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International Students

Clearing for international students is now open and we are accepting applications for a number of our courses. Start your application now.

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College of Arts and Law

Birmingham Law School

College of Arts and Law

Department of African Studies and Anthropology

Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies

Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology

Department of Drama and Theatre Arts

Department of English Language and Linguistics

Department of English Literature

Department of Film and Creative Writing

Department of History

Department of Modern Languages

Department of Music

Department of Philosophy

Department of Theology and Religion

Engineering and Physical Sciences

Department of Civil Engineering

Department of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering

Department of Mechanical Engineering

School of Chemical Engineering

School of Chemistry

School of Computer Science

School of Engineering

School of Mathematics

School of Metallurgy and Materials

School of Physics and Astronomy

Life and Environmental Sciences

Life and Environmental Sciences

School of Biosciences

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

School of Psychology

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

Medical and Dental Sciences

Social Sciences

Business School

Department of Political Science and International Studies

Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology

Department of Social Work and Social Care

Department of Sociology

School of Education

Social Sciences

The Department of Economics

Our standard grades are listed on our website, which you can find on our course pages using the search box. If you do not quite meet the requirements listed, please fill out our application form as we may be able to offer you a place.

Courses that are not in Clearing 2020

  • Medicine A100
  • Dentistry A200
  • Dental Hygiene & Therapy B750
  • Nursing BNurs: N702, B703, B704
  • Nursing MNurs: B705, B709, B706, B707, B708

    The BEng and BSc versions of the below courses ARE available in Clearing. We are unable to offer the below MEng and MSci courses in Clearing:

  • Chemical Engineering MEng: H810, H801, H802, HW10
  • Metallurgy and Materials MEng: J200, F2H1, HJ53
  • Aerospace Engineering MEng: H400
  • Nuclear Engineering MEng: H822
  • MEng Engineering and Mechanical Eng: H632, H301, H330, H303, H305
  • All Physics MSci: F302, FFH5, F303, F373 (including Theoretical Physics MSci F3DG/F343)

What is Clearing?

Being in Clearing is a second opportunity to make a decision about the future. It’s also a way for students to find a place on a foundation or undergraduate course if they haven’t applied before the 30 June or haven’t been accepted by their Firm or Insurance choice universities.

You can also use Clearing if you:

  • didn't receive any offers (or none you wanted to accept)
  • were not accepted by your Firm or Insurance choices
  • have declined your Firm place, and so are not holding any offers 

How Clearing works

If you are considering going through Clearing or want to keep your options open, here’s some helpful information for you and your parents on how to find a course, and what to do when you’ve found one.

The Clearing process, which is operated by UCAS, is designed to help people find a university course that still has places available.

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email us to ask questions about Clearing.

If you have all of your results, we could make you an offer as soon as Clearing opens on the 6 July. Check back here after that date to find details on how to apply to us through Clearing.

If you are waiting for your results you can still talk to an advisor. You can email us to ask questions about Clearing.

What can I study? Currently all of our courses are available in Clearing except those listed above.


What is Clearing Plus? Clearing Plus is a new feature on UCAS Track. It allows you to see a list of courses that are ‘matched’ to you if you are an unplaced applicant, based on your application and what universities are looking for. You can then easily contact the universities you are interested in. If you already have a confirmed place, you can release yourself into Clearing to use Clearing Plus – see ‘Changed your mind?’ below.

I've changed my mind, what do I do? Have you already made your decision in UCAS, but interested in joining us in September? Don’t worry! You can self release into Clearing. Here’s UCAS guide on how to Self Release.

More Clearing FAQs

What do I do if I have to go into Clearing?
If you find that you are in Clearing (UCAS Track will tell you if you are) then you need to follow these steps:

  • Ask for advice from teachers, advisers, family and friends. Don’t make any rash decisions, take time to assess the situation and your options.
  • See what courses are available in subjects you want to do and what your results are suited to. You can now use UCAS’s new Clearing Plus option in Track, which will match you with available courses. You can also search for courses on the UCAS website, or directly on the websites of university’s with places available in Clearing.
  • Call the universities you are interested in and talk to their advisors and admissions tutors.
  • You may gather a number of offers, or maybe just one. Either way, decide which is the right one for you and refer yourself to the university you want to go to.
  • Try and visit that university, if the current situation allows. Alternatively, many universities offer virtual tours – you can visit ours to get an insight into life in Birmigham.

How do I know if I have the right grades for Clearing?
Some universities will tell you the grades they accept on their website, others may ask you to call first. Our website allows you to search for suitable courses. We will publish our Clearing grades on the website nearer the time.

What are your Clearing hotline opening date and times?
Clearing opening times and hotline telephone numbers will be available nearer the time. For enquiries about Clearing you can email us at

What should I do if I have an offer somewhere else?
You can decide to turn down your original offer and choose us in Clearing instead. You can do this through a process known as Self Release. Simply sign into UCAS Track, click ‘Decline my place’ on the homepage and follow the instructions.

Will I find accommodation?
The University of Birmingham has a varied selection of accommodation available to students. Visit our Accommodation page for details on what’s available.

When is the closing date for Clearing?
There's no specific closing date for Clearing but some of our courses fill up quickly in August. Our advice is to call us as soon as you can, although we will accept Clearing applications throughout September.

What is the University doing to ensure safety and wellness during COVID-19?
Our future students Coronavirus FAQs contain all the latest information and is updated regularly.

Students with the International Baccalaureate

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Discover our Foundation programme

If you do not meet our entry requirements for direct entry onto undergraduate programmes you may be interested in our international foundation pathways. Our foundation pathways are taught by Birmingham academics, on our main campus in Edgbaston and have full access to all campus facilities and University life.

Successful completion of one of our foundation pathways will guarantee progression onto your chosen undergraduate subject.

For more information and to apply now, visit our foundation pathways webpages.

Study at our Dubai campus in 2020

University of Birmingham Dubai


Explore courses available at our Dubai campus in 2020 through grade confirmation, speak to our expert admissions team, and find out why the University of Birmingham Dubai is the place for you.

We are on hand to answer your questions, no matter how big or small, and to help support you on your journey.

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