Your learning experience
What you choose to study at university is up to you and whatever you choose your university experience is a strong foundation for the rest of your life.
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 that 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.
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. In your first year, you can volunteer to be part of the Birmingham Project giving you a unique opportunity to work with academics and other first-year students from across the university, and with leading employers from the world of business, industry and the arts. The challenge is to work in interdisciplinary groups to tackle a ‘real world’ problem - a great addition to any CV.
Shape your future here
Our unique careers service, Careers Network, is tailored to meet your needs. By making the most of this personalised service you will be starting out on your career pathway from the moment you arrive. We have a strong track record in offering fantastic career opportunities, and in 2018-19, we were the third most targeted University in the UK by top employers (The Graduate Market in 2018 High Fliers Report).
Your home of learning
We think that university life is about the overall experience and it is hugely important that you have an exceptional and continually evolving learning environment to study in. 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 also 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.
Find out more about support available to you at Birmingham
Peer-assisted study support (PASS)
PASS is a peer support scheme where higher-year students, who have already passed the year or module that the scheme supports, lead informal, relaxed study sessions for lower-year students which help you to understand your subject better and improve your approach to learning. By listening to your PASS leaders’ own experiences you can develop a better understanding of what’s expected from you, and the scheme also helps you to adjust quickly to university life and introduces you to new friendship groups.
Your learning environment
The quality of the environment in which you learn really matters. We are committed to continuously evolving your learning environment to make sure we meet your needs. Our state-of-the-art 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, and subject advisors are on hand to support you with your research and to offer one-to-one advice. The Collaborative Teaching Laboratory brings together practical teaching activities across the sciences, and the Green Heart at the centre of campus is a unique open space for meeting, studying and socialising, We are currently building a new Teaching and Learning building, opening in 2020, and our new School of Engineering, which will also open in 2020, brings together a number of our engineering disciplines under one roof.
Come and visit campus to find out more
We work hard at Birmingham to ensure we offer great teaching and our students work in partnership with us to develop this too. We are delighted that the high quality of our teaching has been recognised with a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The TEF was introduced by the Government to help measure the teaching quality of all higher education, and it is just one of a number of things you may wish to take into account as you think about your university choices.
Times Higher Education Europe Teaching Rankings
We have been ranked 25th in the Times Higher Education Europe Teaching rankings, which compare teaching and learning at universities across Europe. The European Student Survey, conducted as part of the rankings, examines a range of key issues important to students including their engagement with their course, interaction with teachers, the quality of services available at the institution, and opportunities to develop skills to prepare for a career.