Birmingham City University

About 

Having approximately 24,000 students that hail from 80 different countries, Birmingham City University is a large and diverse place to study. Their early history can be traced back to the five individual colleges that would be brought together as The City of Birmingham Polytechnic in 1971. They gained university status in 1992. In 2007, they changed their name to Birmingham City University and from 2011, they invested hugely in its estates and facilities to create a campus fit for the future.  

Their City Centre campus has seen huge developments such as the Curzon Building which houses Business, Law and Social Science courses in addition to a new library, IT and student support facilities as well as their new music building. Another big development was their Parkside Building for Design and Media students. Birmingham City University has two main campuses with other sites located throughout the city – City Centre Campus, City South Campus, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham School of Art, School of Jewellery, and BCUIC.  

Postgraduate Programs They Run 

Birmingham City University runs a number of postgraduate taught and postgraduate research programs spanning topics such as accounting, public relations, art and design, building surveying, computer science, project management, journalism, and more. You can see all of their postgraduate courses here. Some of the award accreditations they offer include Master of Science (MSc), Master of Art (MA), Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert), Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip), Master of Business Administration, and Master of Law (LLM). Some of their postgraduate programs can be completed part-time and allow for distance learning.  

Admissions Process 

If you are hoping to study a full-time undergraduate degree at Birmingham City University, you will have to submit an application via UCAS. It is important to ensure you meet all the entry requirements and include the institution code and course code. These codes can be easily discovered by checking the relevant course page on the university’s website. If you want to apply for part-time or postgraduate courses or apply as an international student, you can apply directly through Birmingham City University’s website. To do this, simply find your course using their course finder and press the apply button. Ensure you meet all the relevant entry requirements before you apply. The university will get in touch in the coming weeks with all applicants to inform them as to whether they have been successful.  

Accommodation 

Birmingham City University has tonnes of accommodation options throughout its seven halls of residence. These halls are positioned throughout the city and are all a close walk or bus ride to the campuses. Most of the rooms are en-suites where you have a private shower room with a toilet and sink. Each of the rooms generally has a three-quarter bed with a mattress and cover. They also come with a study area and Wi-Fi access. The study area includes a desk, chair, and notice board.  

You will also likely have a full-length mirror, wardrobe, and waste bin as well as shelves and drawers to store your items. The kitchens are usually shared and they generally include a cooker, refrigerator, iron, ironing board, microwave, vacuum, toaster, and kettle. In addition, the accommodation usually has a communal living area with a TV. Some of the rooms are two-bedroom flats that have shared bathroom facilities also. All bills are included in the rent, you have 24-hour security and there are bike racks on-site.  

Scholarships and Financial Support 

Birmingham City University has a few scholarships available for undergraduate and postgraduate students. The following scholarships are available:  

  • Meet or Beat Scholarship – awards a £1,000 scholarship if you meet the entry requirements (undergraduates only) 
  • BCU Santander Scholarship – nine of these are offered across BCU and it awards a one-off bursary of £1000 to each successful student 

There are also some international scholarships available. These can award up to £2000 to help in paying first-year tuition fees. These scholarships are awarded based on academic background.  

Contact Info 

For general enquiries, call +44 (0)121 331 5000 

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