Birmingham City University (BCU) was established initially as Birmingham College of Art with roots back to 1843.
It was made a polytechnic university in 1971 and gained university status in 1992. It is one of the city’s long-standing universities and the second largest of the five. It was renamed as Birmingham City University in 2007, as a reflection of the university’s pride and commitment to the city.
With around 24,000 students from 80 countries, Birmingham City University is a large and diverse place to study. We put students at the heart of everything we do, giving them the best opportunities for future success.
The University has an enviable reputation for providing quality, student-focused education in a professional and friendly environment.
Our superb courses, state-of-the-art facilities, first-rate staff, and focus on practical skills and professional relevance is producing some of the country’s most employable graduates.
We put £270 million into the regional economy and support thousands of jobs in the area. We're investing £340 million in our estate, including a major expansion of our city centre campus at Eastside, providing students with an enviable range of facilities. The Complete University Guide ranked us as a top 30 UK university for spending on facilities in 2015.
Our staff and student community is defined by our core values, which outline who we are as a University and how we will work with each other. Our core values are Excellence, People focused, Partnership working and Fairness and integrity.
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. With 24,500 students in the second largest city in the UK, Birmingham City University is 7th in the
UK for employability.
Birmingham City University has been named the winner of a prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize in recognition of its School of Jewellery’s proud history of innovation spanning 130 years.
Founded in 1890, the University’s School of Jewellery provides courses such as silversmithing, horology and gemmology at its home in Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter.
UNIVERSITY AWARDED QUEEN'S ANNIVERSARY PRIZE
The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes are awarded to recognise outstanding work by UK colleges and universities, which show quality, innovation and deliver real benefits to the institutions and the wider world.
The Prizes are the highest national Honour awarded to UK further and higher education and are granted by the Queen every two years. The School of Jewellery’s award forms part of the 13th biennial round of prizes for 2018-20.
£1.2 MILLION invested in Undergraduate and Postgraduate International scholarships
We offer a range of scholarship opportunities for international undergraduates which you may be eligible to receive or apply for. Please note that scholarships are only available to self-funding students. Students are only eligible to receive ONE bursary - whichever is greater.
*The following list below are all the courses that are exempt from a bursary:
•Conservatoire and BSA courses
•Top-ups for Masters courses
•Short courses that are less than one academic year
•Part-time or distance learning
•Study Abroad programmes
•Postgraduate Diploma in Law (PGDL)
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*Statistic info from Times Higher Education (THE)
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Impact Ranking 2020
Young University Ranking 2019
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