University of Birmingham



Quick Facts

  • Top 1% University, 15th in the UK and 76th in the world (QS 2015/16).
  • Eight alumni and staff have been recognised with Nobel Prizes.
  • Founding member of the prestigious Russell Group.

The University of Birmingham is an original “redbrick” university as well as a founding member of the Russell Group. Founded in 1900 by Joseph Chamberlain and established by Royal Charter from Queen Victoria, the University of Birmingham was the UK’s first civic university, where students from all religions and backgrounds were accepted on an equal basis.

Birmingham has continued to be a pioneer, as a founder member of the National Union of Students, and the first university in the country to be built on a campus model; establish a faculty of commerce; incorporate a medical school; offer degrees in dentistry; create a women’s hall of residence; and have a purpose-built students’ union building. Set in a 250-acre parkland campus, this “redbrick” university is home to the world’s tallest free-standing clock tower, the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, which displays works by Van Gogh, Picasso and Monet, and its alumni include eight Nobel laureates.

Birmingham and Canada
The University of Birmingham has a long history of welcoming Canadians. The University has exchange links with McGill and UBC. Birmingham alumni organize regular events and activities in Canada.

We are very proud to have the Canadian Alumni contact, Kristen Quayle LL.B (Law) ’09, sit on Future Project’s Advisory Committee.

Colleges and Schools
Birmingham’s academic structure is organised across five colleges which encompass a broad range of disciplines in academic schools.

For information on international student fees (non-EU), click here.

University of Birmingham offers a wide range of International Scholarships. Click here to learn more.

Over 34,000 students and 1,500 academic staff.

Entrance Requirements
Sign up to connect with a Future Project Education Advisor for specific course details and entry requirements.

The University Accommodation Services department provides accommodation for both Undergraduate and Postgraduate students.

Subject to specific conditions the department guarantees all first year undergraduate students university accommodation and also first year international postgraduate students that are new to Birmingham, and coming to the UK on their own.

The University’s main campus has a good range of facilities that should provide you with the necessary services and essentials on a day to day basis. They include banks and shops , and a choice of places to eat.

The city of Birmingham – ideally placed for travel:

  • Just two hours from London by train
  • Only 30 minutes away from Birmingham International airport
  • Close to the countryside of Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire
  • Within easy reach of historic Stratford-Upon-Avon
  • Great for visiting national landmarks such as Warwick, Kenilworth and Ludlow castles

Living in Birmingham
Vibrant and diverse, Birmingham is a European centre for retail, commerce and culture. Appropriately, its civic motto is ‘Forward’, and it is the driving ambition and attitude of the city which makes Birmingham a great place to work, live and study.

Birmingham has a history of welcoming people from all areas of the world to meet, talk, trade and settle. It is a truly multicultural city and this is reflected in its restaurants, shops and cultural offerings.

With a proud heritage and modern outlook, the city boasts excellent entertainment for all tastes with a range of leading theatres, museums and galleries, and music venues from the LG Arena to the NIA.

A thriving commercial centre, Birmingham has been transformed into a city for young professionals. It is more than somewhere to study for our students; it’s somewhere to build a successful future.

The city has shaken off its industrial image with investments of around £9 billion and has emerged as a confident, modern, commercial centre. Around 40% of our students choose to stay in the region following graduation adding to the energy of our forward moving and forward thinking home.