The University of Birmingham was founded in 1900, by Royal Charter, by Queen Victoria. It was England’s first civic university, where students from all religions and backgrounds were accepted on an equal basis. It was the first university to be built on a campus model, with university buildings built in one location.
The university has a main campus in Edgbaston and a smaller campus in Selly Oak-Birmingham’s Edgbaston campus is a 250-acre site, including the university’s own train station. The campus is about 3 miles from Birmingham city centre. Most of the university owned accommodation is between 10-20 minutes walk from the main Edgbaston campus. The main accommodation site, Vale Village is 20 minutes walk from the main campus. Security staff are available 24 hours a day on campus. In addition a police office is based in the centre of campus and the University has its own community police officer.
University of Birmingham is currently ranked 112th in the Times Higher Education World University rankings and is ranked between 101-150 in the Shanghai Jaio Tong rankings. Birmingham is a member of the Russell group of universities.
University of Birmingham is ranked =35th in the National Student Survey Satisfaction rankings.
Birmingham has over 5,000 international students from over 150 countries which is one of the largest overseas student communities in the UK. This represents approximately 18% of all students.
There are over 28,000 students at Birmingham university, over 19,000 undergraduate students and more than 9,000 postgraduates.
HESA govt statistics show that 94.1% of Birmingham graduates are in employment or in further education 6 months after graduation. However, a breakdown of post-graduation employment by course, showing the split into professional/managerial positions, rather than general employment figures, is available from Unistats an independent source of university data. For more information, please visit the REF Information page.
The university student’s union Runs more than 190 student groups and societies. The university’s Munrow sports centre has a fitness suite, 25 metre swimming pool, three sports halls, floodlit athletics track, floodlit grass and synthetic pitches, tennis courts. The university also has its own Art Gallery and a Botanic garden at the Edgbaston campus, plus a 450 seat music auditorium.
Most of the university owned accommodation is located near the Edgbaston campus.
The lowest price for a single room with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities is £123.00 per week.
There is no catered university accommodation.
International undergraduate tuition fee examples – BA or BSc:
Fees for full time undergraduate courses start at £16,740 for Ancient History rising to £18,000
for Chemistry and up to £19,200 for years 1 and 2 and £32,580 for years 3, 4 and 5 to study Medicine.
International postgraduate taught tuition fee examples – MA or MSc:
Full time masters (taught) postgraduate course fees start at £14,850 for Humanities subjects and rise to £21,650 to study Clinical Oncology.
REF (Research Excellence Framework) was an independent government review conducted into the quality of research at UK universities and published in December 2014. This information highlights subjects of specialism within each university. We have listed all subject areas where at least 60% of the research conducted in these specific fields has been graded 3 or 4 stars. (4 stars being the highest ranking REF award). For more information, please visit the REF Information page.
- Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience
- Social Work and Social Policy and Administration
Birmingham offers MA/PhD courses via distance learning. It offers a total of 12 distance learning MA’s in subjects such as Applied Linguistics and History.
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