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Overview of University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham also informally called Birmingham University attracts thousands of students every year with a very high acceptance rate. In fact, according to the latest statistics, the University of Birmingham acceptance rate was 79.2%, the 8th highest among the Russell Group. Located in Birmingham, West Midlands, the UK, the university has campuses in Edgbaston, Selly Oak and Birmingham city centre.


University of Birmingham Acceptance Rate

University of Birmingham acceptance rate and how hard it is to get accepted?

The acceptance rate of University of Birmingham is 13.54%. There were 40,175 applicants in the month of June 2018 and out of which 5,440 students are accepted.


Birmingham University Courses

The university has the following departments offering undergraduate, postgraduate and research level programmes for aspiring and qualified students. 
Arts & Law

  • English
  • Drama 
  • American & Canadian Studies
  • History and Cultures
  • Languages
  • Cultures 
  • Art History and Music
  • Philosophy, Theology and Religion.

Engineering and Physical Sciences 

  • Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering; Mathematics.
  • Metallurgy and Materials

Life and Environmental Sciences 

  • Biosciences
  • Geography
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Sport and Exercise Sciences

Medical and Dental Sciences 

  • Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences
  • Institute of Clinical Sciences
  • Institute of Inflammation and Ageing
  • Institute of Applied Health Research
  • Institute of Cardiovascular Science
  • Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy;
  • Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research
  • Institute of Microbiology and Infection.

Social Sciences 

  • Education
  • Government and Society
  • Social Policy

Liberal Arts and Sciences

  • The Birmingham Business School
  • The Institute of Local Government Studies
  • The centre for West African Studies.
  • The Centre for Russian and East European Studies
  • The Centre of Excellence for Research in Computational Intelligence and Applications 
  • The Shakespeare Institute.

University of Birmingham Ranking

World Ranking

  • Academic Ranking of World Universities or ARWU (2018):  101-150
  • CWTS Leiden (2019) 97
  • QS (2020): 81=
  • Times Higher Education or THE (2020): 112=

National Ranking 

  • The Complete University Guide (2020): 13
  • The Guardian (2020): 16
  • The Times / Sunday Times (2020): 14
  • Teaching Excellence Framework, a British Government Assessment:  Gold.

The 2017 Global Employability University Ranking ranks Birmingham at 142nd in the world and 10th in the UK. Birmingham is also ranked 5th in the UK for The Times Graduate Prospects and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018. The student population involves 22,440 undergraduate and 12,395 postgraduate students, the fourth biggest in the United Kingdom (out of 167). The annual revenue of the institution for 2017–18 was £ 673.8 million, of which £ 134.2 million was from research grants and contracts, with a cost of £ 663.2 million.


Accounting and Finance BSc (Hons) - Undergraduate
African Studies BA (Hons) - Undergraduate
African Studies with Development BA (Hons) - Undergraduate
American and Canadian Studies BA (Hons) - Undergraduate
American and Canadian Studies with Year Abroad BA (Hons) - Undergraduate
Biochemistry MSci (Hons) - Postgraduate
Biochemistry with Professional Placement (4 years) MSci (Hons) - Postgraduate
Biological Sciences MSci (Hons) - Postgraduate
Biological Sciences with Professional Placement (4 years) MSci (Hons) - Postgraduate
Chemical Engineering (Industrial Experience) (5 years) MEng (Hons) - Postgraduate

The main University of Birmingham campus is located in Edgbaston, where most of the teaching and other facilities are located. Spacious and attractive with lawns, trees and lakes, it was the first university campus in England and the original ‘ red brick ‘ university. Selly Oak Campus is located on a lovely garden site, a short bus ride from the main campus. The city is home to some stunning contemporary and Victorian architecture, art, music, theater and sports venues, great nightlife, great shopping and dining, including the world-renowned Bullring Centre. Birmingham is a major European town. The town also enjoys the beauty of the rural landscape.

Student Life

The university provides a thriving campus with great facilities and a friendly community. As a student, you can also involve yourself in a variety of social and sports activities. The campus, set in a beautiful and scenic background, is also known for its state-of-the-art library and a new £55 million Sport and Fitness club. You can spend a wonderful social life with the university’s 250 odd societies and clubs and get to know different kinds of people and engage in different kinds of useful and learning activities. 

  • British Prime Ministers – Stanley Baldwin and Neville Chamberlain
  • Chief Minister of Gibraltar – Joe Bossano
  • Director of the Bank of England Lord Roll of Ipsden
  • Fashion designer and retailer – George Davis
Useful Facts
  • Iconic brands Birds Custard, Cadbury Chocolate, Bournville Chocolate Drinking, HP Sauce and Typhoo Tea all began in Birmingham.
  • Birmingham is Europe's youngest town with almost 40% of the inhabitants below 25.
  • Titanic's cap anchor was produced in the Black Country.
  • Every year Birmingham have over 50 festivals throughout the town.
  • Birmingham produced the FA cup and the world's first football league began here

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