University Of Birmingham: Ranking, Tuition Fees, Cost Of Living Plus Admissions

The prestigious university of Birmingham is one of the leading universities in higher education worldwide. University of Birmingham became a full-fledged university in 1900, and has risen steadily become one of the top universities globally. University of Birmingham offers a variety of over 350 undergraduate courses, over 600 postgraduate courses and over 140 postgraduate research courses.

Located on an adorable green campus in the heart of Edgbaston, Birmingham in the United Kingdom, the historic university of Birmingham is not far from the exciting city center.

The university of Birmingham has five colleges which comprises of various schools. The colleges are Arts and Law, Engineering and Physical Sciences, Life and Environmental Sciences, Medical and Dental Sciences and Social Sciences.

University of Birmingham is affiliated to Universitas 21, Universities UK, EUA, ACU, Sutton 13 and Russell Group.

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In 2013, University of Birmingham was awarded the ‘University of the year 2014’ in the Times Higher Education Awards. University of Birmingham is currently ranked 16th in the United Kingdom according to the Complete University Guide’s table 2018, and 84th globally in the QS World University Rankings 2018. University of Birmingham witnessed an increase in ranking from 130th in the world according to Times Higher Education, 2017.


Prospective students from the United Kingdom and other countries in the European Union will pay £9,250 for the first year. The tuition undergoes review yearly by the university management. Tuition fees for postgraduate students vary, depending on the course of study.

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Tuition fee for Undergraduates ranges from £15,210 – £35,640 while Postgraduate taught courses ranges from £15,660 – £19,890 and Postgraduate

research tuition ranges from £7,335 – £35,640. (The tuition fee varies according to the course of study).


The city of Birmingham is the 2nd most expensive city in the United kingdom and 36th most expensive city in the world according to Expatistan. In the table below are one off fees that must be paid before moving to Birmingham.

Cost Amount (£)
University-owned halls pre-payment £550
Private shared house deposit Usually a month’s rent in advance
Bedding pack (single/double)* £30-40
Insurance (for university accommodation) £80
Police Registration** *(for international students) £34
TV Licence £145.50

The table below shows essential costs that must be put into consideration.

Rent £175 £140 £100
Gas and Electricity Included Included £9
Water Included Included £3
Food Included £50 £50
Toiletries £3 £3 £3
Laundry £5 £5 £5
Weekly Total £183 £198 £170
Yearly Total £7,686 £8,316 £7,140



Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area £2,720
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area £2,052
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas …) for 2 people in 85m2 flat £197
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area £1,330
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area £1,345
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas …) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio £124
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) £20
40” flat screen TV £399
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) £59


Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district £12
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) £5.52
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast £3.19
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk £0.74
12 eggs, large £2.07
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes £1.52
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese £5.10
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket £1.82
2 liters of Coca-Cola £1.87
Bread for 2 people for 1 day £1.06


1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) £71
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) £33
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) £81
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes £61


Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new £18,218
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas £1.18
Monthly ticket public transport £58
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) £12


Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub £24
2 tickets to the movies £16
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) £79
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert £56
1 cocktail drink in downtown club £7
Cappuccino in expat area of the city £2.76
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) £3.66
iPod nano 16GB £120
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) £0.11
1 month of gym membership in business district £29
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes £8



Applicants seeking admission into any undergraduate course must meet these requirements.

1. Grade C or above in GCSE English and Mathematics.

2. Applicants must be 17 years old by 1 October of the year in which their programme starts.

Other acceptable qualifications are:

1. Three GCE A levels (including International A Levels)

2. The International Baccalaureate Diploma

3. SQA Highers and Advanced Highers (many programmes will accept Highers without additional Advanced Highers)

4. Cambridge Pre-U (minimum three separate subjects)

5. A mix of A levels and Cambridge Pre-U subjects (minimum three in total)

6. The Irish Leaving Certificate Higher Level

7. The European Baccalaureate

These qualifications listed below may also be considered.

8. The Advanced Diploma

9. Appropriate BTEC National or Higher National Qualifications achieved with merit and distinctions

10. An Access to Higher Education qualification.


To gain admission as a postgraduate student, your application has to be reviewed by the admissions tutor. However, here are some general requirements.

1. Applicants must have a good Honors degree or its equivalent if he/she studied outside the United Kindom.

2. Applicants should also provide information on professional qualifications or industrial experience.


1. Applicants must pass the required A level subjects or its equivalent.

2. Applicants must show a required level of proficiency in English with IELTS/TOEFL/PTE or alternative qualifications within two years of the program’s commencement.


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