University of Birmingham

Introduction to the University of Birmingham

Founded in 1900, the University of Birmingham was the first independent civic university built on a campus model. Birmingham benefits from the best of both worlds, situated on a beautiful, green campus with historic redbrick buildings just a short distance to the vibrant and exciting city centre of Birmingham. 

We are also a Russell Group university - which means we belongs to a small set of research universities with a reputation for excellence.

The University of Birmingham is also one of the best UK universities for Graduate Employability. In fact, our Careers Network has been awarded “Best Careers Support for International Students” in theNUS/UKCISA Internationalisation Awards. 96% of our graduates are either employed, engaged in further study or travelling within six months of leaving University. The University is ranked top 10 for graduate earnings.

The University of Birmingham is structured into five colleges, each of which is divided into a number of schools and departments.  The five colleges are :

 -Arts and Law

 -Engineering and Physical Sciences

 -Life and Environmental Sciences

 -Medical and Dental Sciences

 -Social Sciences

­The University of Birmingham was named as ­the Sunday Times and ­e Times University of the Year

2013-14.  Our outstanding performance across all league tables was a key factor in this achievement.

We are ranked 15th in ­both the Guardian University Guide 2018 and the Times and Sunday Times Good University guide and 84th in the QS World University Rankings. ­The University provides an exceptionally high level of teaching across all subjects and our commitment to teaching has been recognised again, and we have been awarded a Gold rating in the 2016/17 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

The City of Birmingham

At the University of Birmingham you get the best of both worlds, the University is set on a beautiful, green campus with plenty of places to study on the grass under the sun, and quiet corners to do your reading. However, catch a short train straight from campus to the city centre and you’ll find yourself in the heart of a vibrant, exciting city.

Rough Guide has previously named Birmingham as one of the Top 10 cities to visit in the world. We’re not surprised! Constantly evolving, Birmingham is going through a multi-million pound redevelopment; those who enter the brand new Grand Central station will be greeted with plenty of new shops and restaurants, just a stone’s throw from the iconic Bullring shopping centre. However, if you’re looking for vintage and independent shops, Birmingham has plenty of hidden gems! Head to the borough of Digbeth and you’ll find plenty, along with club nights featuring local underground bands and DJs, and a weekly food festival ‘Digbeth Dining Club’ where you can try dishes from delicious local businesses.

 The city of Birmingham is brimming with arts, culture and entertainment. The city has a thriving, student-friendly nightlife with a huge range of bars, clubs and pubs to suit all your evening desires whether you’d rather a quiet evening with your friends or a big night out, Birmingham is the place to be when the sun goes down.

Birmingham is the UK’s second largest city with first-class cultural, social and sporting facilities.  You will find a modern and cosmopolitan city with a historic, industrial past. We are very proud of our city, which is a pioneering, forward thinking and global place to live.

In Birmingham, you will feel part of a friendly community. With all of the benefits of a big, exciting and vibrant city, you can live for a fraction of the cost of London prices, in fact our students love Birmingham so much, almost half of them choose to stay in the region after they graduate.

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