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Birmingham City University

About Birmingham City University

The University of Birmingham City (BCU) was initially known as Birmingham College of Art and was founded in 1843.

In 1971, it was founded as a polytechnic and in 1992 it was recognized as a university. It is the second largest of the five universities in the region. In 2007 it was renamed the University of Birmingham City as a result of the pride and dedication of the university to the city.

According to the complete university guide, it is the second largest of five universities in the city and the third of the five. It has around 24,000 students from 80 countries.Its strengths are in the creative and performing arts. 

Birmingham City University Campus

University has two main campuses that include courses in the fields of art and design, business, the built environment ,computing, education, engineering, English, healthcare, law, social sciences, technology and the performing arts.

Center Campus is composed of five buildings, The Joseph Priestley and The Royal Birmingham Conservatories: The Curzons, Millennium Point andThe Parkside House.

The City South Campus comprises three houses: the Seacole Tower, the Bevan House and the Ravensbury House. It consists of 3 schools.Faculty of Health is located at the Edgbaston South Campus, in southern City Centre. 

Birmingham City University Facilities in Campus

  • Our state-of-the-art resources including a gallery, 
  • Noise and vibration cells, 
  • Video production laboratory, 
  • Robotic laboratory, 
  • Huge isolation booth with sonic sound quality big enough to record drum kits, 
  • Fantastic recording facilities, 
  • Blue screen studio for chromakey work for film and music.
  • Cutting-edge radiography virtual clinical training facility, 
  • Virtual ward and virtual case creator. 
  •  Virtual radiotherapy suite, 
  • Simulated home environment for visual rehabilitation students 
  • Specialist resource room for Speech and Language Therapy students, 

Location Specialities 

Birmingham is UK's second largest city. It has 5 colleges and more than 65,000 students as a major student centre.

The cityscape has been rejuvenated and Birmingham has been elevated as the largest European city by significant developments and cultural change.

Birmingham is a major European town with spectacular architecture, art, music, theatre, and sports facilities, excellent nightlife, great shopping and food including the world-famous Bullring Centre.

The town is also surrounded by beautiful landscapes. Its location in the center of the city makes it a convenient base from where you can explore Britain and Europe; the city, with its own international airport, is less than two hours away from London by road and by train. Warwick, Stratford, Peak District and Wales are easily accessible.


  • More than 2,500 well-equipped rooms are available in one university-managed residential hall as well as in a number of partner halls in the town.
  • Every student room in the halls has Wi-Fi and Internet access.

Birmingham City University Ranking

  • 96th in the Times University Guide 2020
  • 81st in the Guardian University Guide 2020

Teaching Quality

Birmingham City University has been awarded silver status for its quality of teaching in the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) in 2017.

Student Teacher Ratio


Academic Divisions

  • Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences
  • Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
  • Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Arts, Design and Media

Study Options Available 

  • Languages, Literature & Linguistics
  • Architecture
  • Art, Performing Arts & Design
  • Other Health
  • Psychology
  • Computer Science
  • Communication & Media Studies
  • Sociology
  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • General Engineering
  • Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
  • Law
  • Education
  • Sport Science
  • Agriculture & Forestry
  • Biological Sciences
  • Business & Management
  • Accounting & Finance
  • Economics & Econometrics

Why University of Birmingham City

  • Located in  global city
  • 7th in the UK for employability
  • Internationally accredited courses
  • Earn while you learn
  • Excellent teaching
  • Advanced campus facilities

How to Reach? Or Travel

  •  Excellent rail links, with three main stations in the city centre. It takes as little as 1 hour 24 minutes to get to London.
  • A major hub with destinations across the UK, Europe, North America and Asia is Birmingham Airport at 8 miles from the city centre. •
  • A broad network of buses, trains and trams supplies local transport

Birmingham City University Tuition Fees

Courses Duration Tuition Fees
MBA (1 Courses) 18 month GBP 15400
Engineering (6 Courses) 1 Year - 3 Year GBP 9250 - GBP 12000
Science (2 Courses) 3 Year - 4 Year GBP 9250
Arts (3 Courses) 1 Year - 3 Year GBP 9250 - GBP 12000
Information Technology (IT) (4 Courses) 1 Year - 3 Year GBP 9250 - GBP 12000
Banking & Finance (1 Courses) 2 year GBP 12000
Management (4 Courses) 1 Year - 3 Year GBP 9250 - GBP 12000

Birmingham City University Entry Requirements

Courses Exam
Arts IELTS , ielts
Banking & Finance IELTS
Engineering IELTS , ielts
Information Technology (IT) IELTS , ielts
Management ielts , IELTS
Science IELTS

Birmingham City University Financial Aids/Scholarships

  • Institutional scholarships offered at Birmingham City University are only available to self-funding students and they are cannot be mixed; one aid, the one with a higher value, is allowed at a time.
  • International students at Birmingham City University are eligible for several financial aids and they are scholarships, student jobs, bursaries, discounts, and grants
  • There is prompt payment of 300 GBP that international students are eligible to when they pay their tuition in full before traveling to the United Kingdom or during enrolment there. It applies to tuition fees when scholarships, if any, have been deducted from it.
  • Some of the scholarships for international students in the UK are as follows:
    • Non-EU International Undergraduate scholarships: These are entrance scholarships awarded to self-funding international students in September 2020. It carries an amount of 2,000 GBP and it is applied towards the cost of tuition fees. Successful applicants will be chosen based on academic background. Exempted programs from this scholarship are ACCA and Conservatoire courses (Music and Theater).
    • BCU Achievement Scholarships: Awarded to graduating international undergraduate students, these scholarships have a value of 3,000 GBP and are only eligible for students graduating with a first or second class undergraduate degree. Students who are progressing into a master’s program in September of 202 or January of 2021 are eligible.
    • Non-EU International Postgraduate scholarships: Similar to its undergraduate counterpart, this scholarship has a value of 2,000 GBP and it is awarded to international students entering in September of 2020. Selection and award amount will be based on academic background and previous degree grade, and such degree needs to be the equivalent to a United Kingdom degreeExempted programs are PGCE and PCET, ACCA, Masters in Teaching and Learning/Educational Leadership (MTL/MEL) Conservatoire courses (Music and Theater), and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses in Health. The grades to award amounts are:
      • 2,000 GBP for a 1st-degree holder
      • 1,500 GBP for a 2:1 degree holder
      • 1,000 GBP for a 2:2 degree holder
      • 500 GBP for a 3rd-degree holder

Famous Aluminis

  • Mary Rhodes (sports TV presenter),
  •  Charlie Stayt (BBC news presenter), 
  • Alex Hughes (cartoonist), 
  • Betty Jackson (fashion designer), 
  • Ravi Deepres (photographer), 
  • Frank Skinner (comedian) and 
  • Rob Pepper (artist).

English Language Requirements:

IELTS for UG and PG – 

  • For the majority of the courses, an IELTS of 6.0 overall (with no band below 5.5) is required, however, please note that some courses may require a higher IELTS score. Please check with the University if you are unsure.


  • TOEFL – 80 overall and a minimum of 17 in Writing and Listening, 18 in Reading and 20 in Speaking.
  • PTE – 50 overall with a minimum of 42 in all components.


  • TOEFL – 88 overall and a minimum of 17 in Writing and Listening, 18 in Reading and 20 in Speaking.
  • PTE – 61 overall with 51 in all components.

The Requirements may Defer for some Programs.

Birmingham City University Highlights

Institution Type Public
Student Population 25,800
FAFSA Code G12215
Application Cost 20-26 GBP for UCAS
Accreditation ACCA, CIMA, RIBA, and, many others
Average Cost of Attendance 18,086.5-27,575.5 GBP

Birmingham City University Average Tuition fees and Other Expenses

This figure is an estimate of the basic living costs during the first nine months of studies, which covers most expenses including average tuition fees.

Items Amount per annum in GBP
Tuition and fees 5,700-13,200
Accommodation 5,483-7,013
Food 2,600
Books and supplies 450
Utilities like gas, laundry, electricity, etc 2,355
Transportation 390
Leisure/social activities 600-960
Miscellaneous such as TV license, telephone cost, police registration, subscriptions, etc 490.5
Insurance 15-117
Total 18,086.5-27,575.5


Know more about Studying in UK

Tuition Fees in UK (1st Year Average) MS: £17276 | MBA: £17276 | BE/Btech: £16632 | BBA: £15130 | BSc: £16632 | MFin: £19000 | MA: £15560 | MIM: £18241 | MEM: £16950 | MArch: £14271 | BHM: £12662 | MIS: £15344 | MEng: £12876 | MBBS: £28865| MPharm: £15452
Average Accomodation & Food Costs in UK £850 to £1,050 a month
Entrance Exams in UK TOEFL: 88 | IELTS: 6.5 | PTE: 59 | GMAT: 590
Work and Study in UK Permitted for 20 hours/week with a valid study permit.
Post Study Work Permit in UK 2 Year after graduation depending on the course.
Cost of Student Visa in UK £348
Student Visa in UK Your nationality, duration of your stay and purpose of your stay are the three essential factors for UK visa. For Non-EU students UK visa is mandatory.
Intakes in UK There are mainly two intakes in UK: January/February & September/October.
Top Job Sectors in UK IT Engineering, Product Design, Mobile Development, Designers, Logistics, etc.
Economy in UK Growth Rate: 1.3% (2018) 1.4% (2019) 1.4% (2020e), 6th Largest Economy in the World by Nominal

Birmingham City University Average Tuition Fee Per Year


£ 12,200


£ 12,600

Costs per year

Overall cost of living

£ 6,550

Campus accommodation

£ 6,100

Please note that fees will vary. Always check the exact cost of the program and bear in mind likely additional expenses.