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Founded in 1900 on the vision set down by politician and statesman Joseph Chamberlain, the University of Birmingham prides itself on a longstanding tradition of innovation and progressive initiatives.

The university was a founding member of the National Union of Students, and the first in the country to be built on a campus model, incorporate a medical school and offer degrees in dentistry.

It was also the country’s first civic or ‘redbrick’ university, with students accepted regardless of their background or religion.

The modern university is home to 26,000 students, 5,000 of them international. With 31% of its academic staff also from overseas, Birmingham lays claim to one of the most diverse campuses in the UK and encourages a global outlook. Students can take advantage of a number of opportunities to internationalise their degree: around 450 undergraduates complete a year abroad as part of their course.

Birmingham’s main campus is located in the Edgbaston area of the city, where it houses the Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower (the world’s tallest free-standing clock), and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, which opened in 1939 and exhibits original work by Van Gogh, Picasso and Monet.

It is also the location of one of the largest medical schools in Europe and the place where pacemakers and plastic heart valves were developed, where allergy vaccines were pioneered and where the first clinical trials of the contraceptive pill outside the USA took place.

Today, the university cites nanotechnology, gene therapy, virtual reality and robotics as being at the forefront of its research priorities.

At various times, it has been home to eight Nobel laureates and its alumni includes the former British prime ministers Stanley Baldwin and Neville Chamberlain.

Tuition & Finances

Full-Time Standard international student fees 2020-2021

FeeUndergraduatePostgraduate taughtPostgraduate research
Band 1 (Class)£18,120 to £18,780£18,450 to £20,070£17,580  to £18,540
 Band 2 (Intermediate)£19,320 to £21,180£20,880 to £22,500£19,320 to £21,180
 Band 3 (Laboratory)£22,260 to £24,660£23,310 to £24,930£22,500 to £25,020
 Band 4 (Clinical)£39,960n/a£39,960

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Academic Programs

Arts & humanities

Languages, Literature & Linguistics

History, Philosophy & Theology

Art, Performing Arts & Design

Physical sciences

Geology, Environmental, Earth & Marine Sciences

Mathematics & Statistics

Physics & Astronomy


Life sciences

Biological Sciences

Sport Science

Social sciences


Politics & International Studies (incl Development Studies)


Engineering & technology

Chemical Engineering

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Civil Engineering

General Engineering

Clinical, pre-clinical & health

Other Health

Medicine & Dentistry

Business & economics

Business & Management

Economics & Econometrics

Accounting & Finance

Computer science

Computer Science







Facts & Figures

The University grew out of the radical vision of our first Chancellor, Joseph Chamberlain. Founded in 1900, Birmingham represented a new model for higher education. This was England’s first civic university, where students from all religions and backgrounds were accepted on an equal basis.

It was 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
  • have a purpose-built students’ union building




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