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University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham
Birmingham, England, United Kingdom

About

Details at a Glance

  • School Type

    grad Public
  • Average Out-of-State Tuition

    grad-out-state $26,400
  • Financial Aid Available

    checkbox-alt Yes

Degrees Offered

Arts and Law College
Engineering and Physical Sciences College
Medical and Dental Sciences College
Social Sciences College
Life and Environmental Sciences College

Our Program

At Birmingham, you will be part of a diverse community of over 36,000 students.

Established in 1900, The University of Birmingham is a large public research-intensive university located on a 276-acre campus site in Birmingham, the second-largest city in the UK. As a founding member of the elite Russell Group, we are consistently ranked amongst the top 20 in UK national league tables and amongst the top 100 universities globally. Birmingham is the most targeted university by top employers in the UK (The Graduate Market in 2020/21), demonstrating our dedication to your future. With over 600 postgraduate programmes, we offer a broad range of subjects and specialisms to enable you to peruse and developed your interests. The University is structured into five colleges, each of which is divided into a number of schools and departments offering a diverse range of programmes.

The decision to undertake a postgraduate qualification is a significant one. At Birmingham, you can be assured that you will receive expert teaching and supervision alongside sector-leading professional and academic careers services and support for your health, wellbeing and personal development.

You can expect to engage in debates, theories, and concepts. We have the strength and variety of programmes to suit your individual needs and interests, backed by academic expertise and influence, support and facilities of a research-intensive global university. At Birmingham, you will join a stimulating postgraduate community of students and researchers. We offer over 600 taught masters opportunities to choose from, and 140 research courses, which enable you to develop your career and pursue your interests. 

Choose Birmingham and you will join one of the UK’s largest postgraduate communities, with over 14,000 postgraduate students making up more than 40% of the total student population.

Use our course finder to explore your options.

-Postgraduate Taught Study at Birmingham

-Postgraduate Research

As well as searching our listed PhD programmes above, if you're looking for a funded research opportunity, our FindAPhD database lists our advertised, funded PhD projects. If you're looking to propose your own research, you can use our supervisor search to find potential supervisors with suitable research interests once you have identified your research course.

Postgraduate explained

Taught Programmes

Postgraduate taught programmes are usually one year in length. They are assessed by a combination f coursework, examination and dissertation and lead to the award of a Masters qualification. If you wish to further your knowledge, prepare for a research degree, gain vocational qualifications or change career, then a taught Masters could be the right programme for you.

We offer a wide range of taught Masters programmes, usually in the form of a Master of Arts (MA) or Master of Science (MSc). However, they can also include programmes such as the Master of Education (MEd), Master of Engineering (MEng) and Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Research Programmes

Postgraduate research programmes involve the completion of original academic research. They also include research skills training that will equip you to become an independent researcher, capable of advancing knowledge in your field.

A combined research and taught Masters, such as the MRes, will provide you with both taught modules to increase subject knowledge, and the opportunity to complete a research thesis.

A research Masters, such as the MSc by Research, is a chance to investigate a topic from your undergraduate study in greater depth and is a great way to demonstrate your ability to undertake independent research.

Doctoral degrees, such as the PhD, are the highest level of academic qualification.

International Study

By choosing to study at Birmingham, you can be part of an outstanding university, renowned for changing lives and transforming society. Be part of our international community, with over 10,000 students from approximately 150 countries. There are currently 230 students from 39 US states studying with us, benefitting from our three-year undergraduate degrees, one year Masters, and three to four year PhDs. In the recent 2021 The US News & Global Ranking the University of Birmingham is up 4 places, ranked #92 in Best Global Universities and #10 in Best Global Universities in the United Kingdom.

International student help

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Our Campus

With magnificent architecture and a green, leafy site, our campus provides an inspirational environment for your studies.

Explore our campus

How to apply

Applying to our postgraduate course is an easy, online process. Formal applications are made directly to us using our online course finder, but the process will vary depending on your programme and it has been advertised.

How to apply for postgraduate taught and research programmes

Find out about the PhD process

Applying

We understand how important a decision it is when choosing the right course and university. To make it easier for you we have gathered together some useful information to help you in your decision about studying at the University of Birmingham.

Information for applicants

Our vision is to encourage and inspire you in your independent research, enabling you to thrive by equipping you with skills, knowledge and confidence to make a major impact on global society, in whatever field you pursue.

If you have questions or want to explore something in-depth, we have lots of resources available inline. You can take part in online events, ask questions to our current students and alumni and read our students’ blogs to get an insight into postgraduate study, as well as join in with our virtual open week to get a taste of Birmingham.

Please reach out to the international team if you have any questions about the University of Birmingham. Northamerica@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Admissions

Requirements

  • checkbox-alt Certified Academic Transcripts
  • checkbox-alt Personal Statement
  • checkbox-alt 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • checkbox-alt Bachelors degree with a GPA minimum 2.8+/4.0
  • checkbox-alt English Proficiency test to evidence English Language skills for non native speakers

Additional Requirements

Application Deadline

We ask for all applications to be submitted by 1st of July for courses that begin in September/October. However, we recommend that you apply as soon as possible to ensure the availability of our courses, as popular courses can close. A staged admissions process is in place for some of the Business School’s full-time 12-month MSc programmes and Computer Science MSc and Advanced Computer Science MSc

You can submit your application before receiving your final transcripts. (Research courses can vary)

More information on applying can be found here.

Student Body

  • Total Students

    pound 36,000 Students

Clubs & Associations

The Guild of Students, supports over 500 incredible student groups, societies and associations!

Whether you're interested in activities and games, academic assistance, campaigning, volunteering, food & drink, religious beliefs, music, performance or media, there's bound to be something that will appeal to you - and if there isn’t, we can give you the help you need to set up a group that matters to you.

Sport at the University of Birmingham

At Birmingham, sport is for all - from world-class athlete to general fitness. The power of sport to motivate and inspire goes so much further than sporting ability. From keeping fit and leading healthy balanced lifestyles to learning a new activity, you will never have a better opportunity to get involved, have fun and make new friends.

Ranked in the top 7 of UK university sport, at Birmingham you can choose from 55 welcoming sports clubs.

We’re proud to be an Official Partner Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games able to host incredible athletes from across the world at our amazing sporting facilities. It’s going to be a really exciting time for the region leading up to, during, and after the Games, positioning Birmingham as a leading city for community and sport. If you enjoy sports, whether that’s participating or spectating, you need to be in Birmingham in 2022.

There's something for everyone, so come and join our team!

What Our Students Say

  • "The best points are the professors. They are experts in Robotics and make themselves accessible" 


    Emmanuel completed a Masters in Robotics through a Fulbright Fellowship, find out more about Emmanuel here

    Emmanuel Johnson, MSc Robotics (School of Computer Science), USA ‘14
  • 'What impressed me about Birmingham is there's a large philosophy and religious studies department, with a whole cadre of ethics experts, so I'm able to choose and learn from a variety of academics and their interests.'

    Steven Fox, MRes Philosophy (ethics), USA ‘21

Tuition & Financial Aid

  • Average Out-of-State Tuition

    grad-out-state $26,400
  • Financial Aid Available

    checkbox-alt Yes
  • Average Financial Aid Offer

    grad-aid $2,000

Additional Information

  • checkbox-alt Tuition fees depend on the course, fees are shown at the top of all our course pages or a summary can be found here-https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/international/students/finance/fees.aspx
  • checkbox-alt We offer limited postgraduate scholarships for US applicants and some schools/departments offer their own. You can find out more here https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/international/students/finance/scholarships/index.aspx

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