Two female students looking at a mouth model

Each year the College trains more than 350 medical students of which nearly one third intercalate on a choice of programmes after the second, third or fourth year of their course. We also train 70 dental students, over 170 biomedical science students, over 150 nursing students, over 150 pharmacy students, and 40 physician associate students.  

There are also approximately 850 postgraduate taught students and nearly 500 postgraduate research students in the College, managed by a cross-College Graduate School.

The College has a number of excellent league table positions for emphasising our world leading research and teaching as follows:

 UK league tables

  • Times 2023: Ranked 10th for Dentistry, 15th for Pharmacology & Pharmacy and 15th for Medicine.
  • Complete University Guide 2024: Ranked 10th for Biomedical Science, 10th for Dentistry, 11th for Pharmacy, 15th for Nursing and 19th for Medicine.
  • Guardian 2024: Ranked 14th for Biomedical Science (previously Anatomy & Physiology), 8th for Dentistry.

 Global league tables

  • QS World rankings 2024: 69th for Medicine, 42nd for Anatomy & Physiology, 22nd for Dentistry, and Pharmacy ranked in the top 100. The Life Sciences and Medicine overarching faculty area is ranked joint 68th in the world. 
  • US News rankings 2023: 26th for Surgery, 37th for Endocrinology and Metabolism, 58th for Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems, 14th for Gastroenterology and Hepatology and 65th for Clinical Medicine. 
  • Shanghai rankings 2022: 22nd for Dentistry and 51st – 75th for Clinical Medicine.
  • Times Higher Education rankings 2024: 74th for Clinical & Health.

The College has excellent library and reference facilities, including the Barnes Library and the Doug Ellis Learning Hub, which complement the wider facilities available to students on campus.

Clinical teaching takes place at all hospitals in Birmingham and many of the hospitals across the region while the Institute of Clinical Sciences provides a clear focus for integrating our education and training programmes, co-ordinating all teaching, student engagement and related activity across the College to deliver a high quality student experience. The Institute also supports increased recognition of the value of education and teaching contribution through an enhanced emphasis on pedagogy. First-class teaching is crucial to ensure that our students – the biomedical and healthcare workforce of the future – get the very best out of their time at Birmingham; delivering an outstanding student experience is a top priority.

We are committed to providing students from all backgrounds with the opportunity to discover education and research in biomedical sciences and healthcare. We deliver a range of widening participation activities to bring students onto campus allowing them to explore what it is like to be a student at our University while giving them an insight into the courses they could study here and the pioneering research underpinning them; almost 3,500 students have received support from our extensive widening participation activities over the last 10 years and around 15% of our medicine intake is now from under represented backgrounds.

 Our employability rates within the College are excellent, with 95% of all surveyed students achieving employment within a year of study. Some notable alumni are in influential positions all around the world.

Our Schools dedicated to the delivery of research and education are: