Welcome to the College of Medical and Dental Sciences

Medical SchoolA warm welcome to the College of Medical and Dental Sciences at the University of Birmingham.  Our international community plays a pivotal role in the vibrancy and diversity of our campus, and on these pages you can learn all that University of Birmingham can offer you as an international student, as well as finding out about how we’re advancing healthcare globally. 

The College of Medical and Dental Sciences has been a major contributor to health education for more than a century, and is a leading international centre for both research and education.

Our aim is to tackle global healthcare problems through excellence in basic and clinical science, and improve human health by delivering tangible real-life benefits to people in the fight against acute and chronic disease.  

Our reach is global in both teaching and research, with many students coming from all over the world to study and research with us.  Find out about their experiences of studying here in Birmingham


Our College is situated in the south of the city of Birmingham on our picturesque Edgbaston campus; a stone’s throw from one of Europe’s leading hospitals, in one of the UK’s largest and most diverse healthcare regions. The campus is adorned with green spaces and gardens, and is characterised by our striking landmark red-brick buildings and vibrant multicultural student community.

We have our own train station on campus with excellent links to the city centre, and through to London in just 1 hour and 30 minutes. Birmingham also has its own international airport with many international routes, making the university easily accessible by rail and air, and the perfect place to explore the UK and Europe beyond.

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A global destination

With a population of more than 28,000 students including 9,000 international students from over 150 countries, Birmingham is one of the largest international student communities in the UK. We support International Students by familiarising them with the UK educational system and helping them to develop their academic English.

Our teaching

Our programmes are taught by world-leading experts and welcome students from a wide range of backgrounds.  Many of our undergraduate programmes are able to accommodate international students, as are our wide-array of further study, postgraduate options. Find out more about the range of opportunities available to you. 

Find out about the range of opportunities available.

Scholarships and funding for international students

The University offers a number of scholarships to outstanding international students.  Visit our Postgraduate Funding Database to find out if you are eligible for financial help.  There are also a number of scholarships available that are provided externally to international students wishing to study in Birmingham. Visit our ‘scholarships for international students’ section and select your region.

Scholarships are sometimes available at a course level, so please check the relevant course page for information.


"What the University added to me cannot be over emphasised. After my programme, I became more confident about my capabilities and this has helped me and is still helping me in all my endeavours."

We have 32,000+ alumni from every continent who we’ve trained in the fields of medicine, biomedical sciences, dentistry, nursing and pharmacy.

Discover where they are now

Our reputation

Birmingham is one of the UK’s leading universities, and is consistently in the Global 100 of universities; offering opportunities for extensive and exciting research and teaching collaborations. The University has produced 8 Nobel Prize winners, including 5 in the area of life sciences and medicine. 

UK league tables

  • Guardian - ranked 3rd for Anatomy and Physiology (relates to our BSc Biomedical Science course), 9th for Dentistry, and 14th for Pharmacy and Pharmacology. 
  • Times and also the Complete University Guide - ranked 9th for Nursing.

Global league tables

  • In the QS World University Rankings 2021, we are ranked 20th in the overall category of Life Science and Medicine, with subject specific rankings of note being Dentistry in the top 20 and Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy and Pharmacology being in the top 100.
  • US News rankings - 28th for surgery, 33rd for Endocrinology and Metabolism, 34th for Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems, 37th for Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and 58th for Clinical Medicine.
  • Shanghai rankings -19th for Dentistry, and 51st – 75th for Clinical Medicine
  • Times Higher Education Rankings - 104th for Clinical and 111th for Life Sciences.