University of Birmingham


The University of Birmingham (or Birmingham University) is one of the public research universities in Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom. It received its royal charter award in 1900 as a successor to Queen's College, Birmingham, and Science College named Mason. Thus, making it the first English civic or 'red brick university to get its very own royal charter. 

It is a leading member of the international network of research universities and the Russell Group of British research universities.

Birmingham has various departments covering a huge scale of subjects. The university's system was reorganised on August 1 into 5 "colleges," each of which consists of a large number of "schools", which include:

  • Arts and Law (English, Creative Studies, Drama, History and Cultures, Languages, Cultures, Music and Art History, Birmingham Law School, Philosophy, Religion and Theology).
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences (Chemistry, Computer Science, Chemical Engineering, Engineering (comprising the Departments of Mechanical and Electrical, Civil, Electronic & Systems Engineering), Metallurgy & Materials, Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy).
  • Life and Environmental Sciences (Geography, Biosciences, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Sport, Psychology, and Exercise Sciences).
  • Medical and Dental Sciences (Institute of Genomic Sciences and Cancer, Institute of Clinical Sciences, Institute of Applied Health Research, Institute of Inflammation and Ageing, Institute of Cardiovascular Science, Institute of Systems and Metabolism Research, Institute of Immunotherapy and Immunology, Institute of Infection and Microbiology).
  • Social Sciences (Business School of Birmingham, Education, Society and Government, Social Policy).
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences


The student population consists of 23,155 undergraduate and 12,605 postgraduate students, the 7th largest in the United Kingdom. According to the Times and Sunday Times Best University Guide, around 20% of Birmingham's undergraduates come through independent schools.

This university offers admission to around 79.2% of its applicants. 

The University of Birmingham's Medicine School is one of the biggest in Europe, with over 450 medical students trained in each clinical year. 


The university provides housing to 1st-year students. 1st-year students inhabit ninety per cent of the university housing.

The university formed gender-segregated halls until 1999 when Lake and Wyddrington "halls" (treated as two different halls, despite being one building) were renamed, Shackleton Hall. Chamberlain Hall (Eden Tower), a seventeen-story tower block, was initially known as High Hall for all male students. Whereas the linked Ridge Hall (later renamed the Hampton Wing) for all female students.

Selly Oak is by far the city's most well-liked student neighbourhood doff-campus due to its closeness to the University of Birmingham. Along with the new, purpose-built apartment buildings dotted throughout the city, Harborne, Edgbaston, and Kings Heath are popular places as student residences.


This institute does very well in international and national rankings. In terms of average UCAS points of the entrant, Birmingham university ranked 25th in Britain in 2014. 

Following is a quick overview of their national and international rankings.

  • 10th in the U.K. and 62nd internationally by the Q.S. World University Ranking.
  • 12th overall in the U.K. by the Times Higher Education.
  • 91st in the World by U.S. News & World Report.
  • 137th in the universities around the world by SCImago Institutions Rankings.


University of Birmingham
Birmingham West Midlands, England, UK.

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