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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.

Postgraduate Student Statistics

12,395 postgraduate students in 2016–17

Mode of study

  • Full Time 57%
  • Part Time 43%

Domicile

  • UK 62%
  • EU 7%
  • Other 31%

Numbers of Students by Subject Area

Subject Research Taught Total
Education 130 1900 2030
Business & Management Studies 35 1995 2030
Accounting & Finance 25 670 695
Social Policy 65 420 485
Civil Engineering 100 300 400
Politics 55 315 365
Social Work 0 360 360
Psychology 125 225 355
History 110 215 325
Economics 30 275 305
Marketing 0 295 295
Computer Science 65 210 275
Medicine 255 10 265
Electrical & Electronic Engineering 80 155 235
Biological Sciences 150 80 230
English 95 135 230
Chemical Engineering 160 65 220
Linguistics 20 155 180
Sports Science 85 65 155
Physiotherapy 5 145 150
Geography & Environmental Science 80 60 140
Law 50 85 135
Physics & Astronomy 95 35 135
Materials Technology 95 35 130
Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism 5 125 125
Mathematics 40 80 120
Mechanical Engineering 70 50 120
Town & Country Planning and Landscape Design 5 100 105
Theology & Religious Studies 85 15 100
Medical Technology 5 90 90
Chemistry 80 10 90
Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering 5 70 75
Philosophy 25 45 65
Geology 20 45 65
Music 35 25 60
Nursing 10 40 50
Pharmacology & Pharmacy 15 35 50
Classics & Ancient History 30 15 45
Communication & Media Studies 20 20 40
Anatomy & Physiology 25 15 40
Archaeology 20 20 40
Creative Writing 5 35 35
General Engineering 0 35 35
History of Art, Architecture & Design 10 20 25
Dentistry 20 0 20
Middle Eastern & African Studies 15 5 15
Drama, Dance & Cinematics 15 0 15
Librarianship & Information Management 0 10 10
Agriculture & Forestry 0 5 5
Sociology 0 5 5
American Studies 5 0 5
Food Science 5 5 5
Italian 0 5 5
Russian & East European Languages 5 0 5

Figures are rounded to the nearest five.

Postgraduate Courses

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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 Masters Scholarship (100 available): £2,000 for the brightest students in eligible subject areas.
  • Birmingham Alumni Scholarship (50 available): £2,000 for outstanding alumni undertaking masters study.
  • Global Challenges PhD Scholarship: fully-funded (up to UK/EU rate) PhD scholarships, with a generous stipend.
  • 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 masters and PhD programmes.

Accommodation for Postgraduate Students

  • A range of accommodation types includes flats with study bedrooms and shared bathroom and kitchen facilities; flats with en-suite study bedrooms; and studio apartments with exclusive use of kitchen and bathroom facilities.
  • 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.
  • International and EU students who are new to Birmingham are guaranteed a place in accommodation, subject to certain terms and conditions. UK students are welcome to apply for university accommodation however a place cannot be guaranteed.