Teaching and learning

At the University of Birmingham, education is a partnership, and our distinctive approach to teaching and learning is reflected in our Gold award in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). To enable you to develop your knowledge and skills, at Birmingham we put you at the heart of your learning. Here, you can shape your own intellectual development, to become the most independent self-motived learner you can be.

Teaching quality

Lectures and seminars provide opportunities for you to develop your ideas through dialogue and debate with fellow students and your tutors. You also have access to a comprehensive support system to assist, encourage and inspire, including a personal tutor and welfare tutors in our schools and colleges. Birmingham students receive individual feedback on assignments so you can understand how you are doing and what you could do to further improve. You can make the most of the University’s Academic Skills Centre, which is open to all. It provides the academic writing, mathematical and general academic skills support that is needed to support you to achieve your potential, including workshops, online tutorials and appointments with specialist advisors.

Our education is based in real-world problems, students engage with industry experts and world-leading researchers. At Birmingham, teaching is at the cutting-edge of knowledge, our students are given opportunities to develop skills to enable them to engage in critical thinking, analysis and discussion. These skills are highly sought after by employers as you enter an increasingly competitive job market.

Your learning environment

We offer world-class facilities to support innovative teaching and enhance your student experience. From our collaborative teaching spaces and state of the art laboratories to technology rich learning environments and accommodation, we are supporting our students in their journey to succeed in your studies and future career.

The University is in the midst of one of the most exciting and transformational campus redevelopments since the first phase of building on our Edgbaston campus was completed in 1909. The developments projects, worth £606million over a give year period are creating outstanding new facilities for our students. In 2016 we opened our brand new academic library, designed to be an inspirational place for you to study, with an array of facilities to suit different working styles, from group study spaces to silent work rooms.

Research-intensive learning environments such as Birmingham deliver an outstanding student experience in which teaching is enhanced by world-class research and facilities. Being taught by academic staff who are also world-leading researchers is a huge advantage for students at Birmingham. Here, you will find out about our latest research breakthroughs as they happen and be taught by the researchers themselves - long before you’ll find it in a textbook.


We are recognised for our commitment to supporting you throughout your studies and beyond. Our unique careers service is tailored to you, and by making the most of this personalised service, you will start to develop your career from the moment you arrive. At Birmingham, you have the opportunity to take up national award-winning internships and placements both in the UK and overseas.

It is our investment in our careers service and your future which led to our 2016 University of the Year award for Graduate Employability (The Times and The Sunday Times). We are also among the six most targeted university by top employers looking for graduate recruits. Our employability rate is consistently above 94% of the TEF metrics and we currently rank fourth highest (excluding specialist institutions) for graduate employability in the UK.