Birmingham City University

Overview

Birmingham City University is one of the four universities in the UK offering a fully CIPD-accredited Masters in International Human Resource Management Programme.

Birmingham City University is 7th in the United Kingdom for employability. Over 97% of their graduates are employed or studying further within 6 months after graduation. The university is the winner of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for its School of Jewellery’s history of innovation.

Birmingham City University meets the ACCA performance target for course support and tuition with all their ACCA programmes taking place in their Platinum status centre.



History

Birmingham City University was founded in 1843, but achieved university status in 1992 and adopted its present name in 2007. The university is famous for its art and design, health, and media departments. They are known for their innovative teaching and learning techniques, their dedicated, internal student support system, and their collaboration with some of the top employers in the United Kingdom.

The university offers a diverse, friendly, and professional educational environment with over 24,000 international students from over 100 countries enrolled in one of their many programmes The University aims to provide students with opportunities to succeed in the future.

They have earned a reputation for providing student-focused and quality education to local and international students. With time, they have evolved their student facilities. Their dedicated staff shares their goal of ensuring graduates leave with practical skills needed to become viable candidates for employment after graduation.

Students Statistics

  • Undergraduate – 76%
  • Postgraduate – 24%
  • Full-time students – 87%
  • Part-time students – 13%
  • UK students – 86%
  • EU students – 2%
  • International students – 12%
  • Female – 63%
  • Male – 37%

  • Ranking & Achievements

  • Between 501-600 by Times Higher Education (THE) 2023
  • 89th in the Complete University Guide 2023
  • 94th in the Times University Guide 2023
  • 100th in the Guardian University Guide 2023
  • 1001-1200 by QS World University Rankings 2023
  • Faculties

    Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences

  • School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • School of Health Sciences
  • School of Defence Healthcare Education
  • School of Education and Social Work

  • Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment

  • School of Computing and Digital Technology
  • Computing
  • Digital Technology
  • School of Engineering and the Built Environment
  • Built Environment
  • Engineering

  • Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences

  • Birmingham City Business School
  • School of Law
  • School of Social Sciences

  • Faculty of Arts, Design and Media

  • Birmingham School of Art
  • Birmingham School of Architecture and Design
  • School of Fashion and Textiles
  • School of Jewellery
  • School of Visual Communication
  • Birmingham School of Media
  • School of English
  • Birmingham School of Acting
  • Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
  • School of Games, Film and Animation
  • Fees & Scholarships

    International students will have to pay around £12,000-£15,500.

    Scholarships

    Birmingham City University provides international students with several scholarship opportunities. Their scholarship is available for international undergraduates and postgraduates. Only self-funding students can apply for a scholarship. Students are eligible to receive just one bursary. However, certain courses are exempt from receiving a bursary.

    Their scholarships are available for Non-EU and EU students. Some of the scholarships students can apply for include Prompt Payment Bursary for both undergrads and postgrads with the BCU Achievement Scholarship and the GREAT Scholarships available for only postgrads. Note that the GREAT Scholarships are only available to international students from Malaysia and Thailand.

    Are you interested in applying to Birmingham City University? Do you want more information regarding any of the scholarships here? If you do, you can contact us. We can guide you through the entire process, making it a seamless one.

    Courses

    Undergraduate

  • Accountancy
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Accounting and Finance with a Foundation Year
  • Accounting and Islamic Finance
  • Accounting with Business
  • Acting
  • Applied Linguistics
  • Applied Theatre (Community and Education)
  • Architectural Technology
  • Architectural Technology with a Foundation Year
  • Architecture
  • Architecture with a Foundation Year
  • Art and Design
  • Art and Design with a Foundation Year
  • Art and Design with Creative Technologies
  • Art and Design With Creative Technologies with a Foundation Year
  • Art Business (Level 6 Top Up)
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Automotive Engineering (3 Years)
  • Automotive Engineering with a Foundation Year
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering with Foundation Year
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Biomedical Sciences with Foundation Year
  • Black Studies
  • Black Studies (Criminal Justice)
  • Building Surveying
  • Building Surveying with a Foundation Year
  • Business
  • Business Administration (Top Up)
  • Business Economics
  • Business Finance
  • Business Information Technology
  • Business Information Technology with a Foundation Year
  • Business Management
  • Business Management with a Foundation Year
  • Business Management with Enterprise
  • Business Management with Supply Chain Management
  • Business with Marketing
  • Civil Engineering
  • Civil Engineering and Construction Management
  • Civil Engineering with a Foundation Year
  • Computer and Data Science
  • Computer and Data Science with a Foundation Year
  • Computer Games Technology
  • Computer Networks And Security
  • Computer Networks and Security with a Foundation Year
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Science with a Foundation Year
  • Computing (Level 6 Top Up)
  • Computing and Information Technology
  • Computing and Information Technology with a Foundation Year
  • Construction Management
  • Construction Management with a Foundation Year
  • Costume Design and Practice
  • Costume Design and Practice with a Foundation Year
  • Criminology
  • Criminology and Security Studies
  • Criminology, Policing And Investigation
  • Cyber Security
  • Cyber Security with Foundation
  • Design for Future Living
  • Design for Future Living with a Foundation Year
  • Design for Performance: Theatre, Film and Live Events
  • Design for Performance: Theatre, Film and Live Events with a Foundation Year
  • Design Management (Level 6 Top Up)
  • Digital Business
  • Digital Film Production
  • Digital Film Production with a Foundation Year
  • Digital Forensics
  • Digital Forensics with a Foundation Year
  • Digital Marketing
  • Digital Media Computing
  • Digital Media Computing with a Foundation Year
  • Digital Media Technology China and Uk Delivery
  • Early Childhood Studies
  • Early Childhood Studies With Foundation Year
  • Economics
  • Education Studies
  • Education Studies With Foundation Year
  • Electronic Engineering
  • English
  • English and Creative Writing
  • English and Creative Writing with a Foundation Year
  • English and Drama
  • English and Drama with a Foundation Year
  • English and Journalism
  • English and Journalism with a Foundation Year
  • English Language and Literature
  • English Language and Literature with a Foundation Year
  • English Literature
  • English Literature with a Foundation Year
  • English with a Foundation Year
  • Esports Management
  • Event, Venue and Experience Management
  • Fashion Branding and Communication
  • Fashion Branding and Communication with a Foundation Year
  • Fashion Business and Promotion
  • Fashion Business and Promotion with a Foundation Year
  • Fashion Design
  • Fashion Design with a Foundation Year
  • Fashion Imaging
  • Film and Screenwriting
  • Film and Screenwriting with a Foundation Year
  • Filmmaking
  • Filmmaking with a Foundation Year
  • Finance and Investment
  • Financial Economics
  • Fine Art
  • Fine Art with a Foundation Year
  • Fire Engineering
  • Fire Engineering with a Foundation Year
  • Garment Technology
  • Garment Technology with a Foundation Year
  • Gemmology and Jewellery Studies
  • Gemmology and Jewellery Studies with a Foundation Year
  • Global Hospitality Management
  • Global Sport Management
  • Graphic Communication
  • Graphic Communication with a Foundation Year
  • Horology
  • Horology with a Foundation Year
  • Human Resource Management
  • Illustration
  • Illustration with a Foundation Year
  • Interior Architecture and Design
  • Interior Architecture and Design with a Foundation Year
  • International Business (Top Up)
  • International Finance (Top Up)
  • International Marketing (Top Up)
  • Jazz
  • Jewellery and Objects
  • Jewellery and Objects with a Foundation Year
  • Jewellery and Silversmithing Design for Industry (Level 6 Top Up)
  • Journalism
  • Journalism with a Foundation Year
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Landscape Architecture with a Foundation Year
  • Landscape Architecture with Urban Design with a Foundation Year
  • Law
  • Law with a Foundation Year
  • Law with American Legal Studies
  • Law with Business Law
  • Law with Criminal Justice
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering with a Foundation Year
  • Marketing
  • Marketing with Advertising and Public Relations
  • Marketing with Commercial Management
  • Marketing with Consumer Psychology
  • Marketing with Digital Communication
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering with a Foundation Year
  • Media and Communication
  • Media and Communication with a Foundation Year
  • Media Production
  • Media Production with a Foundation Year
  • Midwifery with Foundation Year
  • Midwifery with Public Health
  • Music / Instrumental and Vocal Performance / Composition / Music Technology
  • Music Industries
  • Music Industries with a Foundation Year
  • Music Technology
  • Nursing Adult
  • Nursing Child
  • Nursing Learning Disability
  • Nursing Mental Health
  • Photography
  • Photography with a Foundation Year
  • Popular Music
  • Primary Education with QTS
  • Primary Education with QTS with Foundation Year
  • Product And Furniture Design
  • Product and Furniture Design with a Foundation Year
  • Professional Policing
  • Property Development and Planning
  • Property Development and Planning with a Foundation Year
  • Psychology
  • Psychology with a Foundation Year
  • Psychology with Criminology
  • Psychology with Sociology
  • Public Relations and Media
  • Public Relations and Media with a Foundation Year
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Quantity Surveying with a Foundation Year
  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate with a Foundation Year
  • Secondary Physical Education with QTS
  • Secondary Science (Biology) with QTS
  • Social Work
  • Social Work With Foundation Year
  • Sociology
  • Sociology and Criminology
  • Sociology and Criminology with a Foundation Year
  • Sound Engineering and Production
  • Sound Engineering and Production with a Foundation Year
  • Sport and Exercise Science
  • Sport and Exercise Science with Foundation Year
  • Sports Coaching and Physical Education
  • Sports Coaching and Physical Education with Foundation Year
  • Sports Journalism
  • Sports Journalism with a Foundation Year
  • Stage Management
  • Textile Design with a Foundation Year
  • Textile Design: Embroidery
  • Textile Design: Embroidery with a Foundation Year
  • Textile Design: Fibre Art
  • Textile Design: Fibre Art with a Foundation Year
  • Textile Design: Knit and Weave
  • Textile Design: Knit and Weave with a Foundation Year
  • Textile Design: Print and Surface Design
  • Textile Design: Print and Surface Design with a Foundation Year
  • Textile Design: Retail, Business and Marketing
  • Textile Design: Retail, Business and Marketing with a Foundation Year
  • Video Game Design
  • Video Game Design with a Foundation Year
  • Video Game Development
  • Video Game Development with a Foundation Year
  • Video Game Digital Art
  • Video Game Digital Art with a Foundation Year
  • Visual Effects
  • Visual Effects with a Foundation Year
  • Working with Children, Young People and Families
  • Working with Children, Young People and Families with Foundation Year
  • Youth Work and Communities

  • Postgraduate

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Accounting and Finance (Masters Stage)
  • Acting
  • Acting (2 Years)
  • Advanced Computer Science
  • Advancing Diabetes Care
  • Applied Child Psychology
  • Architectural Practice (Riba Part 3 Exemption)
  • Architecture
  • Art and Design: Interdisciplinary Practices
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Arts and Education Practices
  • Arts and Project Management
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Banking and Finance
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Black Studies
  • Brass Band Conducting
  • Building Surveying with Facilities Management
  • Choral Conducting
  • Civil Engineering
  • Composition
  • Computer Science
  • Construction Project Management
  • Contemporary Arts China
  • Cosmetics Branding and Promotion
  • Counselling (Children and Young People)
  • Creative Writing
  • Creativity, Making and Innovation Practice
  • Criminology
  • Cyber Security
  • Data Journalism
  • Design and Visualisation
  • Design Management
  • Dietetics (Pre-registration)
  • Digital Construction
  • Digital Transformation
  • Education
  • Education (International Education)
  • English Literature
  • Event, Festival and Exhibition Management
  • Experimental Performance
  • Fashion Design
  • Fashion Management
  • Fashion Promotion
  • Fashion Styling
  • Feature Film Development
  • Film Distribution and Marketing
  • Finance
  • Finance and Investment
  • Fine Art
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Future Media
  • Gemmology
  • Global Business Operations
  • Health Psychology
  • Instrumental Performance
  • Interior Architecture and Design
  • Internal Audit Management and Consultancy
  • International Business Law
  • International Finance
  • International Finance (Online)
  • International Human Resource Management
  • International Human Rights
  • International Law
  • International Logistics and Supply Chain Management (Distance Learning)
  • International Professional Accounting (Acca)
  • International Project Management (Distance Learning)
  • International Sport Management
  • Islamic Finance
  • Jazz
  • Jewellery and Related Products
  • Jewellery and Related Products (1 Year)
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Landscape Architecture with Conversion
  • Legal Practice
  • Legal Practice Course
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Luxury Brand Management
  • Luxury Jewellery Management
  • Management and Entrepreneurship
  • Management and Finance
  • Management and International Business
  • Management and International Business (Online)
  • Management and Marketing
  • MBA (International)
  • MBA Online
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Media and Cultural Studies
  • Media Production
  • Medical Engineering Applications for Healthcare
  • Medical Imaging Technology
  • Multiplatform and Mobile Journalism
  • Music Technology
  • Musicology
  • Orchestral Conducting
  • Orchestral Performance (Strings)
  • Physiotherapy
  • Planning Built Environments
  • Policing and Intelligence Analysis
  • Post Compulsory Education and Training
  • Primary and Early Years (Physical Education) with QTS
  • Primary and Early Years Education with QTS
  • Primary Education with Specialism in Mathematics with QTS
  • Primary Education with Specialism in Sen with QTS
  • Product and Furniture Design
  • Professional Performance
  • Professional Voice Practice
  • Project Management
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Public Relations
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Real Estate Management
  • Secondary Art and Design
  • Secondary Computer Science
  • Secondary Design and Technology: Food, Textiles and Product Design
  • Secondary Drama
  • Secondary English
  • Secondary Geography
  • Secondary History
  • Secondary Mathematics
  • Secondary Music
  • Secondary Physical Education
  • Secondary Physical Education with Biology
  • Secondary Religious Education
  • Secondary Science: Biology
  • Secondary Science: Chemistry
  • Secondary Science: Physics
  • Security Studies
  • Smart Manufacturing
  • Social Work
  • Textile and Surface Design
  • Transforming and Leading in Health Care
  • Urban Design
  • User Experience Design
  • Video Game Development
  • Video Game Enterprise, Production and Design
  • Visual Communication
  • Vocal Performance
  • Facilities & Services

    Birmingham City University has an active in-house employment scheme to help students find jobs on campus. The university wants to provide students with experience in applying for a job after graduation, which is why they have created a formal application process, which includes submitting CVs and sitting in for interviews. Students can also visit Birmingham City’s Careers and Service offers to find out what part-time and full-time jobs and internships are available.

    Birmingham City University provides students with more than 62 million educational resources and a library that’s open at all hours of the day. Other student support facilities include a responsible and supportive staff offering educational and financial advice. The university also provides several social learning and break-out spaces located all over the campus and catering facilities.

    Student Life

    Birmingham is the second-largest city in the United Kingdom with five universities with Birmingham City University being one of them. Birmingham is ranked as a top European city due to the investment put into transforming its culture and rejuvenating the city.

    The city is always awake at night with music venues, bars, and restaurants spread all across Birmingham. The city has become popular among art and design and media students due to its many severalgalleries, theatres, and live music venues.

    Students can visit the Birmingham Royal Ballet at the Hippodrome or visit the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) in the Symphony Hall. Students in the mood to see an incredible display of contemporary art can find it at the Ikon Gallery and the Waterfall Gallery of Modern Art.

    Students who want to bop their heads and sway their body to live music cancheck out the Arena Birminghamfor live music events that take place each year. For clubbing, street food, and live music, students can visit the Digbeth area, which is just a short 5-minute walk from the City Centre campus.

    On-campus, students can join one of many societies and clubs offered at the university. They can even get a place on the Student Council to represent the interests of the student body. Students in need of free and impartial support can visit the Advice Centre.

    Accommodations

    Self-catered accommodation costs £123 to £155 each week.

    First-year students living ten miles from home and studying at the university as full-time students will receive guaranteed living accommodation. Students must accept the offer before the deadline ends. Students can increase the chances of making friends by living in a room located in the hall.

    Accommodation is available at various prices, hence allowing students with different budgets to reserve a room. The university has more than 2,500 rooms, which are equipped and furnished with the best items and things for students. They have also partnered with buildings off-campus to provide their students with more housing options. All rooms in the hall receive high-speed wireless internet.

    Transportation

    The city of Birmingham’s ideal location in the Midlands puts it in the middle of the motorway system in the United Kingdom. This provides students studying at the Birmingham City University access to the entire UK.

    Students can use the rail links, travelling by one of the major train stations located in the city centre. If they want to travel to London from Birmingham, it will take them one hour and twenty-four minutes.  They can travel all over the UK and visit countries in Asia, Europe, and North America by booking a flight out of Birmingham Airport. They can also use the local transport, which includes trains, trams, and buses

    FAQ’s

    Why international students prefer Birmingham City University?

    After graduation, 97.4% of Birmingham City University students are either fully employed or enrolled in graduate school. You may advance your profession, increase your income, and realise your maximum capabilities, no matter what major you pursue at BCU.

    Do international students find living expenses low in Birmingham?

    Students on a tighter budget may find it more practical to study in Birmingham rather than London.

    Is Birmingham City University a public or private institution?

    Birmingham University is a public university in Birmingham, England.

    Do you think London or Birmingham is a better place to go to university?

    Choosing between London and Birmingham for university has both its benefits and drawbacks. Despite London’s unique status and worldwide recognition, Birmingham is the more inexpensive option. Yet, both metropolises are home to excellent educational opportunities and vibrant campus communities for young adults.

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