About the School of Education

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The original Department of Education was founded in 1896 and became the School of Education in 1947. It has a long-standing reputation as a centre of excellence for teaching and research in a wide range of areas of educational practice and policy. The School employs over 100 academic staff who teach more than 2,500 students. It is home to a number of departments and research centres with a history of top rated research and is an international leader in education. It has been ranked in the Top Three in the latest Good Teacher Guide and the Top Ten in the 2017 Complete University Guide.

With a population of more than 28,000 students including 4,000 international students from over 150 countries, Birmingham is one of the largest international student communities in the UK. We support International Students by familiarising them with the UK educational system and helping them to develop their academic English.


Undergraduate Study

The School of Education offers a variety of Undergraduate Programmes including some with joint honours options. The European Educational Exchange Programme allows students to study at selected European institutions and the International Exchange Programme allows students to study at one of a number of worldwide institutions through our International Office.

Postgraduate Study

The School of Education is an Outstanding Provider of Teacher Training for Primary and Secondary Education, as accredited by Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills) and offers Teacher Training for both Primary and Secondary Education

The School also offers a wide variety of Masters and Professional Development Programmes which are ideal for teachers and other professionals who wish to study towards higher qualifications or obtain mandatory qualifications in a broad range of educational fields, which are linked to the research interests of members of staff. It provides specialist training and expertise in many areas of educational practice and policy, including: Autism; Bilingualism in Education; Education for Health Professionals; Inclusion and Special Educational Needs; International Studies in Education; Management of Special Education in Developing Countries; Multisensory Impairment; and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). 

There are also wide and varied opportunities for students to undertake Research Programmes that will support the growth of research skills and build on subject knowledge.


The School of Education is located at the heart of the campus and provides students with access to a wide range of facilities including well-equipped classrooms, a student common room, computer facilities and its own café. The school also has an Education Society which arranges meetings, trips, speakers and plenty of socials.


The School of Education is one of the largest research-led schools of education in the UK with a distinguished reputation for excellence. It was ranked 9th overall in the country for its REF results. (Download the REF 2014 results for Education) and it was ranked 8th in Europe and 28th in the World in the 2016 QS world rankings.

More information

Find out more about all our latest teaching and research news in the School Brochure (PDF)