Birmingham City University

United Kingdom

Why choose study in United Kingdom

Easy to research
It’s easy to research the right course for you by visiting the UCAS website. Everyone who goes to has access to the Course Search database containing details of around 38,000 courses from archaeology to zoology.

Studying in the UK will help you develop excellent language skills
The English language is of crucial importance in today’s global business arena. (Most UK universities offer language support to international students but institutions have their own criteria for the level of English that students need to master.) The cultural diversity of life in British higher education is unrivalled
From cosmopolitan cities like London, Cardiff, Belfast and Glasgow, to historic counties like Warwickshire and Yorkshire, the UK is a place of contrasts and culture, where ancient buildings sit alongside contemporary architecture.

Short undergraduate and postgraduate courses
Undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the UK tend to be shorter than in other countries which can help to keep the cost of tuition fees and living expenses down. Most undergraduate courses take three years to complete, although in Scotland it would be typically four years and postgraduate courses can be from one year upwards.

Work flexibility
Typically, international students are allowed to work for up to 20 hours a week during term time and full-time during holidays. If you are from an EU country, there will be even more flexibility. Full details about the conditions for working are on the UK Border Agency website and also on the UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs) website.

University Overview

Department structure

Business, Law and Social Sciences
The Faculty offers a wide variety of academically rigorous, vocationally focused courses on a flexible basis, and support lifelong learning through the delivery of short courses and seminars for individuals and larger bespoke groups.
The Faculty is highly recognised for the quality of its academic programmes. A significant amount of the courses have accreditations from professional bodies, giving the students an advantage when seeking employment opportunities.
Arts, Design and Media
The Faculty has impressive links with industry including household names such as BBC, Burberry, Goldsmiths, Harvey Nichols, Marks and Spencer and Saatchi and Saatchi. Creative Skillset has accredited a number of the Faculty is media courses.
It has the only centre in the Midlands approved by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) to offer their Advanced Certificate and Diploma courses. It is a leading recruiter for art and design in China and Malaysia, and runs courses in Hong Kong and Thailand.
Health, Education and Life Sciences
The Faculty has a strong focus on the training of health and education professionals and is growing its life sciences portfolio. It has a proven record for graduate recruitment and its graduates are very successful in finding employment.
The courses are taught by a range of experienced practitioners, many of whom still have links in the education and healthcare sectors.
Computing, Engineering, and the Built Environment
The Faculty of Computing, Engineering and The Built Environment (CEBE) has close links to industry which allows students to become involved in the latest research or make a real contribution to business.
It also offers international links allowing the Faculty to explore further the emerging technologies, which are crucial for knowledge-sharing. They also offer opportunities for overseas exchange.
Find out more about the Faculties here…

Entry requirements

The type and level of qualifications students require will vary depending on their chosen course.
Competence in English requirements
For international students from a non-EU country where the vast majority of people are not English-speaking, they are usually required to take a Secure English Language Test (SELT).
If they are planning to study a course which is below degree level, they must take a SELT with one of UK Visas and Immigration is (UKVI) approved English language test providers, unless they have already accepted their high school qualification.
Pre-sessional courses
If the SELT result is below the required standard, they will be eligible to study the University is pre-sessional courses, where they will learn general English and be introduced to Academic English.
Students will also practice writing, reading, grammar, listening, speaking and complete a mini-project while finding out more about British culture and society.
Courses in country
In addition to running pre-sessional English courses in the UK, the University also arranges in-country courses which help students improve their English skills before coming to the UK to begin their main course.
Read more here…


The University has invested GBP 260 million in its facilities. Whether it's the 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 the City South Campus, Birmingham City University makes sure the students have the best possible space to learn.
Curzon Building
The Curzon Building is a state-of-the-art addition to the University is City Centre Campus. It features modern facilities including the psychology labs, mock court room and CITY trading room.
Millennium Point
Millennium Point is home to the University is computing, engineering and built environment courses, and has recently undergone a GBP 6.5 million refurbishment and facilities upgrade. It is also home to Birmingham Thinktank, an award-winning science museum.
City South Campus
City South Campus in Edgbaston, to the south of the City Centre, is home to the University is health and social care courses. The new GBP 41 million building is the home of specialist laboratories for the University is new courses in sport and life sciences, and its School of Education. Students learn in the most realistic settings - from a mock operating theatre and hospital wards to a fully equipped birthing room and virtual radiotherapy suite.
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire features 9,000 square metre of purpose designed teaching, rehearsal and state-of-the-art performance space. The audio and video digital infrastructure is designed to enhance and support live performance and to allow students to experiment with new technologies.
Vittoria Street and Assay Office
The internationally renowned School of Jewellery at Birmingham City University is the largest in Europe, with unrivalled facilities and expertise to develop the students i career.
Read more about the University is facilities here…


Birmingham City University, situated in the centre of Birmingham, is the second largest university in the city and is spread across two main campuses. Over the past few years it has invested over £260 million into state-of-the-art facilities. These include biomedical science labs, a mock operating theatre, a crime scene room and the largest concentration of TV studios between London and Salford.
It is possible for students to earn while studying through the student employment agency OpportUNIty, which helps students fit a job around their own study programme and commitments. The institution also has plenty of industry partnerships, making it easy for students to gain work experience and internships.
Students have the chance to study abroad during their time at the University through an exchange programme or with Erasmus+, helping them to stand out from the crowd after graduation while making new friends and gaining new experiences. The University also offers the chance to take part in a summer programmes with partner universities around the world.
Birmingham City University has a dedicated Career Support team, which has resulted in 94% of graduates finding work within six months of finishing their degree. Students can book in to see Career Consultants to help with all aspects of their career plan as well as offering advice with searching for a job. Additional resources are available to help with things like succeeding at interviews and writing a stand-out CV.
Students are supported by a range of services during their time studying, which focus on things such as financial advice, disabled students, childcare, mentoring, counselling and information on visa and immigration.

Scholarships & funding

Birmingham City University offers a range of scholarship opportunities for international undergraduate self-funding students. Students are only eligible to receive one bursary - whichever is greater.
Non-EU only
Every year the University provides a number of scholarships recognising the talents of the international students, which will be applied towards the cost of their tuition fees. All non-EU international students enrolling on an undergraduate course will be eligible for a scholarship of up to GBP 2,000. This is awarded based on the students i academic background.
EU only
To welcome all new EU undergraduate degree students, the University is giving away at least GBP 150 worth of credit to spend in a host of ways, on books and a range of learning materials. Even better, it doesn't have to be repaid.
Prompt Payment Bursary
If the students pay their tuition fees in full before travelling to, or during their enrolment in the UK, they will be entitled to a GBP 300 prompt payment discount. This discount applies to the amount the students owe after any scholarships or bursaries have been deducted from their tuition fee.

Teaching quality

Birmingham City University has been awarded silver status for its quality of teaching in the Government is Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).
The TEF - the first scheme of its kind - recognises excellent teaching and learning across the UK is world-class higher education sector.
Silver grades have been awarded by the Government to universities offering courses with high levels of stretch that ensures all students are significantly challenged, and acquire knowledge, skills and understanding that are highly valued by employers.
Birmingham City University was particularly praised for its student support, world-class facilities and the professionalism of its teaching staff.
We have worked tirelessly to ensure we provide our students with a practice-led, knowledge-applied education that is interdisciplinary, employer-driven and has a global outlook, said Professor Graham Upton, Vice-Chancellor.
Universities were assessed for teaching quality based on student satisfaction, graduate employment and whether students completed the full term of their studies. The assessment panel considered teaching, the learning environment and the outcomes of students, along with the backgrounds of students and the subjects they study.

What is new

A number of Birmingham City University courses have risen up the Guardian is annual university league tables.
The University is Acting course, housed in the institution's Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, is now ranked as the UK is third best course after moving up from fourth in last year is table.
Elsewhere, Nursing and Midwifery climbed to 18 place nationally, almost halving its previous position of 30 in the table, while the University is Education course now sits in 17 position and is the highest ranked of any West Midlands institution.
There was also success for the University's Social Work course which moved up 15 places in the newspaper is yearly table.
The annual Guardian university league tables are aimed specifically at students trying to choose a course to study. It ranks universities and courses on topics such as teaching, other students i views of the institution and job prospects upon graduation.
It is amazing that the dedicated and talented team at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire along with the support of its creative students have been recognised by this placement in the league tables. In the end it is all about the people and the creative dialogue that we strive to engage with in each and every class, rehearsal or performance, said Daniele Sanderson, Head of Undergraduate Studies - Acting and Course Director, BA Acting.
Read more here…

University Ranking

Diversity Index - Rank: 137

Feel At Home Index - Rank: 1.04%

Overall Cost of Living


Campus Accomodation




Post Graduate


Overall Cost of Living Value

£ 8.840

Campus Accomodation Value

£ 6.936

Undergraduate Value

£ 12.000

Postgraduate Value

£ 12.440

Minimum IELTS Score

Post Graduate : 6.5

Undergraduate : 6

Overall Review

Overall Experience : 5 / 5

Admission Process : 5 / 5

Scholarships : 4 / 5

Life Experience : 5 / 5

Job Prospects : 5 / 5