University of Birmingham and Portugal

We have a long tradition of welcoming students from Portugal. There are currently 57 Portuguese students following a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses at the University.

Maria Arroja Ferreria

Creative Writing MA

“The best part of the course is having a choice of challenging topics to study in addition to the core subjects. The course is an excellent combination of theoretical and practical approach towards studies of political, economic and cultural perspectives of international relations.”


Entry requirements

The following information is for guidance only and should be used together with the University's general entrance requirements and any specific degree programme requirements. 

Foundation Pathways

For further information visit the Birmingham International Academy website.


Holders of the Certificado de fim de Estudos Secundários / Diploma de Ensino Secundario (previously Certificado do 12 ano) will be considered with the following grade equivalencies: 

A*AA - 18/20 overall with 19, 18, 18 in 3 year 12 subjects 

AAA - 18/20 with 18, 18, 18 in 3 year 12 subjects 

AAB - 17/20 with 18, 18, 17 in 3 year 12 subjects 

ABB - 17/20 with 18, 17, 17 in 3 year 12 subjects 

BBB 17/20 with 17, 17, 17 in 3 year 12 subjects 

Subject specific requirements: 

A* - 19 

A - 18 

B - 17 


Holders of a good Licenciado from a recognised university, or a Diploma de Estudos Superiores Especializados (DESE) from a recognised Polytechnic Institution, with a minimum overall grade of 16 out of 20, bom com distinção ‘good with distinction’, for 2:1 equivalence, or 14 out of 20, bom ‘good’, for 2:2 equivalence, will be considered for entry to taught postgraduate programmes. 

Holders of a good Licenciado from a recognised university, or a Diploma de Estudos Superiores Especializados (DESE) from a recognised Polytechnic Institution, with a minimum overall grade of 16 out of 20, and/or a good Mestrado / Mestre (Masters) from a recognised university, will be considered for entry to postgraduate research programmes.

English Language

You will be required to provide evidence of your English ability. Please view the entry requirements for specific programme requirements.

If you do not have the required level of English or would like to improve your English before the start of the academic year, you can take one of our pre-sessional English language courses.


Contact Us

Undergraduate enquiries (Bachelors) to:

Erasmus and Study Abroad enquiries to: 

Postgraduate enquiries (Masters and PhDs) to:

British Council

The British Council has offices in many countries throughout the world which are able to provide you with advice about studying in the UK. Most offices also have an education library and internet facilities where you can consult university material. The British Council can also provide advice about funding opportunities.

British Council Portugal
Rua Luís Fernandes, 1 - 3 1249-062 Lisbon

Tel: (+351) 210 456 210


Undergraduate and postgraduate EU students (subject to meeting the eligibility criteria) starting their studies in 2018 or 2019 can apply for government loans for the duration of their course.

Find out more about the Tuition Fee Loan for undergraduate study, the Postgraduate Master's Loan for Masters study, and the Postgraduate Doctoral Loan for PhD study on the government website.

For a comprehensive list of all the awards on offer at the University for Home/EU and international students, please consult the undergraduate or postgraduate funding databases.


How to apply

How to apply

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Course Finder Database

Course Finder Database

Find undergraduate and postgraduate courses by searching the University of Birmingham's course finder database. Here you can find out course modules, as well as contact details for course queries.




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