University of Birmingham
Welcome to University of BirminghamThe University of Birmingham offers an inspiring educational experience and consistent outstanding performance across all league tables. Birmingham offers the best of both worlds: our glorious leafy campus provides a backdrop to your day-to-day life and study, and is just a few minutes from the vibrant city centre of Birmingham. By studying at the University of Birmingham, you will build lifelong friendships and benefit from high-quality teaching in a world-class research institution which nurtures talent and will support you throughout your life and career. At Birmingham, we are committed to investing in our success and the University’s historic campus is undergoing one for the most exciting and transformational redevelopments since its original buildings were completed in 1909. Birmingham is known for changing lives and transforming society, by studying here you will emulating some of the most eminent thinkers this country has produced; from transplant pioneers and life-changing cancer experts to great historians and philosophers. Today, we continue to develop innovative solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. We are a global university at the heart of an ambitious city.
Courses and fees
University of Birmingham courses and fees
The University's courses include some of the most prestigious on offer. Alumni include four Nobel Prize Winners, two British Prime Ministers and an array of actors and musicians. Qualifications available: Bachelors, Masters and Foundation degrees, as well as research and PhD positions.
The College of Arts and Law has courses in African Studies & Anthropology, American & Canadian Studies, Classics, Ancient History & Archaeology, Drama & Theatre Arts, English Language & Literature, History, Law, Modern Languages, Music, Philosophy, Theology & Religion, with History of Art students benefiting from having the Barber Institute on hand for post-medieval European Art resources.
The College of Engineering and Physical Sciences is the largest in Europe and has more than 100 courses in Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Electronics, Physics, Astronomy, Metallurgy and Nuclear Science. Notable facilities include a glassblowing service and a chemical analysis centre.
The Life and Environmental Sciences College is dedicated to human life and evolution and it offers courses in Geography, Sport, Exercise & Rehabilitation Sciences, Psychology, Biosciences and Environmental Sciences.
The College of Medical and Dental Sciences runs courses in Biomedical Science, Medicine & Surgery, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy. This is the largest of the colleges; new additions to its facilities include a £35m Institute of Biomedical Research and an £11.8m Centre for Medical Education.
The College of Social Sciences brings together around 400 academic staff to teach subjects in Business, Economics, Education, Politics and Social Politics.
A highly esteemed University, Birmingham ranks 17th in the Guardian’s 2015 league table and 18th in the 2015 Complete University Guide.
Pre-sessional English classes are on offer for international students and there are also free open-access English classes available for students once they start their course. If you have the travel bug, several courses offer study abroad years including qualifications in Physics, International Relations, Business and Politics.
As with other Undergraduate degrees across the UK, the cost of your tuition can be covered by a student loan, which you can pay off after you finish your course.
For 2016 entry, the University of Birmingham charges the maximum approved tuition fee of £9,000 per year.
For international students, undergraduate fees were between £13,195 and £31,000 for the 2015/2016 year.
University of Birmingham facilities
The University of Birmingham has been established for more than 100 years. It is comprised of a mixture of historic byzantine architecture and fantastic, modern facilities, set in the leafy suburbs of Edgbaston, close to the heart of Birmingham city centre. The campus is currently undergoing a £500 million redevelopment project, consisting of a state of the art academic library, new sports centre housing Birmingham’s first 50 metre swimming pool and new Chamberlain halls of residence.The University is also investing in a brand new Student Services Hub: a new home for student services, brought together in the historic heart of campus where students can access anything from visa advice to counselling and an innovative Enquiry Services Centre to assist students with any queries they may have.
The University is 250 acre campus, listed in the Top 10 most beautiful universities in Britain by The Telegraph. Campus life is divided into two campuses, the larger main Edgbaston Campus; which is a self-contained site arranged around Joseph Chamberlain memorial clock tower (affectionately nicknamed ‘Old Joe’), and a smaller campus in Selly Oak, located approximately 15 minutes’ walk south of the main grounds.
The University is the only university in mainland Great Britain to have its own railway station, just a short train ride from the centre of Birmingham; which is brimming with bars, restaurants, shops and exciting nightlife.
For the most up to date information about travelling to the University, visit the directions pages which contain detailed directions, maps and information.
Library and study facilities
The University’s new library opens in Autumn 2016 and will provide outstanding facilities for students and researchers. It will include a Cultural Gateway to showcase our cultural collections, a state of the art research annexe and dedicated student spaces with increased, brand new study areas to allow students to work flexibly from their own devices.
The impressive space created to make way for the new library, will be new focal point for the campus, with 365 metres of green space opened up. Views from University buildings will be enhanced, with stunning views of the clock tower; and the ecology of the campus will be improved with the Green Heart allowing us to introduce a variety of different habitats.
Our Library Service is one of the UK’s largest academic libraries, providing access to over 3 million books and periodicals. Half a million of these are available as e-books, e-journals and databases, accessible off campus through FindIt@Bham- the library’s online resource discovery tool.
IT services delivers and supports a wide range of services to students, researchers and staff at the University, which are crucial to learning and teaching. Wi-Fi is available throughout the University, with an IT support desk to assist with any queries students may have during their time with us.
My.bham is the portal to a wealth of resources at the University of Birmingham for current staff and students and provides online information and services such as exam timetables, past papers and invaluable information to those studying at the University.
The University of Birmingham Careers Network delivers a broad range of career development, enterprise and employability services, and has a dedicated team for each of the University’s five colleges, providing employability support that is tailored to our student’s needs.
The Careers Network works with a range of partners to ensure that professional and skilled roles are advertised to Birmingham students and graduates, with links to the world’s top recruiters. The University holds over 200 events each year ranging from industry specific fairs to individual employer presentations. We also provide a Personal Skills Award, an award-winning employability programme for undergraduate students, supported by Teach-First, PwC Jaguar Landrover and more!
One of the University’s greatest assets is its beautiful campus, with its striking architecture and 250 acres of parkland. At the University of Birmingham, you will be part of a diverse, vibrant community with world class facilities with rich cultural assets and a wealth of sporting opportunities on your doorstep.
The University has a variety of shops and services on campus, including food shops, banks, hairdressers, opticians, travel agents and book shops. A fruit and vegetable stand is a permanent feature at the University, located in the centre of campus and providing locally sourced fresh fruit and vegetables throughout the year. Regular farmers’ markets are held in the heart of campus, supporting access to local, organic and delicious produce.
The University has an open campus, attracting not only students but members of the public too with its wide range of culture and events. The University is home to beautiful botanical gardens at Winterbourne House, inspiring art at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, and a full music programme in the Bramall Music Building, all of which attract visitors all year round.
The Guild of Students is the University of Birmingham’s students’ union, providing a variety of opportunities for our students to become more active in student life.
The Guild’s professional Advice and Representation Centre (ARC) is a free, professional student advice service to assist with any questions students might have during their time with us, and is available to help with a range of issues, from finance and employment to housing!
The Guild runs many different events throughout the year, starting in Welcome week and running right through to your graduation. It also offers you the chance to get involved in a wide range of clubs and societies – with over 200 student groups there really is something for everyone!
In 2015-16, a new student hub opens in part of the historic Aston Webb building. The development will include a suite of consultation rooms where students can access anything from visa advice to counselling and a new Enquiry Services Centre.
The University is one of the UK’s leading sporting universities, regularly finishing in the top 3 of the British Universities & Colleges (BUCS) sports league. At Birmingham sport is for all, with a range of opportunities for all abilities, from elite performance to those who would rather take part in sport at a recreational level.
In 2014, our Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences Researchers were placed among the top 3 in the UK, highlighting the University’s world-class research programme into pioneering work.
Our on campus sports facilities are currently undergoing a £55 million redevelopment. Construction of a state-of-the-art Sports Centre is set to be completed in 2016 and will feature Birmingham’s first 50m swimming pool. These new multipurpose sports facilities will see a new generation of students achieve their sporting potential.
Medical and welfare services
Welfare services at the University are key to ensuring the physical, emotional and mental wellbeing of our students. The University offers a range of information, advice and guidance about financial, family, social and academic issues for times when our students might need a little extra help.
Our wellbeing services work practically to support students and offer support and advice in many different areas including; stress and anxiety, transitional difficulties and exam anxiety.
Additional support services you can benefit from as a student at Birmingham include confidential counselling, support with learning or disabilities, and a multi-faith chaplaincy.
The University has an on-campus nursery for students with young children, and medical and dental services are available only minutes from the Edgbaston campus.
A dedicated team within Student Services specifically focused on assisting with financial support is available for all students, https://intranet.birmingham.ac.uk/as/studentservices/funding/index.aspx You can seek assistance with financial problems ranging from advice with living costs to help with earning whilst you learn.
Financial support services can help you work out whether you’re getting the right entitlements and the Access to Learning Fund is also available for those who need extra support, awarding grants of between £100 and £3,500.
University of Birmingham accommodation
Coming to Birmingham to study might be your first time living away from home. Our student accommodation will allow you to enjoy your new-found independence in safe, welcoming and sociable surroundings.
Whether you prefer the picturesque location of the Vale Village with a view over the lake, or to be closer to campus in the Selly Oak or Pritchatts Park Villages, there is something to suit your needs. Villages offer several different types of accommodation, ranging from en suite study bedrooms to self-contained apartments, with the option of being self-catered or on our Meal Plan so that it fits into your lifestyle. All of our rooms have wireless internet access and IPTV. There is a team of staff on hand to help you 24 hours a day ensuring that you feel at home here.
The University guarantees a room in University or nominated bedspace with our partner private providers of accommodation to first-year undergraduates. You can apply for residence as soon as you get an offer of study.
Pritchatts Park Village is located in Edgbaston and is a short walk of around 10 minutes from the main campus and approximately 3km from Birmingham city centre. It is also a close distance to the suburb of Harborne where you will find a variety of shops, bars, restaurants, cafes and supermarkets.
Selly Oak Village comprises just one property – Jarratt Hall, situated just south of the main campus, close to the University and the large student community of Selly Oak, with its many bars, shops and restaurants. Built around a pleasant central courtyard, the hall offers self-catering accommodation in three to six bedroom apartments with en suite facilities and shared kitchens and lounges.
The Vale Village is around a 15 to 20 minute walk from the main campus and approximately 3km from the Birmingham city centre. The Vale is set in a relaxing conservation area with its own lake.
Privately owned accommodation
In order to maintain the Freshers’ Guarantee Scheme, the University has entered into agreements with private providers of purpose built student accommodation to supplement University stock. Victoria Hall, Liberty Court, Liberty Gardens, and Liberty Close offer the same range of en-suite, single and studio living.
University of Birmingham open days
Open Days take place throughout the year, with Undergraduate open days taking place in June, September and October. If you would prefer to have a separate Campus tour, these are held every Tuesday and Thursday.
If you’ve applied to study at the University, you will be invited to attend a special VIP applicant day. This will give you an idea of what to expect on your chosen course and you can also have a tour of the accommodation on offer.
Postgraduate open days
The postgraduate open day gives you the opportunity to talk to the experts and find out more about the wide portfolio of taught and research opportunities available to you at the University.
Take an interactive Virtual Tour of the University of Birmingham’s stunning 250 acre Edgbaston campus.
For the 2015 / 2016 academic year, the term dates are as follows:
- Autumn term: 28 September - 11 December 2015
- Spring term: 11 January - 25 March 2016
- Summer term: 25 April - 17 June 2016
Dates will vary from course to course, especially for those studying postgraduate qualifications.
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