An original "redbrick" university and founding member of the Russell Group, the University of Birmingham is a truly vibrant, global community. Enrol on one of our postgraduate courses and you'll work alongside world-leading academics in a diverse, multi-cultural community of over 14,000 postgraduate students from 150 countries.

Top reasons to study here

  • We are the 2nd most targeted university by leading employers in the UK (High Fliers: The Graduate Market 2018)
  • Ranked in the top 100 universities in the world (QS World University Rankings 2018)
  • 87% of our research has global impact (Research Excellence Framework 2014)

Bachelor's programmes

Social Sciences (32)
Humanities (26)
Arts, Design & Architecture (5)
Applied Sciences & Professions (3)
Business & Management (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Law (1)
Medicine & Health (1)



Founded in 1900, Birmingham represented a new model for higher education. This was England’s first civic university, where students from all religions and backgrounds were accepted on an equal basis.

The first phase of building work on the campus was completed in 1909 under the auspices of the esteemed architect Sir Aston Webb. We celebrated the centenary of those buildings in July 2009.


At Birmingham, you will join a stimulating postgraduate community of students and researchers. We offer over 600 taught Masters opportunities to choose from which enable you to develop your career and pursue your interests. We have invested £25 million in student support and scholarships to enable you to get the most from postgraduate study.

 We pride ourselves on offering the highest-quality experience in both your academic and student life. You’ll be joining a leading university community, working alongside academics who are global experts in their field. We were recently awarded the ‘Gold’ rating in the 2016/17 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), reflecting our outstanding teaching and learning experience.


For more than a century, research from our University has created a major impact on the city, the region and the world. Our early research has had a lasting impact on lives, culture, industry and society: our current research continues to create innovative, grounded and enduring solutions to some of the world’s biggest issues. 87% of our research has global impact (REF 2014).

 As a research-intensive university, Birmingham is committed to research that is pioneering in terms of its originality and distinctiveness, significance and rigour. Our vision is to inspire today’s brightest researchers to make a major impact on global society, and to become the leaders of tomorrow in whatever field they pursue.


As a student at Birmingham, you can pursue a range of postgraduate programmes that will further develop your knowledge, skills and career opportunities. Our students stand out in a competitive market, with the University being the 2nd most targeted university by leading employers in the UK (High Fliers: The Graduate Market 2018).

Thanks to our £5 million investment into the expansion of our student employability services, you will benefit from access to award-winning services and our unique Careers Network guidance service.

University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Student services

Whoever you are, wherever you come from, we’ll make sure you have all the support you need to make the most of your time at Birmingham.  We have dedicated student support teams who can provide information and guidance on funding, disability support, and health and wellbeing. Study and English language support is also provided through our Academic Skills Centre and Birmingham International Academy.

Central and departmental facilities and training is available throughout your studies to support and enable you to access the information you need to succeed in your Masters.

Housing services

We know that finding that right place to live during your time studying at Birmingham is extremely important. Our accommodation will allow you to enjoy your time with us in safe, welcoming and sociable surroundings. We offer dedicated postgraduate accommodation in both the Pritchatts Park and Selly Oak villages, as well as a range of studios and apartments across a number of locations.

Library services

Our new Main Library, opened in September 2016, houses our principal collections and services for the arts and humanities, social sciences, and sciences and engineering, while other libraries and resource centres are specific to individual subject areas including law, medicine, dentistry, education, music, and European studies and modern languages.

ICT services

All students have access to IT services and free Wi-Fi on our university campus.

Medical services

The University Medical Practice (UMP) is on the edge of our Edgbaston campus and caters for our students and staff. As a student in the UK, you can access hospital treatment and book appointments with a doctor or nurse for free.

We offer a counselling and wellbeing service on campus and each College has a dedicated Welfare Officer.

Student Life

Campus life

With its magnificent architecture and green, leafy site, our campus provides an inspirational environment for your studies. It has all the amenities of a small town, including shops, bars, cafés, banks, medical and dental surgeries and sports facilities. With our own railway station on campus you can be in the city centre in less than seven minutes.

The University is in the midst of one of the most transformational campus redevelopments since the first phase of building on our Edgbaston campus was completed in 1909. The development projects, worth £606 million in total, are creating outstanding new facilities for our students, staff and the local community.

Sports facilities

The £55 million University of Birmingham Sport & Fitness Club encompasses an array of facilities, including Birmingham’s first 50m swimming pool, a 200-station gym, a large multi-sports arena, six glass-backed squash courts, a 10m climbing wall and five activity studios. The Sport & Fitness club offers a wide range of programmes including a choice of up to 200 fitness and sports classes a week.

Student clubs

The Guild of students supports over 250 student groups, societies and associations. Whether you're interested in activities and games, academic assistance, campaigning, volunteering, food & drink, religious beliefs, music, performance or media, there's bound to be something that will appeal to you - and if there isn’t, we can give you the help you need to set up a group that matters to you.

The PGMSA (Postgraduate and Mature Students Association) is the representative body for postgraduates and mature students that works with the Guild and the University to champion your needs. The PGMSA also organises a programme of social and orientation events that runs during Welcome Week and throughout the academic year.


The University is a legally independent, chartered organisation, which is also an exempt charity.  It is a private institution which receives significant public funding, principally from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

The University of Birmingham has degree-awarding powers to accredit university degrees.

Birmingham Business School, along with just a handful of the world’s business schools, holds the gold standard of ‘triple-crown’ accreditation from AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), AMBA (Association of MBAs) and EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System).

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars
An experience, ups and downs with maturity and growth, lifelong friends and overcoming adversity
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Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars
Resources are available, help is available, although there are a lot of holes you have to jump through to obtain what you need as well inconvenient staff office hours. To improve, weekend support hours should be available due to majority of poorer students having part time jobs, attending class, completing coursework and being under pressure in the week. This burden is lessened on the weekend f...
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Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars
Great facilities available for students and supportive and friendly staff. Opportunity to become more independent with the resources to allow this. In terms of recommendations for improvement, i would suggest more study space in the main library.

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