International Students

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


The Guardian University Guide 2020

Top 5

The Complete University Guide 2020


The Times Good University Guide 2020

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. If you will be visiting the UK and would like to visit the University, we are happy to arrange a tour of the Department and a meeting to discuss the course. To arrange this or if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact me via phone or email.”

Contact details:
Tel: +44 (0) 121 414 4563

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 state of the art 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 with a state-of-the-art telescope and are 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, visit us! We’d be very happy to welcome you onto campus. If you’re not able to visit in person, you can attend a virtual visit day, join 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 Students

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 student, Mukul, talks about his experience and gives 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. 

Mukul Kumar

Mukul Kumar

MSci Physics and Astrophysics

“I applied to study at Birmingham because Physics and Astronomy was and still is highly ranked here. Astrophysics is an immensely interesting and challenging course, but one of its best aspects would be the use of our very own University of Birmingham Observatory.”

See Mukul's full profile.

Physics News

To hear about the latest School news and any upcoming events please follow us on Twitter @eps_unibham or Instagram @myepslife. You can also visit our News and Events pages and the University of Birmingham Weibo and WeChat pages.

Meet us in your Country

Members of staff from the University regularly travel overseas to meet with students interested in studying with us. Check our travel calendar for details of upcoming visits to your country.

Fees and Scholarships

The School of Physics and Astronomy is proud to attract some of the world’s brightest students. For 2020 we will offer some fantastic scholarship opportunities to international students.

For more information, please see our Scholarship pages and our undergraduate funding database.

Fee status

Information on fee status and tuition fees can be found on our international fees pages. Tuition fees are also displayed on our individual programme pages.

Immigration and visas

Students who are nationals of a country outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland generally require a visa to study in the UK. See our visa and immigration pages for more information about getting a visa to study in the UK.

Application document verification

If your place is conditional upon providing evidence of your academic qualifications, we can verify your documents in variety of ways. See our document verification pages for further information.

Parents and Carers

We’re sure that your parents will have many questions about the University campus, student support and security. Our parents and carers webpages will provide many of the answers.

Offer-holder Checklist

You will receive updates about the application process and relevant deadlines via email, but you can use our international offer holders checklist (pdf) to keep track of progress.

Key Dates

Key Dates
September 2019 UCAS applications open
15 January 2020 Deadline for applications - First places*
May 2020 UCAS decision deadline
30 June 2020 UCAS applications close**
1 July 2020 UCAS clearing opens for international students
31 July 2020 Accommodation application deadline (for Accommodation Guarantee scheme)
19-20 September 2020  Arrivals Weekend
21-27 September 2020

Semester One begins with Welcome Week.

28 September 2020 Semester One teaching begins

*If you apply after this date then we cannot guarantee places, therefore we encourage you to apply by 15 January 2020.

** If you apply after 30 June 2020, your application is automatically entered into Clearing.


University accommodation:
Visit University accommodation, including our Accommodation Guarantee schemes, 360° tours, rates and more.

Applying for accommodation:
Applying for accommodation is available online

Presessional accommodation:
If you are a Presessional English Language student, view information at accommodation options for presessional students

Private accommodation:
If you’re not looking for University accommodation, the University and Guild of Students’ Rent Right scheme can give you the best housing advice.

Contact accommodation:
All accommodation queries will be need to be directed to the Living team at:
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 8000