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University of Birmingham and India

The University has a long and proud history of engaging with India. We welcomed the first students from India to our Edgbaston Campus in 1909 to study for degrees in Mining and in Commerce. Since then we have provided education for more than 1000 Indian alumni, including high ranking government officials who study Public Policy in the International Development Department. There are currently over more than 210 Indian students at the University following undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

The University of Birmingham is among the world’s top 100 universities, renowned for changing lives and transforming society. Birmingham is a founding member of the Russell Group with a glorious, green campus, outstanding teaching and facilities and a vibrant and welcoming community. Located in the heart of England, Birmingham is an exciting and vibrant city with a fascinating history. Committed to providing students with outstanding teaching and facilities, there’s never been a more exciting time to study at the University of Birmingham.

We have dedicated international recruitment officers across both campuses who will support you during all stages of your enquiry and application to the University.

University of Birmingham Dubai

As a truly global University we offer programmes in our Birmingham and Dubai campus. Whichever campus you choose, you can be assured that you will receive the same high-quality education taught by leading experts in their field, and you will play your part in our global Birmingham student community.

Our campus development in Dubai marks the latest phase in the University of Birmingham's global expansion and builds on our extensive international research collaborations, CPD programmes, distance learning courses, and well-established international teaching activities across the world.

Visit our Dubai page

Malvika Iyer

Clinical Psychology MRes

“My experience at the University has been wonderful. I have had the opportunity to work with excellent supervisors on fascinating projects. I have made good friends who come from an assortment of backgrounds and nationalities. I would have to say that a combination of these experiences has immensely contributed to me taking away a lot more from the table than I came with.”

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.

Please note: If you have taken exams which are from another country's national education system (eg the Arbitur from Germany or SAT and AP exams from the USA) you should consult the country specific section for that country for qualification equivalence information. If you are unsure about the acceptability of your qualifications for entry to Birmingham please contact us for further details.

English Language

You will need to demonstrate a certain level of English language, either through an English test such as IELTS, TOEFL or PTE, or we may be able to accept your previous or alternative qualifications as evidence. Please view the entry requirements for specific programme requirements, and details on our presessional English language courses.

Applicants with appropriate grades in Standard XII English (English Core/English Elective/Functional English in CBSE) do not require additional SELT qualifications.

Foundation Pathways

Our foundation pathways are suitable if you have completed a high school qualification that is below the equivalent standard of UK A levels, and therefore doesn't allow for direct entry to undergraduate courses at UK universities. We will also consider students who have completed qualifications that would normally lead to direct entry onto an undergraduate degree, whose grades are slightly below our undergraduate entry criteria. Please visit the Birmingham International Academy website for more information.

Holders of the Standard XII Higher Secondary Certificate with an average score of 65% from for ICSE, CBSE, West Bengal State Board will be considered for entry to Birmingham Foundation Academy. All other state boards require 70% overall.

If you wish to apply for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway you need to have at least 65% in mathematics from ICSE, CBSE, West Bengal State Boards.

To apply for a Biology based degree you will need to have a least 65% in Biology from ICSE, CBSE, West Bengal State Boards.


We know that the past year has been challenging for students and are aware that various exam boards in India have now been cancelled due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. If this affects you, we would like to reassure you that we have implemented flexible arrangements and will assess your application based on your Standard X, XI and mock or predicted grades from your school.

Holders of the Indian Standard XII will be considered for entry to the first year of our undergraduate degree programmes. 

  • A*AA = 90% ISC, CBSE, Maharashtra or 85% West Bengal or 95% Other State boards
  • AAA = 85% ISC, CBSE, Maharashtra or 80% West Bengal or 90% Other State boards
  • AAB = 80% ISC, CBSE, Maharashtra or 75% West Bengal or 85% Other State boards
  • ABB/BBB = 75% ISC, CBSE, Maharashtra and West Bengal or 80% Other State boards

Where a programme requires a specific A'level subject grade please refer to the guidance below for Indian Standard XII equivalent.

  • A* = 90% ISC, CBSE, Maharashtra or 85% West Bengal or 95% Other State boards
  • A = 85% ISC, CBSE, Maharashtra or 80% West Bengal or 90% Other State boards
  • B = 80% ISC, CBSE, Maharashtra and 75% West Bengal or 85% Other State boards

Please note:

  • For Medicine country specific requirements, please visit our Applying to Medicine website.
  • For Dentistry, please see the general entry requirements listed on the Dental Surgery course page.

Postgraduate Taught

Either: A four year Bachelors degree (first class or very good upper second class)

Or: A three year Bachelors degree (first class) from recognised institutions in India.

For MSc programmes, the Business School will consider holders of three-year degree programmes (first class or very good upper second class) from recognised institutions in India.

For entry to LLM programmes, Birmingham is happy to accept applications from 3 or 5 year LLB holders from India from prestigious institutions.


Find out more about fees and funding for undergraduate, postgraduate taught or postgraduate research courses, or click here for information on international tuition fees.


To reward outstanding achievement and to help ensure that fears about finance do not constrain our students, we are pleased to offer a number of prestigious international scholarships.

We are also pleased to offer the following scholarships specifically for Indian students:

Use the links below to search our funding and scholarship databases:

Search the undergraduate funding database
Search the postgraduate funding database

There are lots of ways to find out more about Birmingham. We run monthly live chats where you can ask us any questions you might have about your application or the University. Visit our Live Chats page to find out when the next events are.

Your country representative is Jessica Bowen (International Officer for South Asia), who is supported with UK and Dubai recruitment by In-Country Officers - Nidhi Manocha and Ramesh Veluchamy. The team will be happy to answer any queries you might have, please send an email and they will respond as quickly as possible.  Alternatively you could contact one of our recognised Agent representatives below.

Birmingham Representatives

Aspire Overseas Education Pvt. Ltd
B-58, 2nd Floor (Above YES BANK),
Defence Colony,
New Delhi-110024

Ph: +91-11-2410 9844/5, +91 11 49000113, +91 11 46054595/6

Edwise International LLP 
2, Jer Mahal, Ground Floor,
Opp. Metro Cinema, 
Dhobi Talao Junction, 
Mumbai – 400 002

Ph: +91 02240813333 / 02222003338

Offices also in: Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cohin, Coimbatore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai (Churchgate, Malad, Marine Lines, Santa Cruz, Thane and Vashi), Pune (Sassoon Road and FC Road), Surat, Trivandrum, Vadodara and Vizag.

Envision Overseas
Marathon Icon, 405-406, 4th Floor,
Veer Santaji Lane, Off Ganpatrao Kadam Marg,
Opp. Peninsula Corporate Park, Lower Parel (West),
Mumbai - 400013

Ph: +91-22-41793333 

Offices also in: Bangalore, Delhi, Chandigarh and Pune.

IDP Education India
Head Office, 5th Floor, Tower-B,
Global Gateway, Sikanderpur Ghosi,
Sector-26, MG Road, Gurgaon,
Haryana - 122002

Ph: +91 124 4445999

Offices also in Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bathinda, Bengaluru (Bannerghatta Rd, St Mark's Road and Whitefield), Chandigarh, Chennai (Adyar and Nungambakkam), Cochin, Coimbatore, Guntur, Hyderabad (Kukatpally and Somajiguda), Indore, Jaipur, Jalandhar, Kolkata, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Mangalore, Moga, Mohali, Mumbai (Anheri West, Churchgate, Thane and Vashi), Mysuru, Nagpur, New Delhi (Nehru Place and Rajouri Garden), Noida, Patiala, Pune, Surat, Trivandrum, Vadodara, Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam.

Intake Education India 
911-912, 9th floor, 
International Trade Tower
Nehru Place,
New Delhi - 110019

Ph: +91 011-43560099, 011-43570099 
WhatsApp: 9582446363

Offices also in: Bangalore, Mumbai (Churchgate), Pune.

Krishna Consultants
Head Office
Krishna Plot no 10/2
Behind Infotech Tower
Parsodi, Nagpur - 440022

Ph: +91 712 2222061 /62/63 or +91 9860540220

Offices also in Ahmedabad (Ellisbridge and Navrangpura), Amristar, Bengaluru, Bhilai, Bhopal, Calicut, Chandigarh, Chitradurga, Coimbatore, New Dehli (Patel Nagar and Rohini), Ghaziabad, Goa, Hyderabad (Dilsukhnagar and Himayatnagar), Jabalpu, Jaipur, Jammu, Kottayam, Madurai, Mysuru, Namakkal, Nashik, Noida, Patiala, Pondicherry, Pune (Kothrud and Viman Nagar), Raipur, Rajkot, Rajpura, Surat and Visnagar.  

SI UK India  
Suite 8 – 13, 1st Floor, Indira Palace, H-Block
Middle Circle, Connaught Place, Opposite H&M
New Delhi, 110001 

Ph: +91-11-42028200

Offices also in: Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Pune. 

Student Connect
2E/25, Jhandewalan Extension
Block E2,
New Delhi, 110055

Ph: +91 8595100093

TC Global 
Head Office
Chiranjiv Towers
43, Nehru Place,
New Delhi - 110019

Ph: +91 - 8800884851 / (0)11 - 43810000 

Offices also in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cochin, Coimbatore, Dehradun, Delhi (North), Delhi (West), Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Mangalore, Mumbai (Andheri), Mumbai (Chruchgate), Pune, Trivandrum, Vijayawada.

Birmingham Visits

Our beautiful campus is open to the public throughout the year, so if you are in the UK and would like to visit, you can book onto a campus tour. Due to the global circumstances around COVID-19, we are running more live chats as an opportunity to talk to our staff regularly. Please visit our Live Chats page to find out when we will be available for online events, which include live chat and videos.

Student Experience

The University of Birmingham is a fantastic choice for your academic study. Our thriving campus with its beautiful grounds, friendly community and excellent facilities will quickly make you feel at home. We offer you a huge variety of exciting activities to get involved in outside of your studies, too.

Beautiful surroundings and fantastic facilities

When you step onto campus, you are immersed in our historic red-brick buildings and glorious green spaces. You'll find our Edgbaston campus both a peaceful and vibrant place to spend your time, whether it's studying on one of the lawns, or enjoying a hot drink in one our many cafes.

When you are on campus, you are in the heart of University life - it's the perfect place to meet friends, whether it's to have a bite to eat, discuss your seminar notes or meet up before heading off to a sports club or society.

You can also take advantage of our fantastic facilities on campus. Study in our state-of-the-art academic library with its stunning views over campus, or go for a swim after lectures at our brand new £55 million Sport and Fitness Club.

Student societies

Many nationality groups form student societies during their time at the University of Birmingham, which is an excellent way to keep in contact with home and also provide an opportunity to highlight your culture and customs in the UK. Societies are also a useful point of contact for prospective students to Birmingham who may want to contact current students for information.

Bharat Parivar was set up with the objective of providing advice and guidance to new students as well as offering an informal platform for interaction. The group organises events throughout the academic calendar and provides an opportunity to students to meet their peers from India. Bharat Parivar has close links with the Indian Consulate in Birmingham, and other societies such as Tamil People and Telugu People in the UK. Bharat Parivar has also organised events in partnership with external private organisations such as National Indian Students Union (NISU), UK and Incredible India, UK. In addition to the website there is also a Facebook page.

Student experiences

The video below provides insight from a few Indian students, discussing their own student experiences of the MSc Molecular Biotechnology course in the School of Biosciences.


We offer dedicated support for international students, including an international careers consultant and a team of international student ambassadors. We will support you in developing the skills you will need to fully prepare for the working world or further academic study, whether this is in your home country or elsewhere.

Our Careers Network researches jobs all over the world. We host fairs, workshops and presentations, which are attended by many large, global companies that offer opportunities worldwide. We also offer a huge database of information on employers, vacancies and industry trends in a range of countries.


The University of Birmingham has many strong alumni groups all over the world. Alumni groups are an excellent way of keeping in contact with the University and with other graduates from Birmingham who live in your country. Some alumni groups meet on a regular basis for social and professional events.

If you would like to meet up with University staff when they are in your country or you would be willing to help promote the University at exhibitions, we would also like to hear from you. You can find out if there is an alumni group in your country or join our alumni mailing list on the Alumni website.

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For all general queries about becoming an international student at Birmingham, please complete and submit our enquiry form.

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.

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