International Students

Welcome to the School of Metallurgy and Materials. Our School offers undergraduate courses in Materials Science and Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, and Nuclear Science and Engineering.


in the UK for overall satisfaction in Materials Science and Engineering - National Student Survey 2020


The Guardian University Guide 2021 - Engineering: materials & mineral


Materials Technology, The Times Good University Guide 2021

The School of Metallurgy and Materials at Birmingham is a major research centre with world class facilities and academics that provide an outstanding learning environment for our students. This is reflected in our Top-100 QS World Ranking and excellent National Student Survey results, in which Materials Science is now ranked 3rd in the UK, for overall student satisfaction.
Professor Alessandro Mottura

Professor Alessandro Mottura

Deputy Head of School and UG Admissions Tutor

“Our School welcomes many UG international students from countries across the world including, China, Indonesia, Bahrain 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 students. If you have any further questions, myself and the team look forward to hearing from you.”


Your first year at Birmingham

The first year is carefully tailored to provide students with the most relevant fundamental knowledge for their end degree. Regardless of your chosen discipline, here are a few of the highlights you can expect from your first year:

  • Hands-on activities - Our students spend time in laboratories doing experiments and refining their laboratory skills. These range from tensile testing to measure the strength of different materials, to x-ray diffraction to probe the inner structure of materials. Aerospace Engineering students have access to flight simulators to develop their flying skills.
  • A broad skill-set - You will start to develop a broad range of skills that will make you more employable once you graduate. You will learn programming, writing and presentation skills and build up your confidence in these areas.
  • Active student societies - We have student societies dedicated to your discipline, such as Aerosoc, Nucsoc and BUMS (materials), amongst many more. They organise both social and professional events including career events, talks, quiz nights, projects and social evenings.
  • Research-led teaching - Our academics are world leading in a broad range of Materials Science and Engineering topics, including advanced materials used in the Aerospace and Nuclear industries.

Hear from our international students

One of the best ways to find out what life is really like as an international student is to hear from them! Here, they talk about their experiences and give real insight into student-life at Birmingham. To see full student profiles, as well as, student videos, please see our International Students Information pages. 

aerospace student in front of clock tower“The course content is challenging but very well conveyed by lecturers. I enjoy that lecturers and academics engage with students. Students also have access to a wealth of resources such as labs, equipment, literature and much more.”

Rumaanah Hoosen, BEng Aerospace Engineering

materials science student in high visibility jacket on site

“The course has a more practical focus, which can help you decide what career path you’re interested in. Our personal tutor, who meets us once a week, also helps with career guidance, as well as any other problems.”

Yijie Zhuo, BEng Materials Science and Engineering

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 holders checklist to help you keep track of progress.

Contact Us

Email addresses:
Aerospace Engineering:
Materials Science and Engineering:
Nuclear Engineering:

Tel: +44 (0) 121 414 5235 

Social Media:
Twitter: @metmat_unibham and @eps_unibham 
Instagram: @myepslife
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