Visit us

Computer Science buildingReading and research can give you vital information about a university. But it's not the same as seeing it for yourself. At Birmingham you are welcome to visit, talk to students, explore the campus, see where you might live, and come to your own conclusions.

Open days and campus tours

Open days

These days provide excellent opportunities to speak to academic staff, students and to explore the University.

2020 Open days

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation we are currently running our Undergraduate Open Days online.

  • Saturday 05 December

Find out if Birmingham is right for you.

Further information and registration  

Campus tours

Birmingham encourages prospective students to come and see the University, so we run general events throughout the year. Guided campus tours are organised every Tuesday and Thursday at 11.00 and 14.00. Please note that booking for these tours is essential and do not include visits to individual departments or halls of residence.

To find out more information, please contact:
Student Recruitment and Outreach
Tel: 0121 414 3374
Email: schools-liaison@bham.ac.uk

Individual visits

If you are unable to attend one of our Open Days, we may be able to offer you an individual tour of the School of Computer Science, and arrange for a student ambassador to meet with you.  These visits must be arranged beforehand and be during term time, and whilst we cannot always guarantee it, we will do our very best to accommodate you.  Please contact us to discuss it further. 

Offer Holder Visit Days

The School of Computer Science operates exclusive Offer Holder Visit Days (OHVDs) from December to March for students who have applied to our undergraduate courses and who meet our admissions criteria. You will automatically receive an invitation if you are offering standard qualifications and are made a conditional offer.

Benefits of attending an Offer Holder Visit Day

We strongly recommend that you attend an OHVD. It's different to an Open Day, and gives you a great opportunity to meet current students and academic staff, experience subject specific talks and demonstrations, explore the campus and take a look at the fantastic facilities and accommodation that we have to offer. We also hope to provide you with further information on the practical side of attending university (careers and employabilityfees and financeuniversity life and student welfare), and give a chance for both applicants and parents/guests to find out more. Our Computer Science ambassadors are a mixture of first, second and third year students, and will be with you throughout the day.

We also use the information when allocating our Undergraduate Scholarships in August, worth up to 3000GBP. Applicants who do not attend an OHVD will not be considered for one of our scholarships. (Please note that different provisions will be put in place in terms of scholarship consideration for EU/International applicants unable to attend an OHVD.) The day is a really useful way to get to know us and our School, and information gathered can be very useful when results are released.

What our students say

"The day is a brilliant opportunity for you to learn more about the School, and get an accurate impression of what it's like to live and study here. You'll be accompanied by current students throughout the day who are best-placed to answer any questions you may have - not only regarding the course, but also university life in general.

The schedule is designed to give you the chance to see and experience as much as possible. Over the course of the day, you'll be given a number of tours around the School, campus and student accommodation, as well as student demonstrations, a sample tutorial and Q & A sessions.  It’s not the same as coming to see the Uni at Open Day as you are often rushing around to various places.  At an OHVD you spend the whole day just with CS, and it's really useful."

George Brighton, 5th Year MEng Computer Science and Software Engineering with Year in Industry

Your Invitation

Applicants offering standard qualifications will be invited to an OHVD shortly after an offer is made. We'll email you with a choice of dates and a copy of our schedule, and information needed to register online. We'll also send a letter to you with the same instructions. Don't worry, if you can't make a date you can simply amend your registration online. All of our OHVDS take place on and Saturday dates. Saturdays have proved very popular so early registration is advisable.

Our OHVD starts at approximately 10.30 and ends at 16.15, we'll send further information out to you after registration.

Applying to us from outside the UK?

Don't worry if you are living outside the UK!

We know that some of our applicants are applying to us from outside the UK, and therefore it is difficult to attend an Offer Holder Visit Day with us. Whilst you are very welcome to attend, we realise that it not usually possible. We'd encourage you to talk to us on our Facebook group, where you can ask any admissions-based questions, check out our FAQs or simply chat to our current students about life at Birmingham. We've also got a team of EU/International Computer Science Ambassadors, who will be happy to talk to you!

Travel and directions

View our campus maps for directions on how to find us

The City of Birmingham

Birmingham is a wonderful city to visit and a vibrant place to study. If you are looking to visit Birmingham either before or after your Offer Holder Visit Day, please find further information on things to do. If you need advice on travel or where to stay, please contact us and we'll be happy to help!

Open Days for Prospective Students

If you have yet to apply, please come along to one of our Undergraduate Open Days

Degree Apprenticeship applicants

If you are apply for one of our BSc Computer Science with Digital Technology Partnerships with PwC or Vodafone, you will be invited to complete assessment activities with each company following submission of your application and academic suitability checks.

If you are successful in passing the initial assessment activities, you will be invited to attend an assessment day with each company. If you pass the assessment day, you will be made an offer for the degree apprenticeship and will receive an invitation to a specific Offer-holder Visit Day. If you are made a standard offer on one of our undergraduate programmes instead, you will automatically receive an invitation to our suite of Offer-holder Visit Days.

Connect with us

If you've applied to us or are thinking about doing so, we'd like to invite you to get in touch with us via our UG Comp Sci Facebook Group too. This is a great way to talk to fellow applicants, current students and the Admissions Team.

Helen Whitby
Marketing and Admissions Officer - Computer Science
+44 (0)121 415 8742
ug-admissions@cs.bham.ac.uk

Outreach

At Birmingham we believe attending university should be an option available to everyone. We provide opportunities for students and staff to inspire the next generation of computer scientists, and we develop and provide resources for children, parents and teachers to use at home and in the classroom.

The University works with teachers and careers advisors to ensure that talented students from all backgrounds and cultures have access to higher education. We host visits, arrange talks and events to help introduce students to Birmingham, and provide information about routes to study here.

For further information on these pl;ease view activities in relation to Computer Science, or contact:

College of Engineering & Physical Sciences Schools Liaison Officer
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 7566
Email: liaison@maths.bham.ac.uk