University of Birmingham

Overview

We are a truly global university with over 4,500 international students from nearly 150 different countries and a popular study destination for Indian students. We currently have around 150 Indian students at the university. You cannot fail to be inspired by our campus, which is rich in heritage and beauty, set in a leafy green site with a wealth of amenities and attractions including: the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, the Guild of Students, banks, chaplaincy, fresh fruit and vegetable stall, hairdresser, libraries, Munrow Sports Centre, opticians, supermarkets, travel agent and Winterbourne House and Garden. The University of Birmingham is highly regarded by employers, being one of the top UK universities that major companies target when looking for new employees. Our Careers and Employability Centre provides workshops for international students, one-to-one advice, campus events and a Personal Skills Award.

Why choose Birmingham?
Academy pathways

Birmingham Foundation Academy offers three undergraduate pathways, allowing you to complete a foundation year before entering into a full time undergraduate degree in a broad range of subjects. Pathways consist of 120 credits in 10- or 20-credit modules.

The three pathways are:

  • Arts, Social Sciences, Business and Law Pathway
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Pathway
  • Medical, Life and Geo Sciences Pathway

Your pathway will consist of a suite of subject-specific modules, taught in our colleges by Birmingham academics, together with core Academic English and Study Skillsmodules. We offer either a Core or High-level English route dependening on your current English level.

The Core structure includes 40 credits of modules, whereas the High-level structure includes 20 credits and enables you to study more subject-specific modules.

Fees

The cost of your tuition fee depends on the programme you choose to study, and the level at which you study. If you are made an offer to study by the University, the yearly tuition fee will be quoted on your offer letter.

Standard international student fees 2015-2016
 FeeUndergraduate Postgraduate
taught
Postgraduate
research
 Band A (clinical)£31,000n/a£31,000
 Band B (laboratory)£17,145£17,960£17,365
 Band C£14,550£16,070£14,550
 Band D£13,195£14,140£13,195
Birmingham
Foundation Academy
£13,500n/an/a
How to apply

Many countries have a different education system to the UK. Below you will find information on the different study options available to you.


Foundation programmes

The University of Birmingham offers a new foundation programme. the Birmingham Foundation Academy, for international students who require a further year of study before beginning an undergraduate degree programme.


Undergraduate students

Applications for undergraduate programmes in the UK are made through an organisation called the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Prospective students make their applications online and UCAS forward the application on to the relevant universities on the student’s behalf. You are able to apply via UCAS from the September previous to the year that you want to start


Postgraduate students

Postgraduate applications are made directly to the University. The University of Birmingham does not charge application fees for its postgraduate degrees.


Doctoral research students

Doctoral Research applications are made directly to the University. The University of Birmingham does not charge application fees for its postgraduate degrees.


English support

Once you are enrolled on your undergraduate or postgraduate academic programme at the University of Birmingham, you can attend our free open access English classes, self-assess your academic English, book individual language tutorials, get answers to your language queries, and download self-study materials.

The University of Birmingham is a leading teaching and research institution based in the UK’s second largest city. Birmingham is a thriving city with first-class cultural, social and sporting facilities in the heart of England. The city centre is just three miles away from our 250-acre Edgbaston campus.

  • Arts and Law (CAL): Birmingham Law School, Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology, English, Drama and American and Canadian Studies, History and Cultures, Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music, Philosophy, Theology and Religion
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS): Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgy and Materials, Physics and Astronomy
  • Life and Environmental Sciences (LES): Biosciences, Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Psychology, Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • Medical and Dental Sciences (MDS): Cancer Sciences, Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Dentistry, Health and Population Sciences, Immunity and Infection
  • Social Sciences (CoSS): Business School, Education, Government and Society, Social Policy
SUCCESS STORY [IMRAN KHAN – PAKISTAN]

 

I chose the University of Birmingham because it is a British Redbrick university having its own main line rail station.imran_khan

My time here was really a time full of surprises, inspiration and new challenges. I was really impressed by the beauty of the campus with a massive land covering the whole Edgbaston area and located very close to the Edgbaston Cricket ground and Bullring, which is one of the Europe’s largest shopping centre attracting tourists from all over the world.

In terms of facilities, the main library is really helpful offering a huge variety of resources to students such as books, internet, journals, etc. Also, the academic staff are extremely supportive. Attending different workshops, seminars and presentations from guest speakers was worth appreciating.

It is a great honour to be taught by highly experienced lecturers with practical minds. No doubt, the learning and sports facilities were outstanding and I really enjoyed going to the University’s Munrow Sports Complex for Swimming and Gym during my spare times.

Besides, all the top brands including Starbucks and Costa are located inside the University campus. The accommodation services were superb with well maintained rooms and provided free of cost services.

Meeting new international students was also the best experience for me as I got to know their culture in more depth and most importantly, meeting students from Pakistan in the Pakistani Society has never made me feel as if I am away from my home country.

ALL IN ALL, STUDYING AT BIRMINGHAM REALLY WAS A ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE AND I WILL CERTAINLY NEVER FORGET MY TIME HERE.
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FACTS AND AWARDS

Figures alone cannot capture the experience of learning and living at the University – neither can they completely communicate the many elements that make Birmingham one of the most popular UK universities. What they can do is provide a useful profile of what take place in this prestigious institution.

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