University of Birmingham
15
th
NATIONAL
RANK
84.9%
FIRSTS
2:1s
94.5%
COMPLETION
RATE

Key Stats
49th=
TEACHING
QUALITY
43rd=
STUDENT
EXPERIENCE
26th
RESEARCH
QUALITY
5th
GRADUATE
PROSPECTS

Contact details
ADDRESS

Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT View on map >

Telephone
Email
Website
Open days
October 14

University Profile
While other universities are worrying about whether they will fill the places on their home campuses, Birmingham is preparing to open a new one in Dubai. The first students will arrive in September 2018, taking courses in business, economics, computer science, mechanical engineering, and teaching. Other subjects will be added as the campus develops.
 
Professor Sir David Eastwood, the vice-chancellor, says the initiative demonstrates the university’s ambition to be an outward-looking, world-class institution. Birmingham will be the only Russell Group representative among the 26 universities with a base in Dubai.
 
At home, the number of applications has risen for four years in a row, although there was a small dip in enrolments in 2016. The university’s popularity has increased markedly since it started the trend for unconditional offers in 2013. Most subjects now operate the scheme, which guarantees places to all those who are predicted to get better than three As at A-level as long as they make Birmingham their first choice.

Prospective students also have access to an online offer calculator to give them a better idea of whether they are likely to secure
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a place.
 
The university is spending more than £600m over five years to enhance its facilities. A £60m library opened this year and its predecessor will be knocked down to make way for the Green Heart, 12 acres of parkland at the centre of the campus. A £55m sports club also opened this year, with Birmingham’s first 50-metre swimming pool, a large multisports arena, squash court complex and gym.
 
In summer 2018, a new Collaborative Teaching Laboratory will revolutionise the way Stem subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) are taught by giving students access to wet and dry labs, and e-labs. The university has also announced plans for a Life Sciences Park to promote the Midlands as a leading location for research and development in this area.
 
Birmingham was the original "redbrick" university. Its 300ft clock tower provides one of the city's best-known landmarks as it looms over the 230-acre campus in leafy Edgbaston. Dentistry is based in the city centre, while part of the School of Education is in Selly Oak, a mile from the Edgbaston campus, which has its own train station. Drama courses are also there, along with the BBC Drama Village, where there are sets used for television series.
 
Student City
Birmingham
The university did well in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, when more than 80% of its submission was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent. Birmingham was ranked in the top five for philosophy, history, classics, theology and religion, area studies, chemical engineering, and sport, exercise and rehabilitation studies. This performance has helped Birmingham maintain a position in our top 20 overall.
 
Students have welcomed an increased focus on employability – the university invested £5m in graduate careers services and was our University of the Year for Graduate Employability in 2015. Successful alumni offer mentoring and the university provides bursaries to support work experience and internships in the UK and overseas. Three-quarters of the undergraduates undertake work experience as part of their course.
 
The numbers recruited from the poorest social groups have been rising gradually. The Access to Birmingham (A2B) scheme, which encourages students from the West Midlands whose families have little or no experience of higher education to apply to university, is being extended to students in other parts of England.
 
In 2017, students whose household income is less than £25,000 will qualify for the university’s Chamberlain awards of £2,000 a year, with £1,000 awards for the next band, with income up to £36,000.
 
Most of the halls and university flats are conveniently located in an attractive parkland setting near the main campus. There is room for nearly 5,200 students in university accommodation and plenty more in the private sector – 1,375 "endorsed" by the university although in private management.
 
The campus is less than three miles from the city centre, but the area has plenty of shops, pubs and restaurants. With its own nightclub on campus, there is no need to stray far, although the city is becoming increasingly popular with young people.
 
The sports facilities are some of the best in the country and other campus facilities are also first-rate. They include a medical practice and a comprehensive student services hub. There is also an outdoor pursuits centre by Coniston Water in the Lake District. The Active Lifestyle Programme is one of the most extensive of its kind, offering aerobic, toning and dance classes.    
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Detailed Statistics
PERFORMANCE
PERFORMANCE
CATEGORY
SCORE
RANK
Ranking
-
15 (16)
Teaching quality
81.1
49th=
Student experience
79.7
43rd=
Research quality
37.1
26th
Ucas entry points
167
20th=
Graduate prospects
86.4
5th
Firsts and 2:1s
84.9
14th
Completion rate
94.5
13th=
Student-staff ratio
14.1:1
29th=
Services/facilities spend
2,665
22nd
World ranking
-
84= (82)
VITAL STATISTICS
Undergraduates
(Full-time)
20,400
Undergraduates
(Part-time)
1,095
Postgraduates
(Full-time)
6,795
Postgraduates
(Part-time)
5,540
Applications/places
49,365/5,990
Applications/places ratio
8.2:1
Overall offer rate
82.3%
STUDENT CITIES
Birmingham
Birmingham has one of the UK’s largest economies outside London but its amenities come without the capital’s big price tags. New bars and restaurants are popping up and recent developments include HSBC setting up its headquarters in the city along with speculation that Channel 4 could follow.
Famed for its canals, Cadbury chocolate and the Bullring shopping centre, the city has something for everyone. Its National Exhibition Centre hosts 500 shows and events annually and festivals, such as Made, champion local talent and attract artists such as Chase & Status.
A night out can cost as little as £10 or £15. The city’s intimate Jewellery Quarter offers live music, dancing, and a comedy venue, and the clubs on Broad Street ensure student night is seven days a week.
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Cost of living
Student residential areas like Selly Oak aren’t far from the city centre and if you share a taxi, it is rarely more than £2 per person. Rent for a shared house is between £60 and £85 a week and deals of £1-£2 a drink are available alongside discounted or free club entry. 
Nightlife
Sports teams from all of Birmingham’s universities descend on Broad Street on Wednesdays and Snobs has the biggest student night. Cocktails in Brindleyplace are another option, and Hurst Street, the centre of Gay Village, has a party every night of the week. 
Transport
Birmingham is a motorway and railway transport hub. If you plan in advance, you can get to London for £3.95 one way.
Culture
The Birmingham Royal Ballet and Birmingham Hippodrome call the city home, and the Town Hall is one of the oldest concert venues in the country.
ACCOMMODATION
Places in accommodation
6,558
Accommodation costs
£87-£151
Catered costs
£125-£193
Accommodation contact
FEES
UK/EU fees
£9,250
Fees (placement year)
£1,850
Fees (overseas year)
£1,388
Fees (international)
£15,720
Fees (international, medical)
£36,840
Finance website
Graduate salaries
£22,500
SPORT
Sports points/rank
3168.83, 7th
Sport website
SOCIAL MIX
EU students
3.3%
Other overseas students
10.4%
Mature
6.6%
State school educated
80.8%
Middle class/working class
77.2%/22.8%
Student satisfaction with teaching quality
Physiotherapy
93.9%
Pharmacology and Pharmacy
90.6%
Archaeology
90.2%
Geology
90.2%
German
89.3%
Iberian Languages
88.6%
Dentistry
88.4%
Education
88.0%
Nursing
88.0%
Theology and Religious Studies
87.3%
Chemistry
86.7%
Town and Country Planning and Landscape
86.6%
Civil Engineering
86.1%
English
85.5%
French
85.2%
Subjects allied to medicine
84.9%
Music
84.7%
Drama, Dance and Cinematics
84.5%
Anthropology
84.4%
History of Art, Architecture and Design
84.3%
Physics and Astronomy
84.3%
Creative writing
84.1%
Middle Eastern and African Studies
84.1%
History
83.9%
Philosophy
83.2%
Italian
83.1%
Russian and East European Languages
83.1%
Criminology
82.9%
Sociology
82.6%
Medicine
82.1%
Biological Sciences
82.0%
Classics and Ancient History
81.6%
Sport Science
81.4%
Mathematics
81.0%
Geography and Environmental Science
80.7%
Electrical and Electronic Engineering
80.6%
Materials Technology
80.4%
Computer Science
79.5%
Mechanical Engineering
79.1%
Accounting and Finance
78.4%
Law
78.1%
Chemical Engineering
76.4%
Politics
75.8%
Psychology
75.4%
Social Policy
74.7%
Economics
73.8%
Social Work
73.8%
American Studies
73.6%
Business Studies
73.5%
Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation and Tourism
71.9%