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Sorry, your browser does not support this video type. American students (including 2013-14 Fulbright-University of Birmingham Postgraduate Scholar Emmanuel Johnson) share their experiences at the University of Birmingham. 

General Information

The University of Birmingham has been challenging and developing great minds for more than a century.  Characterised by a focus on innovation and research, the University has broken new ground and pushed forward the boundaries of knowledge.  Our range of research is one of the widest in the UK and has powered our University for over 100 years, won 8 Nobel prizes and made an impact on the region, the nation and the world. 

Birmingham is a university of firsts. Our University grew out of a radical vision for a new model of higher education in the UK. Founded in 1900, Birmingham was England’s first civic university, where students from all religions and backgrounds were accepted on an equal basis. That spirit of innovation continues through our ground-breaking research in areas ranging from cancer studies to sustainable energy: research that impacts on society and people’s lives.   Our extensive academic portfolio offers over 350 taught postgraduate programmes and a wealth of research opportunities. 

Come to Birmingham and be inspired by our stunning campus, which is rich in heritage and beauty, set in a leafy green site with a wealth of amenities and attractions. Our world-class facilities are continually being improved and developed, with an investment of around £1 million a week.

Fast Facts

With over 10,000 postgraduate students, we are one of the most popular universities for postgraduate study in the UK. 

7,000 international students from 150 different countries make Birmingham the largest international student community outside London.

We belong to the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive UK universities.  More than 87 per cent of all research carried out by the University of Birmingham is rated as internationally excellent (3*) or world leading (4*) according to a the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

Sorry, your browser does not support this video type. Life in Birmingham

 2014-15 Fulbright-University of Birmingham Postgraduate Scholar Samuel Ellison shares his experience with the MA: Migration, Superdiversity, and Policy programme at the University of Birmingham. 

Life in Birmingham offers the best of both worlds – a peaceful, thriving campus community on the doorstep of one 

of Europe’s most culturally dynamic cities. Birmingham is the UK’s second largest city and the University’s very own railway station means the city centre is only ever minutes away. 

Birmingham was named as one of the top 10 cities in the world by the Rough Guide and one of the best places to travel to in 2015.  The city is abuzz with entertainment, nightlife, culture, shopping and restaurants.  Sports enthusiasts will appreciate the rich heritage that Birmingham offers. The city is home to the English Football League, the world’s oldest lawn tennis club, the world-renowned Edgbaston Cricket Ground, and several premier league football clubs. Culture vultures will enjoy the thriving independent arts scene, including the UK’s biggest free arts festival, Artsfest, and the Flatpack Film Festival, as well as a host of entertainment venues ranging from the Hippodrome and Symphony Hall to gigs at the LG Arena, O2 Academy and National Indoor Arena. 

Birmingham has an enviable central location and is an excellent base from which to explore the rest of the country. We’re under two hours from London and with an international airport on our doorstep, the rest of Europe is easily accessible too. 

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