About Birmingham City University

by / Tuesday, 29 September 2015 / Published in Birmingham City University

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About Birmingham City University

At a glance

Birmingham City University successfully combines innovative teaching and learning, sector-leading student support and effective partnerships with some of the country’s leading employers.

Its courses have a strong focus on preparing students for the world of work, with many offering the option of a four-year ‘sandwich’ mode, with a full year in industry providing valuable work experience. This emphasis has helped ensure that nine in 10 of its graduates are in work or further study within six months (DLHE 2012/13).

The University is investing £260 million in new facilities, including a major expansion of its City Centre Campus. It welcomes some 22,500 students from 80 countries onto its courses, ensuring all students benefit from a global perspective and insight.

Birmingham is the UK’s second largest city, home to 65,000 students. It has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK, as well as internationally with many overseas direct flights from Birmingham Airport.

Facts & figures

Year of foundation – 1843

Type of institution – Tier 4 Sponsor, Higher Education Institution (HEI)

Course offered – Foundation, undergraduate, postgraduate, professional, research

Intakes – Jan/Feb, Aug/Sept

Campus locations – Birmingham, UK

Scholarships – A wide range of scholarships are available – please check www.bcu.ac.uk/international for the latest information

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Main strengths

Business, accounting and finance, art, fashion, media, visual communication,  computing, engineering, built environment, law, education, jewellery and silversmithing

No of academic staff – 1,500


As a Birmingham City University international student, you are guaranteed University accommodation for the duration of your course and the Accommodation Services team can help find the right place for you. Please visit www.bcu.ac.uk/accommodation for more information

Total student number – 22,500

Number of international and EU students – 2,200

No of countries represented – 80

Students’ Union

Birmingham City University’s Students’ Union has a wide range of fantastic services and facilities available. Societies include the Hellenic and Cypriot Society, Indian Society, Nigerian Society, Oriental Society, Romanian Society, as well as Street Dance, Yoga, Rock, Online Gaming and Debating societies.

Facilities and supports – Personal tutor, academic and career skills development

Professional associations – Almost 40 professional accreditations including ACCA, CIMA, IET and RIBA.

Industry partnerships

Many courses are developed in collaboration with industry partners, including Microsoft, Cartier, Cisco, Sony, Rank Group, Rolls-Royce, the BBC and Royal Shakespeare Company.

Career development supports – Yes

Career after 6 months – 90%

Awards obtained – Best International Strategy 2011, Outstanding Support for Students 2010 (Times Higher Education Awards).

Famous Alumni – Singer Laura Mvula, comedian Frank Skinner, actress Catherine Tyldesley, politician Khalid Mahmood, investigative journalist Mark Williams-Thomas.

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Why choose Birmingham City University 

  • The courses are practice-based; firmly rooted within industry to boost your employment prospects.
  • University work with leading global names such as Microsoft, Cartier, the BBC, Sony and Rolls-Royce to inform our course content and set live projects for you to work on.
  • The on-campus student employment agency OpportUNity gives you the chance to earn while you learn. There are many part-time jobs available on campus, with 160 EU and international students currently working through the scheme.
  • Many of the courses have internationally recognised accreditations, such as the ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) and RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects).
  • The university is mid-way through a £260 million investment plan, including a majar expansion of our City Centre Campus.
  • The state-of-the-art facilities are what you’d find in the workplace. The Law students debate in simulated court rooms, Business students can access an authentic boardroom, media facilities include radio, TV and ‘green screen’ studios and Engineering students can make use of an environmental lab, emissions test facilities and over £11 million worth of computer equipment.
  • The University ranked 6th out of 130 universities for student teaching time (Daily Telegraph course finder).
  • 90 per cent of our 2013 graduates had found employment within six months of graduating (DLHE survey 2012/13).
  • Many of our academics are globally recognised within their fields, including the UK’s leading criminologist, Professor David Wilson.
  • Seven members of staff are currently National Teaching Fellows – the most prestigious award for excellence in university teaching and learning.
  • In the Research Excellence Framework 2014, which measures universities’ research performance, 90 per cent of Birmingham City University’s total submission was judged to have delivered ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ impact externally.
  • The University has a reputation for widening participation and working with local communities. It welcomes a broad mix of cultures and nationalities, and over half of its students come from the city or the surrounding area. There are also over 2,200 international and EU students who are attracted by the social and ethnic mix of the University’s student population.


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