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University of Birmingham

Welcome to the University of Birmingham

A famous Russell Group institution, the University of Birmingham excels in UK rankings, and you will join students from 150 countries.

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You have a number of routes to the University of Birmingham, including through Kaplan International College (KIC) London.

Top reasons to study here

Top 15 in the UK

Complete University Guide 2020

UK's 2nd most-targeted university by graduate employers

High Fliers Research 2020

Top 20 in the UK for student satisfaction with teaching

Guardian University Guide 2020

Gold Award for teaching: the best level possible

Teaching Excellence Framework

Beautiful 250-acre campus

close to the cosmopolitan city of Birmingham

Guaranteed entry

when you pass your KIC London course at the required level with good attendance

Subject rankings

Subject areaUK rankingSource
Accounting and Finance11thGuardian University Guide 2020
Biosciences10thGuardian University Guide 2020
Business and Management Studies15thComplete University Guide 2020
Chemical Engineering5thComplete University Guide 2020
Chemistry14thTimes and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020
Civil Engineering10thGuardian University Guide 2020
Education5thTimes and Sunday Times University Guide 2020
Electronic and Electrical Engineering18thComplete University Guide 2020
English & Creative Writing5thComplete University Guide 2020
Materials & Mineral Engineering5thGuardian University Guide 2020
Mechanical Engineering12thGuardian University Guide 2020
Physics4thGuardian University Guide 2020
Politics11thGuardian University Guide 2020
Psychology17thComplete University Guide 2020
Sports Science4thTimes and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020

Why choose the University of Birmingham?

International student at the University of Birmingham

Ellen from the USA

Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham has an amazing campus. It’s made of beautiful red brick, and feels like a classic university setting. There are so many clubs, organisations, sports teams and nights out planned just for students. It’s great!

International student at the University of Birmingham

Emily from China

Bachelor's degree in Marketing at the University of Birmingham

The degree content at Birmingham has helped me apply marketing principles to my work, and the teaching was really effective. I settled in quickly, made great friends and had excellent support from staff.

Notable alumni

  • Aba Andam (Ghana)

    Graduated from the University of Birmingham

    Earned a Master’s degree in 1977.

    Lifetime achievements

    A Ghanaian particle physicist and President of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences. Andam served as the UNESCO chair of Women in Science and Technology in the region of West Africa between 1996 and 2002.

  • Dr Alwyn Didar Singh (India)

    Graduated from the University of Birmingham

    Earned an MSc in Development Administration in 1996.

    Lifetime achievements

    Secretary General of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry. Singh is an internationally recognised expert in e-Commerce and ICT development. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of the University (DUniv) degree by the University of Birmingham in 2014.

  • Dr ‘Ana Taufe’Ulungaki (Tonga)

    Graduated from the University of Birmingham

    Earned a PhD.

    Lifetime achievements

    A Tongan academic and politician. She accepted the position of Minister of Education, Women’s Affairs and Culture in 2011, despite not being a Member of Parliament at the time. She is known for her views on the importance of cultural context and socio-political issues when addressing economic development.

  • Desra Percaya (Indonesia)

    Graduated from the University of Birmingham

    Earned an MA in International Studies (Diplomacy) in 1995.

    Lifetime achievements

    Director General for Asia, Pacific, and Africa at the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Previously, Percaya was Indonesia’s deputy permanent representative to the UN in Geneva, Switzerland. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of the University degree (DUniv) by the University of Birmingham in 2014.

  • Geoffrey Ma (China)

    Graduated from University of Birmingham

    Earned a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) in 1997.

    Lifetime achievements

    Ma held various positions in the High Court of Hong Kong, including Chief Judge, Justice of Appeal, and Judge of the Court of First Instance between 2001 and 2010. Prior to his judicial career, Ma was a barrister-at-law in private practice and was qualified to practice in England and Wales, Hong Kong, Australia and Singapore.

  • Hany Abdel Gawad El-Banna OBE (Egypt)

    Graduated from the University of Birmingham

    Earned a Doctorate of Medicine (MD) in Foetal Pathology in 1991.

    Lifetime achievements

    Co-founder of Islamic Relief, the largest Western-based international Muslim relief and development NGO. He has since founded the Muslim Charities Forum (MCF), of which he is chairman and the Humanitarian Forum where he is President of the Board of Trustees.

  • Kenny Anthony (St. Lucia)

    Graduated from the University of Birmingham

    Earned a PhD in Law.

    Lifetime achievements

    The 5th Prime Minister of Saint Lucia from 1997 to 2006 and again from 2011 to 2016 for the Saint Lucia Labour Party. While acting as Prime Minister, he was also the Minister of Finance and Broadcasting.

  • Michelle Arana (Belize)

    Graduated from the University of Birmingham

    Earned a Master of Laws (LLM) in Commercial Law in 2004.

    Lifetime achievements

    Appointed as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Belize in 2006. Arana was Belize’s first female Justice.

  • Robert Kisanga (Tanzania)

    Graduated from the University of Birmingham

    Earned a Bachelor of Laws (LLB). He was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2010.

    Lifetime achievements

    A former judge in the High Court of Tanzania and Justice of Appeal at the Court of Appeal of the United Republic of Tanzania. Kisanga served as the first Chairman of the Tanzania Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance.

  • Sefi Atta (Nigeria)

    Graduated from University of Birmingham

    Earned a BA in 1985.

    Lifetime achievements

    A prize-winning Nigerian author and playwright whose books have been translated into many languages. Atta has also written radio plays which have been broadcast by the BBC, and stage plays which have been performed all over the world. Her awards include the 2006 Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa and the 2009 Noma Award for Publishing in Africa.

  • Sophie Chandauka (Zimbabwe)

    Attended the University of Birmingham

    Chandauka was awarded a scholarship as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to the United Kingdom during her studies at Lake Superior State University in Michigan, USA, and attended the University of Birmingham for 1 year in 1997.

    Lifetime achievements

    The Corporate Finance Lawyer and former Head of Asset Financing at Virgin Money. Her achievements include her community work as an advocate for education, equality, diversity and inclusion, and also as a mentor for young entrepreneurs and aspiring lawyers.

Looking to start your path to Birmingham at KIC London in September 2020 or later?

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When you study at Birmingham, you are choosing a University that is committed to preparing you for a successful life ahead, and to giving you a world-class education. Employability is a shared agenda throughout the University, and it is at the centre of the student experience. From the moment you arrive here, we strive to equip you with the knowledge, transferable skills and confidence to succeed in your chosen area.
Sir David Eastwood - Birmingham University Vice Chancellor
Professor Sir David Eastwood Vice-Chancellor

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