The University of Birmingham
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The physics department is very good and they are always thinking of different ways of teaching using some new techniques. The content of the course covers different skill areas so you will be learning valuable post-degree skills. There are tonnes of societies to choose from!! And it’s really easy to meet new people, the nightlife is really good also. Campus Advisor
Biochemistry is a pretty hard core degree and I might have been better choosing something more general like Biomedical Science at uni, but you can cater the course a little to your liking. I don’t love the practicals but I can see how they are useful. The course sets you up with good interpersonal skills even if you choose to do something different after, like what I may do. Campus Advisor
Birmingham as a city has grown on me and now I really love it, the halls are not too bad in first year but it’s more fun when you get to pick your own house in year 2 as you can then live with friends. Uni life is a big step up from school but it’s much more enjoyable. My course is really good as it allows me to choose lots of different modules/units which I can use towards my career. Campus Advisor
Challenging time ah Uni and a good experience. You need to just persevere and be good at time management and balancing the amount of work given. -Anonymous -
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My course is pretty good, there’s lots of support from lecturers. The societies and nightlife at this uni are just amazing. It’s such a social place I really like that about it. The city is really nice. -Anonymous -
It’s been an amazing experience so far!! You won’t regret coming here. I don’t really like all the roundabouts around the city but if you overlook those this place is fab to live in. Uni has made me a lot more independent and I love having responsibility for my own affairs. It beats living at home :) -Anonymous -
Great uni!!!! loved looking around. Accommodation looks good - different standards in different locations so pick carefully. Michael Harrison
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About this University
Birmingham has been challenging and developing great minds for more than a century. Characterised by a tradition of innovation, research at the University has broken new ground, pushed forward the boundaries of knowledge and made an impact on people’s lives.
We continue this tradition today and have ambitions for a future that will embed our work and recognition of the Birmingham name on the international stage.
Universities are never complete. They develop as new challenges and opportunities occur. At Birmingham we innovate, we push the frontiers of understanding; we ask new research questions, we turn theory through experiment into practice – because that’s what great universities do.
Birmingham has continued to be a university unafraid to do things a little differently, and in response to the challenges of the day. It was a founder member of the National Union of Students and the first university in the country to:
- be built on a campus model
- establish a faculty of commerce
- incorporate a medical school
- offer degrees in dentistry
- create a women’s hall of residence
- have a purpose-built students’ union building
The University of Birmingham was established by Queen Victoria by Royal Charter in 1900 and was the UK’s first civic or 'redbrick' university. 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.
Birmingham has a long history of innovation. While our buildings and campus might exude a sense of tradition, the University has never been conventional and we are always keen to adopt new ideas.
It is widely accepted that Birmingham was the first English civic or 'redbrick' university – established to support the ambitions of its home city, but we have a string of other ‘firsts’ under our belt.
Birmingham was the first university to...
- Build on a campus model – occupying a 276-acre green parkland around the University, only three miles from the heart of the city
- Create a purpose-built students’ union building – student voice remains at the heart of our decision-making
- Incorporate a Medical School – now part of our College of Medical and Dental Sciences
- Open a Faculty of Commerce – which makes our Business School the longest established in the country
- Provide a women’s hall of residence – far-sighted in the early 1900’s; Birmingham continues to welcome students from all backgrounds, nations and religions
- Offer a sporting option for all students – sport and sporting excellence, along with music, are the cornerstones of Birmingham's cultural life
Number of Students: 28,664