A global university at the heart of an ambitious city

Established in 1900 by Queen Victoria, the University of Birmingham is a prestigious redbrick university situated within a leafy parkland estate that’s widely acknowledged as one of the most beautiful campuses in the UK.

Our historic campus is being transformed. You will enjoy state of-the-art student accommodation, our exceptional new sports and leisure facilities and an inspirational new library in addition to a striking new parkland being created at the heart of our campus.

As a founding member of the Russell Group, you will study or work with one of the world’s top 100 universities - a forward-thinking institution with national eminence and global reach. From our world-leading research and vibrant international student and staff community to the breadth and depth of our international engagement, Birmingham is a global university in every sense.

You will join over 34,000 students, of which 40% are postgraduate taught and research, and one of the largest international student and staff communities in the UK with over 6,800 students from over 150 countries and 31% of our staff from overseas. We also boast more than 100,000 online learners and 300,000 alumni across the globe

Today, the city of Birmingham is a modern and cosmopolitan city that retains pride for its historic, industrial past and is home to the largest financial services and creative sectors outside of London. As the youngest city in Europe, with 40% of the population under the age of 25, Birmingham is a diverse and welcoming, characterised by a dynamic, global outlook that makes it an exciting place to study, work and live.

Dubai: A World of Opportunity

The University has recently announced the exciting launch of a new campus in Dubai, becoming the first global top 100 and Russell Group University to establish a campus in Dubai and its rapidly developing international educational hub, opening in September 2018.

An outstanding teaching experience

The University of Birmingham is a research-intensive university, acknowledged for our commitment to providing outstanding teaching, and producing some of the most employable graduates in the country.

We champion the importance of research-led teaching, independent study and peer-to-peer learning which contributed to an outstanding performance in the Quality Assurance Association (QAA) review.  In 2017 Birmingham was awarded a Gold rating by the Teaching Excellence Framework, demonstrating our commitment to our students' futures.

Research that matters

Research taking place at Birmingham transcends national boundaries and impacts on the lives of people across the world as well as having both cultural significance and global recognition. From developing new treatments for cancer and rare diseases, advancing thermal energy storage and quantum technology, to raising awareness of climate change, we have been conducting research that matters for over one hundred years.

Birmingham Heroes

From discovering gravitational waves to fighting antibiotic resistance, and devising personalised cancer therapies to tackling the refugee crisis, learn more about how Birmingham Heroes are tomorrow’s Nobel Prize winners.

Undergraduate Study

At Birmingham we encourage bold, independent thinking and offer the highest quality academic experience to stretch and challenge you. You will be an active part of a leading academic community, studying and working alongside some of the finest academic minds in the world. We offer a range of exciting degree courses, with dedicated academic staff and outstanding facilities to support you in your studies.

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Postgraduate Study

At Birmingham you will join a stimulating postgraduate community of students and researchers. We have invested £25million in student support and scholarships to enable you to get the most from postgraduate study. Our Graduate School provides the best possible research and education environment – from dedicated postgraduate space in which you can work, to events and training programmes to support your development.

We offer a selection of pre-masters, and pre-doctoral programmes, preparing you for postgraduate study at Birmingham, and some of our programmes also offer Distance Learning options.

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Study in Dubai

From 2018 you can choose to study at our Dubai campus where you will have access to a world-class British education, taught by outstanding academics who are experts in their fields and graduate with a University of Birmingham degree. Choose from a range of three and four year undergraduate programmes, as well as post-graduate programmes.

Study in Singapore

A number of Birmingham Business School programmes are available in Singapore, delivered in conjunction with our partners, the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM). The programmes use the same syllabus as taught on the UK equivalent and our world-leading staff travel to Singapore to deliver the content.

Teaching Excellence

We are proud of our excellent teaching at Birmingham. Following the University’s recent outstanding performance in the Quality Assurance Association’s (QAA) Higher Education Review, our commitment to teaching has been recognised again, and we have been awarded a Gold rating in the 2016/17 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The TEF Panel acknowledged that ‘all student outcomes are excellent’ at Birmingham.

The city

Birmingham is a modern and cosmopolitan city, famous for its historic, industrial past. Now it is now a centre of arts and culture, commerce and entertainment with a diverse and vibrant community. Our students fall in love with the city and many choose to stay, with around 40% of graduates choosing to make Birmingham their home. Buzzing with life, making it a great place to live, study and work. 

At Birmingham we invest in good ideas and in good people. We boast sector-leading development programmes, including coaching and mentoring, as well as offering targeted talent and leadership development for academic and professional staff to realise their potential.

Birmingham Fellows

Our sector-leading Birmingham Fellowship programme offers five years of protected time for high-quality research, allowing outstanding, high potential, early-career researchers of all ages to establish themselves as rounded academics who will go on to excel in their academic discipline across research, teaching and wider citizenship. All Fellowships come with a permanent academic post at the University.

Research that matters

Research that takes place at Birmingham impacts on the lives of people regionally, nationally and globally.

We are proud to have produced some of the finest graduates in the country and are delighted to count 11 Nobel Prize winners among our staff and alumni, including prizes in Chemistry and Physics awarded in 2016.

The work of our Nobel Prize winners has tackled global challenges and pioneered new discoveries which have transformed our understanding of the world. These awards highlight the eminence of research at Birmingham, where our academics continue to be at the forefront of ground-breaking discoveries, shaping policy and saving lives across the world.

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Explore rankings data for University of Birmingham

All ranked institutions have an overall score and 4 pillar scores. However for each pillar, only institutions ranked in the top 500 overall or the top 500 in this pillar have a publicly visible score

Key statistics

  • 54 : 46
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
  • 27,061
    Number of Students
  • 27%
    Percentage of International Students
  • 15.0
    No. of students per staff
Based on data collected for the 2018 World University Rankings


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