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


  • #14 in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020
  • #13 in the Complete University Guide 2020
  • #16 in the Guardian Good University Guide 2020

Latest undergraduate enrolment

  • 22,500

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 10th in the UK for Graduate Prospects in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020.
  • 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.
Areas of recognition

Within the 2020 Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide Birmingham is ranked in the Top 10 for the following subjects: American studies (#1), Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation and Tourism (#1), Creative Writing (#2), Sport Science (#4), Philosophy (#4), Chemical Engineering (#5), Nursing (#5), Physiotherapy (#5), Materials Technology (#8), Physics and Astronomy (#8), Anthropology (#8) and Geography and Environmental Science (#9).

Kings alumni at University of Birmingham

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