Birmingham City University is dedicated to transforming the prospects of our learners, inspiring them to become makers and doers. We are an integral part of the city in which we are based, with courses shaped by the needs of industry and partnerships with some of the country's leading employers.
The University focuses on practice-led, knowledge-based learning, providing access to cutting-edge facilities and real-world experience. We benefit from around 50 professional accreditations and have a well-established reputation for delivering in-company training and development programmes.
Our teaching staff come from and maintain their links with industry, ensuring you are given an insight into the latest thinking. We are constantly looking for new ways to enhance the learning experience, with inspiring visiting lecturers and learning environments that are designed to replicate the workplaces you aim to enter. We even give you the chance to gain work experience in real roles around the University, through our student employment scheme.
Our state-of-the-art campuses boast industry-standard facilities. Our City Centre Campus has four TV studios and six radio stations, a mock Crown Court and Magistrates’ Court plus our own in-house marketing agency. Health, Education and Life Science students have access to simulated hospital wards and classrooms, a sports performance centre as well as other specialist labs, environments and equipment that is vital for developing the skills required in the health, education and social care sectors.
We have been pioneering vocational education in the city since 1843, through a series of predecessor institutions. Having achieved University status in 1992, we changed our name to Birmingham City University in 2007, reflecting our commitment to, and pride in, our home 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 29,000 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 a wide range of contemporary, flexible courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level, with practice-based learning and international opportunities built into every stage.
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, a Grade I listed School of 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 around 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
- Exceed the published entry requirements for your chosen course and you could be eligible for a £1,000 thanks to our Up-Grade Scholarship. To be eligible for the scholarship you must be offered a place to study at Birmingham City University, choose this as your firm or insurance choice and exceed the published entry requirements. If you enrol on a full-time undergraduate course beginning in the academic year 2023/4, you may be eligible to receive the scholarship.
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. A place in University accommodation is guaranteed to all full-time first-year students, and all international students, who have accepted a firm offer in the main application cycle and apply by the deadline provided.
Our halls of residence
- University Locks – At the heart of our City Centre Campus, next door to our Curzon building. Convenient for students and offers ideal City living and close to transport links.
- 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.
- Bentley House - Just a 10 minute walk from the City Centre, Bentley House is convenient for students based at City Centre Campus and offers ideal city living
- Beech Gardens - Just a 15-minute walk away from Birmingham City University South Campus, Beech Gardens offers ideal student living with expansive garden space.
- The Old Fire Station - Conveniently located just a 5-minute walk from the City Centre, The Old Fire Station is ideal for students looking for city living in a unique setting.
Costs range from £125 to £200 per week depending on the type of room and location
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.
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, it is also the youngest major city in the UK, with under-20s accounting for 28% of its population.
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. Thanks to the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games, Birmingham hosts Olympic-standard sports facilities and has made a name for itself on the world stage.
- 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 'the coolest neighbourhood in Britain', Digbeth is the place 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 Super Smash Bros? Ultimate to Tekke? Jackbox? Mario Party? Well, you've come to the right place! Join us to satisfy your gaming 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