Moodle – MA Luxury Jewellery Management

What should I bring on my first day?

We look forward to welcoming you on your first day!

You are required to have your ID card visible at all times when on campus, so if you have received yours before your first day, ensure you bring this with you. If you enrolled late you will need to collect one on campus during your first few days.

In order to complete your enrolment you will need the following:

UK/EU students
  • Passport or Photo ID
  • Original qualification documents if applicable (you will be emailed a list of the documents we need to see once you have completed your online enrolment.)
International students

As well as the items listed above, you should also bring the following:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Qualification documents as listed in your CAS, for your visa application

What else? The rest is up to you, there is a shop, café, pub, computer access and water fountains on campus, but we recommend on your first day you bring the following:

  • Pen
  • Notepad
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Snack
  • Money
  • Face mask

And remember, the weather in Birmingham can be changeable!

Your Student Success Adviser team

Your Student Success Adviser team is here to support you throughout your journey. They're based within your Faculty and provide support for student welfare, run events throughout the year, and can help you access services and wider university support networks.

Get in touch with your Student Success Adviser team:

ADM - Contact the team on admssa.team@bcu.ac.uk or connect with the team on Moodle or Instagram.

Social media accounts

Make sure to keep up to date and follow us on all our social media!

SSA Social Media

Instagram
Facebook

BCU Social Media

Instagram
Facebook

Mentors

Level Up+ Mentors are current students who are there to help you and answer all your questions about university life. The Level Up+ programme is about supporting your transition into university, no matter what your experience or background, so you feel confident and ready for the challenges ahead. The Mentors are there to talk to, offer advice and share their experiences to help you settle in. You will receive either a phone call or a video message from one of our mentors in the lead up to Welcome Week to check you have all the information you need.

International students

We expect all international students to arrive in the UK and engage with their studies for Semester 1 from week 1 (w/c 23 January).

The final deadline to arrive in the UK to complete enrolment will be week 4 (w/c 13 February).

Please check the guidelines on entering the UK from your country or territory before planning your journey.

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Further information you may find useful

MA Public Relations

Course location

Exterior of the parkside building

Parkside Building, City Centre Campus (Room numbers start with P)

Start date

All students should attend campus for their course induction, which will take place during the week commencing Monday 16 January 2023. Your course team will schedule activities for you to find out more about your course, meet your lecturers and other students, and find your way around campus. Teaching will begin from Monday 23 January.

You will be able to see your timetable for the whole semester, including your course induction, on iCity or the iBCU App as soon as it is available.

See your timetable

You can also download the University Assistant app and sign up with your course details for updates on Welcome Week.

Your Faculty and School

Your course is part of our Birmingham Birmingham School of Media, within the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media.

Your School Office is your first point of enquiry during your time with us. You can find them at:

Millennium Point, MP360
+44 (0)121 331 5719
Media.Programme.Administration@bcu.ac.uk

Course Leader(s)
Philip Young

Philip Young

Welcome message

I hope you are excited to join us for induction week! We have lots of engaging activities planned to help you find your way around the school and campus and also to enable you to meet your peers and tutors.

What should I bring on my first day?

We look forward to welcoming you on your first day!

You are required to have your ID card visible at all times when on campus, so if you have received yours before your first day, ensure you bring this with you. If you enrolled late you will need to collect one on campus during your first few days.

In order to complete your enrolment you will need the following:

UK/EU students
  • Passport or Photo ID
  • Original qualification documents if applicable (you will be emailed a list of the documents we need to see once you have completed your online enrolment.)
International students

As well as the items listed above, you should also bring the following:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Qualification documents as listed in your CAS, for your visa application

What else? The rest is up to you, there is a shop, café, pub, computer access and water fountains on campus, but we recommend on your first day you bring the following:

  • Pen
  • Notepad
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Snack
  • Money
  • Face mask

And remember, the weather in Birmingham can be changeable!

Your Student Success Adviser team

Your Student Success Adviser team is here to support you throughout your journey. They're based within your Faculty and provide support for student welfare, run events throughout the year, and can help you access services and wider university support networks.

Get in touch with your Student Success Adviser team:

ADM - Contact the team on admssa.team@bcu.ac.uk or connect with the team on Moodle or Instagram.

Social media accounts

Make sure to keep up to date and follow us on all our social media!

SSA Social Media

Instagram
Facebook

BCU Social Media

Instagram
Facebook

Mentors

Level Up+ Mentors are current students who are there to help you and answer all your questions about university life. The Level Up+ programme is about supporting your transition into university, no matter what your experience or background, so you feel confident and ready for the challenges ahead. The Mentors are there to talk to, offer advice and share their experiences to help you settle in. You will receive either a phone call or a video message from one of our mentors in the lead up to Welcome Week to check you have all the information you need.

International students

We expect all international students to arrive in the UK and engage with their studies for Semester 1 from week 1 (w/c 23 January).

The final deadline to arrive in the UK to complete enrolment will be week 4 (w/c 13 February).

Please check the guidelines on entering the UK from your country or territory before planning your journey.

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Further information you may find useful

MA Visual Communication

Course location

Exterior of the parkside building

Parkside Building, City Centre Campus (Room numbers start with P)

Start date

All students should attend campus for their course induction, which will take place during the week commencing Monday 16 January 2023. Your course team will schedule activities for you to find out more about your course, meet your lecturers and other students, and find your way around campus. Teaching will begin from Monday 23 January.

You will be able to see your timetable for the whole semester, including your course induction, on iCity or the iBCU App as soon as it is available.

See your timetable

You can also download the University Assistant app and sign up with your course details for updates on Welcome Week.

Your Faculty and School

Your course is part of our Birmingham School of Visual Communication, within the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media.

Your School Office is your first point of enquiry during your time with us. You can find them at:

Parkside Building, P404
+44 (0)121 202 8518
VisualCommunicationProgrammeAdmin@bcu.ac.uk

Course Leader(s)

Robert Gibb

Welcome message

Welcome to the Master's Degree Programme within the School of Visual Communication.

It’s a really exciting time to be studying at Master's level as there are so many ways that we can help you develop your professionalism, creativity and employability to another level.

The team and I are looking forward to helping you develop and explore your creativity and curiosity at the Master's level.

Myself and the team appreciate that making the transition to Postgraduate education can be both an exciting and a daunting prospect, but don’t worry. You have a dedicated team of industry experienced professionals and academics to guide you through the journey.

It will be a journey that we will take together.

Pre-arrival activity

There’s lots of information about your course on your Course Moodle page. Check out the ‘Start Here’ section for an overview of Welcome Week and information on your pre-arrival activity, which you should complete to help you prepare for your course.

Moodle – MA Visual Communication

What should I bring on my first day?

We look forward to welcoming you on your first day!

You are required to have your ID card visible at all times when on campus, so if you have received yours before your first day, ensure you bring this with you. If you enrolled late you will need to collect one on campus during your first few days.

In order to complete your enrolment you will need the following:

UK/EU students
  • Passport or Photo ID
  • Original qualification documents if applicable (you will be emailed a list of the documents we need to see once you have completed your online enrolment.)
International students

As well as the items listed above, you should also bring the following:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Qualification documents as listed in your CAS, for your visa application

What else? The rest is up to you, there is a shop, café, pub, computer access and water fountains on campus, but we recommend on your first day you bring the following:

  • Pen
  • Notepad
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Snack
  • Money
  • Face mask

And remember, the weather in Birmingham can be changeable!

Your Student Success Adviser team

Your Student Success Adviser team is here to support you throughout your journey. They're based within your Faculty and provide support for student welfare, run events throughout the year, and can help you access services and wider university support networks.

Get in touch with your Student Success Adviser team:

ADM - Contact the team on admssa.team@bcu.ac.uk or connect with the team on Moodle or Instagram.

Social media accounts

Make sure to keep up to date and follow us on all our social media!

SSA Social Media

Instagram
Facebook

BCU Social Media

Instagram
Facebook

Mentors

Level Up+ Mentors are current students who are there to help you and answer all your questions about university life. The Level Up+ programme is about supporting your transition into university, no matter what your experience or background, so you feel confident and ready for the challenges ahead. The Mentors are there to talk to, offer advice and share their experiences to help you settle in. You will receive either a phone call or a video message from one of our mentors in the lead up to Welcome Week to check you have all the information you need.

International students

We expect all international students to arrive in the UK and engage with their studies for Semester 1 from week 1 (w/c 23 January).

The final deadline to arrive in the UK to complete enrolment will be week 4 (w/c 13 February).

Please check the guidelines on entering the UK from your country or territory before planning your journey.

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Further information you may find useful

Research to PhD (Art and Design)

Start date

Welcome Week begins on Monday 6 February 2023.

The Doctoral Research College (DRC) Team will contact you with further information regarding the induction information for your course. Once your programme has commenced, we expect you to engage with your studies in person.

Your Faculty and the Doctoral Research College

Your course is part of the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media (ADM).

The Doctoral Research College (DRC) is a non-academic department within Birmingham City University whose primary purpose is to administer, co-ordinate and oversee the full life cycle of the University’s research community of postgraduate research students.

The DRC is your first point of enquiry during your time with us for all administrative matters.

The Doctoral Research College pages on iCity provide greater detail regarding the DRC and the staff who are here to help at all stages of your research degree journey.

Our offices are located in University House, Floor 3, City Centre Campus (access only by appointment).

You can direct any queries you may have to the ADM DRC Officer: drc.adm@bcu.ac.uk.

Course leadership

Your research degree programme will be supported by a number of people and departments across the University.

As a postgraduate research degree student at Birmingham City University, you will be a student of the Faculty in which your research study is focused, and your supervisory team is the primary point of contact for all academic issues. Academic and progression processes will be overseen and authorised by the Faculty Research Degrees and Environment Committee (FRDEC).

Welcome message – from the Director of Doctoral Research College and Director of Research and Innovation Gateway

Welcome to Birmingham City University and the start of your life as a postgraduate research student, a valued member of our vibrant research community. We recognise fully the commitment that you have made by choosing to study with us for a research degree, and we understand the support that you will need from our academic staff in faculties, our wider research community and our professional services teams to enable your success.

At BCU, we are committed to distinctive, original and rigorous research which discovers new knowledge and which delivers real-world benefits to society. Through your research and advanced practice you will discover new insights and know-how. By sharing your research outcomes effectively through publication, conference attendance and public and business engagement, your research has the potential to deliver meaningful societal, cultural and economic benefits on a local, national or even global scale. Increasingly, our research findings are being applied by others to address national and global challenges, through interdisciplinary research teams and international collaborations.

In the last UK-wide exercise to measure research quality, REF2021, 93% of our research was recognised internationally for originality, significance and rigour, of which 19% was judged world-leading. Our submission to REF2021 demonstrated how our research has been growing in volume and quality, and included 310 staff submitted to 14 subject areas. This is more than double the number of staff assessed by REF2014, as more of our academic staff engage in impactful research of internationally recognised quality.

We are continuing our journey to further improve the quality and impact of our research; to grow our research community and enhance our research culture. We look forward to the valuable contributions that you will make.

We hope that you will enjoy being a part of our diverse and expanding research community and find your research degree programme to be a rewarding and challenging experience. In addition to gaining a much deeper understanding of your chosen subject area and discovering new knowledge, you will also develop a wide range of transferable skills that will set you up for your professional life beyond your PhD.

Please take the time to read the information in these Welcome pages, and the links therein, as it will help you settle into the University.

We wish you the very best of luck with your studies.

Dr Jenny Harding
Director, Doctoral Research College

The Postgraduate Certificate in Research Practice

As you will be aware from your application and offer letter, all new research degree students are expected to attend and complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Research Practice during their first year of the PhD, DHealth or DBA programme (or during the second year of your EdD programme).

This course lasts one semester and aims to support you in developing the skills and competences required to successfully complete higher degree research. It is intended to complement the guidance and support you will receive from your research degree supervisory team, who will be the key part of your development as a researcher.

The course aims to:

  • Assist you in developing your individual research project through a structured programme
  • Prepare you to carry out academic work for your research degree
  • Introduce you to the research skills, practices and procedures that are essential for your postgraduate research study
  • Provide an opportunity for you to explore a range of theoretical and practical research issues and their application
  • Foster a supportive environment in which you can develop a specific area of research interest into a viable research proposal

The course serves to develop the wider research student community at Birmingham City University and enable participants to share any concerns that they may have and mutually support one another. It is important that you attend the programme both to gain the knowledge required to carry out your research degree, but also to make contacts with researchers in other faculties.

Successful completion of this programme is required in order to progress on the degree and attendance is compulsory for all new research students.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Research Practice is delivered via faculty and subject specific sessions as well as common sessions (involving the wider research student community).

More details on the Postgraduate Certificate in Research Practice will be provided at your induction.

Social media accounts

Make sure to keep up to date and follow us on all our social media!

Course Social Media

BCU Research Twitter
City South PGR Hub
PGR Studio

BCU Social Media

Instagram
Facebook

International students

We expect all international students to engage with their studies for Semester 1 in person from week 1 (w/c 6 February).

The deadline to arrive in the UK to complete enrolment will be week 4 (w/c 27 February).

Please check the guidelines on entering the UK from your country or territory before planning your journey.

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Further information you may find useful

Research to PhD (English)

Start date

Welcome Week begins on Monday 6 February 2023.

The Doctoral Research College (DRC) Team will contact you with further information regarding the induction information for your course. Once your programme has commenced, we expect you to engage with your studies in person.

Your Faculty and the Doctoral Research College

Your course is part of the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media (ADM).

The Doctoral Research College (DRC) is a non-academic department within Birmingham City University whose primary purpose is to administer, co-ordinate and oversee the full life cycle of the University’s research community of postgraduate research students.

The DRC is your first point of enquiry during your time with us for all administrative matters.

The Doctoral Research College pages on iCity provide greater detail regarding the DRC and the staff who are here to help at all stages of your research degree journey.

Our offices are located in University House, Floor 3, City Centre Campus (access only by appointment).

You can direct any queries you may have to the ADM DRC Officer: drc.adm@bcu.ac.uk.

Course leadership

Your research degree programme will be supported by a number of people and departments across the University.

As a postgraduate research degree student at Birmingham City University, you will be a student of the Faculty in which your research study is focused, and your supervisory team is the primary point of contact for all academic issues. Academic and progression processes will be overseen and authorised by the Faculty Research Degrees and Environment Committee (FRDEC).

Welcome message – from the Director of Doctoral Research College and Director of Research and Innovation Gateway

Welcome to Birmingham City University and the start of your life as a postgraduate research student, a valued member of our vibrant research community. We recognise fully the commitment that you have made by choosing to study with us for a research degree, and we understand the support that you will need from our academic staff in faculties, our wider research community and our professional services teams to enable your success.

At BCU, we are committed to distinctive, original and rigorous research which discovers new knowledge and which delivers real-world benefits to society. Through your research and advanced practice you will discover new insights and know-how. By sharing your research outcomes effectively through publication, conference attendance and public and business engagement, your research has the potential to deliver meaningful societal, cultural and economic benefits on a local, national or even global scale. Increasingly, our research findings are being applied by others to address national and global challenges, through interdisciplinary research teams and international collaborations.

In the last UK-wide exercise to measure research quality, REF2021, 93% of our research was recognised internationally for originality, significance and rigour, of which 19% was judged world-leading. Our submission to REF2021 demonstrated how our research has been growing in volume and quality, and included 310 staff submitted to 14 subject areas. This is more than double the number of staff assessed by REF2014, as more of our academic staff engage in impactful research of internationally recognised quality.

We are continuing our journey to further improve the quality and impact of our research; to grow our research community and enhance our research culture. We look forward to the valuable contributions that you will make.

We hope that you will enjoy being a part of our diverse and expanding research community and find your research degree programme to be a rewarding and challenging experience. In addition to gaining a much deeper understanding of your chosen subject area and discovering new knowledge, you will also develop a wide range of transferable skills that will set you up for your professional life beyond your PhD.

Please take the time to read the information in these Welcome pages, and the links therein, as it will help you settle into the University.

We wish you the very best of luck with your studies.

Dr Jenny Harding
Director, Doctoral Research College

The Postgraduate Certificate in Research Practice

As you will be aware from your application and offer letter, all new research degree students are expected to attend and complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Research Practice during their first year of the PhD, DHealth or DBA programme (or during the second year of your EdD programme).

This course lasts one semester and aims to support you in developing the skills and competences required to successfully complete higher degree research. It is intended to complement the guidance and support you will receive from your research degree supervisory team, who will be the key part of your development as a researcher.

The course aims to:

  • Assist you in developing your individual research project through a structured programme
  • Prepare you to carry out academic work for your research degree
  • Introduce you to the research skills, practices and procedures that are essential for your postgraduate research study
  • Provide an opportunity for you to explore a range of theoretical and practical research issues and their application
  • Foster a supportive environment in which you can develop a specific area of research interest into a viable research proposal

The course serves to develop the wider research student community at Birmingham City University and enable participants to share any concerns that they may have and mutually support one another. It is important that you attend the programme both to gain the knowledge required to carry out your research degree, but also to make contacts with researchers in other faculties.

Successful completion of this programme is required in order to progress on the degree and attendance is compulsory for all new research students.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Research Practice is delivered via faculty and subject specific sessions as well as common sessions (involving the wider research student community).

More details on the Postgraduate Certificate in Research Practice will be provided at your induction.

Social media accounts

Make sure to keep up to date and follow us on all our social media!

Course Social Media

BCU Research Twitter
City South PGR Hub
PGR Studio

BCU Social Media

Instagram
Facebook

International students

We expect all international students to engage with their studies for Semester 1 in person from week 1 (w/c 6 February).

The deadline to arrive in the UK to complete enrolment will be week 4 (w/c 27 February).

Please check the guidelines on entering the UK from your country or territory before planning your journey.

***

Further information you may find useful

Research to PhD (Music and Performing Arts)

Start date

Welcome Week begins on Monday 6 February 2023.

The Doctoral Research College (DRC) Team will contact you with further information regarding the induction information for your course. Once your programme has commenced, we expect you to engage with your studies in person.

Your Faculty and the Doctoral Research College

Your course is part of the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media (ADM).

The Doctoral Research College (DRC) is a non-academic department within Birmingham City University whose primary purpose is to administer, co-ordinate and oversee the full life cycle of the University’s research community of postgraduate research students.

The DRC is your first point of enquiry during your time with us for all administrative matters.

The Doctoral Research College pages on iCity provide greater detail regarding the DRC and the staff who are here to help at all stages of your research degree journey.

Our offices are located in University House, Floor 3, City Centre Campus (access only by appointment).

You can direct any queries you may have to the ADM DRC Officer: drc.adm@bcu.ac.uk.

Course leadership

Your research degree programme will be supported by a number of people and departments across the University.

As a postgraduate research degree student at Birmingham City University, you will be a student of the Faculty in which your research study is focused, and your supervisory team is the primary point of contact for all academic issues. Academic and progression processes will be overseen and authorised by the Faculty Research Degrees and Environment Committee (FRDEC).

Welcome message – from the Director of Doctoral Research College and Director of Research and Innovation Gateway

Welcome to Birmingham City University and the start of your life as a postgraduate research student, a valued member of our vibrant research community. We recognise fully the commitment that you have made by choosing to study with us for a research degree, and we understand the support that you will need from our academic staff in faculties, our wider research community and our professional services teams to enable your success.

At BCU, we are committed to distinctive, original and rigorous research which discovers new knowledge and which delivers real-world benefits to society. Through your research and advanced practice you will discover new insights and know-how. By sharing your research outcomes effectively through publication, conference attendance and public and business engagement, your research has the potential to deliver meaningful societal, cultural and economic benefits on a local, national or even global scale. Increasingly, our research findings are being applied by others to address national and global challenges, through interdisciplinary research teams and international collaborations.

In the last UK-wide exercise to measure research quality, REF2021, 93% of our research was recognised internationally for originality, significance and rigour, of which 19% was judged world-leading. Our submission to REF2021 demonstrated how our research has been growing in volume and quality, and included 310 staff submitted to 14 subject areas. This is more than double the number of staff assessed by REF2014, as more of our academic staff engage in impactful research of internationally recognised quality.

We are continuing our journey to further improve the quality and impact of our research; to grow our research community and enhance our research culture. We look forward to the valuable contributions that you will make.

We hope that you will enjoy being a part of our diverse and expanding research community and find your research degree programme to be a rewarding and challenging experience. In addition to gaining a much deeper understanding of your chosen subject area and discovering new knowledge, you will also develop a wide range of transferable skills that will set you up for your professional life beyond your PhD.

Please take the time to read the information in these Welcome pages, and the links therein, as it will help you settle into the University.

We wish you the very best of luck with your studies.

Dr Jenny Harding
Director, Doctoral Research College

The Postgraduate Certificate in Research Practice

As you will be aware from your application and offer letter, all new research degree students are expected to attend and complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Research Practice during their first year of the PhD, DHealth or DBA programme (or during the second year of your EdD programme).

This course lasts one semester and aims to support you in developing the skills and competences required to successfully complete higher degree research. It is intended to complement the guidance and support you will receive from your research degree supervisory team, who will be the key part of your development as a researcher.

The course aims to:

  • Assist you in developing your individual research project through a structured programme
  • Prepare you to carry out academic work for your research degree
  • Introduce you to the research skills, practices and procedures that are essential for your postgraduate research study
  • Provide an opportunity for you to explore a range of theoretical and practical research issues and their application
  • Foster a supportive environment in which you can develop a specific area of research interest into a viable research proposal

The course serves to develop the wider research student community at Birmingham City University and enable participants to share any concerns that they may have and mutually support one another. It is important that you attend the programme both to gain the knowledge required to carry out your research degree, but also to make contacts with researchers in other faculties.

Successful completion of this programme is required in order to progress on the degree and attendance is compulsory for all new research students.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Research Practice is delivered via faculty and subject specific sessions as well as common sessions (involving the wider research student community).

More details on the Postgraduate Certificate in Research Practice will be provided at your induction.

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International students

We expect all international students to engage with their studies for Semester 1 in person from week 1 (w/c 6 February).

The deadline to arrive in the UK to complete enrolment will be week 4 (w/c 27 February).

Please check the guidelines on entering the UK from your country or territory before planning your journey.

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Research to PhD (Media and Cultural Studies)

Start date

Welcome Week begins on Monday 6 February 2023.

The Doctoral Research College (DRC) Team will contact you with further information regarding the induction information for your course. Once your programme has commenced, we expect you to engage with your studies in person.

Your Faculty and the Doctoral Research College

Your course is part of the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media (ADM).

The Doctoral Research College (DRC) is a non-academic department within Birmingham City University whose primary purpose is to administer, co-ordinate and oversee the full life cycle of the University’s research community of postgraduate research students.

The DRC is your first point of enquiry during your time with us for all administrative matters.

The Doctoral Research College pages on iCity provide greater detail regarding the DRC and the staff who are here to help at all stages of your research degree journey.

Our offices are located in University House, Floor 3, City Centre Campus (access only by appointment).

You can direct any queries you may have to the ADM DRC Officer: drc.adm@bcu.ac.uk.

Course leadership

Your research degree programme will be supported by a number of people and departments across the University.

As a postgraduate research degree student at Birmingham City University, you will be a student of the Faculty in which your research study is focused, and your supervisory team is the primary point of contact for all academic issues. Academic and progression processes will be overseen and authorised by the Faculty Research Degrees and Environment Committee (FRDEC).

Welcome message – from the Director of Doctoral Research College and Director of Research and Innovation Gateway

Welcome to Birmingham City University and the start of your life as a postgraduate research student, a valued member of our vibrant research community. We recognise fully the commitment that you have made by choosing to study with us for a research degree, and we understand the support that you will need from our academic staff in faculties, our wider research community and our professional services teams to enable your success.

At BCU, we are committed to distinctive, original and rigorous research which discovers new knowledge and which delivers real-world benefits to society. Through your research and advanced practice you will discover new insights and know-how. By sharing your research outcomes effectively through publication, conference attendance and public and business engagement, your research has the potential to deliver meaningful societal, cultural and economic benefits on a local, national or even global scale. Increasingly, our research findings are being applied by others to address national and global challenges, through interdisciplinary research teams and international collaborations.

In the last UK-wide exercise to measure research quality, REF2021, 93% of our research was recognised internationally for originality, significance and rigour, of which 19% was judged world-leading. Our submission to REF2021 demonstrated how our research has been growing in volume and quality, and included 310 staff submitted to 14 subject areas. This is more than double the number of staff assessed by REF2014, as more of our academic staff engage in impactful research of internationally recognised quality.

We are continuing our journey to further improve the quality and impact of our research; to grow our research community and enhance our research culture. We look forward to the valuable contributions that you will make.

We hope that you will enjoy being a part of our diverse and expanding research community and find your research degree programme to be a rewarding and challenging experience. In addition to gaining a much deeper understanding of your chosen subject area and discovering new knowledge, you will also develop a wide range of transferable skills that will set you up for your professional life beyond your PhD.

Please take the time to read the information in these Welcome pages, and the links therein, as it will help you settle into the University.

We wish you the very best of luck with your studies.

Dr Jenny Harding
Director, Doctoral Research College

The Postgraduate Certificate in Research Practice

As you will be aware from your application and offer letter, all new research degree students are expected to attend and complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Research Practice during their first year of the PhD, DHealth or DBA programme (or during the second year of your EdD programme).

This course lasts one semester and aims to support you in developing the skills and competences required to successfully complete higher degree research. It is intended to complement the guidance and support you will receive from your research degree supervisory team, who will be the key part of your development as a researcher.

The course aims to:

  • Assist you in developing your individual research project through a structured programme
  • Prepare you to carry out academic work for your research degree
  • Introduce you to the research skills, practices and procedures that are essential for your postgraduate research study
  • Provide an opportunity for you to explore a range of theoretical and practical research issues and their application
  • Foster a supportive environment in which you can develop a specific area of research interest into a viable research proposal

The course serves to develop the wider research student community at Birmingham City University and enable participants to share any concerns that they may have and mutually support one another. It is important that you attend the programme both to gain the knowledge required to carry out your research degree, but also to make contacts with researchers in other faculties.

Successful completion of this programme is required in order to progress on the degree and attendance is compulsory for all new research students.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Research Practice is delivered via faculty and subject specific sessions as well as common sessions (involving the wider research student community).

More details on the Postgraduate Certificate in Research Practice will be provided at your induction.

Social media accounts

Make sure to keep up to date and follow us on all our social media!

Course Social Media

BCU Research Twitter
City South PGR Hub
PGR Studio

BCU Social Media

Instagram
Facebook

International students

We expect all international students to engage with their studies for Semester 1 in person from week 1 (w/c 6 February).

The deadline to arrive in the UK to complete enrolment will be week 4 (w/c 27 February).

Please check the guidelines on entering the UK from your country or territory before planning your journey.

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Further information you may find useful