If you would like to follow the Natural Sciences route, applications must be made through our Liberal Arts and Sciences programme.
The admissions process
- We accept UCAS applications between September 2020 and the deadline of 15 January 2021.
- University of Birmingham UCAS code (for UK applicants): B32
- Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences UCAS code (for UK applicants): Y001
- If your predicted grades meet our entry requirements, you will be invited to write an admissions essay after submitting your UCAS application.
- You should submit the admissions essay within four weeks of the invitation.
- Although we evaluate the essays within a week of receiving them, they are processed through the Admissions Office, who are responsible for the entire university. At the peak of applications, this may take a further 15 working days for Home applications and 5 working days for Overseas applications.
- Successful applicants will then be invited to our Offer-Holder Visitor Days in February-March 2021.
What we look for in a personal statement
What we look for
The personal statement is our opportunity to learn about who you are. Typically, well-written personal statements focus on the applicant’s all-rounded education: not only the breadth of the subjects they’re currently studying, but interests and achievements outside of school. Excellent personal statements also explain what the applicant has learned from these experiences.
What we don’t look for
We aren’t looking for specific interests or achievements because we prefer to see diversity of experience and perspectives among our cohort, and therefore welcome differences of approach. We also don’t expect you to tell us what you intend to study because we don’t expect you to know this (and your preferences might change during your degree).
Pathways to Birmingham
There are a number of pathways to Birmingham. Please visit this page for further information.
The Admissions Essay
Liberal Arts and Sciences is a highly competitive and popular degree. All applicants who meet our entry criteria will be asked to submit a 1,000-word admissions essay shortly after submitting their UCAS application.
You will be invited to an Offer-Holder Visitor Day (OVD), which typically take place in February and March.
Attendance is not compulsory, but it is a fantastic opportunity to meet our academic staff, current students, and other offer-holders. These take place in the LANS hub and across campus. Our OVDs usually include a taster lecture, activities, and plenty of opportunities to find out more about the programme. There are plenty of socialising opportunities at the start of the day, during lunch, and over tea and cake at the end of the day.
We will stay in touch with successful applicants over the summer, and you will have the opportunity to begin to plan your programme with your personal tutor before you begin your studies at the University. At the start of your degree, you will participate in LANS’ Welcome Week, where you will have opportunities to meet LANS students and staff.
Learn more about applying.