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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.

Postgraduate Tuition Fees

The following are the typical annual course fees for postgraduate students submitted to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2018–2019). Always confirm individual course fees with the university.

Type of Course Taught Postgraduate (£)
Classroom 9,000
Mixed 9,000
Laboratory 9,000
Clinical -
Classroom
Teaching takes place in a classroom or ordinary lecture theatre. Subjects with classroom teaching might include history, maths and philosophy.
Mixed
Subjects taught in classrooms and laboratories, such as languages.
Laboratory
Much of the teaching may take place in a laboratory and includes biology, chemistry and physics.
Clinical
Clinical subjects can include dentistry, medicine and veterinary medicine.

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.