International Students

Welcome to the School of Chemistry, a School continuously excelling in both teaching and research.

Our engaged and dedicated staff are based in one of the best equipped Chemistry departments in the UK, providing an outstanding learning experience for our students, which is one of the reasons we consistently achieve high student satisfaction results in the National Student Survey.
Dr Adrian Wright,

Dr Adrian Wright,

Admissions Tutor

“Our School welcomes many UG international students from countries across the world including, China, Hong Kong, Oman, India and many more. Below we have provided some useful information for 2021 applicants, including what to expect during your first year, and some first-hand experiences from our current Chemistry students. If you have any further questions, myself and the team look forward to hearing from you.”

Your first year at Birmingham

Your first year as a Chemistry student at the University of Birmingham will be an interesting and exciting time full of new experiences and challenges.

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

  • Excellent teaching and learning facilities – there has been significant recent  investment in laboratories, as well as analytical facilities, which house state-of-the-art instrumentation that undergraduates will use throughout their studies; including the recently built £40 million Collaborative Teaching Laboratory.

  • Learning inspired by the School’s internationally leading researchers who are working in a wide range of areas including Nanoscale Chemistry, Chemical Biology, Hydrogen Storage and Fuel Cells, Synthesis and much more. Importantly, our research influences our teaching, as academics draw upon scientific findings and provide cutting-edge content for our degree programmes.

  • Support - we provide a network of support for our students, to aide every aspect of our students’ experience. This includes small tutorial groups, individual organic, inorganic and physical tutors in the first two years of study, a dedicated personal tutor and welfare tutors. 

  • We have a very active student society, called the Chemical Society (ChemSoc). Run entirely by students, ChemSoc organise a wealth of social and academic events for you to get involved in, such as balls, charity drives, guest lectures and scientific debates.

Hear from our international students

One of the best ways to find out what life is really like as an international Chemistry student is to hear from them! Here, Xiyue talks about her experience and gives 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. 

Xiyue Leng

Xiyue Leng

MSci Chemistry with Year in Industry

“The MSci Chemistry with Year in Industry programme allows me to gain industrial experience and enables me to see how my degree course can fit into the wider world and also develop both technical and transferable skills. One of the best points of the course is practicals! I really enjoy organic synthesis and doing reactions in the lab is one of the most exciting things for me.”


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.

Offer-holder checklist

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

Contact us

Please contact us via email and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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