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University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham is an original 'redbrick' university and founding member of the Russell Group. Students on postgraduate courses work alongside world-leading academics in a diverse, multicultural community of over 14,000 students from 150 countries. With over 600 taught postgraduate programmes and a wealth of world-leading research opportunities, students can widen their skills base, further their knowledge and boost their career prospects.

Postgraduate Student Statistics

12,205 postgraduate students in 2017–18

Mode of study

  • Full Time 58%
  • Part Time 42%

Domicile

  • UK 61%
  • EU 6%
  • Other 32%

Numbers of Students by Subject Area

Subject Research Taught Total
Education 130 1865 1995
Business & Management Studies 30 1790 1820
Other 180 640 820
Accounting & Finance 15 730 745
Social Policy 75 370 445
Politics 55 305 360
Social Work 0 350 350
Psychology 120 205 330
History 115 205 320
Marketing 5 315 315
Computer Science 75 235 310
Civil Engineering 95 220 310
Economics 25 265 290
English 115 140 255
Electrical & Electronic Engineering 85 170 255
Medicine 245 10 255
Chemical Engineering 165 80 240
Biological Sciences 155 60 215
Linguistics 20 190 210
Physiotherapy 5 165 170
Geography & Environmental Science 85 65 150
Sports Science 80 65 150
Theology & Religious Studies 120 30 150
Physics & Astronomy 115 30 145
Materials Technology 95 45 135
Mechanical Engineering 70 60 130
Law 50 70 125
Mathematics 45 60 105
Medical Technology 5 100 100
Town & Country Planning and Landscape Design 5 100 100
Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism 5 85 85
Chemistry 85 5 85
Philosophy 35 45 75
Music 35 40 75
Nursing 10 60 70
Pharmacology & Pharmacy 30 35 70
General Engineering 0 60 60
Creative Writing 0 60 60
Geology 20 35 55
Dentistry 20 25 45
Communication & Media Studies 20 20 45
Classics & Ancient History 25 10 40
Anatomy & Physiology 30 5 30
Archaeology 20 10 30
History of Art, Architecture & Design 15 10 25
Middle Eastern & African Studies 10 5 15
Drama, Dance & Cinematics 15 0 15
Sociology 5 10 10
Librarianship & Information Management 0 5 5
Anthropology 5 0 5
American Studies 5 0 5
Food Science 5 0 5
Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering 5 5 5
Russian & East European Languages 5 0 5

Figures are rounded to the nearest five.

Quick Guides to Postgraduate Tuition Fees and Finance

Bursaries and Scholarships

The university has a comprehensive package of bursaries and scholarships to ensure all students have the potential to succeed. Please refer to university website for details of scholarships.

  • Birmingham Alumni Scholarship (50 available): £2,000 for outstanding alumni undertaking master's study.
  • Global Challenges PhD Scholarship: fully-funded (up to UK/EU rate) PhD scholarships, with a generous stipend.
  • Forest Edge Doctoral Scholarship: fully-funded (up to UK/EU rate) PhD scholarships, with an annual doctoral stipend, partially funded by a £1,050,000 grant from the Leverhulme Trust.
  • Priestley Scholarship: fully-funded Priestley PhD scholarships for engineering and physical sciences projects in collaboration with the University of Melbourne.
  • A variety of departmental and school based bursaries and scholarships are on offer each year for students with outstanding academic performance both for master's and PhD programmes.

Accommodation for Postgraduate Students

  • UK students are welcome to apply for university accommodation however a place cannot be guaranteed. International and EU students who are new to Birmingham are guaranteed a place in accommodation, subject to certain terms and conditions.
  • A range of accommodation includes single study bedrooms with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities, en-suite rooms with their own bathroom, as well as a selection of modern self-contained studios and apartments providing exclusive use of kitchen and bathroom facilities. Most rooms are within a 15–20 minute walk of the university's campus.
  • Accommodation costs include all bills, Internet access and basic contents insurance. All sites offer a 24-hour reception service open every day of the year, providing help when needed as well as peace of mind.