The University of Buckingham has been ranked first for Student Satisfaction in 2017, 2018 and 2019 by The Complete University Guide; it also achieved Gold in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework. Buckingham pioneered the two-year honours degree and opened the UK's first independent medical school. It provides students with a personalised learning experience, with a small-group tutorial system and exceptional pastoral care.

Town Centre
Town Centre

In or close to the centre of a town


In or close to the countryside


The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site


Located on a green space in, or near to, a city or town centre

Full Service
Full Service

Offers degrees in a wide range of subjects

Alternative Provider
Alternative Provider

The university does not receive direct public funding

UCAS Code: B90

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Gold is awarded to institutions that consistently deliver outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for their students. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 51%
  • Postgraduate 49%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 93%
  • Part Time 7%

Where students come from

  • UK 68%
  • EU 4%
  • Other 28%

Student gender

  • Male 51%
  • Female 49%

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • The university library opens seven days a week. It is a combination of modern and ancient buildings, with study environments providing space for private and group work.
  • There is also a dedicated law library for the Buckingham Law School.

Student jobs

  • The university employs students in the library, student bar and Students' Union on a part-time basis, and as student ambassadors to support events. These opportunities are regularly advertised to students.
  • Part-time work is available in local towns, including the large Bicester Village shopping mall, Milton Keynes and Silverstone F1 Race Track
  • The university has strong links with local recruitment agencies who regularly visit campus and will assist students in finding part-time work.

Careers advice

  • A central Careers Service offers students from all schools of study a drop-in service for information, advice and guidance.
  • Students can book one-to-one sessions with an adviser at the main office and also in careers offices on other campuses.
  • A programme of workshops aimed at enhancing the students' employability is arranged to complement the skills gained during their studies.
  • The university also supports students with internships and work experience opportunities. A three-year programme in Business includes a work placement year.

Health services

  • Students are encouraged register with the local NHS surgery, which has close links to the university.
  • Doctors and nurses hold surgeries on campus each week and the main surgery is 10 minutes' walk from the university's main campus. The practice offers a full and student-centered service.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • A student welfare and support term based on campus includes professional counsellors, and residence officers to support students in accommodation.
  • The university launched the UK's first positive university initiative in 2017, embedding positive psychology into its curriculum.
  • Two well-being dogs live on campus to help support students and staff to manage stress and anxiety.

Disability support

  • Students are actively encouraged to inform the university of any disabilities and specific learning differences before they arrive, to enable support to be put in place.
  • There is a professional student welfare team on campus.

Students' Union

  • The Students' Union Executive serves a six-month term of office, with elections in March and August. The union building is located in the Old Town Mill (OTM) building by the river; it has a bar, restaurant/diner, gym, dance studio, music room and outside seating by the river.
  • Over 40 societies and clubs are affiliated to the union, including the Buckingham Sports Union, Law Society, Amnesty International Society, Caribbean Society, Nigerian Society, Christian Union and Islamic Society.
  • The union organises weekly events such as quizzes, live music nights and themed parties; and annually it hosts the Graduation Ball, Rag Week, Freshers' week (in both September and January) and the annual Duck Race.


  • The University of Buckingham opened in 1976 and celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2016.
  • It is the only independent university in the UK with a Royal Charter.
  • The Medical School opened in 2015 in partnership with Milton Keynes University Hospital. A 4.5 year MB ChB medicine programme is available to UK and international students.

Fascinating Fact

  • The University of Buckingham was the first UK university to offer a two-year honours degree.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Robin Totterman – owner of Inspecs, a spectacle design and manufacturing business.
  • Arjun Oberoi – runs Oberoi Hotel Group in India, a family business.
  • Marc Gene – F1 test driver for Ferrari, winner of the 24-hour Le Mans in 2009.
  • Patrick Coote – head of family office for NAUTIQ and business partner behind Superyacht TV.
  • Chris de Lapuente – adventurer, global president and chief executive officer of Sephora (part of LVMH group).
  • Sara Sutcliffe – former director of legal and HR at the British Olympic Association, now CEO of the English Table Tennis Association.
  • Frederick Mitchell – former foreign minister for The Bahamas.
  • Leo Mills – former cabinet secretary, Bermuda.
  • Bob Tavener – CEO of Twinings.
  • Mark Allen – CEO of Dairy Crest Group PLC.


The University of Buckingham, Hunter Street, Buckingham, MK18 1EG