Universities in Birmingham, England UK
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Birmingham
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  • Universities in Birmingham
  • Ranked in at least one ranking
29
  • Different Rankings list
  • Universities in Birmingham
  • (21 institution and 8 subject rankings)
24
  • Global Rankings rank
  • Universities in Birmingham
  • Among TOP 200

Birmingham is a popular destination among international students when they’re assessing their options for where to study in the UK. It’s home to one of the nation’s densest and largest populations, and in many cases is chosen as a study destination over London due to its radically more affordable costs of living when it comes to renting a flat, and even the price of everyday food! This is a city that is used to having large numbers of domestic and international students move into the city, so it’s easy to find student discounts when it comes to eating out, nightlife, and entertainment options such as checking out a movie in the cinema. Birmingham also has some world-renowned universities, making it a strong candidate for anybody who is looking for a prestigious degree.

PROS

  • There are many social options for students, from bars and cinemas to concerts and sports events.
  • Birmingham is well located between London, Manchester and Leeds, with train connections that allow students to explore beyond the city area and discover new places and landscapes.
  • Nightlife is known for being intense, so it’s definitely a good place if you're intending to enjoy the typical student lifestyle.

CONS

  • Birmingham is often criticised for its high crime rate. However, students are told where to go and what places to avoid as soon as they get to the universities..
  • The city is not known for its great architecture, instead, you mostly see newer buildings and business districts, so it’s probably not the best option if you’re looking for a historical city.
  • The Brummie accent is hard to understand, unless you’re English-born, so universities often provide free English classes to help with this.

Latest ranking updates related to universities in Birmingham
  • 15 Dec, 2021: Publication of URAP World Ranking - University Ranking by Academic Performance. University of Birmingham with highest ranking among universities in Birmingham ranked #101.
  • 24 Nov, 2021: THE Global University Employability Ranking - Times Higher Education updated with University of Birmingham in position 160.
  • 28 Oct, 2021: Publication of THE World Reputation Rankings - Times Higher Education. University of Birmingham ranked #126.
  • 25 Oct, 2021: US News: Best Global Universities updated with University of Birmingham ranked highest among 2 listed universities in Birmingham.

Highest subject rankings of universities in Birmingham

American Studies
#2 
University of Birmingham
Health Professions
#2 
Aston University
Creative Writing
#3 
University of Birmingham
Engineering Materials & Mineral
#4 
University of Birmingham
Building and Town and Country Planning
#5 
Aston University
Sports Science
#7 
University of Birmingham
Geology
#10 
University of Birmingham
Computer Science
#11 
University of Birmingham
Education
#13 
University of Birmingham
Mathematics
#14 
University of Birmingham

Rankings of universities in Birmingham, England UK 2022

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (2005 reviews)
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  • #16 
  • #19 
The Good University Guide - The Times
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #10 
  • #105 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #24 
  • #29 
The Guardian The Best UK Universities - League Table
[Published 11 September, 2021]


Student satisfaction: 4.2 / 5.0 (286 reviews)
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  • #34 
  • #43 
The Good University Guide - The Times
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #41 
  • #401 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #20 
  • #25 
The Guardian The Best UK Universities - League Table
[Published 11 September, 2021]


  • #75 
  • #90 
The Good University Guide - The Times
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #51 
  • #501 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #56 
  • #67 
The Guardian The Best UK Universities - League Table
[Published 11 September, 2021]



Student satisfaction: 4.2 / 5.0 (133 reviews)
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  • #98 
  • #112 
The Good University Guide - The Times
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #98 
  • #114 
The Guardian The Best UK Universities - League Table
[Published 11 September, 2021]
  • #106 
  • #122 
CUG The Complete University Guide - UK
[Published 08 June, 2021]


  • #123 
  • #5567 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]



#8

The Queen's Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education


Student Opinions About Studying in Birmingham

“I’ve been a part of Brimingham’s student community for almost three years now, and it’s been an unforgettable time for me. It’s a good place to live, but I will say that you should have a basic idea of which areas to avoid because not all of them are equally safe. The Brummies of Birmingham tend to have a good sense of humour, and I’ve found them welcoming towards me even though I’m clearly not a local.”

“Since Birmingham is a student city, if you feel like socialising then you’ll always be able to meet new people. The most common situation was to go out for dinner and then a couple of drinks in the bar, and the locals are always happy to start up a conversation. There’s always something to do and the music events here are fantastic.”

“Anybody moving here should be prepared for the Brummie accent, as it’s not the easiest to understand! Students should be aware of the crime rates so we avoid going to certain places alone, but to be fair, during my entire time here I haven’t felt scared or intimidated.”

Birmingham Key Facts for International Students

Population: 985000

Time: GMT +0

District/province: England, City and Borough of Birmingham

Living costs for students in Birmingham:

* 100 = prices in London

  • Living costs without accommodation 90* (10% cheaper than London)
  • All costs including accommodation 68* (32% cheaper than London)
  • Meals (grocery & lower cost restaurants) 88* (12% cheaper than London)
  • Average Big Mac price 3.29 £
  • Plug Type G
    • Residential voltage: 230 V
    • Frequency: 50 Hz
Nobel prize laureates:
Norman Haworth (Birmingham University, 1937)

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University of Birmingham ranks #1 in Birmingham in our meta ranking composed of 102 university rankings.

Among all universities in Birmingham University of Birmingham is listed in the largest number of rankings. See all 35 rankings where University of Birmingham is listed.

University of Birmingham is ranked best in Birmingham for Social Studies & Humanities (American Studies). See all rankings for the University of Birmingham.

Aston University is ranked best in Birmingham for Medicine & Health (Health Professions). See all rankings for the Aston University.

University of Birmingham is ranked best in Birmingham for Arts Visual & Performing (Creative Writing). See all rankings for the University of Birmingham.

University of Birmingham is ranked best in Birmingham for Engineering (Engineering Materials & Mineral). See all rankings for the University of Birmingham.

Aston University is ranked best in Birmingham for Architecture, Building & Planning (Building and Town and Country Planning). See all rankings for the Aston University.

University of Birmingham is ranked best in Birmingham for Sports Science (Sports Science). See all rankings for the University of Birmingham.

University of Birmingham is ranked best in Birmingham for Natural Sciences (Geology). See all rankings for the University of Birmingham.

University of Birmingham is ranked best in Birmingham for Computer Science (Computer Science). See all rankings for the University of Birmingham.

University of Birmingham is ranked best in Birmingham for Education (Education). See all rankings for the University of Birmingham.

University of Birmingham is ranked best in Birmingham for Mathematics (Mathematics). See all rankings for the University of Birmingham.

University of Birmingham is ranked best in Birmingham for Languages & Literature (Italian). See all rankings for the University of Birmingham.

University of Birmingham is ranked best in Birmingham for Law (Law). See all rankings for the University of Birmingham.

Birmingham City University is ranked best in Birmingham for Journalism & Media Studies (Journalism, Publishing & Public Relations). See all rankings for the Birmingham City University.

Birmingham City University is ranked best in Birmingham for Agriculture (Food Science). See all rankings for the Birmingham City University.

Birmingham City University is ranked best in Birmingham for Design (Fashion & Textiles). See all rankings for the Birmingham City University.

Ranking publishers

4icu

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British Quacquarelli Symonds, UK

Criteria used in ranking -QS World University Rankings:
Academic Reputation 40%
Employer Reputation 10%
Faculty/Student Ratio 20%
Citations per faculty 20%
International Faculty Ratio 5%
International Student Ratio 5%

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Criteria used in ranking -QS Employability Rankings:
Employer reputation 30%
Alumni outcomes 25%
Partnerships with Employers per Faculty 25%
Employer/Student Connections 10%
Graduate employment rate 10%

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CWUR Center for World University Rankings

Criteria used in ranking -CWUR Center for World University Rankings:
Research Performance 40%
Quality of Education 25%
Alumni Employment 25%
Quality of Faculty 10%

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Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden University, Netherlands

Criteria used in ranking -CWTS Leiden Ranking:
Academic research publication

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NTU ranking

Criteria used in ranking -NTU Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers:
Research excellence 40%
Research impact 35%
Research productivity 25%

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Criteria used in ranking -NTU Europe:
Scientific Efficiency 23%
Scientific Potential 15%
Graduates on the labour market 15%
Internationalisation 15%
Prestige 14%
Learning Conditions 10%

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Nature Index

Criteria used in ranking -Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions:
Article count (AC)
Fractional count (FC)
Weighted fractional count (WFC)

Payscale

Criteria used in ranking -Payscale College Salary Report - Best Universities (Bachelors only):
Ranking is based on ROI

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Criteria used in ranking -Payscale College Salary Report - Best Universities (Bachelors only):
Ranking is based on ROI

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RUR Ranking Agency (Moscow, Russia)

Criteria used in ranking -RUR Reputation Ranking:
Teaching Reputation 50%
Research Reputation 50%

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Criteria used in ranking -RUR World University Rankings:
Teaching 40%
Research 40%
International Diversity 10%
Financial Sustainability 10%

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Criteria used in ranking -RUR Research Performance Ranking:
Normalized citation impact (Citations of research publications from all university authors compared with world averages) 20%
Citation per papers 20%
Papers per academic and research staff 20%
International research reputation 20%
Share of research publications written in international co-authorship 20%

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Scimago Institutions

Criteria used in ranking -Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities:
Research 50%
Innovation 30%
Societal 20%

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ShanghaiRanking Consultancy

Criteria used in ranking -ARWU Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking:
Alumni winning research prizes 10%
Staff winning research prizes 20%
Research paper publications 20%
Papers published in Nature and Science 20%
Papers indexed in Science Citation Index-Expanded and Social Science Citation Index 20%
Per capita academic performance 10%

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StuDocu

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THE Times Higher Education, UK

Criteria used in ranking -THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education:
Teaching 30%
Research (volume, income and reputation) 30%
Citations 30%
International outlook (staff, students, research) 7.5%
Industry income (knowledge transfer) 2.5%

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Criteria used in ranking -THE Global University Employability Ranking - Times Higher Education:
Employability (survey) 100%

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Criteria used in ranking -THE World Reputation Rankings - Times Higher Education:
Research Reputation 66,6%
Teaching Reputation 33,3%

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Criteria used in ranking -THE Young University Rankings - Times Higher Education:
Teaching 30%
Research (volume, income and reputation) 30%
Citations 30%
International outlook (staff, students, research) 7.5%
Industry income (knowledge transfer) 2.5%

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The Guardian News and Media Limited

Criteria used in ranking -The Guardian The Best UK Universities - League Table:
Student to Staff Ratio 15%
Value added 15%
Entry Scores 15%
Career Prospects 15%
NSS - Teaching 10%
NSS - Assessment & Feedback 10%

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The Times and The Sunday Times

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The University League Tables

Criteria used in ranking -CUG The Complete University Guide - UK:
Entry standards
Student satisfaction
Research quality
Research intensity
Graduate prospects
Student-staff ratio
Academic services spend
Facilities spend
Good honours
Degree completion

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Thomson Reuters

Criteria used in ranking -Reuters Most Innovative Universities Europe:
Patent volume 11.11%
Patent success 11.11%
Global patents 11.11%
Patent citations 11.11%
Percent of patents cited / Patent citation impact 11.11%
Patent to Article Citation Impact 11.11%
Industry Article Citation Impact 11.11%
Percent of Industry Collaborative Articles 11.11%
Total Web of Science Core Collection Papers 11.11%

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Urap

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Us News

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Webometrics

Criteria used in ranking -Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities:
Visibility 50%
Excellence 35%
Transparency 10%
Presence 5%

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