International students

Birmingham Chemistry has a long tradition of welcoming students from across the globe, who contribute to the strong international atmosphere that is a major feature of the School.

Degree courses

We offer a range of three-year BSc and four-year MSci degree courses, in which it is possible to focus on Chemistry, or combine Chemistry with other subjects. We also offer the Birmingham Foundation Academy, which is specially designed for candidates who are motivated to study chemistry at degree level but whose qualifications do not allow their direct entry on to one of our honours programmes and whose first language is not English. View our complete list of degree courses.

Entry requirements 

In addition to satisfying the academic entry requirements of your offer, if English is not your first language, you will also need to satisfy the University’s English language requirements.

The Birmingham International Academy (BIA) also offers pre-sessional English courses if you would like to improve your English language skills before the start of term.

How to apply

Applications for all of our courses are made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Prospective students make their applications online and UCAS then forward the application on to us on your behalf. Please visit the UCAS website for more detailed information.

Fees and funding

Studying at university requires you to pay for your tuition and cover your living expenses. However, financial support is available. Learn more about the loans and grants available from the government and other providers for UK, EU and international students; plus the wide variety of scholarships available at the University.


To encourage academic excellence, foster potential and reward achievement, the School of Chemistry is proud to offer a range of International Scholarships. ALL students satisfying the criteria below are guaranteed to receive one of our scholarships:

  • Make their offer
  • Place Birmingham Chemistry as their firm choice before their UCAS deadline 

University Scholarships are also available.

Hear from our international students

We believe we offer a great learning experience; however, don’t just take our word for it, hear from what some of our recent international undergraduates have to say.


We want you to settle in quickly to life as a student in Birmingham and to enjoy and get the most out of your time with us.

Thus in addition to the personal and academic support that all our students receive, we have a dedicated member of staff who oversees your welfare and development right from International Welcome Week, when you first arrive, to your final examination in your final year.

This support, in combination with that provided more widely by the University, will ensure you have a great and fulfilling experience whilst you are studying at Birmingham.