Why Birmingham?

When you choose to study here at Birmingham, you'll benefit from an outstanding education from one of the top 100 universities in the world. You'll be part of a diverse international community in a vibrant and exciting city, right at the heart of the UK.  

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A Global University

  • Birmingham is a leading, global top 100 university.
  • The University is recognised in the top 1% of universities across the world.
  • We are a member of the elite Russell Group of UK universities.
  • Birmingham is the first Russell Group, and global top 100 university to establish a campus in Dubai.
  • Birmingham has one of the largest international student communities in the UK, with 5000 students from 150 countries.

Birmingham the city

In the glorious heart of England, Birmingham is a diverse, modern and exciting city with a long cultural and intellectual heritage.

Less than two hours from London, Birmingham is situated in a prime, central location in the country, and offers everything you could desire from a capital city, within easy reach of the picturesque English countryside.

  • Catch the train from University Station to Birmingham New Street in eight minutes.
  • With Birmingham International Airport on your doorstep, travelling to mainland Europe couldn't be easier.
  • Birmingham is the youngest city in Europe, with under-25s accounting for nearly 40% of its population.
  • With over 8,000 acres of parks and open space, Birmingham is one of the greenest cities in the UK.
  • All faiths are well represented in Birmingham, with more than 650 churches, mosques, synagogues and temples across the city.

Find out what else the city has to offer ➤

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Research

For more than a century, University of Birmingham research has had a major impact on the city of Birmingham, the region and the world.

  • We are a founding member of Universitas 21; the leading global network of research-intensive universities.
  • Our Birmingham Heroes campaign highlights academic figures whose work at Birmingham impacts on the lives of people in the UK and beyond.
  • The work of our 11 Nobel Prize winners has tackled global challenges and pioneered new discoveries which have transformed our understanding of the world.
  • Being taught by academic staff who are also world-leading researchers is a huge advantage for you as a student at Birmingham.

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