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Postgraduate study or research

At Birmingham we have over 600 taught postgraduate programmes and a wealth of world-leading research opportunities to choose from, to help you widen your skills base, further your knowledge and boost your career prospects.

Why choose Birmingham?

Our professional and academic skills development will make you a highly desirable postgraduate:

  • We're in the top three most targeted universities in the UK by graduate employers (High Fliers Graduate Market in 2023)
  • Our local, national and international employer connections will help you develop your skills while studying
  • We are a Russell Group research university, ranked at 84 in the top 100 universities in the world (QS World University Rankings 2024)

In the recent Research Excellence Framework 2021 we were:

  • Ranked 12th overall in the UK for research power
  • Ranked equal 10th in the Russell Group and equal 13th in the UK for 4* research (THE)
  • Ranked 12th overall in the UK for Research Power
  • Recognised as having more than 50% of our research as 4*

Browse our subject areas

If you're not yet sure which course is right for you, browse our subject areas and find out more about the courses we offer. We offer both taught and research courses, with distance learning and online options available.


Your Postgraduate Guarantee

Our postgraduate guarantee underscores the commitment, dedicated resources and support we deliver for all Birmingham postgraduates. This is our commitment to you.

Career support

Our expert careers support and training will equip you for the next step in your journey.

Social, Health and Wellbeing

Your health, wellbeing and personal development will be as important to us as your academic achievement.

Academic Achievement

You will receive expert teaching, supervision and resources to help you succeed in your degree.

Research Culture

You will benefit from our world-leading research culture and you will be welcomed into our vibrant and stimulating research community.

Doing a Masters, which is in nature more challenging and autonomous than an undergraduate degree, can make you stronger, more motivated, and determined!

Eleni, MSc Marketing

I love meeting new people, and during my PhD I’ve gained a really wide network of individuals from academia, various governments, tech start-ups, investors, and NGOs.

Tessa, PhD in African Studies and Anthropology