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 reflected in the National Student Survey 2019 results (NSS) where we scored 98% overall student satisfaction.
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 2020 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.”

Contact details:

Tel: +44 (0) 121 414 4361

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 brand new £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, 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.

  • The above factors amongst many more means we consistently achieve excellent student satisfaction results, and are one of only four Russell Group Chemistry Departments to achieve over 90% student satisfaction (National Student Survey) for each of the last seven years.

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, our current student, 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.”

Xiyue's full profile

Chemistry News

 To hear about the latest School news and any upcoming events please follow us on Twitter @chembham and @eps_unibham or Instagram @myepslife. You can also visit our 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 Chemistry 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, you 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 you can use this handy international offer holders checklist (pdf) to keep track of progress.

Key Dates

Key Dates
September 2019 UCAS applications open
15 January 2020 Deadline for applications - First places*
May 2020 UCAS decision deadline
30 June 2020 UCAS applications close**
1 July 2020 UCAS clearing opens for international students
31 July 2020 Accommodation application deadline (for Accommodation Guarantee scheme)
19-20 September 2020 Arrivals Weekend
21-27 September 2020  Semester One begins with Welcome Week
28 September 2020  Semester One teaching begins

*If you apply after this date then we cannot guarantee places, therefore we encourage you to apply by 15 January 2020.

** If you apply after 30 June 2020, your application is automatically entered into Clearing.


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

Applying for accommodation:
Applying for accommodation is simple and available online.

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

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