International rankings

It’s important that we perform well in comparison to our peers in the UK, but the academic community is global, and we’re seeking to reflect this by advancing our international profile. With this in mind, it’s key that we perform well against leading universities across the world.

Our international position

International Herald Tribune - Global Employability Ranking

The International Herald Tribune, the global edition of The New York Times, has ranked the University of Birmingham 55th in the world and 9th in UK for post-qualification employability. The rankings illustrate the top 150 universities most frequently selected by global employers and are the result of a survey by French consulting firm Emerging and German consulting firm Trendence.

The World University Rankings, Times Higher Education

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings rated Birmingham 148 out of 400 universities across the globe. The rankings were developed with data provider, Thomson Reuters, with expert input from more than 50 leading figures in the sector from 15 countries across every continent.

Shanghai Jiao Tong University World Rankings

Shanghai Jiao Tong University World Rankings ranked Birmingham 101 out of 500 universities, establishing us as 10th out of the 38 UK universities to appear in the top 500.

QS World University Rankings

Birmingham is 64th in this year’s QS World University Rankings, cementing our position in the top 100 universities globally and placing us 11th out of the 24 Russell Group universities to feature in the ranking.

International Student Barometer

The International Student Barometer (ISB) is a benchmark of the University's provision for new and continuing international students. Benchmarking is conducted against our Russell Group peers and other Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the United Kingdom and overseas.

A total of 183 HEIs were included in the ranking tables of the 2014 Autumn ISB, with 54 institutions taking part in the UK and 14 belonging to the Russell Group of universities. Overall, 91% of our international students are satisfied overall with their university experience and 86% would recommend the university to other students thinking of applying here.

In terms of teaching, 94% of our international students are satisfied with the subject area expertise of lecturers/supervisors, 91% are satisfied with the quality of lectures and 90% are satisfied with the teaching ability of lecturers/supervisors.

In addition, the university is ranked 1st out of all Russell Group Universities taking part in the survey for the following: learning that will help me get a good job, opportunities for work experience/work placements as part of my studies, and the opportunity to earn money while studying.