Library in the sunshine

Your learning experience

What you choose to study at university is up to you and this experience is a strong foundation for the rest of your life.

Your learning environment

The quality of the environment in which you learn really matters and we’re committed to providing the best facilities for students.

The front of the Main Library
Our Main Library is home to a range of facilities to suit your working style, with space for group study, silent study, and informal areas too. We also have specialist libraries and resources across campus to support your needs.
Exterior of the Teaching and Learning Building
The Teaching and Learning building provides teaching and social study spaces to support the modern university experience.
Exterior of the Collaborative Teaching Laboratory
The Collaborative Teaching Laboratory brings together practical teaching activities across the sciences with wet and dry labs and a computer e-lab.
Main staircase in the School of Engineering building
The School of Engineering building brings together a number of engineering disciplines under one roof.

A two-way conversation

You can think of your education at Birmingham as a two-way conversation. We put you at the heart of your learning enabling you to shape your own development. Your lecturers are subject experts who use everything from large lectures to small discussion groups and practical sessions to engage you in new ideas and discoveries. Our teaching and research are closely interlinked, so there will be plenty of opportunities for you to become involved in exploring new ideas in your subject and beyond.

Studying as part of the Birmingham community is likely to be different to what you have experienced before. You will be challenged and stretched, and you will develop the independence that is essential for many graduate careers. As well as learning about your subject in depth, you will develop the all-round skills needed for a modern working world, such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication, innovation and creativity. For many students, the transition to university is all about experiencing a transformation in the way that you will learn. That’s why we offer so much support at each stage of your study if you need it.

Changing the world

Universities like ours are passionate about making the world a better place. The big challenges of our time require collaboration between individuals and across disciplines and our teaching and research are closely interlinked to support this. In your first year, volunteer to be part of the Birmingham Project to give yourself a unique opportunity to work with academics and other students from across the university, and with leading employers, to tackle a ‘real world’ problem – a great addition to any CV.

Supporting your learning

Studying at Birmingham will be different to what you have experienced before, and you will have access to a range of support to enable you to get the most out of your time here. You will have a Personal Tutor right from your first day, and there are Wellbeing Tutors and Welfare Officers in our Schools too. The University has a wide network of support around student wellbeing and this is tailored to your personal circumstances. You will have access to the University’s Academic Skills Centre, which provides workshops, online tutorials, and appointments with specialist advisors to give you the support you need around your academic life.