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Birmingham University

UCAS Code: B32

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands Show on Map

Site: Campus in south of city

A top UK research-intensive university; a member of the Russell Group of universities.

Student Population

Total Students:31,070
FE Students:0%


Total undergraduates:19,195
Full Time:93%
Mature on Entry:7%
UK Students:89%
State school entry:76%

Teaching Staff

1309 full-time, 172 part-time

Broad study areas

Arts, languages, literature & history; education; business; social sciences, government & politics; law; engineering; medicine, dentistry & health sciences; science.


Admission Information:3 GCE A-levels or equivalent required. Additional AS levels are encouraged, but not compulsory in most subjects.
Points on Entry (Mean):402
Drop Out Rate:4%
Accommodation:All first years guaranteed accommodation (subject to certain conditions).


Founded:1828, as Birmingham School of Medicine and Surgery, and 1875 Mason College; granted charter in 1900.
Site:At Edgbaston, 2½ miles from city centre.
How to get there:Birmingham is at the centre of England’s rail, coach and road networks: mainline stations (New Street and Birmingham International); coaches connect directly from 500 destinations; many motorway links; Birmingham International Airport close by. University is just off A38; buses between university and city centre; trains between University Station (on campus) and New Street Station in city centre.
Special features:Barber Institute of Fine Arts; Winterbourne House and Garden; Bramall Music Hall.

Student services & facilities

Student advice & services:Student support and counselling service offers support with practical welfare, learning or emotional/psychological difficulties and disability/dyslexia; international office gives specialist welfare and immigration advice; financial support office. Guild of Students welfare service.
Amenities:Union building with hall, bars, places to eat etc; bookshop, banks, supermarket, travel agent, opticians and hairdressers on site.
Sporting facilities:Astroturf pitches, floodlit athletics track, 3 sports halls, gym and extensive free weights room, 7 squash courts, gymnastics hall, swimming pool, numerous grass pitches, a dedicated unit for sports medicine, human performance and fitness services; own outdoor activities centre on the shores of Coniston Water in the Lake District.
Accommodation:All first years guaranteed accommodation, subject to certain conditions (40% of all students). Some 5000 places available (4300 for undergraduates), 90% with unlimited access to the internet and university network: self-catering places at £77−£102 per week (up to £128 pw ensuite), catered places £109−£142 pw, almost all 42-week contracts (so £3212−£5378 self-catering, £4563−£5964 catered). Limited number of apartments from £210 pw, 42- or 50-week contract. Many students live in privately-owned accommodation for 2 years: rents £60+ per week plus bills for self-catering. Small number of students live at home.

Study opportunities & careers

Library & information services:10 libraries and resource centres, with 2.7 million volumes (books and periodicals). Library, special collections and learning support services combined. Information provision, £161 pa spent for each student (FTE). Total of 3568 student-access PCs; IT support available. Comprehensive induction and information literacy programme for all new students.
Other learning resources:Learning development unit. Botanic Garden at Winterbourne House, Heritage & Cultural Hub, Lapworth Museum of Geology.
Study abroad:10% of students spend time abroad. Formal exchange links with over 120 universities in Europe and 50+ in the rest of the world.
Careers:University careers service delivering tailored careers advice relevant to each academic degree. Information centre, individual advice and guidance; employer presentations, careers fairs, on-campus interviews; skills development. International careers adviser also available.


Living expenses budget:Budget of £9620−£10,500 for an academic year (excluding tuition fees) recommended by university.
Term-time work:University recommends full-time undergraduates work a maximum of 15 hours a week in term time. Guild-run Job Zone helps find part-time work.
Financial help:Awards of £3000−£4750 pa for students who are care leavers, who qualified for free school meals or whose family income is under £16.2k pa. Awards of £2000 pa for all other students whose family income is up to £25k pa, reducing down to an award of £250 pa for students whose family income is £42k−£42.6k pa. Also scholarships of up to £5000 pa for specific subjects (eg physics, engineering, computer science, and including music and sports scholarships) and for particular groups of students (eg home students from low incomes, international students).
University tuition fees:Home students pay £9000 pa for first degree courses. International students pay £11,340–£14,010 pa (classroom-based), £14,650–£15,660 (lab-based), £26,590 (clinical).


Awarding body:

University of Birmingham

Main undergraduate awards:

BA, BDS, BEng, MEng, BMedSc, BMus, BNurs, MSci, BSc, LLB, MBChB.

Length of courses:

3 years; 4 years (language courses, MEng, MSci, BNurs); 5 years (MBChB and BDS).

Main subjects offered:

  • Accountancy
  • African Studies
  • American Studies
  • Anatomy
  • Ancient History
  • Animal Science
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Art History
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Asian Studies
  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Bacteriology
  • Banking
  • Biblical Studies
  • Biochemical Engineering
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Electronics
  • Biomedical Science
  • Biophysics
  • Biotechnology
  • Business Administration
  • Business Economics
  • Business Studies
  • Catalan
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Childhood Studies
  • Civil Engineering
  • Classical Studies
  • Classics
  • Commerce
  • Communication Engineering
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Technology
  • Computing
  • Control Engineering
  • Creative/Performance Writing
  • Dental Technology
  • Dentistry
  • Development Studies
  • Digital Microelectronics
  • Drama
  • Earth Sciences
  • East European Studies
  • Econometrics
  • Economic History
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Electronics
  • Engineering (General)
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • English
  • Environmental Biology
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • European Business Studies
  • European Studies
  • Finance
  • Financial Economics
  • French
  • Genetics
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Geoscience
  • German
  • Greek, Ancient/Classical
  • Hispanic Studies
  • History
  • Human Biology
  • Humanities
  • Iberian Studies
  • Information Technology
  • International Business
  • International Relations
  • Islamic Studies
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Law
  • Management
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Materials Science
  • Materials Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Engineering
  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Medicine
  • Medieval Studies
  • Mediterranean Studies
  • Metallurgy
  • Microbiology
  • Microelectronics
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Molecular Biology
  • Multimedia
  • Music
  • Nanoscale Science/Technology
  • Neuroscience
  • Nursing
  • Performance Arts
  • Pharmacology
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Physiotherapy
  • Plant Science
  • Politics
  • Polymers
  • Portuguese
  • Production Engineering
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Russian
  • Russian Studies
  • Social History
  • Social Policy
  • Social Science
  • Social Studies
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Software Engineering
  • Space
  • Spanish
  • Sports Sciences
  • Sports Studies
  • Statistics
  • Structural Engineering
  • Sustainable Development
  • Telecommunications Engineering
  • Theatre Studies
  • Theology
  • Urban Studies
  • War Studies
  • Zoology

Student view

David Franklin (Political Science and International Relations), Union President


What's it like as a place to live?

A beautiful campus with the UK's second city on the doorstep.

How's the student accommodation?

A large mix of accommodation. Catered/self catered, en-suite/shared bathrooms, reasonable/more expensive.

What's the student population like?

A diverse melting pot of friendly people from all over the world, with lots of exciting things going on.

How do students and locals get on?

Selly Oak is primarily a student area with lots of local independent businesses.


What's it like as a place to study?

There are a large variety of courses with lots of flexibility and the possibility to study modules from other disciplines. The university is currently investing heavily in facilities on campus including a new library, student hub and sports centre in the next few years.

What are the teaching staff like?

Teaching staff are passionate and caring about their work, and strive to give a quality education. Many academics at Birmingham are world leaders in their field and for research.


What are student societies like?

We have around 200 societies of which over 9000 students are members, giving nearly 7000 volunteering hours last year. The selection ranges from jazz and blues, Amnesty International and Burn.FM to tea, Harry Potter and fetish society.

What's a typical night out?

Birmingham has plenty to offer for everyone, at the Guild of Students or in the city itself, there'll never be a dull moment.

... And how much does it cost?

£2 each for a taxi and between £2-4 for a pint of beer. You could do a night out on a tenner!

How can you get home safely?

There are taxis available including a Guild of Students accredited company. The Guild also has a Nightbus service which runs frequently to provide affordable and safe transport home for students. If you run out of money, fear not, you can hand in your University ID as a deposit!


Is it an expensive place to live?

Birmingham is not the cheapest place to live, but nowhere near London prices. Accomodation in Selly Oak is around £3000 a year, student loans are enough, but it depends how luxuriously you like to live!

Average price of a pint?


And the price of a takeaway?


What's the part-time work situation?

There are a number of job opportunities in Birmingham and local area. The Guild of Students employs over 400 student staff and our Jobzone also helps hundreds of students to find part-time work.


What's the best feature about the place?

The huge number of opportunities and activities to take part in here, with an education (academically and not) that will transform your life.

And the worst?

Because the University is constantly building and making improvements, there's always bound to be a little bit of inconvenience walking around.

And to sum it all up?

A large, friendly university with a vibrant atmosphere, top class facilities and the best years of your life.

Past Students

Desmond Morris (writer and broadcaster); Phillipa Forrester and Chris Tarrant (broadcasters); Alex Jarratt (Jarratt Report); Sir Austin Pierce (British Aerospace); Sir Peter Walters (BP); Victoria Wood (comedian); Ben Shephard (TV presenter).

More info?

Contact the Guild President at president@guild.bham.ac.uk, or check out the website www.guildofstudents.com.



The University of Birmingham
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