Before deciding to transfer to a different programme or university, you should always talk it through with someone (such as your Personal Academic Tutor, Research Supervisor, Wellbeing Officer, a Career Advisor or a Guild Advice Advisor) to make sure that you are making the best decision for you, and that it is possible given time and programme constraints.
You should also consider that transferring programme is likely to have implications that will affect the following:
Transferring to the University of Birmingham from another higher education institution
Whilst we cannot normally consider any transfers to the third year, it may be possible to transfer to second year, though it will depend upon whether the programme that you are interested in accepts transfers.
Your circumstances, your previous qualifications and how you are progressing through your current degree will be taken into consideration and you should discuss this with staff at your current university and make contact with the Admissions Tutor for the programme you wish to transfer to before making an application (contact details are listed on the programme webpage).
You will normally need to have met the standard entry requirements for the programme and will need to provide a transcript of results and a reference from your current institution.
If the Admissions Tutor is happy to consider the transfer, you will then need to apply for entry point 2 through UCAS.
If you wish to transfer within the first year of your degree programme, you will need to submit an application through UCAS for entry point 1.
If you have already completed part of a postgraduate degree at another university, you may be able to transfer to UoB and claim for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL). You can view information on our taught postgraduate programmes, and make an application, via our programme webpage.
If you wish to transfer your registration on a research degree from another higher education institution, please refer to our Code of Practice on Admissions - Section 11. A reduction of up to a maximum of two thirds of the minimum period of registration may be granted and, if the research degree programme comprises any taught elements, you may be able to claim for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL). Please note that you must make an application for admission. You can search our research courses online.
More information on making a claim for APL can be found online.
Transferring to a programme at another higher education institution
If you decide to leave the University of Birmingham to undertake a programme at another university, you will need to contact that university to find out if they will consider you for a transfer and then seek advice from them about how you can apply.
If the transfer is agreed and you are offered a place at another university, you will need to inform us that you will be leaving Birmingham so that all the necessary paperwork can be completed.
Changing programme at the University of Birmingham
Undergraduate and postgraduate taught students
You should apply to change programme as early as you can in the academic year. If you apply after the first two weeks of term, there may be extra conditions you need to satisfy before you can transfer onto the new programme. You may also be asked to defer your entry to the new programme to the next academic year. You should check with the Admissions Tutor in the School or Department to find out if this is the case.
Programme details including Admission Tutor contacts from the University prospectus
If you do decide to change programme, you will need to complete a Transfer of Degree Programme Form.
Postgraduate research students
If you wish to transfer your registration, for example from full time to part time, to/from split location, upgrade from masters to doctoral study, or to another School in the University, you should discuss this with your supervisor at the earliest opportunity.
You will need to complete a PGR Programme Transfer Form and submit it to the Research Student Administration team.