University of Birmingham and Hong Kong

Students from Hong Kong at the University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham has a long tradition of welcoming students from Hong Kong. We have a vibrant student community supported by our Hong Kong student societies and an alumni mentoring scheme to ensure our Hong Kong students make the most of their time at the University.

Yuyao Wang

Translation Studies MA

“Birmingham is a city that offers diversity. It blends different cultures and welcomes them all. You can find all kinds of things you need in the city centre, and it is also easy to visit other cities from Birmingham because of its great location and excellent rail network.”

The student experience

Find out about student life and how to get involved in the student community to make the most of your time here.


Find out more about scholarships and financial support

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 entry into the Foundation Pathways, we require the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE), with 4 subjects at grades 3,3,3,3 (excluding Chinese and Liberal Studies). For our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway subjects must include a minimum grade 3 Mathematics.  Students who have completed Form 5 with a minimum overall score of 60% will also be considered.

Please visit the Foundation Pathways website for more information on our foundation programmes. 


We will consider holders of the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) for entry to our undergraduate programmes with the grade equivalencies shown below (excluding Chinese and Liberal Studies).

 A-Level HKDSE
 A*AA  5*,5,5
 AAA  5,5,5
 AAB  5,5,4
 ABB  5,4,4
 BBB  4,4,4

Applicants for programmes with subject specific requirements will need to offer these as normal (please note that combined or integrated science will not normally be acceptable where a stated science is required i.e. Biology or Chemistry). Programmes requiring Mathematics as a specified subject will require both the Compulsory and Extended parts.

Higher level Diplomas and Associate Degrees can be considered for year one entry. A typical requirement would be an average grade of B (70-79%) or a GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 in a relevant subject.

Holders of Higher Diplomas with a good performance (at least B+ or GPA 3.2 above) will be considered for entry to year 2 of relevant undergraduate degree programmes within Engineering and Computer Science.

Holders of the HKU SPACE Associate Degree programme with an good performance (at least B+ or GPA 3.2 above) throughout their studies may be considered for entry to year 2 of relevant undergraduate degree programmes. 


The Hong Kong Bachelor degree is considered comparable to British Bachelor degree standard. Students with bachelor degrees awarded by universities in Hong Kong may be considered for entry to one of our postgraduate degree programmes.

Students with Masters degrees may be considered for PhD study.

English Language

HKDSE English is accepted as a substitute for IELTS/TOEFL/Pearson for entry to our programmes. See the English language page for specific programme requirements and further information.

Contact Us

The University of Birmingham international recruitment contact for Hong Kong is Alexa Haslam.

If you have any questions or queries please contact Alexa by sending an email to

Birmingham Representatives in Hong Kong

Our representatives in Hong Kong can provide advice on studying in the UK and, more specifically, at the University of Birmingham. They will also be able to assist you with your application.

Aston Education
5th Floor, Office Plus @ Wanchai
303 Hennessy Road
Wanchai Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2866 9933

IDP Education 
Room 2807, 28th Floor, Harbour Centre 
25 Harbour Road 
Wanchai Hong Kong 
Tel: (852) 2827 6362 

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.

How to apply

Interested in applying? Find out more about how to apply for undergraduate and postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham by watching our video above!

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.


View our range of accommodation options for undergraduate and postgraduate students.


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