University of Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, UK

Brief information

Founded in 1900 by Queen Victoria, the University of Birmingham was the first university in England to admit all people regardless of their origin and religion. She also pioneered the establishment of a Faculty of Commerce and a Medical School, and was the first to have a dormitory for women.

According to AbbreviationFinder, the university consists of five academic colleges : Arts and Law, Engineering and Physical Sciences, Life and Environmental Sciences, Medical and Dental Sciences and Social Sciences. These each consist of several different schools. We can place students for the postgraduate degree or semester program.

Eight of the staff and former students have already been awarded the Nobel Prize, including, for example, the politician Lord Robert Cecil, who was head of the university for a time, and the chemist Francis Aston.

The University of Birmingham was ranked 62nd in the prestigious Guardian University Guide 2013/14 and is consistently in the top 100 in the Financial Times and Economist Business School World Rankings. The University is also a founding member of the global Universitas 21 network, which includes 27 prestigious universities around the world.

  • University of Birmingham website

University facts

Year of foundation: 1900

Type of university: State university

Number of Students: Total 27600, 18400 Undergraduate, 9200 Postgraduate, International 4900, 1700 Undergraduate, 3200 Postgraduate

Accreditations:

  • AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)
  • AMBA (Association of MBAs)
  • EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System)

Academic year:

The academic year at the University of Birmingham is divided into three terms.

Study programs

  • postgraduate studies
  • bachelor’s degree
  • LLM
  • Master’s degree
  • MBA
  • promotion
  • language courses

International students can enroll in a range of postgraduate courses at the University of Birmingham leading to a Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma. Some of them can also be completed as distance learning courses.

Most of these courses last about a year. The study options are incredibly diverse, ranging from Public Health to Brain Injury Case Management to Education, Business Administration and many others.

Many of the courses offered are also the first section of the corresponding Master’s course, so that one can then continue to study for a master’s degree, which in Germany, in contrast to postgraduate studies, is recognized as an academic degree.

  • Postgraduate courses from the University of Birmingham

Fees

The tuition fees vary depending on the degree chosen and the length of the course. The following link provides more detailed information.

  • Tuition fees at the University of Birmingham

Requirements

Those wishing to pursue a postgraduate degree must have a good first degree such as a bachelor’s degree.

In addition, international students need proof of sufficient English language skills, which they provide based on a minimum score in a standardized language test such as the IELTS or TOEFL. The number of points mentioned may deviate upwards depending on the subject area.

  • University of Birmingham application requirements

Degrees/Courses

Studies/courses in English

  • Advanced Certificate in Autism – Children
  • Advanced Certificate in Golf Coaching
  • Advanced Certificate in Inclusion and Special Educational Needs
  • Advanced Certificate in International Studies in Education
  • Advanced Certificate in Professional Studies
  • Advanced Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language
  • Graduate Diploma in Business Administration
  • Graduate Diploma in Development Management
  • Graduate Diploma in Development Managing – Aid Management
  • Graduate Diploma in Development Managing – Human Resource Management
  • Graduate Diploma in Development Managing – Public Economic Management and Finance
  • Graduate Diploma in International Development
  • Graduate Diploma in International Development – Conflict, Security and Development
  • Graduate Diploma in International Development – Governance and State-building
  • Graduate Diploma in International Development – International Political Economy and Development
  • Graduate Diploma in International Development – Poverty, Inequality and Development
  • Graduate Diploma in International Development – Urban Development
  • Graduate Diploma in Local and Regional Economic Development
  • Graduate Diploma in Public Service Commissioning
  • Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Studies
  • Graduate Diploma in Urban Regeneration and Renewal
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Practice
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Autism – Children
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Brain Injury Rehabilitation
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Neuropsychiatry
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Primary and Community Care
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education for Health Professionals
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Forensic Mental Health Studies
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Health Studies
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Inclusion and Special Educational Needs
  • Postgraduate Certificate in International Studies in Education
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Local and Regional Economic Development
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Local Policy and Politics
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Managing Integration for Health and Wellbeing
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Mathematics
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Pharmaceutical Enterprise
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Policy into Practice
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Studies
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health – Health Technology Assessment
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health – Statement of Extra Accredited Learning
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Public Management
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Public Service Commissioning
  • Postgraduate Certificate in School Improvement and Educational Leadership
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Special Educational Needs Coordination
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Urban and Regional Studies
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Manipulative Physiotherapy
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Practice
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Advancing Practice
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Autism – Children
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Brain Injury Case Management
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Brain Injury Rehabilitation
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Neuropsychiatry
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Oncology
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Primary and Community Care
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education for Health Professionals
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Exercise and Sports Medicine – Football
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Forensic Mental Health Studies
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Health Economics and Health Policy
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Health Studies
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Inclusion and Special Educational Needs
  • Postgraduate Diploma in International Studies in Education
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership and Management for Social Care
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership and Management for Social Work
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Local and Regional Economic Development
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Local Policy and Politics
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Managing Integration for Health and Wellbeing
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Health
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Pharmaceutical Enterprise
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Physicians Assistant – Anaesthesia
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Education
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Studies
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health – Health Technology Assessment
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health – Statement of Extra Accredited Learning
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Public Management
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Public Service Commissioning
  • Postgraduate Diploma in School Improvement and Educational Leadership
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Science of Occupational Health, Safety and the Environment
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Secondary Education – English
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Secondary Education – Geography
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Secondary Education – History
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Secondary Education – History and Citizenship
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Secondary Education – Mathematics
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Secondary Education – Modern Foreign Languages ​​(French, German, Spanish)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Secondary Education – Physical Education
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Secondary Education – Physics with Mathematics
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Secondary Education – Religious Education
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Secondary Education – Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Coaching
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Studies
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Urban Regeneration and Renewal
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Urology

Campus

The main campus of the University of Birmingham is the Edgbaston campus in the district of the same name, where the university’s own Winterbourne Botanic Garden is located. From here it is about five kilometers to the city center.

At the center of the grounds is the Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower, affectionately known as “Old Joe,” which can be seen from many parts of the city as it is the tallest free-standing clock tower in the world. The surrounding university buildings look special as they have a dome roof and are grouped in a semicircle around the tower.

They consist of red bricks, which have become an architectural trademark of several universities, for example in Manchester and Sheffield as well as in Birmingham. The ” Red Brick ” is considered a synonym for the bourgeoisie.

Real works by painters such as Van Gogh, Picasso and Monet hang in the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, which is part of the university. Interestingly, the University of Birmingham is also the only one in the country to have its own train station. The trains of the Cross-City Line stop here.

South of the main campus is the slightly newer Selly Oak campus with mainly theological and social science facilities. There are also various institutes that also belong to the university and are spread throughout Birmingham.

  • University of Birmingham campus maps

Housing

The University of Birmingham has a variety of accommodation options for its international students, both on and off campus.

The following accommodation options are available:

  • student residence
  • Apartments on campus
  • Private apartments / hotels

The college town of Birmingham

With just over 1 million inhabitants, Birmingham is the second largest city in Great Britain and is located approx. 150 kilometers northwest of London in the West Midlands region. Birmingham is considered the “second city of England” after London, in reference to both its economic and cultural status. Birmingham was granted market rights in the twelfth century, laying the foundations for the commercial center that followed in the centuries that followed, transforming the village of Birmingham into a small town. As early as the 16th century, a developing metalworking industry began to take advantage of the region’s abundant natural ore and coal deposits. Trade and the metal industry thus became the economic pillars of Birmingham.

Industrialization in the 19th century brought considerable growth to the city, fueled by the construction of the canal system and the railway. In the Second World War, Birmingham was heavily bombed due to its strategically important industry, so that today the cityscape is characterized by numerous buildings from the period of post-war reconstruction. The share of heavy industry in Birmingham’s economy, as in many other cities in England, has steadily declined since the 1970s. However, because trade has always played a large part in the city’s economic spectrum, Birmingham has been able to make the transition from an industrial to a service economy more easily than other old industrial cities. The city’s largest employers today are companies from the retail, service and tourism sectors. The city is also a major media hub with three daily newspapers, a large number of radio stations and British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) production facilities.

Birmingham is also one of England’s most important cultural centres. The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra is world renowned, as is the Birmingham Royal Ballet and various modern formations such as Black Sabbath, UB40 and Duran Duran, all of which hail from Birmingham. Well-known venues in the city are the Symphony Hall and the National Indoor Arena. The city also offers a large number of different theaters and museums. In the urban area there are large parks that invite you to rest and relax. In the many clubs and pubs in the city, there is also plenty of nightlife. If you like sports, you can also spend your free time at games of the numerous sports teams.

University of Birmingham