University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham has been leading the way as a global university since 1900; it was the first civic university to allow students from every background to study at its beautiful, leafy green campus. A member of the Russell Group of Universities, this research-intensive institution has world-leading academics including Nobel prize winners, and offers over 300 programmes from business to biosciences, engineering to psychology.


In or close to the centre of a town


The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site

UCAS Code: B32

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Gold is awarded to institutions that consistently deliver outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for their students. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 64%
  • Postgraduate 36%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 82%
  • Part Time 18%

Where students come from

  • UK 76%
  • EU 5%
  • Other 18%

Student gender

  • Male 43%
  • Female 57%

Undergraduate Open Days

Open days allow you to experience the university first hand, and help you decide if it's the right place for you​.

Student Services and Facilities


  • With over 1.8 million print and 500,000 online books, and more than 85,000 print and online journals, the library welcomes 1,458,000 visitors every year. Its staff provide front line and specialist support, information literacy and academic skills teaching, so that students and staff find and use information effectively.

Student jobs

  • There are many opportunities to find part-time work in Birmingham; nine out of ten students find paid work during their time at university.
  • Job Zone is an on-campus service to help students find external part-time jobs. Vacancies advertised are rarely more than 16 hours per week during term-time.
  • Worklink is a service based at the Guild of Students, it works alongside the Jobzone to provide students with the connection to on-campus casual work.

Careers advice

  • Based within the Student Hub, the Careers Network offers tailored support, helping students' source great work experience and jobs, providing one-to-one support with job applications and a range of other employability services. There are also teams operating within each college providing specialised careers support for the student's area of study.
  • Students can gain bursaries to support to their development through work experience, and there are internships and placements in the UK and overseas.
  • The Alumni Leadership Mentor Programme offers a number of students the opportunity to receive one-to-one mentoring from high profile Birmingham alumni, including former Chief Medical Officer Sir Liam Donaldson and Green Wing actress Tamsin Greig.
  • The award-winning Personal Skills Award (PSA) enables students to gain accreditation in a range of leadership, management and life skills that are essential for the modern workplace.
  • The university was ranked the second most targeted university by top employers in the UK by the High Fliers Graduate Market 2018 report.

Counselling services

  • A free, confidential counselling service is available short-term for all registered students, with one-to-one counselling and assessments covering personal, academic or social issues.
  • In addition, the university offers a range of workshops and groups, plus a group mediation service for flatmates, tutor groups, or any group of students who are not getting on with each other. Please refer to the university website for details.

Disability support

  • The University of Birmingham strives to be an inclusive learning community and will ensure that students can access appropriate support to take advantage of the student university experience, whatever their disability, mental health or learning support needs. 
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Other services and facilities

  • Student Services has a range of teams that support students to settle and stay at the university, providing professional advice and help to deal with problems that may affect their learning. Please refer to the university website for details.

Students' Union

  • The Students' Union has a long and successful history of lobbying and campaigning to improve student life.
  • It runs more than 250 student groups, societies and associations, reflecting every taste and interest.
  • Intervol (international volunteering) sends around 100 students each year to projects across the globe, including Aids Awareness in Cambodia and Kenya, conservation work and other sustainable long-term initiatives.


  • The University of Birmingham was established by Royal Charter from Queen Victoria in 1900 and was the UK's first civic or 'redbrick' university.
  • Birmingham has continued to be a university unafraid to do things a little differently and respond to the challenges of the day, being a founding member of the National Union of Students.
  • In 2017, the University of Birmingham was awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher Education for its contribution to making railways around the world safer and more efficient.

Fascinating Fact

  • The University of Birmingham's Lapworth Museum is one of the oldest specialist geological museums in the UK, featuring everything from dinosaurs to diamonds.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Baroness Valerie Amos – Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator at the United Nations.
  • Dr Simon Campbell CBE FRS FMedSci – has led innovative research, discovering some of the world's best-selling prescription drugs.
  • Sir Liam Donaldson – former Chief Medical Office, knighted in 2002 in recognition of his achievements in health care, Chairman of the World Health Organisation's patient safety initiative.
  • Jonathan Goldstein – award-winning commercial composer.
  • Tamsin Greig – award-winning actress.
  • Mike Coupe – Director, J Sainsbury’s.
  • Yogi Dewan – founding Partner, Hassium Asset Management LLP.
  • Sarah Cox – Head of Business Planning and Programme Management, London 2012 Olympics.
  • Dr Rowan Hillson MBE, MBChB – National Clinical Director for Diabetes.
  • Alan Davey – Chief Executive, Arts Council England.


University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT