International Students

Welcome to the School of Chemical Engineering, a School with one of the largest concentrations of Chemical Engineering excellence in the UK, which has driven us to the forefront of exciting and innovative research relative to current day issues.


The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021


The Guardian University Guide 2021


in the Russell Group for overall satisfaction - National Student Survey 2020

As well as excelling in research, our School is dedicated to delivering a first-class learning experience led by academics who are global experts in their field. Our student centred approach, state of the art laboratories and extensive links with industry provide an outstanding learning environment, which is reflected in our Top-100 QS World Subject ranking and Top 10 rankings in multiple UK league tables.
Professor Eddie Pelan

Professor Eddie Pelan

Admissions Tutor

“Our School welcomes many UG international students from regions across the world including, Malaysia, China, Indonesia, the Middle East and many more. Below we have provided some useful information for 2020 applicants, including what to expect during your first year, and some first-hand experiences from our current Chemical Engineering students. If you have any further questions, myself and the team look forward to hearing from you.”

Contact details:

Tel: +44 (0) 121 414 5333

Your First Year at Birmingham

Your first year as a Chemical Engineering student at the University of Birmingham will be an interesting and exciting time full of new experiences and challenges. Even before you arrive here on campus, you can visit our First Year Prospective Student Area where you can find examples of typical timetables, lectures and recordings to really get a feel for what it is like to be a student here.

Here are a few of the highlights you can expect from your first year:

  • We have strong relationships with big names in industry and host industry led CV Clinics and guest lectures from companies such as GSK, ExxonMobil, Unilever, Johnson Matthey Catalysts, AstraZeneca and Jacobs Engineering.

  • We also host an Industrial Dinner where representatives from companies such as ExxonMobil, BP, Unilever and many more join Chemical Engineering students, giving them the opportunity to ask questions about chemical engineering or working for that particular company. 

  • We host PASS sessions (Peer Assisted Study Sessions), which are student led and offer academic support on a weekly basis. 

  • We have a Buddy Scheme which means all first year students are assigned a second year buddy or ‘parent’ who can be approached for academic and social support. 

  • Opportunity to participate in a leadership and team building course sponsored by BP. The course consists of a two day residential in the Lake District at the start of term in Year 1 with fellow students and staff.

  • A social highlight of first year is the Chemical Engineering Welcome Dinner. Held at the beginning of the first term, this is a great way to get to know your fellow course mates from Years 1 and 2.

  • We have an award winning student society, Birmingham University Chemical Engineering Society (BUCES). Led by students from across all year groups, BUCES organise a wealth of social and academic events for you to get involved in.

Hear from our International Students

One of the best ways to find out what life is really like as an international Chemical Engineering student is to hear from them! Here, they talk about their experiences and give real insight into student-life at Birmingham. To see full student profiles, as well as, student videos and much more, please see our International Students Information page.  

Jin Wei Tan, Malaysia

Jin Wei Tan, Malaysia

MEng Chemical Engineering

“The best point of my course is the design aspect as I am able to integrate all the knowledge that I have learned through different modules and execute it on a more practical scale. This could be designing various production plants from something as simple as a milk factory to something as complicated as production titanium dioxide!”

View Jin's full profile.

Raya Sardar, The Netherlands

MEng Chemical Engineering

“There is a Chemical Engineering Society at the university (BUCES) that organises several events including an industrial dinner, a winter ball and a sports day. This society allows you to meet fellow chemical engineering students who you can then work with to make the course just that bit easier.”

View Raya's full profile.  

Beatrice Ching, Malaysia

Beatrice Ching, Malaysia

MEng Chemical Engineering

“The best point of my course would be how active the department is in terms of industry connections. Very often, we get notifications and postings about opportunities for internships or placements with well-known engineering companies.”

View Beatrice's full profile.  

Franklin Putra, Indonesia

MEng Chemical Engineering with Industrial Study

“The School of Chemical Engineering has a good reputation in the UK and is one of the few universities that focus on food engineering development which is my subject of interest. The course is challenging but the School are really helpful and always available to help when needed.”

View Franklin's full profile.

Chemical Engineering News

To hear about the latest School news and any upcoming events please follow us on Twitter @ChemEngBham, @eps_unibham and Instagram @myepslife. You can also visit the Chemical Engineering News and Events pages and the University of Birmingham Weibo and WeChat pages.  

Meet us in your Country

Members of staff from the University regularly travel overseas to meet with students interested in studying with us. Check our travel calendar for details of upcoming visits to your country. 

Fees and Scholarships

The School of Chemical Engineering is proud to attract some of the world’s brightest students. We offer some fantastic scholarship opportunities to high achieving international students.

Fee status

Information on fee status and tuition fees can be found on our international fees pages. Tuition fees are also displayed on our individual programme pages.

Immigration and visas

Students who are nationals of a country outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland generally require a visa to study in the UK. See our visa and immigration pages for more information about getting a visa to study in the UK.

Application document verification

If your place is conditional upon providing evidence of your academic qualifications, we can verify your documents in variety of ways. See our document verification pages for further information.

Parents and Carers

We’re sure that your parents will have many questions about the University campus, student support and security. Our parents and carers webpages will provide many of the answers.

Offer-holder Checklist

You will receive updates about the application process and relevant deadlines via email, but please check back here for our international offer holders checklist, to help you keep track of progress.

Key Dates

  • September 2020 - UCAS applications open
  • 15 January 2021 - Deadline for applications - First places*
  • May 2021 - UCAS decision deadline
  • 30 June 2021 - UCAS applications close**
  • 1 July 2021 - UCAS clearing opens for international students
  • 31 July 2021 - Accommodation application deadline (for Accommodation Guarantee scheme)
  • 18-19 September 2021 - Arrivals Weekend
  • 20-26 September 2021 - Semester One begins with Welcome Week
  • 27 September 2021 - Semester One teaching begins

*All applications received by 15th January are given equal consideration. If you apply after this date then we cannot guarantee that we will be able to consider your application depending on the number and quality of applications we received before this UCAS deadline.

** If you apply after 30 June 2021, your application is automatically entered into Clearing.


University accommodation:
Visit University accommodation, including our Accommodation Guarantee schemes, 360° tours, rates and more.

Applying for accommodation:
Applying for accommodation is available online

Presessional accommodation:
If you are a Presessional English Language student, view information at accommodation options for presessional students.

Private accommodation:
If you’re not looking for University accommodation, the University and Guild of Students’ Rent Right scheme can give you the best housing advice.

Contact accommodation:
All accommodation queries will be need to be directed to the Living team at:
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 8000