By phd | February 15, 2009
Birmingham University can trace its’ roots back to 1843 when it was established as the Polytechnic Institute. In the early 1970’s the University changed to the Birmingham Polytechnic incorporating five separate colleges. Over then next several decades the University grew, added new school and eventually became the university it is today.
Doctorate Degree Programs - Subjects and Admissions:
Doctorate Degree Programs are available in a number of fields including English, Conservatoire, Law, Property, Construction, Planning, Social Sciences, Business, Media and Communication. Other PhD programs are also available through independent research. While each program has its’ own standards for admission, applicants should be able to meet the following basic requirements. A 3.7 or higher GPA in an American University, proficiency in English (if English is not your first language, you need to submit recent IELTS (6.5) or TOFEL (575) results) and normally a Master’s degree in the field they wish to study. As a general requirement, most departments also require a research proposal with a working title, research aims, background, methods and likely outcomes. Apart from other requirements, you also need two academic reference letters to support your application and a recent CV with up-to-date publications and academic achievements. An interview is also part of the application process.
Doctorate Degree Programs - Duration and Process:
Full and part-time studies are available, with a portion of time spent in classes and a portion of time spent doing independent research. Each student will be supervised by one or more mentors while they conduct their research. A full time Doctorate Degree Program will take at least three years to complete and part time students need at least four years. The maximum allowed time is five and six years respectively. The final part of PhD is mainly about last PhD thesis (Most subjects demand thesis submission with 80,000 written words) with original contribution of knowledge and final oral viva voice.
Doctorate Degree Programs - Financial Assistance:
Financial aid is available through a variety of means. University offers a 5% discount if all fees will be paid in advance.
Apart from the fee discounts, scholarships and awards are available based on previous performance. Every research department has various studentships for UK, EU and international candidates. It is important to point out that there are some awards and loans that are specifically set aside for international students; for example country specific bursaries and scholarships for African, South East Asian and South Asian countries or Technology Innovation Centre Bursaries (for qualified and experienced candidates to get 20% fee reductions) and Loyalty Bursaries (15% fee reduction for past international students). However as most of these bursaries will be awarded on merit, it is strongly recommended that applicants begin searching for funds at least eighteen months in advance.