Birmingham City University successfully combines innovative teaching and learning, innovative student support and effective partnerships with some of the country’s leading employers. We are committed to developing graduates with the skills and experience employers need.
We focus on practice-led, knowledge-based learning, providing you with access to cutting-edge facilities and real-world experience. The University enjoys around 50 professional accreditations and has a well-established reputation for delivering in-company training and development programmes.
We’ve just finished investing £340m in our campuses and facilities. We have three brand new buildings at our City Centre Campus: The Parkside Building for design and media students, which opened in 2013, The Curzon Building, which houses business, law, social science and English courses as well as new library, IT and student support facilities and opened in 2015, and our new music building for the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire which opened in 2017. A new building for Education, Sport and Life Science courses opened at our City South Campus in 2018.
At Birmingham City University, the UK’s second largest city is just minutes’ walk from your campus, and we can’t wait to welcome you to our buzzing, young and diverse city.
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Whether you have questions about our courses, student life, living in Birmingham, our facilities or any worries you may have about coming to university- the team and our student ambassadors are here to answer them. So don't be shy and ask way!
We've invested £340m in our facilities. Whether it's our state-of-the-art Parkside Building which includes the largest concentration of TV studios between London and Salford or the simulated operating theatre and hospital wards at our City South Campus, we're making sure you have the best possible space to learn. Our excellent facilities are supported by dedicated careers services, welfare and medical provisions, plus sports teams and the Students’ Union to get involved with.
Library and study facilities
- When you choose to study at Birmingham City University, you can be confident that your learning needs are our top priority. In addition to high-quality teaching and facilities specific to your course/subject, you'll find a range of general learning support facilities which provide you with all the help you need to succeed.
- Our six libraries provide access to around 62 million resources. Our Education Development Service offers workshops and one-to-one tutorials to improve your study and English language skills and help you reach your potential. And our award-winning Education Development Service (EDS) is constantly working to improve the quality of your experience as a student.
- We provide all the IT help you'll need at University, including workstation provision, shared storage, email services and wi-fi access.
- Graduate + makes sure nothing you do at university goes to waste – and tells employers that you’ve got more than your degree. We also advertise a lot of our on-campus roles to students first, and Birmingham is full of shops, bars and part time work opportunities. On top of this, the majority of courses give you the chance to go on placement and other courses will offer you the choice of a placement year.
- As a Birmingham City University student you are automatically a member of your Students’ Union and have access to the wide range of fantastic services and facilities that we offer. We are here to create and promote a great student experience for you and all of our 24,500 student members and to ensure that you get the most out of your time with us!
- Through BCU Sport, you can get involved in all sorts of sports from football to rowing, volleyball, ice hockey, rock climbing and basketball.
- The Doug Ellis Sports Centre is a fantastic health and fitness facility which is available to all. Work out in the fitness suite, join one of our classes or team up with your friends for an activity in the sports hall.
- We also offer sports scholarships through our Athlete Support Programme. Designed to support those who have the potential to become elite athletes and are currently competing at least at junior national or international level in their sport.
Medical and welfare services
- Our professional and confidential Health and Wellbeing services offer support for your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing, helping you to make the most out of your time at university. We can help you with disability support, mental health and wellbeing, counselling, healthcare, and faith and spiritual wellbeing.
Courses and Fees
We offer over 500 undergraduate, foundation and postgraduate courses in a range of subjects spanning four faculties.
Our courses are practice-based, ensuring we give you the skills that employers are looking for, so whether you're social, creative or ambitious at heart, be you at Birmingham City University. There's so much going on in Birmingham – from the buzzy street markets to the unmissable transformation of the whole city and our campus. Study here at you'll be at the heart of it all. Start your journey and find a course that suits you.
- Each course has its own specific entry requirements that can include both academic and non-academic elements. Be sure to check the entry requirements tab on the course pages to work out what you need to achieve in order to be accepted to study.
Faculties / Departments
- Arts, Design and Media: Our internationally renowned arts training provision includes a specialist music conservatoire and drama school, a leading provider of media training, and the UK’s largest regional centre for art, architecture and design education, incorporating Europe’s largest jewellery school. From music to media and film to fashion, our students regularly win awards and gain national recognition for their achievements.
- Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment: Our School of Computing and Digital Technology applies abstract intelligence to making a better, safer, smarter society, whilst the School of Engineering and the Built Environment is solving the problems of tomorrow, today.
- Business, Law and Social Sciences: The Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences offers an innovative learning environment, as well as outstanding facilities and resources at our City Centre Curzon Building. We specialise in the fields of business, law, criminology, sociology and psychology, and have a strong record of teaching, research and consultancy.
- Health, Education, and Life Sciences: We’ve spent £41million expanding and improving the health facilities at our City South campus. Our facilities offer hands-on practical experience with professional standard equipment across our sport, health and education courses.
- You’ll find a diverse and welcoming environment at Birmingham City University. We’re a modern and dynamic international university, with staff, students and alumni from more than 100 countries. Our courses are highly practical and career focused, and many are accredited by professional bodies. This means that you'll gain qualifications with us that are prized by employers, giving you an important advantage in the job market.
- Fees vary depending on your course type and length, but most standard undergraduate courses cost £9,250 per year.
Bursaries and scholarships
- Meet or Beat your predicted grades and you could be eligible for a £1,000 scholarship. To be eligible for the scholarship your predicted grades from your school or college must be equal to or above our published entry requirements, enabling you to receive a Special Unconditional Offer from BCU.
- The University is offering new Home and EU students enrolling in the 2020/21 or 2021/22 academic year £150 credit to spend, giving you the best possible start to life at BCU. The scheme is open to all new Home and EU undergraduate degree students and can be spent on a wide range of items from an online shop stocking books, clothes, art supplies, medical/nursing equipment and more.
Our halls of residence are near to our campuses and public transport, so you’re ideally located for studying and socialising. Leaving home for university is one of the biggest moves you will ever make, and with the excitement, freedom and independence of living in halls, it is the perfect way to meet new friends. All full-time home, EU and international students who live more than 10 miles from their place of study can guarantee University accommodation in their first year by making us their first choice and applying before the deadline.
Our halls of residence
- University Locks – New accommodation which only opened in 2016, right next door to our Curzon building. Perfect for those studying on our City Centre Campus.
- Jennens Court – Located on our City Centre Campus, next door to Millennium Point. Great for those wanting to live on campus and be close to everything in the city.
- The Heights – A 10 minute walk from the city centre. Convenient for students based at our City Centre Campus who are looking for city centre living.
- Queens Hospital Close – Offers hassle-free accommodation located on Bath Row, which is just a 20-minute walk to City South Campus.
- Lakeside – Lakeside offers the perfect student living experience. There is a great student community and all the modern comforts you need to study and have fun.
- Staniforth House – Just a 10 minute walk from the city centre, Staniforth House is convenient for students based at City Centre Campus and offers ideal city living.
- Bagot Street – Bagot Street offers modern accommodation located on Bagot Street, just a 10 minute walk to Millennium Point campus.
Costs range from £118 to £160 per week depending on the type of room and location
When possible, the best way to explore what's on offer at BCU is to come and see us in person. Our Open Days provide the perfect opportunity to chat to our staff and students, and check out our state-of-the-art facilities.
Why come to an open day?
- Looking around the facilities is one of the most important parts of going to a University Open Day. You'll be able to get a real feel for whether it's the right place for you after you've got your hands on the kit!
- We've just finished investing £340m million in our facilities and we'll be proud to show you around at our next Open Day.
What are undergraduate open days like?
- The programme for our open days changes each time, but you can be sure to always have the opportunity to hear our Vice Chancellor welcome you to the university, as well as going on accommodation tours, campus tours, and meeting lecturers and current students for your chosen courses to find out more about what your life at Birmingham City University would be like.
What are postgraduate open days like?
- Whether you're continuing your passion, re-skilling or trying to change the world, a Master's can help.
- A master's degree can increase your earning potential, develop your skills, and put you on track to become an expert in your field. Visit an Open Day and see if a postgraduate degree is for you – you will be able to explore the facilities, campuses and meet lecturers and current postgraduate students.
How to get to the uni
- Birmingham is full of transport links! From Grand Central Station, providing a way to work and study in Birmingham for people all across the country, to the newly extended Metro system, there are so many ways to get around. We’re a 10-15 minute walk from all city centre train stations and centrally located to make it even easier to find us.
During the pandemic we have moved all our Open Days online. Discover what BCU offers at one of our Virtual Open Days. Enjoy an Open Day experience from your own home, hear from our staff and students and virtually tour our state-of-the-art campuses. Our confident, proud and diverse community of students strive to achieve their goals. You too could be taught by our trailblazing academics and study in our innovative £340m facilities.
The city is your campus: join us at Birmingham City University and you will be studying right in the heart of a forward-looking and vibrant city with plenty to see and do just a few minutes’ walk from the campus. Whether you’re moving to Birmingham or you’re a Brummie at heart, there’s so much to student life here to explore.
Studying in Birmingham offers you the chance to live and work in the youngest major city in Europe with world-class restaurants, entertainment and shops. What’s more, Birmingham is home to more than one million people from a range of different cultures and ethnic groups, 40 per cent of this population is 25 and younger.
Sports and recreation
- Whether you're interested in sport as a participant or a spectator, Birmingham has plenty to offer. It’s home to three leading football clubs – Aston Villa, Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion. International cricket takes place at the world famous Edgbaston cricket ground. The Belfry is a well-loved and historic golf course. And with the Commonwealth Games coming to Birmingham in 2022, we're expecting stadium upgrades and new sporting venues set to pop up across the city.
- With world-class art, unique drama, musical flair, diverse dance and performing arts, Birmingham is a great place to soak up culture. Birmingham’s major theatres attract the cream of the West End touring shows as well as showcasing original ballet, opera and musicals. The oldest working cinema in the UK, The Electric, is at the heart of the city centre and is a major part of Birmingham's film scene, along with the ‘Flatpack Film Festival’. The city's diversity also brings a variety of different religious festivals alongside internationally known events such as Comic Con and many music festivals.
- Birmingham has nightlife covered. There’s a reason it’s a must-visit destination for revellers all over the country. If it’s big clubs and bars playing the latest hits, then Broad Street is for you. Prefer the underground? Then Digbeth’s venues are where to visit. For the more bohemian night out, the independent scene of Moseley and Kings Heath is perfect. Then there’s the brand new and old traditional pubs of the Jewellery Quarter, student-priced Selly Oak and everything the city centre has to offer.
Crafty Bitches is a knitting and craft society - beginner and experienced knitters/crafters welcome!
Scratch Radio has been around for nearly two decades and broadcasts from The Curzon Building at our City Centre campus. We are award-winning radio made by students, for students.
Do you like Street Fighter? Smash Bros? Blazblue? Guilty Gear? Well, you've come to the right place! Join us to satisfy your fighting game needs!
BCU Film are open to film buff's and casual film watchers alike. The society aims to create a space for people to engage with film in a more critical capacity and expand our knowledge of film to be more inclusive of various types of cinema.
Other Contact Details
+44 (0)121 331 5000
Prospective UK and EU student course enquiries:
+44 (0)121 331 5595
To order a prospectus:
+44 (0)121 331 5595
International/prospective student enquiries:
Tel: +44 (0)121 331 5389
Fax: +44 (0)121 331 6314
Email: [email protected]
City Centre Campus: B4 7AP
City South Campus: B15 3TN
School of Art: B3 3BX
School of Jewellery: B1 3PA