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Welcome September 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, 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

Start date

Welcome Week begins on Monday 13 September 2021. You will be able to check your timetable at the end of August to find out when teaching on your course begins.

Induction date and time

Details of your induction arrangements will be found on your timetable, which will be available on iCity or the iBCU app at the end of August. You will also be able to find the information on this page in August.

Induction 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 activity

Before you arrive on campus, you will need to complete a course-related induction task. Further details will be available on this page in early August.

Induction week timetable

Your course may schedule activities during Welcome Week for you to take part in. These sessions will be available on your timetable on iCity or the iBCU app from the end of August.

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International students

We expect all international students to engage with their studies for Semester 1 online or in person from week 1 (20 September).

The deadline to arrive in the UK to complete enrolment will be week 4 (11 October), however this will be extended to week 8 (8 November) if you are unable to travel to the UK.

MSc Digital Transformation

Start date

Welcome Week begins on Monday 13 September 2021. You will be able to check your timetable at the end of August to find out when teaching on your course begins.

Induction date and time

Details of your induction arrangements will be found on your timetable, which will be available on iCity or the iBCU app at the end of August. You will also be able to find the information on this page in August.

Induction 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 Digital Transformation 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 activity

Before you arrive on campus, you will need to complete a course-related induction task. Further details will be available on this page in early August.

Induction week timetable

Your course may schedule activities during Welcome Week for you to take part in. These sessions will be available on your timetable on iCity or the iBCU app from the end of August.

Social media accounts
International students

We expect all international students to engage with their studies for Semester 1 online or in person from week 1 (20 September).

The deadline to arrive in the UK to complete enrolment will be week 4 (11 October), however this will be extended to week 8 (8 November) if you are unable to travel to the UK.

MSc Cyber Security

Start date

Welcome Week begins on Monday 13 September 2021. You will be able to check your timetable at the end of August to find out when teaching on your course begins.

Induction date and time

Details of your induction arrangements will be found on your timetable, which will be available on iCity or the iBCU app at the end of August. You will also be able to find the information on this page in August.

Induction 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.

Induction week timetable

Your course may schedule activities during Welcome Week for you to take part in. These sessions will be available on your timetable on iCity or the iBCU app from the end of August.

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International students

We expect all international students to engage with their studies for Semester 1 online or in person from week 1 (20 September).

The deadline to arrive in the UK to complete enrolment will be week 4 (11 October), however this will be extended to week 8 (8 November) if you are unable to travel to the UK.

MSc Advanced Computer Networks

Start date

Welcome Week begins on Monday 13 September 2021. You will be able to check your timetable at the end of August to find out when teaching on your course begins.

Induction date and time

Details of your induction arrangements will be found on your timetable, which will be available on iCity or the iBCU app at the end of August. You will also be able to find the information on this page in August.

Induction 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

Pre-arrival activity

Before you arrive on campus, you will need to complete a course-related induction task. Further details will be available on this page in early August.

Induction week timetable

Your course may schedule activities during Welcome Week for you to take part in. These sessions will be available on your timetable on iCity or the iBCU app from the end of August.

Social media accounts
International students

We expect all international students to engage with their studies for Semester 1 online or in person from week 1 (20 September).

The deadline to arrive in the UK to complete enrolment will be week 4 (11 October), however this will be extended to week 8 (8 November) if you are unable to travel to the UK.

MSc Big Data Analytics

Start date

Welcome Week begins on Monday 13 September 2021. You will be able to check your timetable at the end of August to find out when teaching on your course begins.

Induction date and time

Details of your induction arrangements will be found on your timetable, which will be available on iCity or the iBCU app at the end of August. You will also be able to find the information on this page in August.

Induction 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 activity/strong>

Before you arrive on campus, you will need to complete a course-related induction task. Further details will be available on this page in early August.

Induction week timetable

Your course may schedule activities during Welcome Week for you to take part in. These sessions will be available on your timetable on iCity or the iBCU app from the end of August.

Social media accounts
International students

We expect all international students to engage with their studies for Semester 1 online or in person from week 1 (20 September).

The deadline to arrive in the UK to complete enrolment will be week 4 (11 October), however this will be extended to week 8 (8 November) if you are unable to travel to the UK.

Course Leader

MSc User Experience Design

Start date

Welcome Week begins on Monday 13 September 2021. You will be able to check your timetable at the end of August to find out when teaching on your course begins.

Induction date and time

Details of your induction arrangements will be found on your timetable, which will be available on iCity or the iBCU app at the end of August. You will also be able to find the information on this page in August.

Induction location

City Centre Campus

Dr Chris Creed

chris.creed@bcu.ac.uk

Chris Creed
Welcome message

Welcome to BCU and the MSc User Experience Design course! I hope you are excited to join us for induction week – we have a range of activities planned to help you find your way around the School and campus (as well as opportunities to meet your peers and tutors).

Pre-arrival activity

Before you arrive on campus, you will need to complete a course-related induction task. Further details will be available on this page in early August.

Induction week timetable

Your course may schedule activities during Welcome Week for you to take part in. These sessions will be available on your timetable on iCity or the iBCU app from the end of August.

Social media accounts
International students

We expect all international students to engage with their studies for Semester 1 online or in person from week 1 (20 September).

The deadline to arrive in the UK to complete enrolment will be week 4 (11 October), however this will be extended to week 8 (8 November) if you are unable to travel to the UK.

MSc Artificial Intelligence

Start date

Welcome Week begins on Monday 13 September 2021. You will be able to check your timetable at the end of August to find out when teaching on your course begins.

Induction date and time

Details of your induction arrangements will be found on your timetable, which will be available on iCity or the iBCU app at the end of August. You will also be able to find the information on this page in August.

Induction location

City Centre Campus

Course Leader

Dr. Iain Rice

iain.rice@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

Welcome to BCU and the MSc Artificial Intelligence course! I hope you are excited to join us for induction week – we have a range of activities planned to help you find your way around the School and campus (as well as opportunities to meet your peers and tutors).

Pre-arrival activity

Before you arrive on campus, you will need to complete a course-related induction task. Further details will be available on this page in early August.

Induction week timetable

Your course may schedule activities during Welcome Week for you to take part in. These sessions will be available on your timetable on iCity or the iBCU app from the end of August.

Social media accounts
International students

We expect all international students to engage with their studies for Semester 1 online or in person from week 1 (20 September).

The deadline to arrive in the UK to complete enrolment will be week 4 (11 October), however this will be extended to week 8 (8 November) if you are unable to travel to the UK.

MSc Mechanical Engineering

Start date

Welcome Week begins on Monday 13 September 2021. You will be able to check your timetable at the end of August to find out when teaching on your course begins.

Induction date and time

Details of your induction arrangements will be found on your timetable, which will be available on iCity or the iBCU app at the end of August. You will also be able to find the information on this page in August.

Induction location

City Centre Campus

Course Leader

Tony Hayward

tony.hayward@bcu.ac.uk

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Welcome message

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

Pre-arrival activity

Before you arrive on campus, you will need to complete a course-related induction task. Further details will be available on this page in early August.

Induction week timetable

Your course may schedule activities during Welcome Week for you to take part in. These sessions will be available on your timetable on iCity or the iBCU app from the end of August.

Social media accounts
International students

We expect all international students to engage with their studies for Semester 1 online or in person from week 1 (20 September).

The deadline to arrive in the UK to complete enrolment will be week 4 (11 October), however this will be extended to week 8 (8 November) if you are unable to travel to the UK.

MSc Automotive Engineering

Start date

Welcome Week begins on Monday 13 September 2021. You will be able to check your timetable at the end of August to find out when teaching on your course begins.

Induction date and time

Details of your induction arrangements will be found on your timetable, which will be available on iCity or the iBCU app at the end of August. You will also be able to find the information on this page in August.

Induction 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.
Pre-arrival activity

Before you arrive on campus, you will need to complete a course-related induction task. Further details will be available on this page in early August.

Induction week timetable

Your course may schedule activities during Welcome Week for you to take part in. These sessions will be available on your timetable on iCity or the iBCU app from the end of August.

Social media accounts
International students

We expect all international students to engage with their studies for Semester 1 online or in person from week 1 (20 September).

The deadline to arrive in the UK to complete enrolment will be week 4 (11 October), however this will be extended to week 8 (8 November) if you are unable to travel to the UK.

MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Start date

Welcome Week begins on Monday 13 September 2021. You will be able to check your timetable at the end of August to find out when teaching on your course begins.

Induction date and time

Details of your induction arrangements will be found on your timetable, which will be available on iCity or the iBCU app at the end of August. You will also be able to find the information on this page in August.

Induction 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.

Pre-arrival activity

Before you arrive on campus, you will need to complete a course-related induction task. Further details will be available on this page in early August.

Induction week timetable

Your course may schedule activities during Welcome Week for you to take part in. These sessions will be available on your timetable on iCity or the iBCU app from the end of August.

Social media accounts
International students

We expect all international students to engage with their studies for Semester 1 online or in person from week 1 (20 September).

The deadline to arrive in the UK to complete enrolment will be week 4 (11 October), however this will be extended to week 8 (8 November) if you are unable to travel to the UK.

MSc Project Management

(Full Time and Part Time)

Start date

Welcome Week begins on Monday 13 September 2021. You will be able to check your timetable at the end of August to find out when teaching on your course begins.

Induction date and time

Details of your induction arrangements will be found on your timetable, which will be available on iCity or the iBCU app at the end of August. You will also be able to find the information on this page in August.

Induction 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.

Pre-arrival activity

Before you arrive on campus, you will need to complete a course-related induction task. Further details will be available on this page in early August.

Induction week timetable

Your course may schedule activities during Welcome Week for you to take part in. These sessions will be available on your timetable on iCity or the iBCU app from the end of August.

Social media accounts

We expect all international students to engage with their studies for Semester 1 online or in person from week 1 (20 September).

The deadline to arrive in the UK to complete enrolment will be week 4 (11 October), however this will be extended to week 8 (8 November) if you are unable to travel to the UK.

MSc Construction Project Management

(Full Time and Part Time)

Induction Date
Start date

Welcome Week begins on Monday 13 September 2021. You will be able to check your timetable at the end of August to find out when teaching on your course begins.

Induction date and time

Details of your induction arrangements will be found on your timetable, which will be available on iCity or the iBCU app at the end of August. You will also be able to find the information on this page in August.

Induction location

City Centre Campus

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.

Pre-arrival activity

Before you arrive on campus, you will need to complete a course-related induction task. Further details will be available on this page in early August.

Induction week timetable

Your course may schedule activities during Welcome Week for you to take part in. These sessions will be available on your timetable on iCity or the iBCU app from the end of August.

Social media accounts

We expect all international students to engage with their studies for Semester 1 online or in person from week 1 (20 September).

The deadline to arrive in the UK to complete enrolment will be week 4 (11 October), however this will be extended to week 8 (8 November) if you are unable to travel to the UK.

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

MSc Quantity Surveying

(Full Time and Part Time)

Start date

Welcome Week begins on Monday 13 September 2021. You will be able to check your timetable at the end of August to find out when teaching on your course begins.

Induction date and time

Details of your induction arrangements will be found on your timetable, which will be available on iCity or the iBCU app at the end of August. You will also be able to find the information on this page in August.

Induction location

City Centre Campus

Course Leader

Damilola Ekundayo

Damilola.Ekundayo@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

On behalf of the course team, may I welcome you to MSc Quantity Surveying course. I wish you every success in your study and hope you have a really good experience here at Birmingham City University and a successful career following your graduation.

Many of the tutors in the course have years of practical experience as well as academic qualifications with several members of staff actively involved in our professional bodies and the final assessment of graduates in their professional interviews. If you have any questions about the contents of this Course Guide, need further information or have any concerns at any time during your studies, please do not hesitate to let us know. The course team and the University’s support services are here to help you make the most of your time at the University and to support you in achieving your full potential. For further detailed information about the University, life in Birmingham and the advice and support available to all students please go to http://www.bcu.ac.uk/student-info/current-students. Thank you.

Pre-arrival activity

Before you arrive on campus, you will need to complete a course-related induction task. Further details will be available on this page in early August.

Induction week timetable

Your course may schedule activities during Welcome Week for you to take part in. These sessions will be available on your timetable on iCity or the iBCU app from the end of August.

Social media accounts

We expect all international students to engage with their studies for Semester 1 online or in person from week 1 (20 September).

The deadline to arrive in the UK to complete enrolment will be week 4 (11 October), however this will be extended to week 8 (8 November) if you are unable to travel to the UK.

MSc Real Estate Management

(Full Time and Part Time)

Start date

Welcome Week begins on Monday 13 September 2021. You will be able to check your timetable at the end of August to find out when teaching on your course begins.

Induction date and time

Details of your induction arrangements will be found on your timetable, which will be available on iCity or the iBCU app at the end of August. You will also be able to find the information on this page in August.

Induction location

City Centre Campus

Course Leader

Timothy Lee

Timothy.Lee@bcu.ac.uk

0121 331 7475

Welcome message

I look forward to meeting you during the induction week. We have lots of activities planned to help you find your way around the campus, find out how things work, enable you to meet your peers and tutors, and get you started on your real estate journey.

As a course leader for the MSc Real Estate Management degree course, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the truly great city of Birmingham, Birmingham City University and the School of Engineering and the Built Environment. You have chosen a course which is diverse and dynamic, academic but professional, challenging yet rewarding. I urge you to read this Handbook carefully as it is designed to enable you to understand the aims and structure of the course, the rules and regulations which govern your study as well as the types of assessment methods you will encounter as part of the course.

I want you to succeed in your studies and to get the best possible start to your future career in Real Estate. This is where the journey starts! Once again, I welcome you on board and look forward to helping you reach your full potential. For detailed information about the University, life in Birmingham and the advice and support available to all students please go to current-students.

Timothy Lee - Course Leader

Pre-arrival activity

Before you arrive on campus, you will need to complete a course-related induction task. Further details will be available on this page in early August.

Induction week timetable

Your course may schedule activities during Welcome Week for you to take part in. These sessions will be available on your timetable on iCity or the iBCU app from the end of August.

Social media accounts

We expect all international students to engage with their studies for Semester 1 online or in person from week 1 (20 September).

The deadline to arrive in the UK to complete enrolment will be week 4 (11 October), however this will be extended to week 8 (8 November) if you are unable to travel to the UK.

MA Planning Built Environments

(Full Time and Part Time)

Start date

Welcome Week begins on Monday 13 September 2021. You will be able to check your timetable at the end of August to find out when teaching on your course begins.

Induction date and time

Details of your induction arrangements will be found on your timetable, which will be available on iCity or the iBCU app at the end of August. You will also be able to find the information on this page in August.

Induction location

City Centre Campus

Course Leader

Claudia Carter

Claudia.Carter@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

Welcome to MA Planning Built Environments! This course has been designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills and tools to start understanding and fitting the disparate pieces of the built and natural environment jigsaw together; improving the ways in which policy and decisions are made regarding all aspects of place-making. The course builds on applied academic research and contemporary planning practice, stressing the importance of both the process and outcomes of planning interventions that are made in the public interest.

The course uses real life assignments and learning; helping you to learn how to apply the principles you learn. The course design and delivery uses expertise across our sustainability, real estate and planning teams and external experts in planning research and practice to address key challenges and opportunities across the built (including historic) environments. Here natural, political and social sciences converge to equip you to understand the different opportunities and challenges when dealing with complex planning problems in city, urban fringe and rural domains. The combination of accelerated climate and environmental change, resource pressures and rapidly evolving social, legal and political contexts demand that the planner of the future is better equipped with the science, tools and skills to help shape the kind of high quality multi-functional places we increasingly need. This course is accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and we are also seeking accreditation by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). It offers a clear pathway to RTPI chartered status and prepares you for a career as an interdisciplinary and challenge-focused professional. In order to provide this interdisciplinary education, the course follows a 3 x 3 x 3 model in terms of structure. Three modules are bespoke to planning; three modules are interdisciplinary and are shared with other built environment courses and three modules are specialised relating to the dissertation, allowing you to specialise in an area that most interests you.

You will be assigned a personal tutor when you start the course who will be your first port of call if you need help. You will have a dissertation supervisor assigned to you early on to begin supporting you with this challenging assignment. Each module assessment is made clear at the start of the module, and the module tutor will provide class time to discuss the assessment and provide guidance. You will need to work hard to excel on this challenging but rewarding course, but we do everything we can to support you to get on well with your learning and plan your time effectively.

We look forward to welcoming you onto the course!

Essential equipment

There is no specific essential equipment needed, but when we do make site visits (ie outside the classroom), stout footwear and clothing appropriate to the weather are recommended.

There is one excellent book that will help you throughout the course, although it is not a “set text” it would be helpful to have access to a copy: this is the 15th edition of Cullingworth et al (2015) Town and Country Planning in Britain.

Pre-arrival activity

Before you arrive on campus, you will need to complete a course-related induction task. Further details will be available on this page in early August.

Induction week timetable

Your course may schedule activities during Welcome Week for you to take part in. These sessions will be available on your timetable on iCity or the iBCU app from the end of August.

Social media accounts

We expect all international students to engage with their studies for Semester 1 online or in person from week 1 (20 September).

The deadline to arrive in the UK to complete enrolment will be week 4 (11 October), however this will be extended to week 8 (8 November) if you are unable to travel to the UK.

MSc Civil Engineering

(Full Time and Part Time)

Start date

Welcome Week begins on Monday 13 September 2021. You will be able to check your timetable at the end of August to find out when teaching on your course begins.

Induction date and time

Details of your induction arrangements will be found on your timetable, which will be available on iCity or the iBCU app at the end of August. You will also be able to find the information on this page in August.

Induction location

City Centre Campus

Course Leader

Panagiotis Patlakas

Panagiotis.Patlakas@bcu.ac.uk

Portrait of Panagiotis Patlakas
Welcome message

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

The course is designed to respond to the demand from industry for highly trained professionals and provides the skills and knowledge required for entry into a wide range of career paths. We sincerely hope it will allow you to fulfil your career aspirations and that it will be of immediate interest and value. We look forward to participating in your education over the coming years and wish you all the best in your studies!

Essential equipment

We strongly suggest you have a laptop computer and a scientific calculator prior to starting on the course. Do not rely on your mobile phone!

Pre-arrival activity

Before you arrive on campus, you will need to complete a course-related induction task. Further details will be available on this page in early August.

Induction week timetable

Your course may schedule activities during Welcome Week for you to take part in. These sessions will be available on your timetable on iCity or the iBCU app from the end of August.

Social media accounts

We expect all international students to engage with their studies for Semester 1 online or in person from week 1 (20 September).

The deadline to arrive in the UK to complete enrolment will be week 4 (11 October), however this will be extended to week 8 (8 November) if you are unable to travel to the UK.

MSc Digital Construction

(Full Time and Part Time)

Start date

Welcome Week begins on Monday 13 September 2021. You will be able to check your timetable at the end of August to find out when teaching on your course begins.

Induction date and time

Details of your induction arrangements will be found on your timetable, which will be available on iCity or the iBCU app at the end of August. You will also be able to find the information on this page in August.

Induction location

City Centre Campus

Course Leader

Mohammad Mayouf

Mohammad.Mayouf@bcu.ac.uk

Mohammad Mayouf
Welcome message

First and foremost, welcome to Birmingham City University, and to a unique opportunity that will place you at the front line of graduates, and provide you with an overarching set of skills and knowledge within digitalisation in the built environment.

As you all know, the last decade has witnessed a major technological transformation within the built environment sector both in the UK and worldwide. This transformation has impacted many of the traditional processes and practices across the whole life cycle of the built environment. The impact can be recognised through automated and lean processes as result of using different technologies, which ultimately have a direct influence on time, cost and quality within projects. Nowadays, there is an increasing shift toward integration of computing-related areas including Smart Systems (e.g. Internet of Things), Data Analytics, Machine Learning and Cloud Computing to overcome complex issues. Despite this continually rapid transformation, the built environment industry is becoming aware of many new skill sets and digital competencies to overcome issues, and more importantly, advance the built environment industry.

The MSc Digital Construction is built on 5 main areas of knowledge: Digital Transformation, Integrated Processes, Innovation, Smart Production and Decision-making. So brace yourself for an exciting and unique journey with this course, which will prepare you to become as one of the digital pioneers in the industry.

Your Course Leader

Mohammad Mayouf

What should I bring on my first day?

A Big Smile, Exciting Look and Ready-to-do-this!!!

Pre-arrival activity

Before you arrive on campus, you will need to complete a course-related induction task. Further details will be available on this page in early August.

Induction week timetable

Your course may schedule activities during Welcome Week for you to take part in. These sessions will be available on your timetable on iCity or the iBCU app from the end of August.

Social media accounts

We expect all international students to engage with their studies for Semester 1 online or in person from week 1 (20 September).

The deadline to arrive in the UK to complete enrolment will be week 4 (11 October), however this will be extended to week 8 (8 November) if you are unable to travel to the UK.

MSc Building Surveying programme with Facilities Management

(Full Time and Part Time)

Start date

Welcome Week begins on Monday 13 September 2021. You will be able to check your timetable at the end of August to find out when teaching on your course begins.

Induction date and time

Details of your induction arrangements will be found on your timetable, which will be available on iCity or the iBCU app at the end of August. You will also be able to find the information on this page in August.

Induction location

City Centre Campus

Course Leader

Mohammad Mayouf

mohammad.mayouf@bcu.ac.uk

Mohammad Mayouf
Welcome message

On behalf of the course team, may I welcome you to MSc Building Surveying programme with Facilities Management course. I wish you every success in your study and hope you have a really good experience here at Birmingham City University and a successful career following your graduation.

Many of the tutors in the course have years of practical experience as well as academic qualifications with several members of staff actively involved in our professional bodies and the final assessment of graduates in their professional interviews. If you have any questions about the contents of this Course Guide, need further information or have any concerns at any time during your studies, please do not hesitate to let us know. The course team and the University’s support services are here to help you make the most of your time at the University and to support you in achieving your full potential. For further detailed information about the University, life in Birmingham and the advice and support available to all students please go to http://www.bcu.ac.uk/student-info/current-students. Thank you.

Pre-arrival activity

Before you arrive on campus, you will need to complete a course-related induction task. Further details will be available on this page in early August.

Induction week timetable

Your course may schedule activities during Welcome Week for you to take part in. These sessions will be available on your timetable on iCity or the iBCU app from the end of August.

Social media accounts

Here is a list of general contacts:

General enquiriesDepartment
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

Virtual Office

Engineering and the Built Environment School Office:
Level 4, Millennium Point
Email: EBEReception@bcu.ac.uk 

Virtual Office
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