University of Birmingham
- Undergraduate Students
- Postgraduate Students
- International Students
- 4.09 / 5.00
- 3.07 / 4.00
- 0.81 / 1.00
- 85.4 / 100.0
- 84.9 / 100.0
- 94.4 / 100.0
Founded in 1900, the University of Birmingham was the first independent civic university built on a campus model. Birmingham benefits from the best of both worlds, situated on a beautiful, green campus with historic redbrick buildings just a short distance to the vibrant and exciting city centre of Birmingham.
- The university welcomes undergraduate applications from all candidates offering A level or equivalent qualifications.
- Entry requirements for A level vary by course.
- Please refer to the university website for details.
Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
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- Birmingham students will be challenged and encouraged to think for themselves through a range of different learning settings, covering the essential materials for the course. Students will also be required to think, discuss and engage critically with the subject and find things out for themselves.
- Through enquiry-led learning, students are encouraged to take an active role in managing their learning, developing creativity and independence, leadership and problem-solving skills – all highly valued by employers.
- Students are supported by personal tutors and welfare tutors based in departments, and reviews assess the student's progress.
- Single honours programmes allow students to concentrate on 1 subject, while joint honours provides a range of options.
- Major-minor degrees allow students to concentrate on 1 subject most of the time (70%), but give a taste of a 2nd subject (30%). The Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences allows students to design their own programme of study based on their interests and strengths. Students are supported to choose modules that fit together into a logical programme of study; in particular they will develop a Major area of in-depth knowledge. Depending on the modules chosen, students can keep their options open and choose their Major at the start of their final year.
- Some programmes allow study of modules outside the main discipline (MOMD) – there are over 130 MOMDs.
Student Services and Facilities
- Birmingham's brand new academic library opened its doors in 2016; all study spaces allow students to work from multiple devices, and the building is designed to flood the space with natural light.
- IT facilities include 9 open-access computer suites across campus, 2 e-learning suites, data points in 90% of university study bedrooms, wireless network, and online learning resources.
- A new Student Hub opened in 2015, housing all the student support services including advice on finances, wellbeing and counselling and the careers network.
- Please refer to the university website for details.
- The Students' Union has a long and successful history of lobbying and campaigning to improve student life.
- It runs more than 190 student groups and societies, 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.
Availability of Part-Time Work
- There are many opportunities to find part-time work in Birmingham; 9 out of 10 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 sevice based at the Guild of Students, and works alongside the Jobzone to provide students with the connection to on-campus casual work.
- The Careers Network offers tailored support, helping students’ source great work experience and jobs, providing 1-to-1 support with job applications and a range of other employability services, based within the Student Hub. 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 1-to-1 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 work place.
- The university was ranked in the top 12 most targeted universities by leading employers in the UK, in the High Fliers Graduate Market in 2014 report.
Level of study
- Undergraduate 64%
- Postgraduate 36%
Mode of study
- Full Time 80%
- Part Time 20%
Where students come from
- UK 77%
- EU 4%
- Other 18%
- Male 44%
- Female 56%
- Founded in 1900 by Joseph Chamberlain, Birmingham has been challenging and developing great minds for more than a century.
- It was England’s first civic university, where students from all religions and backgrounds were accepted on an equal basis.
- Birmingham was the first independent civic university built on a campus model; the first with a Medical School, a Business School, a purpose built students' union, and a women's halls of residence.
- 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.
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