Why study at BCU?
Why choose Birmingham City University?
...of our students were in employment or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2015/16).
...invested in facilities to keep learning experiences industry relevant.
...teaching staff who come from and retain their links with industry
...of our courses are accredited by respected professional bodies.
Birmingham City University is based in the heart of the UK’s second-largest city, with all the social and professional opportunities that brings. We’ve transformed our courses to help make you more employable and we've transformed our campuses to provide the best possible learning environment. Study with us and you’ll be at the heart of it all.
Employability: getting a graduate job
Employability is at the heart of all our courses but it doesn't end in the classroom. Take a look at how we help you get a job both during and after your degree.
Graduate + makes sure everything you do at university counts, and shows employers your skills.
The majority of courses give you the chance to go on placement and other courses will offer you the choice of a placement year.
We advertise a lot of our roles to students first, and Birmingham is full of shops, bars and part time work opportunities.
Studying or working abroad can be a life-changing opportunity that lets you gain new skills and experience different cultures.
What's student life like in Birmingham?
Bars, restaurants, theatre, music, night life, street food - Birmingham has everything. We're the second most cost-effective city for students in the UK (Unidays 2017) and there are over 150 designer retailers in the famous Bullring alone. Come and see why Birmingham has the UK's largest student population outside London!
Transforming our campus
We've invested £260 million across our buildings and facilities to give you the best possible learning environment.
- £63 million was invested in the Curzon Building to ensure Birmingham City Business School, the School of English, the School of Law and the School of Social Sciences have the most up-to-date resources and learning environments.
- The Curzon building is home to a new library, business trading centre and law courts.
- An extension to the building, Curzon B, is now open, bringing even more study space and a new innovative interactive lecture theatre.
- A modern space that's less than three years old.
- The £62 million Parkside Building at the City Centre Campus provides a home for design-related courses as well as state-of-the art media facilities.
- Home to industry-standard facilities, including TV studios, post-production suites, radio studios and MILO green screen studio.
- Regular creative exhibition spaces.
- £6.5 million refurbishment and facilities upgrade. That’s just shy of £2,000 per Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment student, which dwarfs the highest facilities spend ratio reported in this year’s Complete University Guide.
- Around £1 million alone has been spent on new workshop machines.
- Home to new labs and facilities for computing and engineering students.
- Large flexible project space, with a makers’ area with advanced technology and rapid prototyping.
- Our health courses are taught in the £30 million Seacole Building, where state of the art facilities include a simulated operating theatre and hospital wards, a fully-equipped birthing room, a simulated home environment and a fully-functional radiography suite and 3D imaging diagnostic suite.
- A further £41 million investment in our City South Campus will see the creation of specialist laboratories for our new courses in sport and life sciences, and a new home for our Education courses, from 2018.
- Our new Education facilities will include mock classrooms and a gymnasium.
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
- A new £57 million home for the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire opened at our City Centre Campus in autumn 2017.
- The new Conservatoire is a unique contemporary building, incorporating five public performance spaces.
- The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire is also home to seven industry standard recording studios.