This Scholarship is for Graduate Study in any subject at either Masters or Doctoral level at the University of Birmingham and will be for up to two years (with a possibility of a third year for doctoral studies). If awarded a Birmingham Marshall Scholarship candidates would be expected to study at the University of Birmingham.

The following Information has been provided by the University of Birmingham.

General Information

The University, founded in 1900, is a large public university located predominantly on a 276 acre campus site in the suburbs of Birmingham, the second largest city in the UK after London. The University has a campus in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and, as a global institution, delivers programmes cross multiple continents.

Birmingham is consistently ranked amongst the top 15 in UK national league tables and amongst the top 100 universities globally. The US News and World Report ranks the University at 96 in the 2019 ‘Best Global Universities Ranking’. With a population of over 35,000 students, including 8,700 international students from over 150 countries, Birmingham’s students are part of a truly vibrant and global community.

Our extensive academic portfolio comprises over 350 taught postgraduate programmes and a wealth of research opportunities. Given the breadth of research supervision available, we have an exceptional ability to take on ambitious research topics, and interdisciplinary research is therefore particularly welcomed.

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Fast Facts

  • Research Reputation: 81% of research carried out by the University of Birmingham was rated as ‘internationally excellent’ at 3* or ‘world leading’ at 4* according to the latest UK government ‘Research Excellence Framework’ (2014). 87% of Birmingham’s research was assesses as having a global impact.
  • Our internationally-renowned Shakespeare Institute is located in Stratford upon Avon and enjoys close relations with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. It houses a world-class research library, supports a range of major Shakespearean projects and hosts the world’s most prestigious international Shakespeare conference:
  • Our interdisciplinary Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage lies within the dramatic landscape of the Ironbridge Gorge at the heart of the World Heritage Site and works in partnership with the Ironbridge Gorge Museum. It provides an opportunity for scholars from all disciplines to focus on cultural heritage through a multi-disciplinary lens:
  • Our Special Collections and Archives consist of 120,000 pre-850 books and 3 million manuscripts. The Mingana Collection of Middle Eastern manuscripts is the largest collection after the Vatican and the Bibliothéque National de France.
  • The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, located on campus, has been celebrated by The Observer newspaper as ‘one of the finest small art galleries in Europe’. Containing works by Botticelli, Degas, Monet, Van Dyck, Picasso, Matisse and Rembrandt, it is an exceptional resource for researchers in Art History:
  • Music is at the heart of our campus which is home to a £16 million auditorium and music facility the ‘Bramall Music Building’. The Bramall Building houses one of the UK’s leading Music Departments which began in 1905 with the appointment of Sir Edward Elgar as the University of Birmingham’s first Professor of Music.
  • Our School of Sport & Exercise Sciences places Birmingham as 6th best university in the world for ‘Sports-Related Subjects’ in the QS World University Rankings 2019.
  • Our Arts and Humanities researchers are among the very best in the UK, highlighting our world-class research programme. Philosophy, History, Classics, Theology and Religion, and West African Studies are amongst the top ranked departments in the country and recognised for bringing significant benefits to society.
  • Top for technological advancements in Physics: University energy experts are leading the way by gaining UK investment for clean-cold technologies in a bid to service the growing demand for refrigeration which is likely to overtake the demand for heating by 2060. Quantum technological research is being undertaken which will impact on industries from construction to healthcare. Physicists are at the forefront of technology, analysing data from the Large Hadron Collider to find evidence of new particles which will be relevant to technological advances in the future. Birmingham’s Institute of Gravitational Wave Astronomy was also involved in the nobel prize winning LIGO experiment which detected gravitational waves for the first time.

Life in

Life at Birmingham offers the best of both worlds – a peaceful, thriving campus community on the doorstep of one of Europe’s most culturally dynamic cities. Birmingham has more students than any other UK city outside London and 40% of the population of the city is under-25! Birmingham is the UK’s second largest city and the University’s very own railway station means the city centre is only ever minutes away. Birmingham is abuzz with entertainment, nightlife, culture and shopping, and has been hailed as the UK’s ‘culinary capital’ by the BBC food magazine, Olive. Sports enthusiasts will appreciate the rich heritage that Birmingham offers.

The city is home to the English Football League, the world’s oldest lawn tennis club, the world-renowned Edgbaston Cricket Ground, and several premier league football clubs. Culture vultures will enjoy the thriving independent arts scene as well as a host of entertainment venues ranging from the Hippodrome and Symphony Hall to gigs at the LG Arena, O2 Academy and National Indoor Arena.Birmingham has an enviable central location and is an excellent base from which to explore the rest of the country. We’re under two hours from London and with an international airport on our doorstep, the rest of Europe is easily accessible too.

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