Visit us

Thinking of joining us at the University of Birmingham? We asked our students to give 10 reasons why you should study here:


Why did you choose Birmingham and are you happy with your choice?


The visit day was a real eye opener for me; it provided me with an insight into what the department and campus had to offer. It wasn't just the academic prospects which enticed me, as I was also drawn to the welcoming and comforting community of the University, one which I could easily see myself being part of. Plus Birmingham city centre provides endless activities to keep me busy, from shopping to pubs and clubs! Looking back now, my time here has definitely exceeded my expectations and I have really felt at home here; I am enthusiastic for what the future holds for me at Birmingham!

Anish - 1st Year Msci TPAM

We hold Open Days and other events for prospective students throughout the year. For 2015, the dates for our planned Open Days are as follows;

  • Friday 26th & Saturday 27th June
  • Saturday 12th September
  • Saturday 17th October

For details of our events for schools, visit our Schools Outreach pages.

For further information please contact:
Undergraduate Admissions Tutor
Tel: 0121 414 4563

Open Day programme

The School was one of the founding areas of study at the University of Birmingham at the beginning of the 20th century. Its first students would marvel at the advances made in physics since that time, and the topics being studied by students now.

As well as offering degrees in Physics, Physics with Astrophysics and other possible combinations including Particle Physics and Cosmology or Nanoscale Physics. Should students wish to do so, there is also the opportunity to study for a year at a university abroad.






How to Make an Invisibility Cloak – Controlling Light with Metamaterials

09.45 Poynting Physics (R13) Large Lecture Theatre, 2nd Floor, 2

Atom manipulation

10.30 Poynting Physics (R13) Large Lecture Theatre, 2nd Floor 2

Tour of Nanoscale Research Lab*
By Registration only, details below*

11:15 Meeting: First Year Laboratory - foyer Nanoscale Research Lab. Assemble Foyer, Poynting Physics, Building R13. G

Physics to a Degree

11:15 Poynting Physics (R13) Large Lecture Theatre 2

Refrigerators made from photons

12:00 Poynting Physics (R13) Small Lecture Theatre 2

Tour of  Teaching Laboratories and facilities.
By registration only, details below* 

12:00 Meeting: First Year Laboratory - foyer Physics labs G

Sounding stars and the search for new planets in the Galaxy

12:45 Poynting Building (R13) Large Lecture Theatre, 2nd Floor 2

Tour of  Teaching Laboratories and facilities.
By registration only, details below* 

12:45 Meeting: First Year Laboratory - foyer Physics labs G

Physics to a Degree

13:30 Poynting Building (R13) Large Lecture Theatre, 2nd Floor 2

Tour of  Teaching Laboratories and facilities.
By registration only, details below* 

13:30 Meeting: First Year Laboratory - foyer Physics labs G

Recreating the Big Bang: the LHC at CERN

14:15 Poynting Building (R13) Large Lecture Theatre, 2nd Floor 2

Meeting the Ever Growing Demand for Energy: Nuclear Power Past, Present and Future

15.00 Poynting Building (R13) Small Lecture Theatre, 2nd Floor 2

*Open Day Tours the new Nanoscale Physics Research Laboratory and Teaching labs *:  There are three tours for the Teachng labs; 12.00noon, 12.45pm and 1.30pm.  Please indicate your preference when registering at the email address below.

Register for the tours by using the following email -

Only 30 places are available for each day. You will be notified by e-mail if you have secured a place. 


Displays and advice desks

The Admissions Tutor and academic members of staff, are available to give advice and answer questions in the First Year Laboratory, ground floor of Poynting Physics Building (R13) from 9 am to 4 pm.

Also, in the First Year Laboratory:

  • See examples of undergraduate laboratory work.
  • Meet with current undergraduate students.
  • Look at demonstrations provided by our Research Groups

There is also a 'Why Physics at Birmingham?' DVD showing all day in the Physics coffee lounge, on the second floor of the Poynting Physics building (R13).

For details of our next Open Days, contact Irina Hoffman, our Undergraduate Admissions Tutor.

For general information on undergraduate Open Days at the University of Birmingham, visit the Open Days page on the main University website.

Applicant days

Once we receive your application and we know that we will be able to make you an offer based on that application, we will invite you and your parents or guardians to one of our School Applicant Days.

These take place throughout November until mid-March of the following year. A general talk and open discussions with members of staff follow a buffet lunch. You are then taken on a tour of the School, the campus, and the Halls of Residence. By the end of the day detailed information on all aspects of student life and academic programmes will have been provided.

We no longer hold interviews, simply because we have too much to show you during the day. Interviews have been replaced with a small group discussion with a member of academic staff. However, if you wish to discuss your particular application on an individual basis with a member of staff, we would be happy to arrange that for you.