Why choose Birmingham

At Birmingham you will be part of a diverse community located in an inspirational campus setting, with the most vibrant, multicultural city in the UK on your doorstep.

We pride ourselves on offering the highest-quality experience in both your academic and student life. You’ll be joining a leading university community, working alongside academics who are global experts in their field and who encouraging and emphasising the importance of originality and independent thinking.

Our rankings

We perform consistently well in ratings and rankings, so when you come to the University of Birmingham you can rest assured that you are joining a leading institution with proven credentials. 

Some of our rankings include:

  • 4th in UK for employability in the Guardian University Guide 2017 
  • We are ranked 17th in the UK in the The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016.
  • The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) results showed that 87% of our research impact ranked 4* or 3* for this category, with some areas achieving the highest scores in the country. 
  • We were  awarded University of the Year for Graduate Employment in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015-16.
  • We are the 11th most targeted university by leading employers in the UK (High Fliers Graduate Market in 2016 report).
  • 65th in the world for employer reputation by the QS World University rankings 2017, and ranked 15th overall in the UK.
  • Our 250-acre campus was recently listed in the top 10 most beautiful universities in Britain by the Telegraph.

Our campus and facilities

Our 250 acre Edgbaston campus was recently listed in the top ten most beautiful universities in Britain by The Telegraph. It is a campus that is expanding and improving all the time with our most recent investments being in the launch of a brand new multi-million pound sports centre, a redeveloped library with a cultural hub and a brand new student hub housed in the iconic Aston Webb building.

Research power and reach

As a research-intensive institution, the University is committed to carrying out research that is world leading in terms of its originality, significance and rigour. Our research power derives from the breadth and depth of expertise across disciplines and the opportunities this creates for multi- and inter-disciplinary links and broad, thematic topics.

The quality and range of our research places many of our academics at the global forefront of their disciplines and fosters international connections.

Your Birmingham experience will prepare you for life as an active member of a global society by transforming your prospects in a competitive employment market. From the outset, we provide opportunities for mentoring support from our outstanding graduates, career skills and development, community volunteering and leadership skills. You will graduate from Birmingham prepared for the changing landscape of the 21st century and your time at Birmingham will provide you with challenges and experiences which will shape your future.