Online Registration

New and returning students will need to complete Online Registration each academic year. These pages contain useful information to help you complete the process.

Online Registration is an essential step in becoming a student at the University of Birmingham, so it is important that you complete it as soon as possible when asked to. Online Registration is accessed via my.bham.

As part of Online Registration, you will be asked to agree to the University's declaration; you should take time to make sure you understand what this means. You will need to be registered to be able to attend your programme of study, access services like the Library and your student email, collect your ID card and participate in Guild of Students activities.

Please see our student privacy notice to understand how the University uses the data you provide during Online Registration, and any other data about you that we may hold.

Our Student Help pages provide answers to a range of questions about completing Online Registration. You can also contact our Online Registration Helpline.

What is Online Registration?

Online Registration is the process for confirming that you will be studying at the University of Birmingham and by which you agree to abide by the University's regulations. You will be required to confirm your personal details, your programme details and how your tuition fees will be funded (including student loans and sponsorship).

Students who will be studying in the UK will need to prove that they have the right to study here by uploading documents such as a passport or visa. New students will also be asked to upload a photo for the student ID card.

What am I agreeing to?

When you complete Online Registration, you will be asked to agree to the declaration. It is essential that you read this carefully and understand what you are agreeing to. We strongly recommend that you read our declaration information page before completing Online Registration.

How do I access Online Registration?

Online Registration is accessed via my.bham. You will need to log in using your student username and password, sometimes called your ADF login. If you are a new student, you will receive your username and password in the email asking you to complete Online Registration.

Once you are logged in to my.bham, select the my.programme tab and follow the link to Online Registration.

When you have received your password, you can change it to something more memorable using my.password. You can also visit my.password if you have forgotten or are having problems with your password.

When do I need to complete Online Registration?

Most students will need to complete Online Registration ahead of the beginning of the academic year in September. You will receive an email from the University asking you to complete Online Registration, which you should do as soon as possible. You must complete it before you are able to attend lectures. You will not be able to complete Online Registration until you have received the email inviting you to do so.

New students will receive their Online Registration email once they are considered 'unconditional' and have accepted their place. For many students this will be a few days after A Level results day in August, or for international students when you have received your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

If you are starting on a programme at any other time of the year, you will need to complete Online Registration before the start of your programme. You will receive the email in the same way as any other student.

Who needs to complete Online Registration?

All students who need to complete Online Registration will receive an email asking them to do so when necessary. This will be the majority of students, including:

New and returning students

All undergraduate and postgraduate students are required to complete Online Registration for each year of your programme of study. This includes distance learners, part-time students, and students based off-campus.

Postgraduate Researchers

Postgraduate Researchers in writing-up (Thesis Awaited) need to complete Online Registration each year, including checking and update their contact details.

Students on a year abroad or placement

You will need to complete Online Registration even though you will not be studying on campus. Register as soon as possible to make sure you have access to the University’s online facilities, including your student email and online Library resources.
If you do not register you may not be covered by the University’s insurance policy for students studying abroad, which could potentially have serious consequences.  

Presessional Students

Students starting a presessional English course at the Birmingham International Academy (BIA) will need to register for your presessional course before you arrive. At the end of your presessional course, you will need to complete Online Registration again for your main programme of study.

American loan recipient (Federal and private loans)

Students who have followed the guidance on the Student Support and Development website to apply for a Federal or private loan only need to complete sections 1-8 of registration.  50% of your tuition fee is automatically credited from each of your loan disbursements; therefore you do not need to enter any funding information. 

External Students

Students who are classed as externally registered, for example for the purpose of retaking examinations or a break in your studies, will also need to complete Online Registration.

Validated and partner programmes

Most students on programmes delivered with partner institutions or affiliates will need to complete Online Registration, and will receive an email inviting them to do so.

A small number of students will not need to complete Online Registration. If this is the case, you will receive an email which confirms that you have been registered onto your programme and which, if appropriate, will contain your student username and password.

When will I get my student ID card?

As part of Online Registration, new students will be asked to upload a photograph for their University ID card.

Programmes beginning in September 2018

UK students who complete Online Registration by Monday 3 September 2018 will receive their ID card in the post, to their home address.

International students, including those from the EU, and UK students who register after Monday 3 September 2018 will need to collect their ID cards from the Welcome Hubs on campus during Welcome Week.

Programmes beginning any other time of the year

Students who begin programmes at other times of the year may need to request their ID card. More information is available on our Student Help pages.

Returning students

If you are a returning student and you need to replace a lost or damaged ID card, you will need to request this online via Student Help or in person at the Aston Webb Student Hub (R7 - Edgbaston Campus).

 Help with Online Registration

If you are having difficulty with completing Online Registration, our Student Help pages offer answers to a huge range of frequently asked questions.

You can also contact the Online Registration Helpline by phoning +44 (0)121 414 9009 or by selecting 'Contact Us' at the bottom of any question on Student Help.

Alternative arrangements can be made for students who cannot access Online Registration due to a disability. Please contact the Online Registration Helpline by phoning +44 (0)121 414 9009 or submit an email enquiry via Student Help.

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