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 environment for our students.

Our School welcomes many UG international students each year, notably from China, Hong Kong, Oman and India.

Below we have included links and information suitable for 2019 applicants. If you have any further questions, myself and the School team look forward to hearing from you.

Dr Adrian Wright – Admissions Tutor, School of Chemistry 

Contact details:
+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.

International Student Profiles

To hear more about studying Chemistry as an International student, see the profile below from our current student Xiyue. You can also find lots more information on student life here at the University of Birmingham on our YouTube channel.

Xiyue, from China, studying MSci Chemistry with Year in Industry 


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 page.

Fees and Scholarships

Scholarships for your programme:
The School of Chemistry is proud to attract some of the world’s brightest students. We offer some fantastic scholarship opportunities to international students:
  • International Chemistry Achievement Scholarship worth £2,000 open to international students who achieve the following  grades:
    A level: A*AA
    IB: 7, 6, 6 in HL subjects
  • BP Scholarship worth up to £9,000 (£3,000 per year from Year 2) and open to students on certain MSci Chemistry programmes. The scholarship is not intended to cover fees but can offer students support with the costs of living and resources. Learn more about the BP STEM scholarships.
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 you can use this handy checklist to keep track of progress.

Key Dates

Key Dates
 5 September 2018 UCAS applications open
 15 January 2019 Deadline for applications - First places*
 5 May 2019 UCAS decision deadline
 30 June 2019 UCAS applications close**
 1 July 2019 UCAS clearing opens for international students
31 July 2019 Accommodation application deadline (for Accommodation Guarantee scheme)
 21-22 September 2019 (to be confirmed) Arrivals Weekend
 23-27 September 2019 (to be confirmed) Welcome Week - during Welcome Week our campus will be alive with a variety
of events and activities designed to help you settle in and meet new people.
You will receive details by email from our Welcome Team from mid-August.
 30 September 2019  Term begins

*If you apply after this date then we cannot guarantee places, therefore we encourage you to apply by 15 January 2019.

** If you apply after 30 June 2019, 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, please visit

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

Presessional accommodation:
If you are a Presessional English Language student, information about your accommodation options will be available here soon.

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