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MSc Accounting and Finance

Induction date

Welcome Week begins on Monday 18 January.

Start time

Full details, when finalised, will be added to the course Moodle page.

All students must complete a Covid induction and self-assessment before they come to campus. The induction, which includes important updates on the layout of our buildings as well as face mask and distancing requirements, can be accessed on Moodle.

Complete the induction

The self-assessment tool, which is based on published evidence for risk factors, will help us understand any specific risks to you and allow us to put in place the right support for your wellbeing and safety. If you are deemed high risk or very high risk, you will be contacted by our Mental Health and Wellbeing team to discuss how to support you.

Complete the self-assessment

Location

TBC

Course Leader
Martin Beaver 200x300

Martin Beaver

Martin.Beaver@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

I am delighted to welcome you to the MSc Accounting and Finance course. We are really looking forward to welcoming you and helping you to settle into the department, your course and your new environment. Your course is located in the Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences. 

Everyone is always a bit nervous about starting university - this is a good sign and it means you’re keen to do well and make the most of this exciting opportunity.   It’s probably the case that Covid-19 is making you ask lots of questions, especially if you haven’t been in school or college since March!  I want to reassure you that here at Birmingham City University we prioritise your health, safety and wellbeing and that we have made a pledge to all our students that across the year, most of your course will be taught face to face but with the benefit of online interactive activities and materials which will support your learning. 

Induction is a really important part of your first steps at University. We want you to feel part of our community, get to know the course team and make friends with others on your course.  Please make sure that you get involved with all the activities that will take place during Welcome Week and in the following weeks and months on your course. 

As soon as you enrol you will be able to access our virtual learning environment, Moodle.  Please do log onto this and take part in the activities that are there to help you get off to a flying start on your course and get to know your course colleagues before you arrive on campus. We’re all very friendly and you’ll soon settle in very quickly. Remember, everyone is in the same boat and there are lots of people available to support you!

Your Personal Tutor is a key person to get to know in the first few weeks, as they can help with any queries, worries or concerns.  Their role is to offer academic advice and guidance throughout your time at university, so you will want to get to know them quickly.

Finally, I’d like to wish you the best of luck for the start of your course. You are now a part of the Accountancy, Finance and Economics Department and academic community and we look forward to working in partnership with you to help you succeed.  

Induction week timetable

TBC

Social media accounts

If you do not already follow us, please join the following groups:

MSc International Finance

Induction date

Welcome Week begins on Monday 18 January.

Start time

Full details, when finalised, will be added to the course Moodle page.

Location

Online

Course Leader
Anton Miglo Staff Profile Picture 100x150

Dr Anton Miglo

Anton.Miglo@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

I am delighted to welcome you to the MSc International Finance On-line course. We are really looking forward to welcoming you and helping you to settle into the department, your course and your new environment. Your course is located in the Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences. 

Everyone is always a bit nervous about starting university - this is a good sign and it means you’re keen to do well and make the most of this exciting opportunity.   It’s probably the case that Covid-19 is making you ask lots of questions, especially if you haven’t been in school or college since March!  I want to reassure you that here at Birmingham City University we prioritise your health, safety and wellbeing and that we have made a pledge to all our students that across the year, most of your course will be taught face to face but with the benefit of online interactive activities and materials which will support your learning. 

Induction is a really important part of your first steps at University. We want you to feel part of our community, get to know the course team and make friends with others on your course.  Please make sure that you get involved with all the activities that will take place during Welcome Week and in the following weeks and months on your course. 

As soon as you enrol you will be able to access our virtual learning environment, Moodle.  Please do log onto this and take part in the activities that are there to help you get off to a flying start on your course and get to know your course colleagues before you arrive on campus. We’re all very friendly and you’ll soon settle in very quickly. Remember, everyone is in the same boat and there are lots of people available to support you!

Your Personal Tutor is a key person to get to know in the first few weeks, as they can help with any queries, worries or concerns.  Their role is to offer academic advice and guidance throughout your time at university, so you will want to get to know them quickly.

Finally, I’d like to wish you the best of luck for the start of your course. You are now a part of the Accounting, Finance and Economics Department and academic community and we look forward to working in partnership with you to help you succeed. 

Induction week timetable

TBC

Social media accounts

If you do not already follow us, please join the following groups:

International MBA

Induction date

Thursday 21 January

Start time

10AM

All students must complete a Covid induction and self-assessment before they come to campus. The induction, which includes important updates on the layout of our buildings as well as face mask and distancing requirements, can be accessed on Moodle.

Complete the induction

The self-assessment tool, which is based on published evidence for risk factors, will help us understand any specific risks to you and allow us to put in place the right support for your wellbeing and safety. If you are deemed high risk or very high risk, you will be contacted by our Mental Health and Wellbeing team to discuss how to support you.

Complete the self-assessment

Location

Microsoft Teams - Click here for the Moodle page

Course Leader

Dr Juanling Huang

Juanling.Huang@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

I am delighted to welcome you to the International MBA course. We are really looking forward to welcoming you and helping you to settle into the department, your course and your new environment. Your course is located in the Business School, in Curzon building.  

Everyone is always a bit nervous about joining a new university, moving into a new city or country, or studying at Masters’ level especially if you had taken a break after your previous studies. This is a good sign and it means you are keen to do well and make the most of this exciting opportunity.   It’s probably the case that Covid-19 is making you ask lots of questions, especially if you are new to the city I want to reassure you that here at Birmingham City University we prioritise your health, safety and wellbeing. We have made a pledge to all our students that across the year; most of your course will be taught face to face but with the benefit of online interactive activities and materials, which will support your learning. 

Induction is a really important part of your first steps at University. We want you to feel part of our community, get to know the course team and make friends with others on your course.  Please make sure that you get involved with all the activities that will take place during Welcome Week and in the following weeks and months on your course. 

Your Personal Tutor is a key person to get to know in the first few weeks, as they can help with any queries, worries or concerns.  Their role is to offer academic advice and guidance throughout your time at university, so you will want to get to know them quickly. In addition, we have a fantastic team of Student Mentors, who will be able to guide you during induction and offer advice on the wider university experience.

Finally, I would like to wish you the best of luck for the start of your course. You are now a part of the Business School and academic community and we look forward to working in partnership with you to help you succeed.

Induction week timetable
  • 10:00am - 10:40am - Introduction and course overview (Jenny Huang)
  • 10:40am - 11:00am - Course Administrator presentation (Erica Natty-Brown)
  • 11:00am - 11:30am - Library induction (Sharon Stevens)
  • 11:30am - 12:00pm - CAS induction (Sharon Stevens)
  • 12:30pm - 1:00pm - PG Study in the UK (Jenny Huang)
  • 1:00pm - 1:30pm - Moodle and other course info (Jenny Huang)
Social media accounts

If you do not already follow us, please join the following groups:

LLM International Business Law (January Start)

Induction date

Monday 25 January.

Start time

Full details, when finalised, will be added to the course Moodle page.

All students must complete a Covid induction and self-assessment before they come to campus. The induction, which includes important updates on the layout of our buildings as well as face mask and distancing requirements, can be accessed on Moodle.

Complete the induction

The self-assessment tool, which is based on published evidence for risk factors, will help us understand any specific risks to you and allow us to put in place the right support for your wellbeing and safety. If you are deemed high risk or very high risk, you will be contacted by our Mental Health and Wellbeing team to discuss how to support you.

Complete the self-assessment

Location

TBC

Course Leader

Dr Nadia Naim

Nadia.Naim@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

Welcome to the Birmingham City Law School! There is something very special about our School and I hope the induction gives you a real sense of the academic and student community that we are lucky to have. We have engaging activities planned to help you settle in to the campus and enable you to meet your peers and tutors.

Induction week timetable

TBC

Social media accounts

If you do not already follow us, please join the following groups:

LLM International Human Rights (January Start)

Induction date

Wednesday 20 January.

Start time

10am. Full details are available on the course Moodle page.

All students must complete a Covid induction and self-assessment before they come to campus. The induction, which includes important updates on the layout of our buildings as well as face mask and distancing requirements, can be accessed on Moodle.

Complete the induction

The self-assessment tool, which is based on published evidence for risk factors, will help us understand any specific risks to you and allow us to put in place the right support for your wellbeing and safety. If you are deemed high risk or very high risk, you will be contacted by our Mental Health and Wellbeing team to discuss how to support you.

Complete the self-assessment

Location

C320, Curzon Building, City Centre Campus

Course Leader

Chipo Mwale

Chipo.Mwale@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

Welcome to the Birmingham City Law School! There is something very special about our School and I hope the induction gives you a real sense of the academic and student community that we are lucky to have. We have engaging activities planned to help you settle in to the campus and enable you to meet your peers and tutors.

Induction week timetable

TBC

Social media accounts

If you do not already follow us, please join the following groups:

LLM International Law (January Start)

Induction date

Wednesday 20 January.

Start time

10am. Full details are available on the course Moodle page.

All students must complete a Covid induction and self-assessment before they come to campus. The induction, which includes important updates on the layout of our buildings as well as face mask and distancing requirements, can be accessed on Moodle.

Complete the induction

The self-assessment tool, which is based on published evidence for risk factors, will help us understand any specific risks to you and allow us to put in place the right support for your wellbeing and safety. If you are deemed high risk or very high risk, you will be contacted by our Mental Health and Wellbeing team to discuss how to support you.

Complete the self-assessment

Location

C320, Curzon Building, City Centre Campus

Course Leader

Chipo Mwale

Chipo.Mwale@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

Welcome to the Birmingham City Law School! There is something very special about our School and I hope the induction gives you a real sense of the academic and student community that we are lucky to have. We have engaging activities planned to help you settle in to the campus and enable you to meet your peers and tutors.

Induction week timetable

TBC

Social media accounts

If you do not already follow us, please join the following groups:

MSc Management and Finance (January Start) (including Professional Placement)

Induction date

Welcome Week begins on Monday 18 January.

Start time

All students must complete a Covid induction and self-assessment before they come to campus. The induction, which includes important updates on the layout of our buildings as well as face mask and distancing requirements, can be accessed on Moodle.

Complete the induction

The self-assessment tool, which is based on published evidence for risk factors, will help us understand any specific risks to you and allow us to put in place the right support for your wellbeing and safety. If you are deemed high risk or very high risk, you will be contacted by our Mental Health and Wellbeing team to discuss how to support you.

Complete the self-assessment

Location

TBC

Course Leader

Imran Aktar

Imran.Akhtar@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

Welcome to the MSc Management suite. Please note that our induction has now passed. If you would like to view the recording of it please follow this link (you will need to obtain your University email address and password, please contact ithelp@bcu.ac.uk if you have not received this yet).

Induction week timetable

TBC

Social media accounts

If you do not already follow us, please join the following groups:

Essential equipment

Please attend the induction session with either a laptop or tablet to take full advantage of the planned introductory sessions to our teaching and learning platforms (Moodle and AULA).

Pre-arrival task

Enrolled students can download the AULA learning APP on their laptops, tablets or Phones prior to the induction session

International

International students won’t be able to fully enrol nor view their timetable online until they book and attend an enrolment session. If you are an international student you should receive information about booking an appointment through the part of the online enrolment process you are able to do but if you don’t receive any information about this, please contact enrolment@bcu.ac.uk to make an appointment. Once you receive confirmation of the enrolment appointment please send it to the faculty via BusinessAdministration@bcu.ac.uk who will then provide you with a provisional timetable you can follow until you are fully enrolled.

MSc Management and International Business (Online)

Induction date

Welcome Week begins on Monday 18 January.

Start time

All students must complete a Covid induction and self-assessment before they come to campus. The induction is available on Moodle via the link below – a password has been emailed to your BCU email address. A link for the self-assessment will be sent to your BCU email address w/c 7 September; this must be completed by 28 September.

Moodle – Covid induction

Location

TBC

Course Leader

Imran Aktar

Imran.Akhtar@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

Welcome to the MSc Management suite. Please note that our induction has now passed. If you would like to view the recording of it please follow this link (you will need to obtain your University email address and password, please contact ithelp@bcu.ac.uk if you have not received this yet).

Induction week timetable

TBC

Social media accounts

If you do not already follow us, please join the following groups:

Pre-arrival task

Enrolled students can download the AULA learning APP on their laptops, tablets or Phones prior to the induction session

International

MSc Management and International Business (January Start) (including Professional Placement)

Induction date

Welcome Week begins on Monday 18 January.

Start time

All students must complete a Covid induction and self-assessment before they come to campus. The induction, which includes important updates on the layout of our buildings as well as face mask and distancing requirements, can be accessed on Moodle.

Complete the induction

The self-assessment tool, which is based on published evidence for risk factors, will help us understand any specific risks to you and allow us to put in place the right support for your wellbeing and safety. If you are deemed high risk or very high risk, you will be contacted by our Mental Health and Wellbeing team to discuss how to support you.

Complete the self-assessment

Location

TBC

Course Leader

Imran Aktar

Imran.Akhtar@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

Welcome to the MSc Management suite. Please note that our induction has now passed. If you would like to view the recording of it please follow this link (you will need to obtain your University email address and password, please contact ithelp@bcu.ac.uk if you have not received this yet).

Induction week timetable

TBC

Social media accounts

If you do not already follow us, please join the following groups:

Essential equipment

Please attend the induction session with either a laptop or tablet to take full advantage of the planned introductory sessions to our teaching and learning platforms (Moodle and AULA).

Pre-arrival task

Enrolled students can download the AULA learning APP on their laptops, tablets or Phones prior to the induction session

International

International students won’t be able to fully enrol nor view their timetable online until they book and attend an enrolment session. If you are an international student you should receive information about booking an appointment through the part of the online enrolment process you are able to do but if you don’t receive any information about this, please contact enrolment@bcu.ac.uk to make an appointment. Once you receive confirmation of the enrolment appointment please send it to the faculty via BusinessAdministration@bcu.ac.uk who will then provide you with a provisional timetable you can follow until you are fully enrolled.

MSc Management and Marketing (including Professional Placement)

Induction date

Welcome Week begins on Monday 18 January.

Start time

All students must complete a Covid induction and self-assessment before they come to campus. The induction, which includes important updates on the layout of our buildings as well as face mask and distancing requirements, can be accessed on Moodle.

Complete the induction

The self-assessment tool, which is based on published evidence for risk factors, will help us understand any specific risks to you and allow us to put in place the right support for your wellbeing and safety. If you are deemed high risk or very high risk, you will be contacted by our Mental Health and Wellbeing team to discuss how to support you.

Complete the self-assessment

Location

TBC

Course Leader

Imran Aktar

Imran.Akhtar@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

Welcome to the MSc Management suite. Please note that our induction has now passed. If you would like to view the recording of it please follow this link (you will need to obtain your University email address and password, please contact ithelp@bcu.ac.uk if you have not received this yet).

Induction week timetable

TBC

Social media accounts

If you do not already follow us, please join the following groups:

Essential equipment

Please attend the induction session with either a laptop or tablet to take full advantage of the planned introductory sessions to our teaching and learning platforms (Moodle and AULA).

Pre-arrival task

Enrolled students can download the AULA learning APP on their laptops, tablets or Phones prior to the induction session

International

International students won’t be able to fully enrol nor view their timetable online until they book and attend an enrolment session. If you are an international student you should receive information about booking an appointment through the part of the online enrolment process you are able to do but if you don’t receive any information about this, please contact enrolment@bcu.ac.uk to make an appointment. Once you receive confirmation of the enrolment appointment please send it to the faculty via BusinessAdministration@bcu.ac.uk who will then provide you with a provisional timetable you can follow until you are fully enrolled.

MSc Psychology

Induction date

Welcome Week begins on Monday 25 January.

Start time

Full Information will be available on Moodle shortly. Please contact the course leaders below for more information.

Course Leader
Sophie Drennan Staff Profile Picture 100x150

Dr Sophie Drennan

Sophie.drennan@bcu.ac.uk

 

Rebecca Semmens Wheeler 200x300

Dr Rebecca Semmens-Wheeler

Rebecca.Semmens-Wheeler@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

I am delighted to welcome you to the MSc Psychology conversion course. We are really looking forward to welcoming you and helping you to settle into the department, your course and your new environment. Your course is located in the Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences. 

Everyone is always a bit nervous about starting university - this is a good sign and it means you’re keen to do well and make the most of this exciting opportunity.  This will especially be the case if you’ve been away from study for a while.

Induction is a really important part of your first steps at University. We want you to feel part of our community, get to know the course team and make friends with others on your course.  Please make sure that you get involved with the online activities that will take place during Welcome Week and in the following weeks and months on your course. 

As soon as you enrol, you will be able to access our virtual learning environment, Moodle.  Please do log onto this and start to familiarise yourself with it. We also encourage you to take part in the activities that are there to help you get off to a flying start on your course and get to know your course colleagues before you arrive on campus. We’re all very friendly and you’ll soon settle into the course very quickly. Remember, everyone is in the same boat and there are lots of people available to support you!

Your Personal Tutor is a key person to get to know in the first few weeks, as they can help with any queries, worries or concerns.  Their role is to offer academic advice and guidance throughout your time at university, so you will want to get to know them quickly. In addition, we have a fantastic team at the Centre for Academic Success, who will be able to guide you in study skills, especially about writing or statistics, which will be important for your assessments. Additionally, we have a Part-time tutor, who is an additional source of support if you’re following the course part-time.

Finally, I’d like to wish you the best of luck for the start of your course. You are now a part of the Psychology Department and academic community and we look forward to working in partnership with you to help you succeed. 

Essential Equipment

All students should have a PC or laptop, with a stable internet connection to allow appropriate access to the course materials.

Induction week timetable

TBC

Social media accounts

If you do not already follow us, please join the following groups:

Research to PhD (Business)

Induction date

Week commencing 1 February 2021.

See also details below.

Start time

Various – see details below.

Location

Online

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).

You will also be a member of the University’s Doctoral Research College (DRC). The DRC is an ‘umbrella’ team whose main focus is to administer, co-ordinate and oversee the full life cycle of the University’s research community of postgraduate research students. DRC staff work in partnership with Faculty-based staff (as well as the University’s other professional service providers) and are embedded within each faculty.

These pages provide greater detail and also means of contacting the Doctoral Research College staff who are here to help at all stages of your research degree journey.

Welcome message – from the Director of Research Excellence

Welcome to Birmingham City University and the start of your life as a postgraduate research student, a valued member of our growing 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 Birmingham City University, 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 engagement, your research could 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.

The last UK-wide exercise to measure research quality, REF2014, judged 60 per cent of our research across 11 subject areas to be of ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ quality and our excellent Impact rating positioned us equal 55th in the Impact ranking table, demonstrating the real-world benefits of our research.

Our submission to REF2014 demonstrated how our research has been growing and included 40% more staff and 4 additional subjects compared to our submission to the previous RAE2008. Our submission to the upcoming 2021 Research Excellence framework, REF2021 will show a further increase in research coverage and staff engagement with research, increasing to 14 the subject submitted for assessment and doubling the number of research-active staff submitted, as more of our staff engage in impactful research of internationally recognised quality.

We are continuing our journey to improve still further the quality and impact of our research; to grow our research community and enhance our research culture. We summarise our research ambitions by the phrase “Better, Bigger, Broader, Bolder” and we look forward to the valuable contributions that you will make.

We hope that you will enjoy being a part of our vibrant 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 skills that will set you up for your professional life after your PhD.

Please take the time to read the information in these Welcome pages, and the links therein, as it will help you settle in to the University more efficiently. We wish you the very best of luck with your coming studies.

Professor Keith A. Osman,
Director of Research Excellence

“If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't ask, the answer is always no. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place.” - Norah Roberts

The Postgraduate Certificate in Research Practice

As you will be aware from your application and offer letter, all new research degree are expected to attend and complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Research Practice during your first year of the PhD 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 PhD, and attendance is compulsory for all new research students registered and will normally be studied during the first year of enrolment and completed as a precursor to the Progression Assessment Panel carried out towards the end of Year 1.

More detail on the PG Cert is available from the faculty you will be studying at. The course will take place online. More details can be found below.

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).

Induction week timetable

There is a plethora of information and events for you to access to help you acclimatise to postgraduate research study here at Birmingham City University. As well as the wider Welcome pages, this page is just the start and you are now encouraged to ensure that you ‘tick off’ the following additional elements to complete your research degree Induction:

  • Add this page as a ‘favourite’ to refer back to.
  • Ensure that you check out these pages regularly throughout your Induction and beyond to keep up to date with University updates relating to research and research degrees; this is particularly important as we adapt to the current and changing environment.
  • Ensure that you attend / access the following remote Induction events/resources:
    • General Research Degree Welcome
    • Welcome to the PG Certificate in Research Practice
    • You will already have received communications from the Doctoral Research College regarding the online events taking place for PGR students in your base faculty:

      •   Faculty of the Arts, Design and Media:  27 January 2021 – 10:45am

      If you have queries, please contact drc.adm@bcu.ac.uk

      •   Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences:  08 February 2021 – 10:00am

      If you have queries, please contact blssdoctoralresearchcollege@bcu.ac.uk

      •   Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences:04 February 2021 – 2:00pm

      If you have queries, please contact drc-hels@bcu.ac.uk

      •   Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment: 04 February 2021 – 10:00am

      If you have queries, please contact drc.cebe@bcu.ac.uk

    • Explore the hints, tips and advice from your fellow research degree students.
Social media accounts

If you do not already follow us, please join the following groups:

Research to PhD (Law)

Induction date

Week commencing 1 February 2021.

See also details below.

Start time

Various – see details below.

Location

Online

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).

You will also be a member of the University’s Doctoral Research College (DRC). The DRC is an ‘umbrella’ team whose main focus is to administer, co-ordinate and oversee the full life cycle of the University’s research community of postgraduate research students. DRC staff work in partnership with Faculty-based staff (as well as the University’s other professional service providers) and are embedded within each faculty.

These pages provide greater detail and also means of contacting the Doctoral Research College staff who are here to help at all stages of your research degree journey.

Welcome message – from the Director of Research Excellence

Welcome to Birmingham City University and the start of your life as a postgraduate research student, a valued member of our growing 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 Birmingham City University, 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 engagement, your research could 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.

The last UK-wide exercise to measure research quality, REF2014, judged 60 per cent of our research across 11 subject areas to be of ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ quality and our excellent Impact rating positioned us equal 55th in the Impact ranking table, demonstrating the real-world benefits of our research.

Our submission to REF2014 demonstrated how our research has been growing and included 40% more staff and 4 additional subjects compared to our submission to the previous RAE2008. Our submission to the upcoming 2021 Research Excellence framework, REF2021 will show a further increase in research coverage and staff engagement with research, increasing to 14 the subject submitted for assessment and doubling the number of research-active staff submitted, as more of our staff engage in impactful research of internationally recognised quality.

We are continuing our journey to improve still further the quality and impact of our research; to grow our research community and enhance our research culture. We summarise our research ambitions by the phrase “Better, Bigger, Broader, Bolder” and we look forward to the valuable contributions that you will make.

We hope that you will enjoy being a part of our vibrant 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 skills that will set you up for your professional life after your PhD.

Please take the time to read the information in these Welcome pages, and the links therein, as it will help you settle in to the University more efficiently. We wish you the very best of luck with your coming studies.

Professor Keith A. Osman,
Director of Research Excellence

“If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't ask, the answer is always no. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place.” - Norah Roberts

The Postgraduate Certificate in Research Practice

As you will be aware from your application and offer letter, all new research degree are expected to attend and complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Research Practice during your first year of the PhD 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 PhD, and attendance is compulsory for all new research students registered and will normally be studied during the first year of enrolment and completed as a precursor to the Progression Assessment Panel carried out towards the end of Year 1.

More detail on the PG Cert is available from the faculty you will be studying at. The course will take place online. More details can be found below.

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).

Induction week timetable

There is a plethora of information and events for you to access to help you acclimatise to postgraduate research study here at Birmingham City University. As well as the wider Welcome pages, this page is just the start and you are now encouraged to ensure that you ‘tick off’ the following additional elements to complete your research degree Induction:

  • Add this page as a ‘favourite’ to refer back to.
  • Ensure that you check out these pages regularly throughout your Induction and beyond to keep up to date with University updates relating to research and research degrees; this is particularly important as we adapt to the current and changing environment.
  • Ensure that you attend / access the following remote Induction events/resources:
    • General Research Degree Welcome
    • Welcome to the PG Certificate in Research Practice
    • You will already have received communications from the Doctoral Research College regarding the online events taking place for PGR students in your base faculty:

      •   Faculty of the Arts, Design and Media:  27 January 2021 – 10:45am

      If you have queries, please contact drc.adm@bcu.ac.uk

      •   Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences:  08 February 2021 – 10:00am

      If you have queries, please contact blssdoctoralresearchcollege@bcu.ac.uk

      •   Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences:04 February 2021 – 2:00pm

      If you have queries, please contact drc-hels@bcu.ac.uk

      •   Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment: 04 February 2021 – 10:00am

      If you have queries, please contact drc.cebe@bcu.ac.uk

    • Explore the hints, tips and advice from your fellow research degree students.
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Research to PhD (Social Sciences)

Induction date

Week commencing 1 February 2021.

See also details below.

Start time

Various – see details below.

Location

Online

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).

You will also be a member of the University’s Doctoral Research College (DRC). The DRC is an ‘umbrella’ team whose main focus is to administer, co-ordinate and oversee the full life cycle of the University’s research community of postgraduate research students. DRC staff work in partnership with Faculty-based staff (as well as the University’s other professional service providers) and are embedded within each faculty.

These pages provide greater detail and also means of contacting the Doctoral Research College staff who are here to help at all stages of your research degree journey.

Welcome message – from the Director of Research Excellence

Welcome to Birmingham City University and the start of your life as a postgraduate research student, a valued member of our growing 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 Birmingham City University, 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 engagement, your research could 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.

The last UK-wide exercise to measure research quality, REF2014, judged 60 per cent of our research across 11 subject areas to be of ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ quality and our excellent Impact rating positioned us equal 55th in the Impact ranking table, demonstrating the real-world benefits of our research.

Our submission to REF2014 demonstrated how our research has been growing and included 40% more staff and 4 additional subjects compared to our submission to the previous RAE2008. Our submission to the upcoming 2021 Research Excellence framework, REF2021 will show a further increase in research coverage and staff engagement with research, increasing to 14 the subject submitted for assessment and doubling the number of research-active staff submitted, as more of our staff engage in impactful research of internationally recognised quality.

We are continuing our journey to improve still further the quality and impact of our research; to grow our research community and enhance our research culture. We summarise our research ambitions by the phrase “Better, Bigger, Broader, Bolder” and we look forward to the valuable contributions that you will make.

We hope that you will enjoy being a part of our vibrant 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 skills that will set you up for your professional life after your PhD.

Please take the time to read the information in these Welcome pages, and the links therein, as it will help you settle in to the University more efficiently. We wish you the very best of luck with your coming studies.

Professor Keith A. Osman,
Director of Research Excellence

“If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't ask, the answer is always no. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place.” - Norah Roberts

The Postgraduate Certificate in Research Practice

As you will be aware from your application and offer letter, all new research degree are expected to attend and complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Research Practice during your first year of the PhD 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 PhD, and attendance is compulsory for all new research students registered and will normally be studied during the first year of enrolment and completed as a precursor to the Progression Assessment Panel carried out towards the end of Year 1.

More detail on the PG Cert is available from the faculty you will be studying at. The course will take place online. More details can be found below.

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).

Induction week timetable

There is a plethora of information and events for you to access to help you acclimatise to postgraduate research study here at Birmingham City University. As well as the wider Welcome pages, this page is just the start and you are now encouraged to ensure that you ‘tick off’ the following additional elements to complete your research degree Induction:

  • Add this page as a ‘favourite’ to refer back to.
  • Ensure that you check out these pages regularly throughout your Induction and beyond to keep up to date with University updates relating to research and research degrees; this is particularly important as we adapt to the current and changing environment.
  • Ensure that you attend / access the following remote Induction events/resources:
    • General Research Degree Welcome
    • Welcome to the PG Certificate in Research Practice
    • You will already have received communications from the Doctoral Research College regarding the online events taking place for PGR students in your base faculty:

      •   Faculty of the Arts, Design and Media:  27 January 2021 – 10:45am

      If you have queries, please contact drc.adm@bcu.ac.uk

      •   Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences:  08 February 2021 – 10:00am

      If you have queries, please contact blssdoctoralresearchcollege@bcu.ac.uk

      •   Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences:04 February 2021 – 2:00pm

      If you have queries, please contact drc-hels@bcu.ac.uk

      •   Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment: 04 February 2021 – 10:00am

      If you have queries, please contact drc.cebe@bcu.ac.uk

    • Explore the hints, tips and advice from your fellow research degree students.
Social media accounts

If you do not already follow us, please join the following groups:

Doctorate of Business Administration

Enrolment date

2–4 September 2020

Start Time

Instructions will be given by email.

Location

Conducted virtually.

Induction date

7 September 2020

Start time

10:00–12:30

Location

Conducted virtually via MS Teams

Course Leader
Dr Susan Sisay
Welcome message

A warm welcome to the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA). We hope you are excited to join us for the induction meeting on Monday 7 September 2020.

What should I bring on my first day

Come prepared with note taking equipment and your student ID.

Induction week timetable

Your Course Leader or BLSS DRC team will have contacted you with the module guide for your first module, RES8003 Contemporary Research in Practice. This will run from 7th – 11 September 2020, 09:45–16:00 each day.

If you have any queries regarding Enrolment, Induction or the DBA course, please contact the BLSS DRC team via a href="mailto:blssdoctoralresearchcollege@bcu.ac.uk"<>