Life and Environmental Sciences

The College of Life and Environmental Sciences has extensive links with China both by welcoming Chinese students into its undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and through research collaborations.  The College’s strategy is to develop more agreements to encourage students to move in both directions between China and the UK, and to continue to build high-level collaborations across its key research themes with the top Chinese universities and research institutes.

In education, the College offers a range of world-class undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes taught in our four schools: Biosciences, Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Psychology and Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences.  Teaching in these schools tackles important global issues including climate change, infection and antibiotic resistance, food security, obesity, mental wellbeing, and urban development, to name just a few.  The College has successful 2+2 and study abroad agreements with several leading Chinese universities, and as well many Chinese students are involved in post-graduate programmes, including: Molecular Biotechnology; Microbiology and Infection; Sport Policy, Business, and Management; and Sports Coaching.

Many of the academics in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences have research links with Chinese universities, funded through a range of sources including UK research councils, the Royal Society, the Newton Fund, and various Chinese funders at national, district, and city level.  Key areas of research include genomics, bioinformatics, air and water pollution, modelling the impact of climate change, and memory loss after stroke, some examples of which include:

  • A Joint Centre for Environmental Omics between the University of Birmingham and BGI
  • Study of ecological water quality assessment and integrated river basin management in the EU and China, together with the Institute of Hydroecology, Ministry of Water Resources, and Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • A study of sources and emissions of air pollutants in Beijing, jointly with Tsinghua and Beijing universities

  • The development of methods for modelling uncertainty information in studies on climate change, in collaboration with Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology (NUIST) and the Beijing Climate Centre