Your student experience

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Your time at university offers you the chance to discover new interests, find a hidden talent, meet new people and make lifelong friends. It is important to find a healthy balance between your studies, placements and social life and at Birmingham we offer many ways to help you do just that.


At Birmingham, we believe exposure to the professional working environment is crucial for your future employability and your role as a registered pharmacist. With this in mind we have ensured that our MPharm degree course includes a significant amount of placement experience, right from the start of the course. This exposure means you'll be well equipped to secure your pre-registration training year after graduation.

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University of Birmingham Pharmaceutical Society

The University of Birmingham Pharmaceutical Society is a student led society that offers members both fun events but also education, sport clubs, charity work and general help and advice. 

Events include the Christmas Dinner, nights out and one of the biggest events the end of year Pharmacy Ball. Away from events there is a Pharmacy Parent scheme which offers peer monitoring and advancement, Public Health Outreach Days and guest speakers.

Learn more about the Pharmaceutical Society

University of Birmingham Medical Society (MedSoc)

The University of Birmingham Medical Society (MedSoc) is an award-winning student-run medical society open to all students studying at the College of Medical and Dental Sciences (MDS). With over 2,500 members and more than 70 societies on offer, it is likely that MedSoc will become an important part of your student life at Birmingham. 

med-soc-montageMedSoc gives you the chance to meet and become friends with other students studying a range of healthcare related subjects, such as Nursing, Dentistry, Medicine and Biomedical Science to name a few.

Tailored to suit Medical and Dental Science students' busy timetables and to match their interests, MedSoc offers a vast array of sports teams, social events, charity groups and societies for you to get involved in. Whether you are keen to keep up with an existing passion or would like to find a new one, there really is something to suit everyone!

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Guild of Students

As well as MedSoc, the University is also home to the Guild of Students. The Guild of Students is a charity and students’ union for more than 34,000 students studying at the University of Birmingham. If you’re a student here, then you’re automatically a member of the Guild of Students. It is here to help you to develop skills outside of your studies, meet people across the University and to make sure you get the best from Birmingham.

Guild of Students

City of Birmingham

As well as the societies you can join, Birmingham also has lot to offer as a city. As the UK’s second city, it really is more than just somewhere to study, it is somewhere to enjoy and explore!  From museums, festivals, shopping centres, bars and restaurants there is something for everyone in Birmingham - and it's cheaper than you might think!

You can visit the world-famous Bullring shopping centre which is home to over 160 shops, or why not try the open markets, vintage clothes stores and street food outlets in Digbeth?  If you fancy a bit of culture, we have a wide variety of theatres, comedy clubs, art galleries and music venues, not to mention the famous curry houses of the Balti Triangle and Cadbury World!

Birmingham is also full of green spaces to relax and unwind in, with over 8,000 acres of parks and open space to escape to, Birmingham is one of the greenest cities in the UK.

Find out more about living in Birmingham