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The University of Birmingham is one of the founding members of the prestigious Russell Group of universities, and consistently ranked in the UK Top 20. Its location in Britain’s second city means that students there have access to the largest financial services and creative sectors outside of London. It offers over 300 programmes that span a range of subject areas.

Key Facts


  • #22 in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024
  • #14 in the Complete University Guide 2024
  • #37 in the Guardian Good University Guide 2024
  • #3 for Creative Writing and Liberal arts, #4 for Chemical Engineering and History of Art, Architecture and Design, #5 for Physics and Astronomy (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024)

Latest undergraduate enrolment

  • Just under 23,000

Latest postgraduate enrolment

  • Over 12,000

Year founded

  • 1900

  • The university's world-leading academics include Nobel Prize winners. 
  • Birmingham is recognised for its commitment to providing outstanding teaching, having been awarded a Gold rating by the Teaching Excellence Framework in 2017.
  • Birmingham was ranked 14th in the UK for Graduate Prospects in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024.
  • The University opened a campus in Dubai in 2018 – the first Russell Group university to do so.
  • It has a very diverse community, with 33% of the university’s academic staff and 24% of its student body coming from outside the UK.
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