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Welcome January 2021 Postgraduate Students

We are working hard to ensure you are provided with your timetable for the start of your course. We have prepared innovative and engaging sessions, both online and in person on campus, and these are currently being scheduled and confirmed. We will provide these as soon as possible here and on our virtual learning environment for your modules.

We are looking forward to welcoming you and supporting the start of your academic journey at Birmingham City University.

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MSc Advanced Computer Science

Induction Date

Welcome Week begins on Monday, 18 January

Induction week timetable

To ensure social distancing guidelines are adhered to, we will be splitting courses into smaller groups for their on-campus welcome and induction. More information about these sessions will be found on your virtual learning platform Moodle - a link can be found below.

Induction January 2021: Please check this frequently for updates and course-specific messages.

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

City Centre Campus

Course Leader

Shadi Basurra

Shadi.Basurra@bcu.ac.uk

Dr. Shadi S. Basurra
Welcome message

Welcome to your MSc Advanced Computer Science and Induction Week! We have planned a range of activities for you to enjoy and to have fun meeting new people and engaging with our talks, workshops and union activities. These activities will help you find your way around the school and campus and also to enable you to meet your peers and tutors.

Pre-arrival task

Familiarise yourself with the following learning materials:

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MSc Enterprise Systems Management

Induction Date

Welcome Week begins on Monday, 18 January

Induction week timetable

To ensure social distancing guidelines are adhered to, we will be splitting courses into smaller groups for their on-campus welcome and induction. More information about these sessions will be found on your virtual learning platform Moodle - a link can be found below.

Induction January 2021: Please check this frequently for updates and course-specific messages.

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

City Centre Campus

Course Leader

Deb Evans

deb.evans@bcu.ac.uk

Deb Evans
Welcome message

Welcome to Birmingham City University. I am delighted that you are joining the Enterprise Systems Management course. I look forward to finding out more about you as a person and exploring your career aspirations to ensure you get the most out of your time whilst studying with us.

What should I bring on my first day?

Pre-arrival activity, pens, pencils, student card, note pad and paper

No other essential equipment is required, however, a laptop with a Windows operating system offers greater flexibility to remote access of some softwares.

Pre-arrival task

Please read this peer reviewed academic paper to understand the core principles that underpin Enterprise Systems managements and customer-centric digital transformation of organisations paying particular attention to the complexities of transformation change in the case studies: Wessel, L., Baiyere, A., Ologeanu-Taddei, R., Cha, J. and Jensen, T.B., 2020. Unpacking the difference between digital transformation and IT-enabled organizational transformation. Journal of Association of Information Systems.

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MSc Cyber Security

Induction Date

Welcome Week begins on Monday, 18 January

Induction week timetable

To ensure social distancing guidelines are adhered to, we will be splitting courses into smaller groups for their on-campus welcome and induction. More information about these sessions will be found on your virtual learning platform Moodle - a link can be found below.

Induction January 2021: Please check this frequently for updates and course-specific messages.

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

City Centre Campus

Course Leader

Junaid Arshad

Junaid.Arshad@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

On behalf of the programme team, I warmly welcome you to the MSc Cyber Security course at Birmingham City University. I hope you are excited to join us for induction week! We have many fun and engaging activities planned to help you find your way around the school/campus and to enable you to meet your peers, tutors, and some alumni.

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MSc Data Networks and Security

Induction Date

Welcome Week begins on Monday, 18 January

Induction week timetable

To ensure social distancing guidelines are adhered to, we will be splitting courses into smaller groups for their on-campus welcome and induction. More information about these sessions will be found on your virtual learning platform Moodle - a link can be found below.

Induction January 2021: Please check this frequently for updates and course-specific messages.

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

City Centre Campus

Course Leader

Arya Sedigh

Arya.Sedigh@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

Dear students of 2021, I hope you are excited to join one of the best Networking Teaching Teams in UK for your induction!

We have lots of interesting and engaging activities planned to help you find your way around the school and the campus as well giving you an opportunity to you to meet your peers and tutors.

Come ready to participate, learn and enjoy your postgraduate study with us. I will also be one of your personal tutors. I am here to support you all the way and look forward to meeting you all.

Arya Sedigh - Course Leader

Essential equipment

We will give you advice on equipment that you may wish to purchase as part of induction week.

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MSc Big Data Analytics

Induction Date

Welcome Week begins on Monday, 18 January

Induction week timetable

To ensure social distancing guidelines are adhered to, we will be splitting courses into smaller groups for their on-campus welcome and induction. More information about these sessions will be found on your virtual learning platform Moodle - a link can be found below.

Induction January 2021: Please check this frequently for updates and course-specific messages.

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

City Centre Campus

Course Leader

Dr. Jagdev K. Bhogal

Jagdev.Bhogal@bcu.ac.uk

Jagdev Bhogal
Welcome message

Welcome to BCU on MSc Big Data Analytics course. During Welcome Week you will have many interesting activities that will help you find your way around the University, allow you to meet key people and essentially set you up for your start towards an exciting future.

Pre-arrival task

Please visit the following sites and aim to understand programming fundamentals such as selection (if then statements); condition (using comparison operators such as > , <= , =, etc) and repetition using for loops or while loops 

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MSc Mechanical Engineering

Induction Date

Welcome Week begins on Monday, 18 January

Induction week timetable

To ensure social distancing guidelines are adhered to, we will be splitting courses into smaller groups for their on-campus welcome and induction. More information about these sessions will be found on your virtual learning platform Moodle - a link can be found below.

Induction January 2021: Please check this frequently for updates and course-specific messages.

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

City Centre Campus

Course Leader

Tony Hayward

tony.hayward@bcu.ac.uk

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Welcome to the MSc Mechanical Engineering with professional placement at Birmingham City University. Your programme is part of the Engineering Department within the School of Engineering and the Built Environment (EBE). We hope that you will have a challenging, stimulating and enjoyable time studying with us this academic year leading to successful and fruitful results.

Mechanical Engineering offers an exciting programme of study which is critical, challenging and forward-looking. The programme also seeks to promote excellent reputation within industry for providing the appropriate knowledge and skills to match its needs. Our vision for Mechanical Engineering has been focussed by the determination to strike an equitable balance between the technological aspects, the principle skills and techniques necessary for a successful career within your discipline, and the demands of employers and professional bodies for this discipline-specific programme.

Mechanical Engineering is taught by active researchers and practitioners who ensure that your curriculum is innovative in terms of content, assessment and delivery. A particular characteristic of Mechanical Engineering is its established tradition of research-informed teaching. Mechanical Engineering has also been designed in alignment with appropriate professional accreditation requirements and seamless progression themes that reflect the Quality Assurance Agency Subject Benchmark Statements and the Programme Learning Outcomes. Consistent to the academic requirements, the learning experience of the programme reflects the nature of your career discipline, both in its content and skills provision. This culminates in the use of real life projects (particularly in relation to project modules), case studies, scenarios and laboratory sessions in addition to the appropriate theoretical principles and analytical tools. Your Programme Leader has overall responsibility for ensuring that quality and standards are maintained for the delivery of your programme. Module leaders will look after your interests at the modular level. They report to the Programme Leader and oversee the teaching of the module for which they have responsibility. They devise the teaching programme, produce module handbooks and contribute to Annual Monitoring. Technical advisers and Support Technicians have a wide range and depth of vocational knowledge and experience and will support you when appropriate.

You will be given every opportunity to discuss the programme with the programme and module leaders, and the teaching team are prepared to give assistance to you as necessary. The teaching team has an excellent reputation with existing students in terms of communication and availability. You are able to contact members of the teaching team throughout your study on the programme.

In terms of formal opportunities for offering your feedback, there will be student representation from the Mechanical Engineering at the appropriate programme committee. Your feedback will also take place through using standard Module and Programme Evaluation Questionnaires. This feedback is analysed in team meetings and responses are fed into Annual Monitoring and back to you at the appropriate committee.

In this Programme Handbook, we hope to give you all the essential information you will need in order to successfully complete your qualification. This handbook should be read in conjunction with individual module handbooks and guides, learning resources found on Course Resources and website information.

In addition to the help, information and advice available in this Programme Handbook, each module has its own handbook. Module Handbooks should normally include:

  • Details of module content, including a week-by-week schedule of sessions
  • An outline of teaching and learning methods
  • An explanation of the assessment process and assessment criteria
  • Health and safety information.
  • A bibliography and list of relevant non-book resources

As part of the Quality Assurance arrangements for your programme, your work is firstly internally moderated and then externally moderated by an External Examiner to ensure that the standards of your programme are comparable with other Universities in this country.

Tony Hayward - Programme Leader

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MSc Automotive Engineering

Induction Date

Welcome Week begins on Monday, 18 January

Induction week timetable

To ensure social distancing guidelines are adhered to, we will be splitting courses into smaller groups for their on-campus welcome and induction. More information about these sessions will be found on your virtual learning platform Moodle - a link can be found below.

Induction January 2021: Please check this frequently for updates and course-specific messages.

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

City Centre Campus

Course Leader

Jens Lahr

jens.lahr@bcu.ac.uk

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Welcome message

Welcome to the MSc Automotive Engineering at Birmingham City University. Your course is part of the Engineering Centre within the School of Engineering and the Built Environment (EBE). We hope that you will have a challenging, stimulating and enjoyable time studying with us this academic year leading to successful and fruitful results.

Automotive Engineering offers an exciting course of study which is critical, challenging and forward-looking. The course also seeks to promote excellent reputation within industry for providing the appropriate knowledge and skills to match its needs. Using real-life projects (particularly in relation to project modules), case studies, scenarios and laboratory sessions in addition to the appropriate theoretical principles and analytical tools will empower you to gain all these skills. The course is also aimed to strike an equitable balance between the technological aspects, the principle skills and techniques necessary for a successful career within your discipline, and the demands of employers and professional bodies for this discipline-specific course.

You will be given every opportunity to discuss the programme with the programme and module leaders, and the teaching team are prepared to give assistance to you as necessary. The teaching team has an excellent reputation with existing students in terms of communication and availability. You are able to contact members of the teaching team throughout your study on the programme.

In terms of formal opportunities for offering your feedback, there will be student representation from the Mechanical Engineering at the appropriate programme committee. Your feedback will also take place through using standard Module and Programme Evaluation Questionnaires. This feedback is analysed in team meetings and responses are fed into Annual Monitoring and back to you at the appropriate committee.

In this Programme Handbook, we hope to give you all the essential information you will need in order to successfully complete your qualification. This handbook should be read in conjunction with individual module handbooks and guides, learning resources found on Course Resources and website information.

In addition to the help, information and advice available in this Programme Handbook, each module has its own handbook. Module Handbooks should normally include:

  • Details of module content, including a week-by-week schedule of sessions
  • An outline of teaching and learning methods
  • An explanation of the assessment process and assessment criteria
  • Health and safety information.
  • A bibliography and list of relevant non-book resources

As part of the Quality Assurance arrangements for your programme, your work is firstly internally moderated and then externally moderated by an External Examiner to ensure that the standards of your programme are comparable with other Universities in this country.

Dr. Jens Lahr - Course Leader

Essential Equipment You will be required to wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) consisting of safety shoes and a lab coat during your practical laboratory and workshop sessions. At enrolment you will be provided with a John Smiths voucher to the value of £150 which should be used to purchase this equipment.
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MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Induction Date

Welcome Week begins on Monday, 18 January

Induction week timetable

To ensure social distancing guidelines are adhered to, we will be splitting courses into smaller groups for their on-campus welcome and induction. More information about these sessions will be found on your virtual learning platform Moodle - a link can be found below.

Induction January 2021: Please check this frequently for updates and course-specific messages.

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

City Centre Campus

Course Leader

Poonam Aulak

poonam.aulak@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

A warm welcome from the team is extended to you for your forthcoming postgraduate studies. We look forward to meeting you at induction where you will meet your tutors and learn more about your course.

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MSc Project Management

(Full Time and Part Time)

Induction Date

Welcome Week begins on Monday, 18 January

Induction week timetable

To ensure social distancing guidelines are adhered to, we will be splitting courses into smaller groups for their on-campus welcome and induction. More information about these sessions will be found on your virtual learning platform Moodle - a link can be found below.

Induction January 2021: Please check this frequently for updates and course-specific messages.

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

City Centre Campus

Course Leader

Poonam Aulak

poonam.aulak@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

A warm welcome from the team is extended to you for your forthcoming postgraduate studies. We look forward to meeting you at induction where you will meet your tutors and learn more about your course.

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MSc Construction Project Management

(Full Time and Part Time)

Induction Date

Welcome Week begins on Monday, 18 January

Induction week timetable

To ensure social distancing guidelines are adhered to, we will be splitting courses into smaller groups for their on-campus welcome and induction. More information about these sessions will be found on your virtual learning platform Moodle - a link can be found below.

Induction January 2021: Please check this frequently for updates and course-specific messages.

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

Course Leader

Hong Xiao

Hong.Xiao@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

Welcome to our MSc Construction Project Management course! We are very honoured to be your choice of postgraduate study.

Our students in this course come from various background. You may come from different disciplines of construction industry such as civil engineering, architecture, quantity surveying, real estate and construction management. Some of you have years’ construction working experience and know the industry inside out while some of you may just came out of your undergraduate study. And you may come from overseas with very different culture, tradition and religion. But you have the same aspiration, that is to become a competent construction project manager and have a long-lasting career in the construction industry. The diversity of our students on this course will enrich your learning experience tremendously by sharing ideas and experience.

Doing a postgraduate study is indeed a very challenging and demanding journey. But we are here to support you all the way through. By the end of this course, we hope you find this journey is also very rewarding. You will not only learn knowledge about construction project management to become a competent practitioner, but more importantly, develop your intellectual capability to become a reflective, life-long learner with critical thinking so you can continuously develop your career in whatever the direction you choose. When reflecting on the experience on this course, a previous graduate who successfully completed the course with Distinction said that this course had changed his way of thinking and how he viewed the construction industry and its practice. This is the biggest compliment we could wish for, and we hope we can achieve the same with you this time.

Besides the hard work, we also hope you can enjoy your time with us. As the 2nd city of Britain, Birmingham has a lot to offer due to its rich history and diverse culture. You may also make some life-long friends on this course.

On behalf of the course team, welcome on board! We are looking forward to working with you and helping you to achieve your goals.

Hong Xiao Programme Leader for MSc Construction Project Management

Essential equipment

There is no any particular equipment that students should have prior to starting the course. But if you would like to buy a laptop for your study, when possible, please buy a non iMac one as it is not compatible with a software we are going to use in this course.

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MSc International Logistics and Supply Chain Management (Distance Learning)

This is a distance learning course. If you have any queries then please contact your Course Leader Poonam Aulak:poonam.aulak@bcu.ac.uk

MSc International Project Management (Distance Learning)

This is a distance learning course. If you have any queries then please contact your Course Leader Poonam Aulak:poonam.aulak@bcu.ac.uk

Research to PhD (Computing)

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 (Digital Media Technology)

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 (Built Environment)

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 (Engineering)

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:

Here are a list of general contacts:

General enquiriesDepartment
Enrolment for new international students Online only - Please follow the link
Confirmation of enrolment (Letter that proves that you are a BCU student) Computing and Digital Technology School office:
Level 2, Millennium Point
Email: CDTReception@bcu.ac.uk
Engineering and the Built Environment School Office:

Level 4, Millennium Point
Email: EBEReception@bcu.ac.uk https://iask.bcu.ac.uk
Your first few weeks (Of obtaining Medical registration, Police registration, National Union of Students (NUS) registration, Library registration, phoning home, Get a National Insurance number and get some insurance) Student Affairs
Paying your fees after your enrolment
Finance Office 
Personal problems / Need to have a chat with a counsellor Counselling Services
Working during and after your studies Student Affairs 
Visa and Immigration Services (for help with extending your student visa and immigration advice) Student Affairs 
Student Visa Advice Student Services - Visa and Immigration
IImproving your Academic and English language skills Centre of Academic Skills
Health Care (registering with a doctor) Student Services - Health Care
Enablement and Wellbeing Student Affairs 
Student Exchange & Erasmus+ International Office