Birmingham City University successfully combines innovative teaching and learning, sector-leading student support and effective partnerships with some of the country's top employers. With a history dating back to 1843, university status was achieved in 1992, and the Birmingham City University name adopted in 2007.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city

Full Service
Full Service

Offers degrees in a wide range of subjects

UCAS Code: B25

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

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Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 81%
  • Postgraduate 19%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 83%
  • Part Time 17%

Where students come from

  • UK 88%
  • EU 3%
  • Other 9%

Student gender

  • Male 37%
  • Female 63%

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • University libraries provide access to over 62 million resources including books, journal articles, e-book chapters and conference proceedings. There is also wireless access across the university, including Eduroam, for staff, students and visitors.

Student jobs

  • The university's in-house employment agency 'OpportUNIty – Student Jobs on Campus' provides students with the chance to apply for various part-time roles within the university, gaining experience through a formal application process, including the submission of CVs and interviews.
  • The university's student enquiry service, Ask, offers access to part-time jobs as well as full-time work, work experience and internships via its online jobs board.

Careers advice

  • The Careers and Job Prospects service offers impartial advice and support to current students wanting to find out more about work experience opportunities while they study, as well as identify opportunities available when they leave university and for up to five years after they've graduated.
  • Students can access job or work experience opportunities and internships through an online jobs board.
  • Students can also benefit from face-to-face and e-mentoring support by students and professionals through the Ask@BCU and Inspiring Futures mentoring projects.

Health services

  • A comprehensive, convenient, NHS healthcare service is provided for students who register as a patient with the university healthcare providers. The City Centre and City South campuses both have medical consulting rooms.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • All students enrolled with Birmingham City University can access the Counselling Service. The service is professional, confidential and free of charge.

Disability support

  • The university provides practical support and advice for prospective and current students with physical or sensory disabilities, specific learning differences (e.g. dyslexia), autism or chronic medical conditions.
  • The university also provides information about additional funding, runs a personal assistance scheme, and offers a dyslexia screening and diagnostic service.
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Other services and facilities

  • A one-stop confidential student enquiry service, Ask, answers all student queries including issues such as health and well-being, visas, student records, the Students' Union, childcare, accommodation or IT.
  • Course facilities include five TV studios and six radio studios, plus a student-run, in-house marketing agency. Other creative facilities include a new Conservatoire building with five performance venues including a 500-seat concert hall and a dedicated jazz club.
  • Birmingham School of Art is based in a Grade I listed building in the city centre, with facilities for all specialisms. The School of Jewellery’s multi-award-winning building houses an array of workshops and a gallery space, and the Gemmology department has a specialist laboratory for analysis and valuation of gemstones.
  • Other course facilities include a City trading room, mock-classrooms for education students, psychological testing equipment and simulated environments for health and social care sector, plus sports and life sciences laboratories and a sports performance centre.

Students' Union

  • Students can join one of the many clubs and societies or represent the interests of the university community on the Student Council. There is also a packed entertainments programme, with a variety of events taking place throughout the year.
  • The well-established Advice Centre operates at most campuses to ensure all students have access to free, impartial and independent advice.
  • The union offers the opportunity for students to help others and gain valuable experience by volunteering on a wide range of projects.


  • The university's contribution to transforming the prospects of the people of Birmingham and beyond stretches back though a succession of predecessor institutions for over 170 years. 
  • The university enjoys historical strengths in the creative and performing arts: the Birmingham Government School of Design was the first college of design outside London, opened in 1843, and Birmingham School of Music (later Birmingham Conservatoire) in 1886. Both were incorporated into the university. 
  • University status was achieved in 1992, and the new name of Birmingham City University was adopted in 2007, reflecting the university’s commitment to, and pride in, its home city.

Fascinating Fact

  • Birmingham City University was the first university in Europe to launch a Black Studies undergraduate programme, examining the histories, social movements and contributions of people of African descent.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Laura Mvula – singer.
  • Frank Skinner – comedian.
  • Jonnie Irwin – TV presenter.
  • Catherine Tyldesley – actress.
  • John Taylor – musician and Duran Duran founder.
  • Jim Crace – author.
  • Ian Emes – filmmaker.
  • Makhdum (Mak) Ali Chishty – commander in the Metropolitan Police.
  • Andrew Higginson – chair of Morrisons supermarkets.


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