The University of Birmingham is a public research university located in Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom. It received its royal charter in 1900 as a successor to Queen's College, Birmingham (founded in 1828 as the Birmingham School of Medicine and Surgery) and Mason Science College(established in 1875 by Sir Josiah Mason), making it the first English civic or 'red brick' university to receive its own royal charter
It is a founding member of both the Russell Group of British research universities and the international network of research universities, Universitas 21.The university was ranked 15th in the UK and 82nd in the world in the QS World University Rankings for 2016-17. In 2013, Birmingham was named 'University of the Year 2014' in the Times Higher Education awards. The 2016 Global Employability University Ranking places Birmingham at 90th worldwide and 10th in the UK. Birmingham is also ranked 9th in the UK for Graduate Prospects in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017.
The student population includes 21,495 undergraduate and 12,335 postgraduate students, which is the fourth largest in the UK (out of 166). The annual income of the institution for 2015–16 was £625.6 million of which £135.5 million was from research grants and contracts, with an expenditure of £562.1 million.
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.
More than a century after the University of Birmingham was established to unlock the global potential of a progressive city, we remain committed to ensuring our national and global influence while remaining at the heart of the city’s renaissance. Our campus is home to a wealth of historical, scientific, cultural and sporting assets open to our community. We welcome you to visit, be inspired, entertained and expand your knowledge.