University of Birmingham and Canada

The University of Birmingham welcomes applications from students from Canada. We currently have 98 Canadian students following a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

The student experience

Find out about student life and how to get involved in the student community to make the most of their time here.

Information, fees and Scholarships

Find out more about scholarships and financial support.

Entry requirements

The following information is for guidance only and should be used together with the University's general entrance requirements and any specific degree programme requirements.

Please note: If you have taken exams which are from another country's national education system (eg the Arbitur from Germany or SAT and AP exams from the USA) you should consult the country specific section for that country for qualification equivalence information. If you are unsure about the acceptability of your qualifications for entry to Birmingham please contact us for further details.

Foundation Pathways

Students who possess high school leaving qualifications equivalent to UK ‘A’ levels will not normally be considered eligible for the foundation. However if you choose to take the BFA as an adjustment year, you would be required to have at least 75% in the Canadian High School Diploma with at least 75% in Maths for Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway or 75% in Biology for a Biology focused degree

For further information see the Birmingham International Academy website.


The University will consider students who have achieved good grades in their High School Graduation Diploma with at least 5 university-preparatory level (Grade 12) courses. For many of our programmes of study, students will need at least a B average, and possibly higher. 

Qualification Guidance

Unless otherwise stated qualification guidance is as follows:

Ontario System

  • A level requirements of AAA = 85% overall in 6 x grade 12 U or U/C courses. Where an A level subject is required, the course must be at U or U/C level. 

  • A level requirements of AAB = 80% overall in 6 x grade 12 U or U/C courses. Where an A level subject is required, the course must be at U or U/C level. 

  • A level requirements of ABB = 75% overall in 6 x grade 12 U or U/C courses. Where an A level subject is required, the course must be at U or U/C level. 

For Maths and English GCSE equivalency the student must offer Maths and English at grade 11 minimum. (For UG programmes that require GCSE grade A equivalence, suggest 80% minimum). 

Other Canadian Provinces

British Colombia - Grade 12 Senior Secondary Diploma with an average of at least 80% (ABB), 85% (AAB) and 90% (AAA) in 5 grade 12 subjects or Senior Secondary Graduation Diploma if awarded with at least five Bs (BBBBB) or above in acceptable grade 12 courses.

Manitoba - High School Graduation Diploma with an overall average of 75% (ABB), 80% (AAB) and 85% (AAA), including 5 credits awarded at the 300 level in at least 4 subject areas, and at least 65% in each subject.

Alberta, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Northern W. T., Nova Scotia, P. Edward Island, Saskatchewan - General High School Diploma with an overall average of 75% (ABB), 80% (AAB) and 85% (AAA) in 5 subjects at Grade 12.

Nunavut - General High School Diploma with an overall average of 75% (ABB), 80% (AAB) and 85% (AAA) across five subjects at grade 12.

Qubec - Diplôme d'Etudes Collègiales (DEC) with an overall average of 75% (ABB), 80% (AAB) and 85% (AAA).

Yukon - Senior Secondary Graduation Diploma with an overall average of at least 85% in 5 grade 12 subjects (including provincial examinations where applicable).

Entry to LLB for Graduates
a GPA of 2.8-3.0 and above depending on the University will be considered for entry on to the LLB for Graduates.

If you are an applicant currently studying within the Canada we can accept an application from you through the Common Application.


Holders of a bachelor degree with honours from a recognised Canadian university may be considered for entry to a postgraduate degree programme. A GPA of 3.0/4, 7.0/9 or 75% is usually equivalent to a UK 2.1.

English Language

You may be required to provide evidence of your English ability. Please view the entry requirements for specific programme requirements.

How to apply

How to apply video

Interested in applying? Find out more about how to apply for undergraduate and postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham by watching our video above!


Accommodation at the University of Birmingham

Find out more about student accommodation. The University has a wide variety of accommodation to suit every need making Birmingham feel like a home away from home.

Alumni in Canada


The University has many strong alumni groups all over the world. Find out more about Birmingham alumni activities in Canada by clicking on the picture above.

Contact us

If you have any questions relating to the above please email or join our North America community and like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter

Exchange links

Through our membership of Universitas 21 we exchange students with McGill University and the University of British Columbia.  For more information please see the   Study Abroad and Exchanges   section. 

British Council Offices Canada

The British Council has offices in many countries throughout the world which are able to provide you with advice about studying in the UK. Most offices also have an education library and Internet facilities where you can consult university material. The British Council can also provide advice about funding opportunities.

Visits to Canada

Staff from the University of Birmingham visit different countries throughout the year to meet with students, schools and universities. For full details of visits, please see the Meet us in your country section.


The Postgraduate Recruitment team, academic staff and current students represent the University at study and careers fairs across the UK and the EU. Find full details of our next postgraduate visits.
For all international visits please check our events page.


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