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The University of Birmingham
The University of Birmingham, situated in Edgbaston, is constantly ranked in the top 15 universities in the UK, named The Times and The Sunday Times University of the Year 2013–14. The University offers the best of both worlds. It is set in a 250-acre campus which is listed in the top ten most beautiful universities in Britain by The Telegraph and recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme 2018 as one of the very best green spaces in the country. The University encompasses all the facilities you’ll need to succeed in your degree, as well as the amenities of a small town. The City of Birmingham is only a few minutes away and was the only UK city featured in this year’s Rough Guide Top 10 cities in the world to visit.
QS World Ranking (2021)
Times Higher Education (2020)
Shanghai Ranking (2020)
Complete University Guide (2021)
Guardian League Table (2021)
Teaching Excellence Framework
Green Credentials (2019)
Young vs Mature
Male vs Female
The University of Birmingham founded in 1900 by Joseph Chamberlain and was England’s first civic university with students from all religions and backgrounds accepted on an equal basis. Over the years the university continued to forge new paths being the first university to be built on a campus model, to establish a faculty of commerce, to incorporate a medical school into the university and to offer degrees in dentistry.
The University of Birmingham covers 250 acres two campuses with 250 acres of architectural buildings set on a green and leafy site. The focus of the campus remains the red-brick Chancellor’s Court built in 1909 but this and other grand historic buildings sit amongst modern iconic buildings. The main Edgebaston site sits close to the City Centre but also has the amenities of a small town as well as its own railway station. Overall, Birmingham University serves as a safe, small friendly studying environment for students.
The University of Birmingham is investing heavily to enhance the student experience, as part of its capital development programme. From outstanding new accommodation, a state-of-the-art library, a dedicated student hub and world-class sports club, students at Birmingham are equipped to achieve. In addition, major research investment has also been made to ensure that the University’s research facilities and resources, can compete on a world stage. These include the Birmingham Institute for Forest Research, Institute of Translational Medicine, the Alan Walters Buiiding and the High Temperature Research Centre.
The University of Birmingham new campus development in Dubai marks the latest phase in the its global expansion and builds on their extensive international research collaborations, CPD programmes, distance learning courses, and well-established international teaching activities in Singapore and China. The Dubai campus commences teaching in September 2018.
Colleges, Institutes and Schools
College of Arts and Law
- Birmingham Law School
- School of English, Drama and American & Canadian Studies
- School of History and Cultures
- School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music
- School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion
College of Engineering and Physical Sciences
- School of Chemistry
- School of Chemical Engineering
- School of Computer Science
- School of Engineering
- School of Mathematics
- School of Metallurgy and Materials
- School of Physics and Astronomy
College of Life and Environmental Sciences
- School of Biosciences
- School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
- School of Psychology
- School of Sport, Exercise and Rehibiliation Sciences
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
- Institute of Applied Health Research
- School of Biomedical Science
- Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences
- Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences
- Institute of Clinical Sciences
- School of Dentistry
- College of Medical and Dental Sciences Graduate School
- Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy
- Medical School
- Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research (IMSR)
- Institute of Microbiology and Infection
- School of Nursing
- School of Pharmacy
College of Social Sciences
- Birmingham Business School
- School of Education
- School of Government and Society
- School of Social Policy
For over a century the university has carried out research that has had a major impact on the city, country and the world with 11 Nobel Prize Winners amongst former Birmingham staff and pupils. In the future the university aspires to do the same. One can see how Birmingham continues to have global significance through its research with its wealth of research areas such as healthcare technologies, gravity sensors, autonomous intelligent robots, synthetic biology to create new tools for the rapid detection of potentially fatal bacterial infections. transport systems to be more resilient to climate change, and much more. In addition, it continues to forge new paths, focusing their efforts on tackling nine of the United Nations’ Global Goals, exploiting their research strengths to produce practical solutions to some of the greatest challenges facing mankind.
The University continually invest in resources, and improve research facilities to its academic and doctoral staff. This includes research areas such as hydrogen vehicle technology, nanotechnology, quantum technology, gene therapy, robotics, and the use of virtual reality in archaeology. Some of Birmingham’s research facilities are unique, for example, a rotating drum machine for adding ‘interesting’ flavouring to crisps and a health research bus to take clinical research into the community. It is a member of the M5 group of Midlands universities that explore how to boost research by collaborating and sharing equipment.
A number of degree programmes include a period of studying overseas, providing students meet the criteria set by the academic department. Birmingham has a number of exchange partners all over the world giving students exciting international opportunities. Where students go depends on their field of study. For programmes without a language or country-specific component, students can choose from many countries including Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong. Each year, around 350 Birmingham students travel abroad as part of the Erasmus scheme and 100 participate in the International Exchange programme.
UK/EU Students (2020/2021)
Music Scholarships - each scholarship will offer approximately 17 hours of musical tuition per year for three years. Tuition will be administered by the Uuniversity of Birmingham (UoB) Department of Music; tuition may be delivered either by tutors employed by the UoB Department of Music, or at the Birmingham Conservatoire. This musical tuition will have a cash value of £1,000 per year, or £3,000 over the lifetime of the award. To be eligible, you must commit to playing in at least one ensemble organised by the Department of Music or the University Music Society and playing to a grade 8 level.
Chamberlain award - £2,000 or £1000 per academic year is available to students whose household income is between £36,000 and £25,000, and less than £25,000 per year respectively;
Care Leavers can receive their Chamberlain Award as either a £5,915.60 accommodation fee waiver if living in University-owned halls of residence or, if living elsewhere, can choose a £3,000 tuition fee waiver or cash bursary. These awards apply to all years of study.
Lloyds Scholars programme - is available to students with a household income of less than £25,000 and offers: annual bursaries to help with living costs and study materials; performance-related cash awards each year for good grades; work experience on paid summer internships; support from a dedicated mentor; and training and development opportunities.
Sports Scholarships - University of Birmingham Sport supports around 125 individual athletes across a range of tailored sport scholarship programmes. The programmes offer tailored support to each awarded athlete, valued between approximately £4,000 and £8,000, according to the level at which the athlete is representing and competing.
The Main Library is one of the UK’s largest academic libraries, with access to over 2.7 million books and scholarly periodicals, and more than 16,000 electronic resources. The Main Library also has thirteen group study rooms, seating between five to eight students. They are not for use as individual study areas, and are not for meetings between students and tutors, mentors, etc. Each has an LCD screen, and in some rooms there is a whiteboard too.
Rare books and around 3 million manuscripts and archives are housed in the new George Cadbury Research Library, located on the Lower Ground floor of Muirhead Tower. A further five libraries and resource centres offer specialist materials for every subjects studied in Birmingham.
There is a wide range of study spaces on campus that are open to all students. Each of these spaces has its own characteristics - some are small and quiet, others are larger and busier. Trying a variety should enable you to find a space that best suits your needs at particular times.
The Active Learning Classroom is an innovative multi-learning, learning space which facilitates group work, class collaboration and shared learning. The room can accommodate five groups of students each, with access to a 40” LCD screen and PC. The technology enables ideas to be developed in one group, and then shared, via the screens, with all of the others in the room, for further development.
A significant proportion of the University’s teaching rooms contain Sympodium digital touch screens; these interactive screens offer the functionality of interactive whiteboards, but on the lecture screen itself, allowing lecturers to annotate and highlight presentations in real time.
Skills4study Campus is a highly interactive learning resource which focuses on specific aspects of student learning, including reading and note making, writing skills, referencing and plagiarism, revision and exam skills. WebCT Vista is the virtual learning environment, which includes online course content, programme materials, assessment and discussion boards.
The University Academic Skills Centre, located in the Main Library, supports all new undergraduate students by providing drop-in support sessions to help students to become better prepared for the mathematical components of their studies; plus sessions to help students improve their general academic skills and writing. In addition to the drop-in support sessions, the Centre has a comprehensive general academic skills and writing workshop programme.
University of Birmingham is one of the UK’s leading sports universities, internationally recognised for academic excellence in sports science, coaching and psychology. Its new, state-of-the-art sports centre located at the edge of the Edgbaston campus, offers a unique raft of facilities, including Birmingham’s only 50m swimming pool, as well as a large multi-sport hall, a range of activity and fitness studios, a very extensive gym, six glass-backed squash courts and various other facilities.
The University also offers a range of services to enable you to reach your fitness and health goals, no matter how big or small. The Active Lifestyle programme of fitness classes is the largest of its kind in the UK and offers a huge variety of aerobic, toning, holistic and dance classes. Thrive (Health & Fitness) team also offer free lifestyle assessments and advise on how to get fit and healthy the right way. Around 30 sports scholarships are awarded each year each to international-level performers consisting of facility membership, strength and conditioning work, sport science and medical services, lifestyle workshops and help with sport-specific expenditure.
Students at the University of Birmingham are automatically enrolled as a member of the University Students’ Union or Guild of Students. Membership enables them to join The Guild’s vast number of societies, take part in volunteering, find part-time work and access the wide-range of student services. As well as over 250 active student groups, societies and associations, there are a number of volunteering schemes that you can participate. You can volunteer in The Guild, University and local community. Locally, students can volunteer as Student Community Wardens who work alongside the local authorities, including the West Midlands Police Force to promote community relations in the University area. Other opportunities include taking part in BURN FM (the student radio station) and Redbrick (the student newspaper) which both offer skills and training to anyone who is interested in the media.
Health & Wellbeing
The Guild’s Advice is a professional, student advice service provided by the University Student’s Union (The Guild), helping students with common problems such as financial, academic, housing and immigration issues they may face during their time at the University.
The University’s Counselling and Wellbeing services offer a proactive service that helps students develop skills to manage emotional, psychological and practical problems that may prevent them from engaging fully in academic and social opportunities available at the University. A team of professional counsellors is available to provide expert help to individual or group face-to-face, or online consultation.
The Learning Support, Disability and Mental Health Services can help students that have a disability, including dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties, long-term illness, sensory disabilities, mental health difficulties, autism conditions, or other health conditions, get the maximum benefit from University life. The professional team is available to guide students needing help with the Disabied Student's Allowance (DSA) application process, providing specific learning support and equipment during the student’s time at the University, and offering help and information to ensure they receive the financial support they are entitled to.
Religion & Spirituality
St Francis Hall, Birmingham’s Multiple Faith chaplaincy, offers a place where students of all faiths, or those interested in world religions, can meet for worship, an informal chat in the Oasis Lounge, or to see a chaplain for spiritual or religious advice and pastoral counselling. Birmingham has Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist chaplains.
Careers and Employability Service
The Careers and Employability Service offers a range of schemes and services that will help students identify options, develop opportunities, and work towards career goals from the day they arrive at Birmingham. The schemes and services they provide include:
Personal Skills Award
The Personal Skills Award (PSA) helps students highlight their range of skills, ensuring their CV shines. The PSA is completed through accredited skills modules or through involvement in extra-curricular activities. Celebrated by the Association of Graduate Recruiters and endorsed by a range of employers, PSA enables students to develop, recognise and articulate their skills effectively in preparation for the graduate job market.
The On-campus Job Zone offers expert guidance, advice and assistance in finding part-time employment.
Internships and work experience
Birmingham is investing in a range of internships and funded work experience placements that will enhance both your professional and personal skills that are highly valued by employers, while giving practical experience. At the same time you’ll demonstrate your commitment to your chosen career path and be building a valuable network of contacts.
The Alumni Leadership Mentoring Programme
The Alumni Leadership Mentoring Programme will see a number of Birmingham alumni providing one-to-one mentoring to selected students throughout their final year. There is also a mentoring scheme set up with a local professional organisation, Birmingham Future, which pairs its members with current students to offer guidance, and another perspective on career development.
Careers Network has five college teams, each made up of careers consultants and careers advisers, an applications adviser, internship officer and careers information officer. Each college team is dedicated to bringing you information, advice and guidance tailored to your specific needs. You’ll find your team in locations within your college as well as at our central hub. The university also has specialist advisers enhancing the University service provision for international students.
Birmingham’s Enterprising (B-Enterprising) Team
This team provides specialist advice, support and guidance to give students the confidence to develop their own ideas and set up their own successful business or social enterprise. It also offers a range of programmes and services to support students including assisting with business start-ups and running competitions to allow students to discover their own entrepreneurial talents.
Catered (per week) (2020/2021)
Self-catered (per week) (2020/2021)
TThe University manages three student villages just a short walk from campus. They are Pritchatts Park, the Vale and Selly Oak. The accommodation on offer in the villages includes single study bedrooms with a shared kitchen and bathroom, and en-suite accommodation with a shared kitchen. The University also has studios and apartments available where you have exclusive use of the kitchen and bathroom.
The Vale Village is situated 20 minutes walk from the Edgbaston campus. It’s the largest of the student villages, particularly picturesque as it's set around a large lake in beautiful landscaped parkland. The Vale offers both catered and self-catered accommodation. The focus of activity in the Vale Village is The Hub with facilities including bars, restaurants, convenience store and launderette. Students have the choice of opting for ‘The Meal Plan’ which gives them credit each week to spend in the various eateries on campus. This is a flexible option that is tailored to fit a student lifestyle. It also adds to the social well-being of a student in their first year at university.
English Language Requirements
|Qualification||Academic Area||Minimum Grade|
|IELTS||Engineering & Science||Overall 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in each component|
|TOEFL Internet-based test||82 overall with no less than 19 in Reading, 19 in Listening, 21 in Speaking and 19 in Writing|
|PTE Academic||51 in all four skills|
|IELTS||Business, Economics, Political Science, International Relations, Social Policy, Sociology, Education, History, English, Humanities subjects, Medical Science, Psychology, Sport & Exercise Science||Overall 6.5 with no less than 6 in each component|
|TOEFL Internet-based test||88 overall with no less than 21 in Reading, 20 in Listening, 22 in Speaking, 21 in Writing|
|PTE Academic||59 in all four skills|
|IELTS||Law, Nursing, Physiotherapy||Overall 7 with no less than 6.5 in each component|
|TOEFL Internet-based test||95 overall with no less than 22 in any band|
|PTE Academic||67 in all four skills|
|IELTS||Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy||Overall 7 with no less than 7 in each component|
|TOEFL Internet-based test||95 overall with no less than 23 in any band|
|PTE Academic||67 in all four skills|
The University’s International Student Advisory Service (ISAS) provides advice on immigration, employment, bringing dependants to the UK, possible sources of funding, academic and personal matters, and a range of practical advice on living in the UK. Their ‘International Welcome’ at the start of term includes a special induction programme designed to guide students through the initial administrative tasks, as well as a range of social activities to help students meet new friends.
ISAS co-ordinates activities and events for international students that provide exciting and interesting opportunities to learn about life in the UK and in Birmingham. These activities can introduce you to new cultures from among the 140 nationalities on campus, and help you develop and improve your knowledge and use of the English Language. The University’s English for International Students Unit (EISU) can offer English Language support before you arrive and throughout your time in Birmingham.
The Career Network at Birmingham offers a wide range of services, including a dedicated International Careers Advisor Consultant, working exclusively on your behalf, with assistance from a team of International Student Ambassadors. This team will support you in developing your skills to ensure you are fully prepared for a job or further academic study, either in your home country or elsewhere.