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University of Birmingham: Profile

The University of Birmingham was one of the founding members of the Russell Group and the first red brick university to receive a Royal Charter. The university was awarded the illustrious Sunday Times University of the Year Award for 2014. 

Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower

They say:

“At Birmingham we offer an inspiring educational experience.  An original "redbrick" university and founding member of the Russell Group, our University is a truly vibrant, global community and is internationally-renowned, incorporating over 8,000 postgraduate students from 131 countries.”


Total number of students: 28,664

Established:  1900

Famous Alumni:  Arthur Bywater GC GM (BSc Chemistry, 1935; MSc Chemistry, 1936) - one of only eight people, and the only civilian, to be awarded both the George Cross and George Medal.Chris Addison (BA English, 1994) – comedian (Mock the Week, The Thick of It, Trying Again).Chris Tarrant (BA English, 1967) – Broadcaster/ Presenter.

Interesting fact: The University of Birmingham was the first to build an on a campus model – occupying a 276-acre green parkland around the University, only three miles from the heart of the city.


Postgraduate Study

At Birmingham you’ll have access to a wealth of opportunities in which to develop life and leadership skills that employers recognise as the hallmark of a high quality graduate. You will have access to specialised careers advice based in your academic area, benefit from our vast alumni network in the form of mentoring, and have the opportunity to undertake internship and/or work experience placements.

As a Birmingham postgraduate, you will also work alongside world-leading academics, with outstanding training and development opportunities at your fingertips. A postgraduate degree from Birmingham is therefore much more than a continuation from your studies: it's a real investment in your future.


The university run 525 postgraduate programmes with a combination of taught and research programmes and have just over 11,800 postgraduate students.

Birmingham is one of the UK’s most popular universities for further study. We offer a wide range of postgraduate programmes across our following five colleges: Arts and Law, Social Sciences, Engineering and Physical Sciences, Life and Environmental Sciences and Medical and Dental Sciences.


As with every institution tuition fees vary. The university has many bursaries available across all subjects, information available on the Universities bursaries section of their website here.


With a range of suburbs within walking distance of the University, there is s neighbourhood to suit everyone, from the busy student village of Selly Oak to the quieter, leafier suburbs of Edgbaston and Harborne.

A view of Birmingham University Edgbaston campus and surrounding area.


The University library is one of the most advanced in the country and has over 2.7 million books across ten locations. The University has its own dedicate sports centre and media training centre that are open to all students.


Located in the UK’s second city, the University has a number of campuses in the South East of the city. Birmingham benefits from excellent transport links to everywhere in the country.


Student Profile: Nicholas Trigg

Course: MA International Relations (International Peacekeeping)

Nicholas Trigg from Switzerland is a recent graduate of our MA International Relations (International Peacekeeping) programme and below, he reflects on his experiences of moving to a foreign country and studying at Birmingham. Nicholas also completed his undergraduate studies in POLSIS.

Why did you choose to study MA International Relations?

I chose to study on the MA International Relations (International Peacekeeping) course because it interested me, with its mix of theoretical aspects linked to practical case studies, which I knew a little about.

What attracted you to the University of Birmingham?

There is everything you could possibly want at Birmingham. There is a nice green campus, and a quick pace of life; it’s also great that the university is just 10 minutes away from the city centre. Most importantly though, the teaching staff and facilities are excellent; the staff are always available to advise and help the students.

Apart from studying what other opportunities are there?

The University also has a lot to offer when it comes to activities like sport for example. I fancied doing something different so I learnt how to play volleyball and by doing so created another circle of friends outside my course friends and flatmates.

What advice would you give to those thinking about the University of Birmingham for postgraduate study?

My first piece of advice to anyone considering studying in Birmingham would be an academic one and to think about what you really want to study. You really want to make sure that you enjoy what you are doing on your course, especially if you are considering further study, such as an MA or PhD. Reaching my objectives at Birmingham has not been difficult due to the helpful departmental staff that are always willing to help. 

Contact details:

The University of Birmingham
B15 2TT
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)121 414 3344