Register for our Postgraduate Open Day

Wed 26 April 2017, 3 - 8pm
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Students from the USA will find plenty of attractions in the UK’s second largest city, home to 65,000 students. Birmingham is a vibrant and multicultural city, with award-winning restaurants, busy bars and nightlife, international artists such as Lady Gaga and Katy Perry playing the arenas, and sports – it’s home to a Premiership soccer team.

On campus, you’ll find plenty of places to socialise from our own Students’ Union traditional pub – The Eagle & Ball – through to specialist societies including Anime & Manga, BCU DJ Society, Online Gaming, Rock Society, The Harry Potter Society and Yoga. We also have 30 sports teams you can get involved in from basketball to cheerleading, rock climbing to swimming, volleyball to tennis.

Generation Study Abroad Commitment logo We are also Generation Study Abroad Commitment partners, an initiative to double the number of US students studying abroad by 2020. Studying abroad is one of the best ways to acquire international experience necessary to succeed in today’s global market place.

You can apply to study abroad for a semester or full academic year at Birmingham City University. To find out more please visit our Go Abroad web pages.


We will consider applicants who meet the below entry criteria for entry into Undergraduate courses:

  • Pass the High School Graduation Diploma with a GPA of 2.6 / 75% including a minimum grade C in English Language (and grade C in Maths for Business School / CEBE courses that require GCSE Maths)


  • NEW (Post Match 2016) Pass SAT (Reasoning) with a combined score from 2 subjects of 1100 out of 1600
  • OLD (Pre March 2016) Pass SATR (Reasoning) with a minimum of 500 in 3 subjects


  • Pass ACT (American College Testing Programme) with a composite score of 21 or above


  • NEW (Post Match 2016)  Pass SAT (Subject) with a combined score from 2 subjects of 1100 out of 1600
  • OLD (Pre March 2016) Pass SATS (Subject) with a minimum of 500 in 3 subjects


  • Pass 3 AP (Advanced Placement Examinations) with grade 3 or above. CEBE courses that require A Level Maths will require AP Maths (Calculus)


We are happy to consider applicants who hold a Bachelor Degree with minimum GPA 2.7.

Some postgraduate courses may require a subject specific undergraduate degree to qualify for entry. Please visit the course pages for full entry requirements.

Special requirements

Faculty of Arts, Design and Media (ADM) - undergraduate courses in ADM may require a good portfolio of artwork. Some postgraduate courses also require a portfolio, others require a proposal of studies while some courses require both a portfolio and a proposal of studies. Please visit the course pages for full entry requirements.

Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment (CEBE) - all undergraduate courses in CEBE require Mathematics at O Level. However for the Engineering suite and BEng Telecommunication and Networks, Mathematics is required at AS Level minimum Grade C or the equivalent.Please visit the course pages for full entry requirements.

Birmingham City Business School - all Business School undergraduate courses require a minimum of Mathematics Grade C at O Level or an equivalent qualification.

English Language requirement - we are happy to consider English Language studied at Grade 12 with a minimum grade of C in lieu of a SELT for US passport holders or a US Bachelor degree for all other nationalities. Otherwise all students are required to achieve the equivalence of a minimum of 6.0 overall with no band below 5.5 from a Secured English Language Test (SELT), the most common being IELTS, TOEFL, PTE or CAE. Please note that some courses may have a higher English language requirement.

Every year we provide a number of scholarships and bursaries recognising the talents of our international students, which can help cover part of your tuition fees.

Find out more about scholarships and bursaries...

Birmingham City University is now holding daily Skype sessions for our American enquirers and applicants. If you would like to Skype us, please make a 'Contact Request' to:

Skype: bcu_enquiries

Learn how to download Skype

Student views

What our students say...

As a foreign student, I had really set my goals on doing my Master’s degree in the United Kingdom but I knew London would be too distracting and expensive. The city of Birmingham seemed to offer the ideal situation for size, location, demographics and universities. The University is a large university, spread out all over the city, but still has a small and personable feel to it.

"The lecturers were very knowledgeable, interesting and personable; they offered insightful courses and were always available either after class or in their office. The Business School Postgraduate Office staff were also great and when I first went to the International Office, I was greeted with a warm smile by staff who were already familiar with me from my email correspondence.

"The students on my course were a spectacular show of diversity and intelligence, coming from all over the world with different undergraduate and career backgrounds. It certainly gave the course a unique feel. Student life in Birmingham was very enjoyable and there is a lot to see as a foreign student.

"There is plenty of opportunity for sports, shopping and nightlife, as well as lots of restaurants offering differing cuisines. The Student’s Union was also a great resource, not only for someone running a society – I founded the Business School Postgraduate Society – but also for any student at the University.”

Jordan Atchison, MSc Management and Marketing

Country contact

Do you have a question?

James Leadbetter
Senior Partnerships Officer (USA)
Based at Birmingham City University’s City Centre Campus

Tel: +44 (0) 121 331 7697

Student views

What our students say...

I chose Birmingham City University because it was very clear to me that the staff wanted to make sure students would come out more experienced and aware of the industries in which they wanted to work. The fact that the University wants every student to complete internships with media companies was a testament to this, and I have managed to learn more about my field from staff support.

"The University also taught me how to create a portfolio and what should go in it. I am very lucky I got the opportunity to study on the Media and Communications course as it gave me the chance to engage with so many varied areas of study. The University is very modern and well-equipped and I never felt like something was missing; there is a student radio station and magazines written for and by the students, refurbished libraries, a high standard of technology, many societies, and breakout areas for students to relax and work.

"Having the ability to study on a broad course and try 'a little bit of everything' gave me the opportunity to realise what I am really good at and what I love doing. I fully believe that students graduate from the University confident and positive about their careers and future.”

Niki Lazaridou, BA (Hons) Media and Communication