International Students

Welcome to the School of Physics, a School with over 100 years of history.

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Birmingham has one of the largest Physics Departments in the country with internationally acclaimed academics in education and research. This is reflected in our Top-100 QS World Subject Ranking and Top-10 ranking in multiple 2020 UK league tables.

Dr Kat Grover

Admissions Tutor, School of Physics and Astronomy

“Below we have included links and information for international applicants. We will also be running online events through the year to meet you virtually. However, if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact me using the email address at the bottom of this page.”


Why Physics at Birmingham?

Becoming a Physics 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 reasons to choose Physics at Birmingham:

  • Flexibility - our courses are designed to give grounding in core physics in the early stages and then allow specialisation and a wealth of options during the later years. As such, it is often possible to swap between our specialised courses early in your studies, subject to satisfactory achievement during the first two years of study.
  • Academic Support - contact hours are split between lectures, labs, computing classes, small group example classes and tutorial sessions and amounts to around 22 hours a week in the first year. Our tutorials are held weekly in groups of no more than four students and are invaluable to ensuring our students have a ready source of academic and personal help throughout their studies.
  • Access to excellent facilities – our laboratories contain equipment specialised to teaching degree level Physics, allowing our students to pursue a wide range of experimental interests throughout their degree. We also have our own observatory just outside the city, which contains a modern telescope and equipment.  We are also the only physics department in the country to have its own cyclotron accelerator.
  • Study and social space - the department has plenty of study spaces and computers in addition to other facilities around the campus. There is also a café in the physics building which is a great meeting place and the perfect place to grab lunch between lectures.
  • Careers Support - our courses aim to prepare you for graduate level employment either as a Physicist or in the wider working world. We have a large Careers Centre on campus and a careers tutor in the School of Physics and Astronomy. We run careers tutorials in Year 2 of the degree, and organise careers fairs for our undergraduates, where representatives from companies come to talk to and recruit our students. We also provide special advice for our final year students who are applying for jobs. This support is reflected in our consistently high graduate employability rate, as reported in the Destination of Leavers form Higher Education Survey.
  • School Community – there is a thriving School community made up of student societies and staff with lots of events and activities for you to get involved in. Physics has two of the oldest societies in the University, the University of Birmingham Astronomical Society (AstroSoc) and Poynting Physical Society (PPS). Both organise a wealth of social and academic events including quizzes, film nights, an annual ball, talks from experts in the field and viewings of the night skies through the society's telescopes.
  • To get a feel of what it is like to study Physics here at the University of Birmingham, you are welcome to join a virtual visit day, the Offer Holder Facebook groups or take up our offer of a current physics student buddy who can answer questions about moving to the UK to study Physics at Birmingham via Skype, phone or email.

Hear from our international community

One of the best ways to find out what life is really like as an international Physics student is to hear from them! Here, our current students and recent graduates talk about their experience and give real insight into student life at Birmingham. To see full student profiles, as well as, student videos and much more, please see our International Students Information page.

Kelly, a Physics student

"You'll learn from excellent lecturers and have enough support and flexibility. I like how communicative the Department is - it always keeps you updated about any events, internships or placements."
Kelly, BSc Physics

Khang Minh Nguyễn, a Physics student

"One of the best parts of the course is being able to bring theoretical knowledge in my specialised field, into practice in either data analysis or using an observatory to do research."
Khang Minh Nguyen, MSci Physics with Astrophysics 

Fatima, a Physics student

"Being taught by academics who are global experts in their field is definitely one of the best parts of the course. The excellent quality of teaching shines through both in the classroom and the lab."
Fatima, BSc Physics with Astrophysics

Mukul, a Physics graduate

"Astrophysics is an immensely interesting and challenging course, and one of its best aspects would be the use of our very own University of Birmingham Observatory."
Mukul, MSci Physics and Astrophysics

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 15 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.

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